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Union County Public Schools Reviews

Updated October 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people and support staff, flexibility with school decisions (in 3 reviews)

  • This school system is great, I loved working here (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Waiting to become full-time or advancement (in 3 reviews)

  • Good ole boys club, moved around if principal does not like you (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "UCPS Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Elementary Classroom Teacher in Monroe, NC
    Former Employee - Elementary Classroom Teacher in Monroe, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Union County Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - up-to-date teaching techniques
    - opportunities for professional development

    Cons

    - curriculum / reading groups - would change drastically every year. Year-to-year nothing stayed the same


  2. "teacher aide"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved the team I worked with there

    Cons

    all the hoops that the teachers have to go through....more time doing reports then teaching the kids

    Advice to Management

    pay teachers more...

  3. "Inventory control specialist"

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

    I have been working at Union County Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stability, paid time off , great people to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of communication is the worst thing. The management can't make a decision pass it off to someone else.


  4. "Human Resources"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monroe, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monroe, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employees are hard working and task driven. One of the best places I have worked when it comes to those who make things happen.

    Cons

    None that I care to add

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Substitute Pro & Con"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Union County Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Absolute schedule flexibility and once you are hired, no status change as long as you work one school day per year

    Cons

    You receive absolutely NO benefits, no matter how much you work. This system practices site based administration, so the school administrator can block anyone from working in their school without divulging a reason. I thought Mr. Trump signed an executive order revoking all AHCA work penalties, but so far, to avoid paying for our healthcare, UCPS limits us to no more than 29 hours/wk or 120 hours/mo.

    Advice to Management

    Really treat substitutes like the valued employees you keep telling us we are by allowing us to work and give those who qualify benefits due them!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Indian Trail, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Indian Trail, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent and helpful administration in school

    Cons

    Traffic around schools can be challenging.


  7. "Principal"

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    Current Employee - Principal in Waxhaw, NC
    Current Employee - Principal in Waxhaw, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Union County Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people and support staff, flexibility with school decisions

    Cons

    State-led initiatives and low opportunity for growth

    Advice to Management

    Sharpen your customer service skills on all levels

  8. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I love the school I work at.

    Cons

    The teacher salary is low and the benefits are just ok.

    Advice to Management

    Don't give yourselves any more raises.


  9. "Great School District"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Union County Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Low pay for fine arts


  10. "Overall positive. UCPS gets a solid B in my grade book."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some of the best schools in the State are in this county, and I have some pretty awesome coworkers. The students whee I teach are just fabulous, and I really DO love my job!

    Cons

    Over emphasis on sports programs, and arts and the like aren't given a passing thought. How are you going to lump PE and Art into 1 department?
    Also, this is more of a state level thing, but it'd be nice to afford a place to live while on the beginning teacher salary. Staying with the parents gets old, and embarrassing, after a while.

    Advice to Management

    Ask Teachers what they want, more often. For instance, half days could be used to catch up on work, get ahead, or fulfill other duties within the school. However, the training spent on the half days is vaguely relevant at best at the Secondary level. I can't vouch for elementary or middle, but the High School training should instead be time for team planning or collaboration with Teacher's of the same/similar subject. A Spanish teacher having to write a purpose statement for a History class hardly seems relevant to me.

    Also, make teacher pay equivalent or at least equitable to the cost of living in their area. If I wanted to get rich, I would've chosen another profession. Just being able to afford a place to live, and a car, and my student loans, would be nice.


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