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I have found the Fairfax County work environment to be very relaxed and welcoming where children are happy to come to school each day. I learned to be a supportive team player.
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interesting experience

Honestly was overworked at this district and I have worked in some pretty brutal districts. Unfortunately with the teacher shortage everyone is overworked, the moral is low, and the district does nothing to support the teachers even when our case loads are larger than what was promised.
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Great teachers

Awful management and mediocre pay. From day to day the only people who actually care about student success and learning are the teachers. Depending on school location the students and parents are fine. I have only worked with 1 truly excellent administrator.
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Good for college students or part time workers

Fun and easy job working with middle school and/or highschool students. Not a lot of hours but you can choose your own schedule. General training is including however each school is different.
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Love the children

I love my students, however, teaching is not for the faint of heart. Constant movement and you're a teacher, mentor, and parent. Administration most certainly makes or breaks a school environment.
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It was a good learning experience

What is the best part of working at the company?It was a great experience, pay was ok and I learned a lotWhat is the most stressful part about working at the company?Commuting and arriving on time due to traffic in the area What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Prefer not no answer some are good and not so goodWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?N/a not applicable I did not work in an office setting but I use to work in different schools
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What is the best part of working at the company?There are always people that can help with any questions you have.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Mostly just the kids, that are restless.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?It is diverse,and the people are always ready to serve the public.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Getting to the bus at 6:00 AM, pre-trip, arrive at pick up stops on time, load the children and have them seat down, after all the stops are on the bus,then they are taken to school for the morning.
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Stable employer

Overall job stability. School district way too big so a cog in a machine. Administratively, the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. The end.


12 months of pay for 10 months of teaching


Pay over 11 months; difficult to save for 12th month
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Lots of growth opportunities

Great place to work! Lots of support and opportunities for growing within the district. Some schools are definitely more equipped than others. Equity needs to be worked on.
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Exciting experience full of opportunities

What is the best part of working at the company?Superb staff development and career opportunities for teachers. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Teaching anywhere today is stressful.
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There is little to no room for advancement ever.

What is the best part of working at the company?There's not much to say here. It is a county job. It is full of paperwork and overwrought with red tape. Having seen the inner workings of how the school system feeds our kids, I personally could not stay here. There's lots of meetings about nothing. The overall management of food nutrition services needs to be overhauled. It is stale and it does not provide good food to the taxpayers children.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?There was nothing too stressful about this job. Lots of broad spectrum knowledge needed having to do with food, human resources and the Fairfax county food nutrition services policies which are overwrought and outdated.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Like any office combined with local government. Very stuffed shirt and fake. Everybody was just nice enough to each other in person.What is a typical day like for you at the company?The day started at 7:30 a.m. on the dot to swipe your ID badge, it contain different things from day to day like going out physically to visit the different schools in the different pyramids under the structure of management for the NSLP usually wrapped up by 5:00 p.m.
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Wonderful school, amazing experience

I was placed at an amazing school (Stenwood Elementary) and I am forever grateful for the time I spent there. The administrators there support their staff, the environment is welcoming and positive, the staff is kind and helpful, and the students are respectful. My only negative was the pay rate. FCPS doesn’t fairly pay IA’s for the amount of work they’re given on a daily basis.
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Toxic bureaucracy

Insultingly low pay, jobs are contract work so no benefits or pto/sick leave. The hiring process is about intimidating their potential employees; a roundable conference with 3 or more "executives" going around asking questions and writing down your answers that could easily be done one-on-one. Impersonal and obviously afraid of new hires/ideas. Several unnecessary executives that do absolutely nothing apart from implementing more red tape. The job itself is stressful, unending work, if you're on the younger side you will be targeted and be given even more work. Existing employees are "happy" (miserable) and expect you to be the same, if you're not they'll be sure to make it so. Administrators writing 5 star reviews to cancel out the truth about their horrible environment proves my point.


An office with air conditioning


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Horrible Management

This place is a nightmare . The manager drives around in an expensive car while the home are poorly taken care of. The owner makes it about the business not the person.
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Great coworkers

My coworkers are the main reason I enjoyed working here. They were always helpful and positive. Admin is hit or miss (my school was a miss) on if they will be supportive and active in the school.
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Great place to work

It's a great place to work with great people and a Good team. I would recommend them to anyone because they have great perks and they really work with you on anything you need.
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Great Schools with excellent teachers

Great schools with amazing teachers. They are not appreciated enough. They do a great job with fewer resources each year. Like all jobs some people could use a new career.
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a lot of work, but a lot of fun

I really enjoyed working for FCPS. I had great administration and a lot of support academically. The kids can be tough, but it easier when you have great coworkers
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What is the best part of working at the company?Good place to work. The County is wealthy and has money to burn and it shows in its spending and pay. Lots of bloat and unnecessary spending to meet its budget in order to get more in the next fiscal year. This was very troubling to me. I saw a lot of problems. But this actually helped us as employees but hurts the county as a whole.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?There really wasn’t too much stress because of the over staffing which made the workload light. Too many supervisors and employees in each department. Typical government. Did not like the WOKE CULTURE.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Bloat and woke. Crazy how much waste I saw in spending and over staffing.What is a typical day like for you at the company?A lot of nothing. Not enough work because of the amount of employees and supervisors in each department. Too many supervisors on top of supervisors overseeing a few of the actual work force.
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Trying to get out

Would love to leave teaching. My soul dies a little bit every day. Pay is horrible. It’s been frozen six times now. Benefits are OK but that’s about it.
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Great place

Great place to work. The staff love the students. This was a title one school so kids can come from rough backgrounds. But this school prioritized a loving community.
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Based on 747 reviews

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3.9 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.7 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.6 out of 5 stars for Management
3.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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