Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Reviews

Updated 19 November 2014
Updated 19 November 2014
97 Reviews
2.7
97 Reviews
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • CMS seems to really be active in restructuring the school district to really change outcomes for students (in 5 reviews)

  • You can make a difference in your student's lives (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, challenging students, pressure for high test scores (in 5 reviews)

  • They do not give you any recognition or any type of incentive for higher learning although its a school system (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    First Grade Teacher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    Pros

    Largest supplement in the state

    Cons

    Testing, managed like a large corporation, not a school system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep fighting hard for our teachers, don't fight from within!

  2.  

    Teacher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Pineville, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Pineville, NC (US)

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Highest district supplement
    Great collaborating teachers
    I cannot think of much else. Many people are not happy. Really depends on the school and principal but no matter where you are, your pay will stay the same and the pressure and responsibilities will increase.

    Cons

    No balance.
    Way too many responsibilities
    Work load is out of control especially for the pay
    Leaders change constantly
    The kids are not well disciplined
    Teachers are not recognized for the thousands of jobs they are responsible for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together. Other districts have happy employees, there must be a way to do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, enjoyed working I ASEP program.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ASEP Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - ASEP Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great managers, HR and co-workers, plenty of advancement.

    Cons

    They definitely do not like you not taking your on time breaks and no working overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    plenty of growth there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not good!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I truly cannot think of any.

    Cons

    Every department, from HR to Payroll is highly unorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people as if they are human, look for the good. Don't just pick the same people tp be "part of a group." Learn to embrace everyone, no matter the ethnicity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It's a great place to work if you don't have anything else going on in your life.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time

    Pros

    There are wonderful teachers, administration, staff members and some of the students at my school. Six weeks off in the summer is nice.

    Cons

    CMS requires too many administrative duties. Pay is horrible especially when you figure all the time at home working on lesson plans and grades. If I divided my pay per hours spent, I would be much better off working in a job that pays more than $13/hour and it would be less stressful. Teachers don't get as many days off as most people think.

  7.  

    It has been a positive learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The flexibility to handle personal and professional life situations. The teamwork dedication

    Cons

    Salary, career advancement for Admins

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to staff and community more...realize & recognize that staff is the community. Be consistent across all departments and accountable for errors in judgment....transparency to employees would encourage more trust

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Education for everyone!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Secretary in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Secretary in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to bring a sense of value to the students. Teach them there is more to life, to reach for the stars! That is very gratifying to see!

    Cons

    Not enough accountability. More team building and unity!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher salaries.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I enjoyed working at Charlotte Mecklenburg School.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lunchroom Monitor in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Lunchroom Monitor in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with the children.

    Cons

    There was not enough assistance with the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was great to work with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Unequal school system

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I worked at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I loved the students. From elementary to high school. They made up for the low substitute pay and poor administration at some of the schools.

    Cons

    Poor administration at some of the schools. Some teachers turned their noses up and refused to help answer questions. No school order at most of the high schools. Chaos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire administrators with back bones that are not afraid of the students. Don't be afraid to discipline and remove disruptive students. Some children do come to learn.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging, Straining.

    Current Employee - Cafeteria Worker in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Cafeteria Worker in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I have been working at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Children, Different choices of school, teamwork.

    Cons

    Managers, supervisors, changing in the program at last minutes, sever under paid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your employees that give you that 100% of work. A kind word goes a long way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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