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Updated February 7, 2018
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Pros
  • Lots of ways to grow through different professional development (in 6 reviews)

  • It is an overall great work environment with good support (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • The higher-ups made it very difficult, however, for anyone to do their job (in 2 reviews)

  • Be prepared to work long hours (65 (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Good Environment for many young adults"

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    Current Employee - AVID Tutor in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - AVID Tutor in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Plano ISD part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible, good location, feels good, enlighten youth

    Cons

    low wage, having to disciple kids


  2. "LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!"

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    Current Employee - SP Executive Director TA in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - SP Executive Director TA in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Plano ISD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, great opportunities to advance, supervisors are relaxed and friendly, the bond between staff is family like, students are awesome, everyone helps everyone, just a great place to work.

    Cons

    The pay sucks for Paraprofessionals/TA's and the benefits are expensive.

  3. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plano ISD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great salary, stable job, start times are reasonable at the secondary level.

    Cons

    Zero support from administration, parents run the show, no follow-up.

    Advice to Management

    Support your teachers - stop placating to parents!!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Would not recommend."

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Plano ISD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some campuses/administrators are good if you are lucky enough to end up on one that has stability. Good pay and benefits, but not worth what you will give up in your personal life.

    Cons

    District cares more about looking good than doing good. High teacher turnover at the campuses I was at. The district had three superintendents in the 8 years I spent there, but there always seem to be rumors of problems between the board and superintendent - there are rumors even now that the board is trying to push the current one out. Lots of money spent on appearances (for example, lots of technology, but its not reliable or high-quality). Teachers are micro-managed, and then told they are appreciated, but not treated like knowledgeable professionals. The workload and documentation expectations are insane - no way you can actually be doing your job well with the way you are spread so thin (tons of long meetings, required tutoring, required committee participation, required evening events, etc.) - don't expect to have a life outside of school and if you have a family that you care about, stay away from this district. High teacher turnover, lots of young, inexperienced principals being hired who seem to think the experienced teachers' ideas are archaic without recognizing that their experience is key to the district's success. Instructional support teachers have now become "coaches" and will do walk-throughs and provide critiques - this has created a lot of animosity/frustration amongst staff. At Title 1 campuses there are way too many coaches trying to micromanage teachers and create more work for them under the guise of "helping students." Typically people who are placed in these coach positions have been put their for political reasons or because they are trying to climb the ladder, rather than because they actually want to help kids. Professional development is mediocre - usually instructional coaches are sent to outside trainings and then come back to campus to summarize what they learned (which does not inspire or excite the classroom teachers).

    Advice to Management

    Remove excessive number of instructional coaches; put them back in the classroom and lower class sizes to benefit students. Decrease paperwork/documentation to that which will really be used and looked at. Hire experienced people and treat them like professionals - don't micromanage. Put out an anonymous survey to teachers about what they like and don't like about the district and pay attention to what they say. Bring in some quality professional development from outside of the district so that all teachers can experience it and be inspired/motivated.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Act like a teacher but paid like a care giver!"

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    Current Employee - Lead Caregiver in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Caregiver in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Plano ISD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful hard working dedicated co-workers! Nice building. Good boss. Children and their families are super nice! Summers and school breaks are off! Great training during the summer to fulfill required training hours.

    Cons

    Horrible pay! Good people leaving, quality of employees going down. Benefits not great! Training hours should be right before school starts! They are scattered all over weeks off messing up the vacation planning. If you miss training you must pay for it on your own. You are expected to act like professional Educator, conduct parent teachers Conferences, student evaluations, detailed lesson plans but pay is less than a district bus driver!

    Advice to Management

    Increase hourly pay to Coincide with actual responsibilities!


  6. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Plano ISD full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful work environment and students.

    Cons

    I have no cons to mention.


  7. "adult temp"

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    Current Employee - Child Care Worker in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Child Care Worker in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Plano ISD part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    forming relationships with the kids

    Cons

    no insurance offered, no benefits

  8. "Afterschool Kindergarten Teacher"

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    Former Employee - After School Teacher in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - After School Teacher in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Plano ISD part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great management and staff. Working with children was great.

    Cons

    Some kids would poop their pants /:

    Advice to Management

    N/A. Management was great.


  9. "Educational Profession"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Plano ISD full-time

    Pros

    Health and Dental Insurance
    Stable job
    Good slary (12 months)

    Cons

    Thirty Minutes Lunch
    The Salary begins on September 25 (even though it begins on August), and every check is on the 25th of every month


  10. "Great Schools and Wonderfull Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Plano ISD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    attention to students needs and careful selection of the faculty

    Cons

    None to mention. Long hours should be expected but this is to the benefit of the students.


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