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Seattle Public Schools Reviews

Updated April 7, 2019
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  • "Budget cuts and multiple suppport teachers and staff fillin in roles and wearing several (sometimes too many) hats; so to speak" (in 5 reviews)

  • "stressful, lack of support and work overload" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Working at SPS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's no better place for an educator to work. Depending on the school, of course. Amazing collaboration, amazing people, amazing students.

    Cons

    Lower pay than in some surrounding communities. Tough real estate market so it's hard to live nearby.

    Advice to Management

    Keep giving autonomy to your best principals, and give your staff more pay so they don't have miserable commutes!


  2. "Frequent Displacements"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Dedication to closing opportunity gaps as a districtwide focus.

    Cons

    No loyalty to employees, frequent displacement of new staff members even those with many years of teaching experience. Poor leadership, frequent changes in administration resulting in loss of learning for students and school culture issues. Lack of funding for programming to intervene for students and assist students in need.

  3. "Classroom Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Classes are diverse.
    Good benefits.
    Job stability.

    Cons

    The school district, like many others, has a top-heavy beaurocracy.


  4. "Living wage for meaningful work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great salary schedule for non-certified positions from $35-45k, great benefits, summers off, getting paid to hang out with kids

    Cons

    Layered bureaucracy to navigate, out-dated employee software interfaces, can be stressful


  5. "Good depending on your department at JSCEE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people, doing great work. I lucked out with an awesome supervisor who is supportive, knows how to get things done, and doesn't waste time, values my skills, etc. but that is not the case for all departments. Some people have a supportive, satisfying work situation while others are in a situation that is the opposite.

    Cons

    I see a lot of inefficiencies. Too many meetings where nothing gets accomplished, not enough collaboration between departments because people don't know what services exist in the same building. Seems like the district is too large.


  6. "Good staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Hardworking staff do all they can to help children learn.

    Cons

    Low budgets, teachers soend their own money for supplies and parents need to work hard on fundraising.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your most important and valuable assets, your staff.


  7. "SPS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of the Teachers are great to deal with and are pleasant.

    Cons

    There is a Ground Hog day mentality in that you do something and then you redo it in a year or more. This is because of the Scool Board, Upper Administration or OSPI.

  8. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My STAR mentor was fantastic. It's a Large district, with diverse students, and I had a freedom with the curriculum.

    Cons

    My Vice Principal was very critical, yet uninvolved and unsupportive to me as a first year teacher. Maybe it was just my school, but other teachers were competitive. There was a sink or swim atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach.


  9. "Overall good environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    The district itself was very nice. I loved how multicultural and diverse my particular school was, as well as how diverse the teaching staff was. It was the first time teaching staff reflected the student body and it was nice. I haven't had that experience in any other district I've worked in.

    Cons

    My principal left something to be desired. She was cruel and would use staff meetings to berate us. It was a very uncomfortable working with her and that is the only reason I left.

    Advice to Management

    I know that all of the staff evaluated her negatively due to her behavior but she was still working there. My advice would be to listen to the teachers.


  10. "Too big to be run well"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Kids are awesome! Hard, fulfilling work.

    Cons

    District is too big, north end needs are very different than south end. HR is a nightmare to deal with. Check your paystubs for errors. District needs to fully fund dual language and international schools if they are going to continue to promote them.