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Newport Mesa USD Reviews

Updated May 1, 2018
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  1. "Nutrition Services Substitute"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Newport Mesa USD part-time

    Pros

    Great management and employees. Very positive environment. Flexible schedule which is great for a stay-at-home mom who wants something to do for a few hours a day. I loved being able to work and when my shift was finished I could leave and not think about any conflict or drama that I've experienced in past employments. The pay is a lot better than minimum wage too!

    Cons

    Occassionally you would be called to a school and some co-workers may not always speak to you or you would be given the job of doing dishes your whole shift. But the good definitely out weighted the bad.

    Advice to Management

    Give your subs an opportunity for permanent employment before hiring outside. Long term sub who was consistently rated at the top for permanent placement by management and supervisors was continuously passed over for placement. It's sorta cruel and stings to call the subs to be sure they apply for an opening, interview, score at the top but then they take a newbie or a new hire from outside and give them the job. Perhaps HR hiring practices should be reviewed.


  2. "BI"

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    Current Employee - Behavior Therapist in Newport Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Behavior Therapist in Newport Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Newport Mesa USD part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a great district to work for. The benefits are amazing if you work over 20 hours a week. The people you work with for the most part are great.

    Cons

    No promotions no matter how hard you work or how long you’ve been working here unless you get a credential.

    Advice to Management

    Promote your current employees

  3. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Newport Mesa USD full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule and use of portal.

    Cons

    Underpaid for the students/classroom environment.


  4. "Volunteer Educator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Newport Mesa USD part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Children and families are excellent.

    Cons

    Principal is a tyrant that is strangling life out of teachers, staff, and volunteers. Fear despite "protection from Union"

    Advice to Management

    Embrace people who are willing to help.


  5. "IA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Newport Mesa USD part-time

    Pros

    good pay
    after school hours
    good work environment

    Cons

    no benefits for afterschool IA's


  6. "Classified Staff have no upward mobility"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Costa Mesa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Newport Mesa USD (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are really nice, great benefits, decent amount of vacation, and a lot of paid time off for holidays, etc.

    Cons

    There is not any upward mobility for classified staff. H.R. is slow in hiring new talent so we lose out on potentially great employees.

    Advice to Management

    More professional development for Classified staff.


  7. "I love NMUSD!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Costa Mesa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Newport Mesa USD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing health insurance, dental, and vision. Cost for health insurance is so low that it's worth taking a lower salary to get it. Pension benefits also available (though savings is also important to supplement for retirement). Great team atmosphere at the location where I work. Reasonable expectations for the position. I work a regular schedule and though I do have to work overtime sometimes, I don't mind because the work environment is so great. It's nothing like the 80+ hour weeks I worked in the private sector - and I love that I get several weeks off throughout the year so I have time with my family. So many of the people at the District are kind and willing to go the extra mile to help and make things better. There's a genuine camaraderie that makes work a pleasure.

    Cons

    Some of the staff at the District is awesome and they are the hardest working, most customer-service friendly people I've ever met. On the downside, other staffers at the District are out of touch with what is happening at the campus level. Because they're tucked away in the bubble of the District Office they don't recognize that their expectations are completely unreasonable.

    Getting a job can be hard - you have to be diligent. Show up for the testing! And keep showing up for the next test and the interviews. They have merit-based hiring and once you go through the process you will be on the list for six months and considered for open positions.

    I'll admit that I've never been a fan of unions. But, now I am a member of one. The plus of the union is that they negotiate for good benefits and pay. The bad side is that they work to protect employees to the nth degree even when they don't deserve it.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who are doing the jobs. Be open to change. Provide more budget for the campuses that have a majority enrollment of low SES families so they can better maintain their equipment.

  8. "Cover Aide"

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    Current Employee - Cover Aide in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Cover Aide in Costa Mesa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Newport Mesa USD (More than a year)

    Pros

    Highest paying district in Orange County. Offer free training. I worked with some of the most kind and compassionate administrators.

    Cons

    Some specialists seem under qualified and can be hard to reach sometimes. No full time positions.


  9. "Top Heavy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Newport Mesa USD full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits thanks to CSEA

    Cons

    Top Heavy
    Hard to get rid of inefficient workers


  10. "NMUSD"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Newport Mesa USD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with District Administration is very kind and helpful.

    Cons

    Job security was very difficult to ensure.

    Advice to Management

    Provide resources for new teachers.


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