Seattle Public Schools Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2020

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3.3
66%
Recommend to a Friend
62%
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Seattle Public Schools Superintendent  Larry Nyland
Larry Nyland
18 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, good benefits and stability(in 9 reviews)

  • "There are a lot of great people, doing great work(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "There tend to be budget cuts so schools don't end up getting the support they need(in 5 reviews)

  • "stressful, lack of support and work overload(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse, BSN 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Nurse managers Lots of nurse supports Great orientation Pay Hours

    Cons

    Lots of opportunities to move to different schools if you don’t mesh well with your school.

    Seattle Public Schools2020-04-21
  2. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Positive staff, hard-working central office, fantastic students and families

    Cons

    Teaching is hard anywhere

    Seattle Public Schools2020-04-11
  3. "Good pay, toxic power dynamics"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay, engaging work, amazing kiddos, & (mostly) awesome staff

    Cons

    Decision-making power is not shared equitably, administrators can move your position around at will, power dynamics are toxic. Most classrooms do not have enough support.

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    Seattle Public Schools2020-03-04
  4. "Good people in a big machine"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Front line people who work here care

    Cons

    Leadership seems to forget the reason we are all here - the students

    Seattle Public Schools2019-12-13
  5. "Changed careers after working here"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Awesome families - Great benefits - Lovely coworkers

    Cons

    - Workload - Management - Work-Life Balance (or lack thereof)

    Seattle Public Schools2019-10-30
  6. "Would not recommend"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great public sector benefits, good people

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and decision making, petty politics, horrendous HR

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    Seattle Public Schools2019-09-27
  7. "Great Job to finish your career"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay (mostly because you get compensated on job titles but really doing individual contributor work at all levels). VP's are a typical sr manager, directors are managers, etc... You get up to 5 weeks vacation and everyone takes their 2 weeks of sick time every year.

    Cons

    Staff does not like change. Most of staff is just trying to keep there job until retirement so getting things done is hard. Leadership does not understand roadmaps, budgets, project management concepts, nor technology.

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    Seattle Public Schools2019-09-25
  8. "Good place to Teach"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Largest school district in the state, High Pay for Wa

    Cons

    Seattle Traffic is very heavy

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    Seattle Public Schools2019-08-20
  9. "A lot to be desired"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some incredible programs are offered to students in Seattle.

    Cons

    Incredibly impersonal at every level. Seemingly completely incompetent administration and higher ups.

    Seattle Public Schools2019-08-28
  10. "Great teaching staff"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ELL Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The amazing colleagues you get to work with.

    Cons

    The HR department is pretty bad at communicating (lots of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing) or being supportive of the work a teacher is doing.

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    Seattle Public Schools2019-08-22
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