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Minneapolis Schools Reviews

Updated Aug 14, 2019

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3.1
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21%
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Minneapolis Schools CEO  Ed Graff (no image)
Ed Graff
22 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great staff, good benefits, easy to manage(in 6 reviews)

  • "lots of options, lots of diversity, good pay for teachers generally(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Very anti-male and anti-white work environment(in 5 reviews)

  • "MPS promotes from outside the district(in 4 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Educator"

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    Former Employee - Associate Educator 
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with and wonderful students. The training provided by MPS was very helpful and I learned a lot from both the district and the students I worked with.

    Cons

    None for me personally, but there was some tension of treatment of engineers by the district.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open about why decisions are being made and what the effects of those decisions will be.

    Minneapolis Schools2017-12-19
  2. "A great job if you need flexibility in your schedule."

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's very interesting working with students in the various neighborhoods. You will have fun and rewarding days. Very flexible, work only the days you want, there are many different schools and almost always shifts available somewhere.

    Cons

    Some students can be challenging, and occasionally it can be hard work, as a substitute, to keep control of the classroom. You learn not to take the rough days too personally.

    Minneapolis Schools2019-08-14
  3. "Great part-time position with flexible scheduling"

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    Former Employee - Reserve Teacher 

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great part-time position with flexible scheduling

    Cons

    It can be somewhat challenging to always be unfamiliar with your work environment as you will frequently work at different schools.

    Minneapolis Schools2019-07-18
  4. "I’ve had a good experience"

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    Current Employee - SERT 

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time

    Pros

    Strong admin team and good coworkers

    Cons

    Budget cuts and decisions that negatively impact schools

    Minneapolis Schools2019-07-18
  5. "Students are wonderful. Dysfunctional, negative atmosphere."

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

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The students are lovely, difficult at times, but worth your time to get to know them.

    Cons

    Administrators who don’t understand how to motivate and have no experience as teachers. MPS promotes from outside the district. No institutional memory.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to motivate and encourage. Stop focusing on the negative and trust your staff. Develop their strengths and use them to help solve problems.

    Minneapolis Schools2019-07-26
  6. "Gain Experience in an Urban Educational Setting"

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    Current Employee - Academic Coach in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - work with diverse student bodies - tangibly impact English learners in Minneapolis

    Cons

    - not a very high stipend

    Advice to Management

    Management is fantastic and very understanding!

    Minneapolis Schools2019-06-12
  7. "Finance Dept"

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant 

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Vacation, Sick & Personal Days total 34 days starting. All Front loaded at beginning of fiscal year. - Schedule flexibility

    Cons

    - Huge Turnover in Finance - Leadership plays favorites internally - Leadership roles not filled internally, but external parties are hired instead

    Advice to Management

    - Better Transparency - Don't play favorites - Promote to Leadership roles from within

    Minneapolis Schools2019-06-11
  8. "Thoughts from a current employee"

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    Current Employee - Reading Teacher in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Minneapolis Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Hardworking and knowledgable colleagues. Strong teacher's union.

    Cons

    Family health insurance plans are very expensive compared to the coverage offered in nearby districts. Principal and District Leadership turns over quickly making for ongoing change and instability at the building level.

    Minneapolis Schools2019-04-15
  9. "What you'd expect"

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    Former Employee - Teacher 

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great passion, great team members

    Cons

    Awful top leadership and lots of red tape

    Minneapolis Schools2019-04-05
  10. "Dynamic job but no training"

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    Former Employee - Reserve Teacher 

    I worked at Minneapolis Schools part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's really fun to work with kids and to see the vastly different environments and classrooms MPS provides. Every day is different, which is fun and rewarding but exhausting.

    Cons

    Literally training so you just dive in the deep end which doesn't really serve you or the kids.

    Minneapolis Schools2019-04-19
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