Electronic Engineer (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – February 10, 2016
work orders were received daily, i was responsible for the repairs of burglar alarms, fire alarms, intercom systems,key less access systems, and surveillance camera systems,and move, adds, and changes. unsupervised. also helped co workers when needed. the hardest part or the job was the repairing the fire alarm systems. the most enjoyable part of the job was completing the work orders.
SCIENCE TEACHER (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – January 23, 2016
I taught middle school science in urban school setting. My co-workers were supportive and engaging. The hardest part of the job was motivating and getting my students to learn and the most enjoyable part of the job is when my students showed a genuine interest in learning.
STEM-Coach/Teacher (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – March 11, 2016
I loved working with the inner city youth of Atlanta. Bringing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) to the school in a fun and informal way bought me joy everyday that I went into the building. The teacher were not motivated at first, they thought it was going to be just more work. But, through professional development I managed to win them over and they began to relax and have fun again with the curriculum. The hardest part was leaving a program that I started from the beginning.
Interesting place to work in regards to being shuffled around to different departments due to the constant change in upper management.
Substitute Services Supervisor (Former Employee) – 130 Trinity Ave. SW Atlanta, GA 30303 – August 20, 2015
Interesting place to work, when you are well liked the sky is the limit, in terms of promotions and compensation. There are people that are well liked and do not perform near as well as some others who are not well liked, and the well liked individuals make more money, solely based on relationships with management. Really smart people (assets) are not compensated based on their performance, but based on their relationships with management. There are some really great people at Atlanta Public Schools who do not get their fair share of compensation based on their performance.
The schedule is a pro, in regards to having the holidays off with family.
The compensation based on performance is non-existent, compensation and promotions are based on relationships with management.
school nurse (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – January 20, 2016
The job is enjoyable and gratifying if you love children, which I do, but the compensation and lack of benefits is terrible. Most nurses are part-time, one hour shy of being able to recieve benefits. I'm sure that's intentional. We work short shifts (29 hrs weekly at the most-sometimes less) and whenever there is a school inservice day or holiday break, nurses are not paid for that time off like teachers and other staff. That makes most nurses have to have a 2nd job just to earn full-time pay and to fill in the gap when the schools are closed for long holiday breaks, inservices and snow days. Nurses don't recieve any PTO or sick time, or vacation which is unreasonable considering that we are exposed to illnesses every day from children we see. The support is great from the staff but the pay and lack of a benefits package creates a high turnover rate and leaves the schools with new nurses all of the time or no nurse at all. APS need to do better with prioritizing. These schools have children that come from a low income demographic and rough home life. They are sick constantly, we bathe and treat children at school, comb their hair, provide clothing and shoes, we are more than nurses. We are a safe haven, we are nurturing and provide so much more to these babies. APS budget cuts make it difficult to stay in these positions for long. We do full-time jobs, but are forced to cram it in short shifts so that they can avoid spending money on salary. Nurses are needed in our schools, APS should do something more to ensure that.
Supportive co-workers and team members
short shifts, low pay, no health benefits or job security, have to have 2nd job
Assistant Teacher/Teacher (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – August 18, 2016
We are a family and working with children was a dream of mine. I have learned patience. I have learned if you try different ways to reach a child they will get the lesson and also teach you lessons as well. Children have wonderful personalities and change each day, but they change in a mature great way. They learn from adults and it's up to us if the learning is positive or negative. Everything that we do have an effect on one another, so I try to make sure that I am a positive influence and give 100% to any child/children.
When a student light bulbs comes on. Their eyes light up.
Educator (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – September 9, 2015
Working for Atlanta Public Schools is a challenging, but fulfilling positon. I've learned that I am capable of adapting to any environment. My coworkers and I have a postive outlook on our jobs as educators and strive each day to work efficiently. The hardest aspect of my job is inspiring children to reach their potential regardless of their circumstances. The most enjoyable aspect of my job is seeing a child experience success with an academic challenge.
Paraprofessional (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – September 5, 2016
I enjoyed my time in APS working at Sarah Smith Elementary School which was just voted best Elementary school in Atlanta for education and overall student experience. The staff was dedicated and ready to work together to achieve overall goals. My favorite part of the job was being able to see the students learn and grow socially and academically. The most challenging aspect of the work was the money. I had to work two jobs in order to make my ends meet.
Day to day events sometimes might be the same and sometimes they differ. Working in the school system is a learning experience you'll never forget. You meet some very interesting people and students. the hardest part of the job I think is that you have to know how to deal with different personalities. But, it's always nice to know when you are able to help someone. It's a great feeling.
Paraprofessional/Tutor (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – September 16, 2015
Fun place to work, lovable and very busy environment. Great way to get your foot in the door in the school system. Very supportive staff, room for growth if you are considering being a full-time educator.
very family oriented
Position is part time, budget cuts equal hours cut, no benefits offered
Teacher (Current Employee) – South West Atlanta – May 22, 2016
This is a very demanding school system, especially if you are teaching on the south side. There are a lot of meetings, excessive amounts of paperwork to complete, and unreasonable administrators. Because I taught at a low performing school, we were given the directive to attend Saturday trainings. Needless to say, I'm leaving the district, it's not worth the money.
Meetings, pressure from admin, poor work-life balance, lack of parental support, rude, unruly students
Educator/Teacher (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – June 5, 2016
I really love the art of teaching and impacting the young lives of others. I have taught for a total 19 years. Throughout the years, teaching has become more stressful and harder to meet all the demand of what is expected. I am truly at the crossroad of my career. I am ready to engulf my skills into a new experience. I really enjoy helping others and making a true difference in the workplace.
A Positive work environment with fun and excitement:
Helpdesk Support Analyst II (Current Employee) – 130 Trinity Ave. Atlanta, Ga – July 4, 2016
A typical day consist of everyone in the department working together and sharing information and taking care of the task at hand. However, when we can which is twice a month we get praises and give praises or some kind of thanks, for a job well done, Usually with an office feast lunches or gifts etc.
Administrative Assistant I (Current Employee) – Atlanta, Georgia – April 25, 2016
Atlanta Public Schools is an enjoyable place to work because kids matter and teaching and learning is what education is all about. Co workers work hard. We provide a learning environment that inspires the best academic achievement for each student. We establish a creative, collaborative and respectful culture where each student’s social, emotional and physical well-being is valued.
School Crossing Guard (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – July 23, 2016
Great job to working with children is great meeting new parents also lots of friends. every day I look forward to see the teacher. First thing I do is making sure my lights work waving at passing car telling them good morning, the first person they see is me and the last person they see is me
Transportation (Current Employee) – Good – August 30, 2016
The job itself is good but the leadership is below standerds the kids you a jib all by itself they can what ever you make then they can be good and you will live your job or bad and you will hate your job due to poor leadership
Certification and Records Manager (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – June 8, 2016
The decisions made by leadership can overshadow the real reason for the work, student success. A typical work day is busy yet interesting and would be great if we only focused on the work. However, the human element, money and power, takes over. My immediate team is a great group.
Custodian (Current Employee) – I work at Frederick Douglass High School – September 22, 2016
I love coming to work, to make sure the students have clean restrooms and classrooms. The people I work with are fun to be around and they are very helpful. On a day to day basis everything is cool and quiet I have no complaints.