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Minneapolis Schools Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Great pay, helpful staff, comfortable work environments (in 5 reviews)

  • There are some people who try to make a difference and care a lot about the students they serve (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Very anti-male and anti-white work environment (in 4 reviews)

  • It was also very unorganized at the school I worked for and there was a lack of accountability (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "MSP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Special Education Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    He benefits are super affordable. This, in part, makes up for the small salaries and inconsistent pay for hourly employees.

    Cons

    Inconsistent pay for hourly workers. Budget cuts. Disorganization. HR is difficult to work with. Low yearly pay. It's easy to burn out.


  2. "School Secretary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with students

    Cons

    No professional growth
    Not very supportive of staffs


  3. "Child Care Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools part-time

    Pros

    Good hours, kids are great

    Cons

    Some poor communication between site supervisors and assistants


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Educator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and professional development

    Cons

    pay rate and sometimes the licensed staff can be rude at ESP


  6. "Educational Assistant, Avid tutor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools part-time

    Pros

    Lots and lots of jobs opportunities. No difficulty getting hired. You can interview for a lot of different schools. Interview for education support is easy and work is not too challenging. Great pay, hours, and full-time benefits compared to other districts.

    Cons

    It gets stressful!! Minneapolis is THE biggest district ever and it has a lot of at-risk kids. Basically, you're going to be challenged with a lot of misbehaviors and low teaching level. Depends if you're up for the challenge. Sometimes, there is lack of guidance for new employees

    Advice to Management

    Boost up supervision and effective training of new employees.


  7. "teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching
    Current Employee - Teaching
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The students are tremendously rewarding to work with , and the staff is the most talented, and dedicated I have encountered

    Cons

    Administrators who lack leadership, interpersonal and organizational skills. Many seem like they are just trying to make a name for themselves in order to climb the organizational ladder

    Advice to Management

    Hire administrators that have actually successfully taught students in classrooms for more than 2 or 3 years, and had chosen education as a primary career. Too many are liberal arts majors that needed a job, so went into education for a paycheck


  8. "Don't even THINK about it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros. The exaggerated salaries have been more and more directed to those worthless individuals in leadership positions (ALL leadership positions)

    Cons

    There is absolutely NO communication. Emails go unanswered, voicemail is both ignored and often shut off, finding someone at their desk is a miracle and having them answer a question is unthinkable. If they do say "I'll get back to you" they never (NEVER) do. My suggestion to colleagues, ALWAYS cc the receiver's boss and the receiver's boss's boss.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. The taxpayers of Minneapolis have turned a blind eye to your inability to teach their children for so many years, it's doubtful you will EVER be held accountable. Keep taking the same time-worn ideas that have never worked and will never work, give them a new name (Acceleration 2020 - wow!), and then give great praise when reading scores go up 1/2 of 1 percent. Continue to not hold educators responsible or accountable for doing their jobs. brilliant.


  9. "Lacks leadership and strategic direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - great benefits
    - Davis Center is a beautiful building
    - many people are passionate and excited about what they do

    Cons

    - hostile work environment
    - constant crisis mode; people overreact and panic often during situations leading to poor decision making
    - virtually no leadership or accountability
    - district is financially insecure and has been for many, many years

    Advice to Management

    - hire a cabinet member outside of education with strong business skills; hire more people from the private sector to create lean principles and develop better business practices.
    - play the long game with every decision; don't just think about getting through this one crisis but think about five years out for every decision
    - need stability throughout the organization
    - act quickly. The good people are leaving and getting new jobs because they can so you are left dealing with the people who are so bitter and mad they couldn't get out.


  10. "Great Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, helpful staff, comfortable work environments

    Cons

    no cons for the position i had

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  11. "Bilingual teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Elementary Bilingual Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Elementary Bilingual Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great students, families. Challenging and valuable experience.

    Cons

    Senior management is very disconnected and often impedes progress.



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