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Wake County Public Schools Reviews

Updated May 22, 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 9 reviews)

  • Very large school system so lots of policies that don't make sense in certain areas or schools (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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.


  3. "Instructional Literacy Coach/Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Instructional Coach in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Instructional Coach in Cary, NC
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are amazing! The district is good about keeping teachers and support staff up to date with the latest trends in education.

    Cons

    The salary is unacceptable. It is impossible to live off what teachers make.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure some of the unnecessary expenditures, such as the teacher evaluation tool, and shift that money into the the supplement provided by the district.


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  5. "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


  6. "Wonderful for people with families"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC

    I worked at Wake County Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    The hours were wonderful. I did not have summers off because I was a year round employee, but I had several weeks off throughout the year. My benefits were state benefits and covered most out of pocket expenses.

    Cons

    The pay was really low. Workers compensation is difficult to deal with if you are injured on the job, and that can happen in an environment with children. Each location and school is different, so some are wonderful to work for and others are not.


  7. "Poor Pay - Over worked"

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    Former Employee - CCR Teacher in Holly Springs, NC
    Former Employee - CCR Teacher in Holly Springs, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Kids, convenient locations, awesome co-workers

    Cons

    Poor pay, extremely heavy workload, little support, no home/work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Serious changes need to be made to the pay scale vs the responsibility level expected for teachers. At this point it's more trouble than it's worth to be employed by Wake County.


  8. "Great place to live and work."

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    WCPSS provides some of the best benefits to employees, including a monthly supplement to your pay. Many of the schools in the county are great facilities. WCPSS offers some of the best opportunities to grow as a professional.

    Cons

    Depending on which school you work at, traffic can be a pain if you don't live close by.


  9. "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


  10. "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


  11. "TA"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher Assistant in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher Assistant in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    Working with little one and seeing their expression

    Cons

    Administration needs some improvements along with being in sync with one another


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