Grand Rapids Public Schools Employee Reviews

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Great place to start right out of college
Art Teacher (Former Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIJune 23, 2018
If you are looking to get your feet wet and get started in a temporary position, this is a good choice for you. Most schools are poorly run and will help you know what you don't want to do in the future. But it is a place to gain experience, even if it is not the most positive place to work. At least you will get a job reference and something to put on your resume. Don't stay more than a year or you will get sucked into the vacuum and downward spiral that I did for 16 years.
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Looks good on a resume
Cons
Difficult students and administrators
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great learning experience
Volunteer (Former Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIJune 22, 2018
Volunteering for grand rapids public schools gave me the opportunity to work with children who were at many different levels in their education and helped me find out what I wanted to do after i graduated from Grand Valley.
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Work is challenging and rewarding but overall unsatisfactory.
Teacher (Current Employee) –  MichiganMay 12, 2018
Working with inner-city youth is always challenging. There are certain inevitable hardships that are ever present in this environment but that acceptable. However when management, culture and procedures are also working against you, it makes your job very stressful and unsatisfactory. I feel unsupported in this job and so am seeking other employment.
Pros
Summers off and benefits are great.
Cons
Lack of support, cultural milieu, and politics make for a poor work environment
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Paraprofessional for Language Live (Current Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIMay 7, 2018
Keep students on task and focused . Help the teacher and students. Help out the management. Help with behavior program and rewards. Supervise students in a business setting within building. Good place to work but you cannot survive on the pay alone. Plan on getting a second or third job, if you are blessed to receive a job.
Pros
healthcare
Cons
low wages
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I worked there so long ago, this is irrelevant.
Educator (Former Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIApril 29, 2018
I worked there so long ago, this is irrelevant. I imagine that few if any of the same key players remain in the Grand Rapids Public Schools, making this irrelevant.
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It is a good place to start a teaching career
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIApril 14, 2018
A typical workday can be stressful. The hardest part is that stress only ends at the end of a day and begins before the next day begins. It is often the case that when a work day starts anything can and will happen.
Pros
Freedom to teach
Cons
Lack of management
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Growth and advancement
Substitute Secretary (Former Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MI 49506November 29, 2017
Answer and log attendance lines and messages. Learned how to manage time between tasks. Worked in diverse environment. The hardest part of the job is having some days or people that will not agree with procedures or policies. The most enjoyable time is when the holidays came around. Everyone is merry.
Pros
School year employee summers off.
Cons
New secretary to district needs adequate training.
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Good job
Department of Public Safety (Officer) (Current Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MINovember 18, 2017
Great as a career jump starter. Wouldn't recommend long term as path to advancement is extremely uncertain. Some workers in upper level positions were moved up quicker than others with no record of exceptional work.
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Benefits
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Low wage
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GRPS IT - It doesn't get much better
PC Technician (Former Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MISeptember 20, 2017
Supporting the Staff and Children of Grand Rapids Public Schools was a pleasure and fun. GRPS is staffed wth friendly and diverse people in each building.
Pros
Flexible for personal/family events.
Cons
No seeming path to advance.
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Working with a nice crew
Utility production (Current Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MISeptember 15, 2017
A typical work day is preparing the lunch for the next day I Learned how to run the resigester The management is good. The culture is mixed with all races. The hardest part of the job is leaving the most enjoyable part is seeing the students.
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Interesting experience
Child Care Worker (Former Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIAugust 14, 2017
Worked for the Public Schools for 9 years and it gave me the experience of working with a diverse student body as well as staff. The environment is very relax but the low wage is the biggest reason for leaving.
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Busy Busy Busy
Secretary (Current Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIJuly 26, 2017
Definitely a change in work environment, very busy, your day goes by so fast. It is a great feeling to be around students and being there to watch them grow!
Pros
Working with many people and cultures.
Cons
Short breaks
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Depending on role/position can be a rewarding, fulfilling and lifelong career environment
Title 1 Coordinator & Volunteer Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIJuly 8, 2017
Work and time demands can be demanding and emotionally taxing however the reward of administering and coordinating help for families and need is fulfilling and necessary.
Working in an economic, racial and cultural diverse environment with families with a variety of social backgrounds is inspiring and compelled me to pursue many social justice causes. This was the most enjoyable part of my position.
The most difficult factor was the lack of district support and the inability to provide the help needed to do this job effectively.
I spent a fair amount of time out of the office meeting with various agencies and neighborhood groups to better the lives of our many families and students in need.
Pros
The ability to affect many struggling individuals, benefits, office environment
Cons
Lack of support, understanding and communication with school administration
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Great schools and staff, but terrible administration at Franklin Campus
Teacher (Former Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIJuly 7, 2017
I spent many years teaching for the district and loved the children and my colleagues. Unfortunately, administration at Franklin campus is out of touch with reality and have no respect for teachers that devote their entire life to the children and families of GRPS. They are losing qualified and highly qualified teachers every year due to their lack of respect. I was a highly qualified, hardworking, passionate teacher who gave 12 years of service to the district and left due to the lack of professionalism exhibited at Franklin Campus. It's so unfortunate and sad that the resignation process is so easy and that the administration doesn't even follow-up with those who resign. So sad, GRPS!
Pros
Hardworking teachers who are underpaid
Cons
Overpaid administration not qualified to do the job
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Great place to work with opportunities for growth, advancement.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIJuly 7, 2017
Working for the Public Relations Department part-time offered a great variety of jobs so never became mundane. Fellow staff members were friendly and helpful. Nice environment with great administration.
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Highly Functional and Effective for Students
Speech Language Pathologist (Current Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIJuly 6, 2017
Inclusive model of therapy provision provided highly effective and functional activities for young students with speech and language impairments as well as social and behavioral difficulties.
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Good health insurance, stable place to work until your retirement
Teacher Assistant and one to one corresponding (Former Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIJune 27, 2017
A typical day at work depends , what teacher and principals you are working with. Assist students who are experiencing difficulties ,was one of the most challenging and supportive experience, I had been done in my life .
Pros
A lot resources for teaches and the students as well.
Cons
not to many snow days
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Human Resources Generalist (Current Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIJune 6, 2017
The most desirable place to work for if you have a passion to mentor a diverse based of students and parents who lives and or work within the surrounding Grand Rapids communities.
Pros
Student Mentorship
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Big District/Big Heart
ECSE Teacher (Former Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIMay 30, 2017
Grand Rapids Public Schools has always been driven to remain at the top of the game. Constantly faced with changes GRPS maintains a work staff of highest quality.
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Big District
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Big District
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Staff and Children are fun to work with.
CCW (Former Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIApril 18, 2017
I worked in a classroom. I loved the job, but the pay is next too nothing. Administration makes too many mistakes with your pay and no one is hold accountable.
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administration
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