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Portland Public Schools Reviews

Updated October 8, 2017
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  1. "Paraeducator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Portland Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You have a union bargaining on your behalf. Wages were pretty decent (I remember starting at around $15/hour (2010) and ending at a little over $17/hr, plus a good benefits package. And the job can be fun and rewarding.

    Cons

    Starting without seniority, you do not have much say about your placement. It was easy to get bumped out of a classroom that you enjoyed because things were getting reshuffled. Unfortunately, these decisions had no reflection on job performance, etc.


  2. "Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Student Success Advocate
    Current Employee - Student Success Advocate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Portland Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Management is smart, open, and adaptable
    Working with students is highly fulfilling

    Cons

    Buildings falling apart
    Difficulty fitting in with coworkers; felt judged in my role because of my background
    Disorganized

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Construction Project Manager II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Portland Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Generous benefits package and vacation accrual rate

    Cons

    Low pay and poor management


  4. "Head Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Portland Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the teachers and my coworkers

    Cons

    Not very compassionate to ill employees


  5. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Student in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Portland Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free Education
    Work with kids
    Live in Portland

    Cons

    Bureaucracy
    Red tape
    Governmental (Not necessarily a con)

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. "Facilities"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Portland Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, solid training, good growth opportunity in most cases

    Cons

    Lack of communication, disorganization with scheduling at times, vague on locations in some cases.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little bit more open and communicative with employees.


  7. "Fun and rewarding. The district treats me well and I love what I do."

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    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Portland Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is more than in many other states, the work is rewarding, PPS is a great district to work for.

    Cons

    Due to lack of funding, the district is facing tough choices with cutting a budget already stretched thin.

  8. "Vice Principal"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Portland Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Strong focus on improving outcomes for all students.

    Cons

    Constant changes among leadership. Very inconsistent focus on specific inititatives. Capital improvements are needed badly.


  9. "Striving for mediocrity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Snow days; no accountability for upper management

    Cons

    No equity unless you're part of the inner circle

    Advice to Management

    Recruit and promote people who actually know how to get results


  10. Helpful (1)

    "The district is in a nice location"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice city in the west coast

    Cons

    Too many meetings no panning time

    Advice to Management

    Provide support to teachers more


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