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Hawaii State Department of Education Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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Pros
  • good pay and credit for continuing education (in 4 reviews)

  • The vacation benefits are unlike any other profession, and Hawaii state worker benefits are very good (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Bureaucracy, Low pay relative to cost of living, discipline issues (in 7 reviews)

  • There are no benefits as a substitute teacher (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time

    Pros

    Good hours and time off for the year

    Cons

    Lots of procedural tasks to complete and evaluations


  2. "Great job"

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    Current Employee - Autism Consultant Teacher in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Autism Consultant Teacher in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Fair treatment
    -Professional growth
    -Good working conditions
    -Culture of learning

    Cons

    -Pay is too low for the cost of living in Hawaii.
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  3. "The joys working for the State"

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    Current Employee - Secretary in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Secretary in Honolulu, HI

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love the paid holidays (one or two every month except October).

    Cons

    45 minute lunch time only

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  4. "Program Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits-vacation retirement sick days loxation

    Cons

    No prossional development location using time off parking

    Advice to Management

    Collaborate


  5. "Doesn't recognize talent and/or experience"

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    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Kapolei, HI
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Kapolei, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively quick to hire, Principal at the coal-face -highly supportive and astute, some students truly lovely and a pleasure to teach

    Cons

    Severely underpaid in terms of experience, inflexible re location and relocation, draconian supervisory practices that get in the way of teaching, 'dumbing down' of students

    Advice to Management

    If you paid teachers properly based on their talent and experience, let them get on with the job rather than having them jump through endless hoops in order for you to be seen as pro-active (you're not, simply draconian), be more flexible re re-location, and stop treating students like statistics... you might them keep quality staff


  6. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of time off, tons of respect from students & their families if they value education, specially from Asian & Filipino students.

    Cons

    Horrible salary, too much nepotism, bureaucracy, principals have too much power when it comes to how to spend funding, & high insurance premiums. You have to pay union dues even if you're not in the union.

    Advice to Management

    Give teachers more autonomy, not everything needs to be graded or evaluated. Be more transparent. Raise salaries.


  7. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time

    Pros

    Relatively easy to move up the salary scale, union reps are available to help with grievances, benefits are ok

    Cons

    Top down leadership filters down through several levels of beraeucracy, often leading to strategic initiatives that are not supported by anyone, which has a devastating effect on morale.

    Advice to Management

    Listwn to the teachers

  8. "Secondary Science Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time

    Pros

    Schedule, Flexibility with adding creativity/variation with lesson plans, Ability to make a difference with quality of education

    Cons

    Crowded classrooms, limited technology, limited classroom resources,


  9. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education part-time

    Pros

    Having a part time schedule and holidays off leaves you open to do things with family.

    Cons

    Mokapu Elementary school office administrators are friendly, but slow and uncommunicative, even sometimes incompetent. Had to turn in transcripts for a pay raise twice because paper work was lost, to only found out that it should have been sent to the district office. Had to purchase 3 transcripts total. It's been a year and I have yet to see my raise. First pay check is usually 3-4 weeks delayed.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with staff. For example, if you know you don't accept transcripts and it's supposed to go to the district office, let the teacher know instead of taking it anyway.


  10. "Support services"

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    Current Employee - Psych Examiner in Kaneohe, HI
    Current Employee - Psych Examiner in Kaneohe, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hawaii State Department of Education full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Secure job. Pay raises over years.
    Supportive. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Most schools don't have air conditioning.
    Work load and support depend on area served.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in professional development and tuition reimbursement.


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