Dallas Independent School District

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Updated Jul 22, 2014

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2.7 67 reviews

33% Approve of the CEO

Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles

Mike Miles

(27 ratings)

41% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • i really like working with students (in 3 reviews)

  • The vacation time and paid time off is good but not any better than any other district in Dallas, Texas (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Little support for teachers when it comes to discipline issues (in 3 reviews)

  • Feels like central office has no idea of what really happens in the classroom (in 4 reviews)

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    The worst job I have ever had in my life! I am disgusted by it!

    Bilingual Elementary Teacher (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsThere are absolutely no pros!

    ConsMike Miles is an ignorant. The principals are ignorant people who got cheap scholarships to study education (easy degree). They were really BAD teachers for three years, got their Master's in Education (yet another cheap scholarship and easy degree), got out of the classroom became Assistant Principals were bad in that area too and three years later Principals. So in reality they know nothing about the classroom and not much about academics either. This is why Mike Miles can brainwash them so easily. It is like dumb and dumber!
    Plus the pay was horrible, no increments, and now the threat that it will never change because we all suck (God know then how my students always performed well).

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire Mike Miles! As a City of Dallas property owner, I direct you to do it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Superintendent is boss, not leader.

    Bilingual Elementary Teacher (English/Spanish) (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsWorking with kids, field trips, summers.
    Benefits are still good, but a bit more expensive since Obamacare.
    Schools are getting new technology and software.

    ConsSuperintendent Miles is a dictator: his way or the highway. I took the highway.
    No leadership, just authority.
    Teachers haven't gotten a raise in 5 years. Custodial staff actually took a pay cut two years ago.
    New evaluation system for teachers depends on standardized, one-size-fits-all tests, and new teacher pay depends on evaluation system.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTax payers: fire the board members!
    Board members: fire Mike Miles and hire a real leader!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This is Nightmare on DISD!!!

    Bilingual Elementary Teacher (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsI have had great experiences with students and co-workers, great bosses that try to protect us from the administration above because they know who we are and that we work hard.

    ConsTeachers and principals are threatened even if their student's scores are great, their spot observations are 2 and up (out of 3), in your PDAS you exceed expectations or you have even been recommended to enter into principal cohort programs. They don't like you and they want you out. Mike Miles goes to visit schools and without even knowing the school scores he expects the principal to have at least 3 teachers in growth plan, he pushes the principals to fire teachers but be fully staffed when nobody wants to work for DISD anymore. The new evaluation system sucks! it will be imposible to get a raise you will probably make more money at McDonnalds if you work as hard as you work here. Principals will have their hands tie if they want to give a fair high evaluation to a teacher. Students are not treated like kids, they should be quiet and studing, that's it no fun at all. Kids don't want to come to school, they hate school. They are not learning facts they are just being trained to pass tests.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop thinking you are God because you are NOT. You are making a mess and at the end you'll just wash your hands and leave. (It would be great! But first pick up your mess!!!) You said that all of the teachers that leave are the bad teachers, you are soooooo wrong! I have been a master teacher since I got there. I'm not even a born
    teacher, I was an AC (forced by some situations). My student's scores have been great year after year. And I left even tho I could probably make the "$90k" per year (which I know, no body would, like when nobody could get a 3 on spot observations). I left because I'm tired of watching how teachers are treated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I could not believe this place! Run don't even think about applying....oh wait they already filled the position...smh

    Data Controller (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsThe time off helps to tip the scale just a little.

    ConsThey don't update the opening like a professional organization should. You don't know your salary until AFTER you have accepted the position. The benefits are so expensive you would be better off paying out of pocket. The salary & how they conduct promotions are unbelievable. This district is too big to be handled like a corner store.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFresh faces, fresh ideas that benefit all not just Mike Miles!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    a time to exit

    Teacher (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsSummers off and great teachers to work with.

    ConsMicromanaging Principals and Executive Directors, LOs and DOLs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTeachers respond much better to support and encouragement rather than a barrage of negative feedback.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't apply here.

    Elementary Teacher (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsYou will learn how a school district shouldn't be managed. You will learn what bad pedagogy looks like and experience bogus methodologies.

    ConsIt's an education version of FoxConn! The current management is destroying everything that worked in the past and running off experienced teachers. Do not apply here. Find a district that isn't focused on high-stakes testing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease leave town.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Be prepared for a lot before you jump in with the district

    Teacher (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsA lot of support at the new campus I began working at as a first year teacher.
    Pay is very good for a recent college graduate.
    Great staff at my specific campus.

    ConsPossibly too much teacher training (bi-weekly) after school days.
    The district tests out too many unproven methods that just add to the already stressful environment.
    Most of the young teachers are only there to pad the resume, the older ones are just finding somewhere to start.
    Very long hours (60 a week on average)
    All about the state tests, not so much about actually enjoying school.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed a new superintendent who actually wants kids to learn and become successful individuals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Most Corrupt Place - Pure Hell

    Teacher (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsThere are so many students who want and need a good education.

    ConsCorruption; ineffectual education system; student/teacher/administrator apathy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI left the business world to try and help education. My 1st year, the district's Technology Administration intended to steal all of the brand new computer equipment put in every Webmastering, Computer Science and Multimedia classroom in the district. I stopped them from stealing mine and completely blew their cover. Instead of them getting fired, they put me through hell. I fought to save my job because I cared about the students, but they (teachers, admin, central staff) only cared about their own self-interests. I support the new Superintendent who has been firing teachers and administrators, because they are corrupt and ineffective.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Before the new superintended life at Dallas was great!

    Elementary Teacher (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsThe staff was great to work with. Salary is ok! Insurance is OK!

    ConsStudents are out of control! They hold teachers accountable for everything. No one else is accountable only teachers. Teachers haven't had a raise in over 6 years and students behavior is horrible!

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your act together before you loose quality teachers!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worked for district for over 20 years, then let me go because of budget cuts. Not very supportive of dedicated staff.

    Elementary Teacher (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsLarge district. Lots of opportunities to grow, if you know the right people. Good luck finding a school where you fit. You will have to search high and low. But, they are out there. Basically, DISD is a good place to work overall. Every job has some downfalls. It basically depends on the school you are working at, their administration, faculty, and staff.

    ConsToo much paper work. Benefits are below mediocre. Don't join the sick leave bank. It's a joke. Dental is a joke too! The free laptops they gave teachers are always malfunctioning. Constantly putting in service tickets. It takes several weeks to get the laptop fixed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your staff with respect, fairness, and encourage them. You will see better results with test scores and morale. Teacher's need more time to plan with their team, vertically, by subject area, and for theirselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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