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Wake County Public Schools Raleigh Reviews

Updated July 12, 2017
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Wake County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Merrill
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  • low salary and infrequent low pay raises (in 10 reviews)

  • Large school system with no regard for employee (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Best County in NC, not saying much"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Excellent schools, among the highest pay in the state, great location

    Cons

    Many students are bussed, which may cause issue; loads of bureaucratic paperwork; lack of funding


  2. Helpful (1)

    "WCPSS"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Working with children is a blessing.

    Cons

    Large school system with no regard for employee. Poor pay structure, benefits are expensive, hard to move to another school without permission from principal. What other industry makes you ask to change jobs?

    Advice to Management

    Respect teachers as professionals, stop trying to reinvent the wheel, pay more or lose more.

  3. "Teacher Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    Summer off, fun with the students.

    Cons

    Had little back up. You boss is the teacher not the principal. Teacher word over yours.

    Advice to Management

    Teacher and TA should be equal in not pay but reporting. Teachers have more pressure and can be more harsh to students.


  4. "Technology Assistant in Elementary"

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    Former Employee - Technology Assistant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Technology Assistant in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the students and the busy environment

    Cons

    Administration can get testy at times

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the tremendous effort put out by everyone on the team.


  5. "Special Education Math Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Middle School Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Special Education Middle School Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wake County offers excellent professional development opportunities as well as an excellent health care benefits package. Provides unlimited opportunities to make a difference in the life of children.

    Cons

    Wake County teachers are in the bottom 5 of all the states in the US for salary. Wake County does not have a union, therefore it is extremely difficult to receive pay raises.

    Advice to Management

    Pay teachers what they are worth; lower class sizes or add teaching assistants. Provide more opportunities to collaborate with other teachers.


  6. "Teacher in Wake County"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Among highest supplement pay in the state; lots instructional resources

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy that limits doing what's best for students


  7. "Child Nutrition Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great school system. There is definitely room to grow if you show potential.

    Cons

    Low compensation and raises are very rare.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wake County Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great curriculum map and online planning resources
    Good funding for technology and resources
    Good county pay supplement
    Lots of smart, motivated kids
    Longtime reputation as a successful school system
    Lot of options for year-round and traditional calendar

    Cons

    Really varies depending on school; lower performing schools not always guided in the way needed
    Not great pay compared to other states; health care ok
    Some administrators have questionable policies and expectations
    Central office can be slow to process paperwork, requests, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure administrators and coaches have a lot of classroom teaching experience
    Treat veteran teachers like the experts they are; get their advice on what's working and why/why not
    Keep pushing legislature to improve pay and benefits; gap b/w admin and teachers is too wide for equally important and demanding work


  9. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Rewarding working with different students
    -Enjoy meeting other teachers
    -Allows your freedom and creativity

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -No benefits for part-time teachers
    -No time for lesson planning
    -Awful administration at SOME schools


  10. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked alongside, for the vast majority of my time, wonderful students and an extremely supportive staff.

    Cons

    However, members in Human Resources have been a nightmare to deal with, especially when someone made false allegations against me. Even though the accuser's story changed multiple times, the two people I had to deal with were very rude and callous toward me, did not take their time to look into matters, and one of them had the unmitigated gall to tell me to my face he agreed with my previous superintendent and that "I was on the wrong bus with the wrong ticket" for wanting to go into education - my passion, pride, and joy. When the HR member continued to act in a shady manner, I finally submitted the audio recordings I took of the meetings and filed a grievance.

    Advice to Management

    The HR members I dealt with need to show they value their employees and needs to quit playing personal politics and games with people. I learned shortly after I left that a similar thing happened to a close friend, so I know it's not just me. I pray that the next district I go to does not treat me in the way I was treated at WCPSS. And another thing - telling someone that they are on the wrong bus with the wrong ticket for no other reason than to show how callous, self-righteous, and blatantly disrespectful you are is not the way to keep substitute teachers around.


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