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Seattle Public Schools Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Wonderful staff at some schools, good benefits (in 7 reviews)

  • great people, great kids to work with, summers off (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Staff work extremely hard, but don't see much in terms of cost of living increases (in 3 reviews)

  • No increase to staff due to budget cuts, however workload only continues to increase (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Emergency subtitute"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Work when you want, great pay, easy

    Cons

    Not consistent, hard to get into, long days.


  2. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focus on equity. Supportive management. Meaningful work.

    Cons

    Underfunded public school system, so systems and technology are in need of upgrade and improvement. But people work hard to do the best within those constraints.

  3. "Working in an elementary school in the Seattle school district"

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    Former Employee - Technology Educational Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Technology Educational Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    School system; collegues are great

    Cons

    benefits are average, pay is low

    Advice to Management

    Treat teachers and staff better with better salary and benefits


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Teachers are given a lot of autonomy and voice in decisions. Administration is supportive.

    Cons

    As it is with most schools, teachers are expected to do much more than humanly possible due to large class sizes.


  5. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues, leadership, family and values

    Cons

    Hard to achieve a work/life balance


  6. "Just hired Substitute Parapro"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Parapro
    Current Employee - Substitute Parapro

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    All I've done is orientation so far, but it was great; the sub union is clearly unusually strong and they did a great job explaining how they've won better pay and protections for us, as well as some of the challenges and best practices for our new jobs.

    Cons

    Again, haven't started work. Only con so far is fingerprinting only takes checks, which is inconvenient.

    Advice to Management

    None yet.


  7. "lunchroom assistant"

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    Current Employee - Lunchroom Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Lunchroom Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good colleges, good kids and sometimes fun work.

    Cons

    not many hours and bad transportation

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. "Sped Paraprofessional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    great people, great kids to work with, summers off!

    Cons

    disorganized, hard work, not great pay


  9. "Teaching in SPSD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    A lot of great schools within the district. Curriculum is mostly updated and flexible.

    Cons

    Depending on the subject and grade level, work/life balance isn't always favorable. As is the case with education, curriculum can be driven by standardized testing.

    Advice to Management

    More teacher input. Smaller/more manageable class sizes.


  10. "A Rollercoaster Ride"

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    Current Employee - Elementary School Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Elementary School Teacher in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic families and communities. Talented, mission-driven teachers.

    Cons

    High district turnover in leadership, inefficient processes, teachers burnout and negativity.

    Advice to Management

    Better support South End schools!!


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