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Grand Erie is understaffed in almost all areas except for management. Days of being 20 positions short are the normal day to day operations. Schools are very old and showing there age
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I would recommend others to apply. We definitely need more Education Assistants in the board. It's a great reward to know you are making a difference in one little ones life st a time we work sometimes 1 on 1 and sometimes in several classes or groups. Always got to be ready when called cause someone needs assistance.


Supporting staff especially primary teachers and DECEs


Not enough EAs for high numbers of students who need support
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It was ok 👌🏼 still wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. To each no location they send you still sane stuff you have to do. Clean up after lazy teachers and I’ll behaved children
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Without a doubt, this is probably the best place I’ve ever worked in my 30 year employment history.

The work is diverse and interesting, the staff is passionate and focused, and you often get a firm sense of accomplishment from project completion. The benefits package is pretty great, the pension is one of the best in Canada and the pay rate is above average. Management is eager to learn, open to ideas and friendly. Senior management are ego-free and approachable. The Director is driven, personable and accepting of fresh ideas.This is not a place for people looking for a lazy, menial, nothing-job. With 72 schools and six education centres within Grand Erie’s umbrella large projects come thick and fast, so you’ll definitely need to be prepared to work hard, think on your feet and be challenged. But, for me, the work is almost always fun and rewarding. As horrifying as this sounds, sometimes I actually look forward to Monday morning after a long, boring weekend…


Flexible working environment, staff who actually care about your well-being, permanent work-from-home options, updated technology and tools, openness to self-improvement goals, monthly one-on-one sessions, great benefits, above average remuneration


The workload can be overwhelming if you don’t plan effectively, the constant barrage of surprise projects can lead to frustration, for some positions there isn’t always a clear path for organizational advancement
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Not a great environment and no advancement.

Not a great environment and no advancement. There are people that do no work and nothing is said about it. Better off looking somewhere else to work it is not worth it here.




poor compinsation, union environment so no raises, bad employees are there for life.
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Average Board

The board is spread out over a huge geographical area and if you are hoping to start teaching as an occasional teacher you will be traveling long distances.
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Undervalued, Underpaid, NO Job Descriptions

Clerical staff have no job descriptions. There is no pay scale based on employment experience, duties or level of responsibilities. No incentives for promotion from within. Very little training. No adequate clerical support. Three unpaid layoffs a year. This affects retirement packages and eligibility dates.


School Hours & Summers off.


Unpaid Layoffs
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Guaranteed paycheck/ amazing benefits

Guaranteed paycheck every week, amazing benefits, management was always available to answer any questions or emergencies you had. When you do a good job you are noticed and appreciated. Hardly see the managers whatever shift you are on, unless you are not doing your job or you called them for something. Great people to work with. Will miss working here and will miss the relationships I built here.


Benefits, very well managed, staff is great


Pay could be better
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Very disappointed

Very disappointed with the school board. Had high hopes for them. I was made to feel like I was incompetent and very stupid. I was not treated as a equal and very unfairly. Even took their recommendations on how to improve and did them but still was not good enough. Not a very good place to work unless you want to feel like that.
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Large impersonal school board

Very large board with lots of employees therefore communication is terrible. Ancient hierarchy of have and have not, is terrible. The board values documents instead of people.


Working with children


Too large
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Great co-workers

I am a school secretary. You start out as a casual secretary. 95% of training is on the job. A great group of secretaries that help each other out. I like that permanent jobs are decided based on seniority. Some senior management team members don't give secretaries the respect they deserve. As a school secretary you are usually the first person in and the last person gone at the end of the day. The job includes much more than taking attendance and answering phones. All in all it is a good experience.
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Fun place to work

I enjoyed working within the Grand Erie District School Board by being a camp counsellor. All the staff were great to work with and it was a nice environment.
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Very political

If you are looking for a job free from political drama, this is NOT the place for you. However, if you don't mind all that and want a good wage and benefits then this is a great organization. The teachers/EAs were never happy with their circumstances so they do a lot of complaining on the job. I always thought school were about the children but apparently I was wrong. ;) If you wanted to apply for a new position you were hired based on years worked, not your skill set. This can be very demoralizing. But if you work the hours, keep your mouth shut, work hard and make a good impression you will go far. It may take a few years but it will pay off in the end.
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Its ok

Its an ok place to work for. The management teams sucks. The People are ok. But I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone unless they are yes People only
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Working in a school

Working in an elementary school is a wonderful job. Everyday you have the opportunity to work with students, staff and the community in a variety of ways. The key is to maintain a positive, atmosphere and collaboration is key.
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Its an ok place to work

I was supply, and had been doing it for 7 years. I did not get contract. Its good for training, but not good for trying to get a contract. I feel like EAs should have more contracts.
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Productive and great place to work

The work is always different each day from weeding ,mulching and tractor loader operating.Tree and fence line maintenance.The enjoyable part is seeing improvemets made each day!
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A challenging and mentally demanding position

The job can be very challenging at times as the role of the EA has changed drastically over the past ten years. Helping people to understand this can be very difficult, but that is what drove me to work harder and teach the EA's throughout the board the skills and strategies they would need to support our most unique individuals. I for one am passionate about children with behaviour needs and therefore I loved my job.
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great place to volunteer

great reffing and coaching all the kids as the excel in sports. everyone is always in great spirits and very easy to work with. takes instruction very well


free lunch


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Excellent employer

Worked with students with academic, physical and social needs. Life skills, shopping, community events, library, swimming etc Interaction with staff, local and surrounding community. Responsible for transportation of students.


Helping those in need


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Fun and engaging workplace

I got my first work experience here and due to the management I was able to learn a lot. There were great coworkers that I made lasting friendships with.
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3.6 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.3 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.3 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.2 out of 5 stars for Management
3.4 out of 5 stars for Culture


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