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Oregon Department of Education Reviews

Updated 13 Feb 2018

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Best Job in Career"

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oregon Department of Education full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have worked at ODE for less than a year but it has been the best combination of environment and pay/benefits in my career. It is not the highest pay scale but the great environment and benefits make up for it. Almost every person I interact with has a deep concern for doing the right thing for Oregon's schools and students. I am proud to work for ODE, I think they are doing a great job with the resources they... have.

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    Cons

    The only con I have seen is a fear or dislike of making important technology decisions. I understand the desire to always make the right decision since making the wrong decision in the technology field can be very expensive but delaying important decisions is costly and tends to lower employee moral.

    Oregon Department of Education2015-11-05
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Dysfunctional Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oregon Department of Education full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some of the people are great Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Guilty until proven innocent mindset regarding time sheets, travel, etc. Allow caustic management to flourish Peer bullying Lack of trust in management to support employees confidential issue(s)

    Advice to Management

    I don't know what can be done at ODE. There are some great people there, but there are also many "cancerous" individuals who infect the entire environment. I had a personal issue that I wish I could have dealt with while still employed there, but I had zero trust in management to act with understanding and keep the matter confidential, so I had to leave for my own health.

    Oregon Department of Education2018-02-13
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership is pretty awful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oregon Department of Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits; people; agency cause; fair, proactive HR, but their hands are tied.

    Cons

    The top person at the agency is pretty awful, however, he'll transition soon. The morale is very low, the culture is one where people don't say what they think or what they feel for fear of retribution. And retribution happens pretty consistently to those with a counter opinion. No one is holding the head person accountable, although there have been many complaints lodged to a variety of executive reps throughout... the state.

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    Advice to Management

    It's quite simple- Treat people right.

    Oregon Department of Education2017-06-11
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Current leadership isn't providing much"

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    Education Program Specialist in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oregon Department of Education for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Compensation, benefits and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Large bureaucracy. Poor leadership currently. However, leadership changes pretty often (about 3-5 years is the tenure of top leaders) so if you have the stomach to hang in there, someone else will come along, and hopefully, they will be a better leader. Previous leader was great.

    Oregon Department of Education2017-04-15
  5. Helpful (2)

    "A fixer-upper opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Specialist in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oregon Department of Education full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There are great benefits and the pay is good. Most employees are able to flex their schedules and many may have opportunities to work from home. Great food in the little deli!

    Cons

    The morale is low. There is little upward mobility. There is a lack of professional development and internal training. Managers are not held accountable to be equitable to staff when there are opportunities for professional development or advancement. Bully bosses are not held accountable. Whistle blowers are quietly abused and the Eval process is misused. Behind in acquisition and use of technology. Unskilled... managers. Unskilled HR. Unfair hiring practices. Emotionally unhealthy place to be. Bureaucratic!

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    Advice to Management

    Seek professional development to improve management and coaching skills. Commit to staff development. Promote trust, creativity and innovation. Reduce bureaucracy--think Lean. Protect staff that approach HR with Bully Boss concerns and find out what is really happening. Upgrade technology. Upgrade staff computer skills. Fully use social networking sites. Set an example for the rest of the state education systems.... Walk the talk!

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    Oregon Department of Education2016-09-10
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience career wise.... Work place culture needs improvement....."

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    Education Program Specialist in Salem, OR
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oregon Department of Education

    Pros

    Opportunity to support schools and districts in Oregon and provide them with professional development in not only your subject area(s), but also work on educational policy. Great co-workers for the most part to work with who are passionate about improving outcomes for Oregon's students! Lots of opportunity for professional development and furthering your education if desired. Strong union that supports the... employees when needed!

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    Cons

    Most management positions (managers, directors and above) are external candidates and there isn't much room for growth at the department. Always lots of diverse work to do and often you may work over your scheduled 40 hours a week during busy seasons because there isn't enough FTE to get it all done. Cliques and who you are friends with can help you land a position and or projects to be involved with at the... department. There is an equity lens at the department yet some staff with less experience and skills are getting paid or started on higher pay steps than employees who have worked there for a longer period of time and have also even covered two positions at once. Some employees at the same level are given a lot more work to complete than others, while some employees are able to keep low on the radar and not end up helping with the heavy lifting. HR needs to be reviewed for their unethical hiring practices and also needs to help train and or educate managers on appropriate management strategies and procedures. An equity lens goes beyond the color of ones skin..... Fat-shaming, sexual orientation, Social economical status, religion, disability, including mental health needs to stop.

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    Advice to Management

    Until certain units are integrated and actually sit together the work between the Ed Specialists will never follow best protocol for common messaging and professional development for schools and districts. With the adoption of new standards, funding is needed for implementation for all subject areas (not just ELA and Math), professional development for educators of the new standards and if appropriate assessment... development (classroom level and high stakes). Stop bullying and bad mouthing employees and instead help educate them on areas that they need improvement in. Stop spending so much time on branding and rebranding of departments and moving of departments and actually look at investing in your greatest asset- all of your staff, not just your friends and breaking down the walls between different offices and do what is best for Oregon's students education wise!

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    Oregon Department of Education2016-07-30
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, great cause, lots to do"

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    Former Employee - Education Program Specialist in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oregon Department of Education full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Vital mission, smart/energetic team, virtual work possible (but I didn't), evolving collaborative environment, close proximity to the state capitol and other "corridors of power."

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, occasional analysis paralysis, staff churn, slow to fill positions, occasional pointless meetings (no, really…), parking can be a drag.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize the filling of positions, then empower staff to solve problems.

    Oregon Department of Education2016-07-28
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good Environment, ancient technology"

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oregon Department of Education full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Having a steady Union job, good place to start to gain experience, nice people

    Cons

    Ancient technology with no upgrade in the near future, very little work to do and no learning of new technologies

    Advice to Management

    move out from being a microsoft shop and embrace the future technology to better serve the students of Oregon

    Oregon Department of Education2016-07-19
  9. "One of the department's goals is "Making ODE the best place to work.""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oregon Department of Education full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Teamwork environment, managers give recognition, pay and benefits are great, upward mobility options, job security.

    Cons

    The union protects lazy workers which leads to tension among employees who work hard.

    Oregon Department of Education2016-05-04
  10. "Office of Child Care should be part of DHS"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oregon Department of Education

    Pros

    There was a very quick interview process. However, if something seems to good to be true, it probably is.

    Cons

    The essential functions of the office of childcare has more to do with the DHS than the Department if Education. This office changed departments several years ago. So, those with a background in education would need to be retrained even if they were making a transition internally. The combination of the manager not being there half of the week, and the staff's unwillingness to train is the perfect storm. To put it... politely, BOLI would have a field day with some of the discussions that went on in this office. And at least two employees were gone in less than two weeks ( fired or quit, I don't know).

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    Advice to Management

    Recruit a former investigator for this positon to find better matches for this position. An investigator would be the most familiar with these regulations and would probably need little or no training. Or have HR conduct training so your staff is ready to go for it by the time they walk in the door. Address issues such as burn out, long commutes, sensitivity training, and opportunities for advancement. Many of these... problems could have been avoided if the staff was happy at work and felt like they were supported.

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    Oregon Department of Education2016-02-24
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