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Palm Beach County School District West Palm Beach Reviews

Updated May 20, 2017
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West Palm Beach, FL

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Pros
  • Great professional development opportunities and ability to grow in your field (in 9 reviews)

  • People work at the clerk secretary positions for good benefits (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, Low family involvement (in 3 reviews)

  • no pay steps, 5 preps, low students (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palm Beach County School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Florida State Retirement Benefits - 6 years vested

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility exist in administrative departments


  2. "Math Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Math Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Palm Beach County School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The District has great benefits: Health care premium is under $300 a month for employee plus family. There is a pension plan for 8+ years working with them. All the holidays are celebrated and they just introduced 1 week off for Thanksgiving. Two months off, paid, during the summer is also a bonus for those who like to travel or take time off.

    Cons

    The administration is very rigid and dictatorial. The high school students are extremely difficult to handle. No one tells you it take about 3 years to break you in as a teacher. The students have behavioral issues and you should expect anything from anyone on a daily basis. At the end of the day the grades are curved by at least a full grade up. I was even told to pass students. The administration does what they want, whatever it takes to keep their school rating up. Tests will be retaken as many times as it takes to "get the student to graduate". There is no fairness in the classroom, the teachers are disrespected by the students, the parents and the administration. All the teachers with 30+ years I spoke to, they all recommended to run for the hills, it is not worth it.
    If you are not part of the Teacher's Union you are the first one to go. Parents will sue you and the school will never defend you. It's a very lonely exposed career, with no one backing you up.
    There is no proper training and the teacher's struggles are not shared by anyone. Experienced teachers don't help the newbies and they treat them very unkindly.

    Advice to Management

    The system is very old and even though each principal thinks they can make a change, it's really small changes they can make only, if so. I suggest the administration's main concern should be to take care of the teachers. The teachers take care of the students. Don't leave the teachers exposed and don't throw them under the bus .


  3. "Substitute teacher"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Palm Beach County School District part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work to do on most days.

    Cons

    can be difficult to control large classro.om


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  5. "Lots of diversity, which is great. Many different departments and titles to grow or change in."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructional Specialist in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Instructional Specialist in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Palm Beach County School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities in a large district. Many areas to learn and grow and other vendors and researchers are interested in working in a large county

    Cons

    A bit micromanaging. As a specialist I expected a bit more decision making and responsibilities. Would also like an easier way to become part of leadership academy but it is difficult unless you work in a school setting.

    Advice to Management

    Create a way for district employees to have access to leadership academy.


  6. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Palm Beach County School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    winter break and spring break

    Cons

    Extensive Hours do not add up to the HORRIBLE PAY. Horrible Medical Benefits, employees contribution is very very high. No way you will be able to live in Palm Beach county with just this income (Impossible).

    Advice to Management

    Teachers need to get paid more money.


  7. "Positive Work Climate"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist/Analyst in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - IT Specialist/Analyst in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Palm Beach County School District (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A very well run organization despite its huge size. The climate is positive. The district stays fairly current in its technology than other mid to large school districts. The IT staff is very professional.

    Cons

    Pay is somewhat less, but good benefits help erase the gap. At times, the bureaucracy can get in the way.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid jumping on the latest trends (silver bullet) to solve educational issues.


  8. "great"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Assistant in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Palm Beach County School District (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    enjoyed work, hours, management, close to home, various duties

    Cons

    none, none, none, none, none

    Advice to Management

    na


  9. "Working as a Substitute Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Palm Beach County School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to choose your hours and the schools you want to work with. Sometimes a school will ask you to cover a specific class for the school year. This is good because you are guaranteed a job even when there's none on the sublocator, depending on the semester term you'll get supplemental pay for being the classroom teacher.

    Cons

    Since there are so many different positions at the district it's difficult to get the right person to speak to if you have an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Be more available to all your employees not just the teachers, principals. The subs are sometimes in the classroom for the whole year and they are very familiar with the everyday running of the classroom and school's they are working with. And trust me some of these schools especially HS are just interested in their graduation rates and just moving kids along to the next grade. Sad to say some of these kids are not prepared in anyway to go on to the next level.


  10. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - English Teacher in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Palm Beach County School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Consistent schedule, school breaks off

    Cons

    Lack of expertise for lesson plans, red tape, political/favoritism atmosphere

    Advice to Management

    Needs a regime change


  11. "Education is very poor, salaries are just a joke!!!"

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    Former Employee - Aldi Warehouse Professional Selector in West Palm Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Aldi Warehouse Professional Selector in West Palm Beach, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Palm Beach County School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great vacation time off....although well deserved.

    Cons

    Salaries are deceiving, health benefits are not the best. Training is poor, as of employee duties that are not on job offer descriptions. Basically you are worked as a slave....therefore vacations are well deserved.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together!!! more than half of the school in Palm Beach County are way behind in instruction and discipline than most schools in the nation.


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