Los Angeles USD Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
174 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great place to work, great benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • Working with children made going to work everyday a pleasure, it never felt like a job to me (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Budget cuts continue to effect instruction and morale of staff (in 7 reviews)

  • beaurocracy, micro manager, no room to go up (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fulfilling career protecting students

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deputy Chief in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Deputy Chief in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Making kids safe, stable employment.

    Cons

    Economy - can take years to get a raise, depending on your position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Special Education Trainee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Special Education Assistant in North Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Special Education Assistant in North Hollywood, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits , career ladder

    Cons

    Work less than 10 months a year, no support

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Tutor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    The pay is higher than minimum wage, around $11/hr when I worked for them

    Cons

    I only had 10 hours per week

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    Many great memories from working with students and fellow teachers, Admin, for the most part, was at best useless.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You are helping kids, some of whom appreciate what you are doing, some of whom will eventually come to do so. Some students are coming from backgrounds that are like nothing you could imagine. You as a teacher are helping some of those to succeed in ways the student really can't even comprehend at that time.
    Most other teachers are both helpful and competent.

    Cons

    Battling outside influences on kids. Battling inept administrators, most of whom left the classroom before they learned to teach.
    It really takes between 5 to 7 years to become a decent teacher. Anyone going in to teaching should commit to at least 3 years. The first 2 years are completely different from all the rest.
    I would suggest looking in the Orange County area rather than LA. The pay there is substantially higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Any out of classroom personnel, especially administrators, with less than 6 years experience in the classroom should go back to the classroom.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Fine starting job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked with great people

    Cons

    Incredibly bureaucratic, everyone blames each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make divisions of power more clear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Warm people, but not always the most exciting place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are tons of opportunities to network and learn about administration from those in executive positions

    Cons

    The work can get to be monotonous and slow if you are not in a executive/leadership position

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Math Teacher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Engaging young minds. With support of Admin classroom management is successful it is a pleasure teaching children.

    Cons

    Having too many disruptive students, Limited ways to redirect their behavior.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Public Education Teacher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    Public education teachers have oodles of training and professional development! It's also great because you get higher on the pay scale for taking classes at a community college or getting your masters degree. I loved filling out my salary point verification forms and knowing I was getting paid to learn! Working with most students and parents is a delight! They love and respect the teacher and work with you to achieve the common goal of working for a quality EDUCATION. Yay!
    Likewise, there are administrators who complete this circle of positive public education by supporting the teacher in the classroom and ensuring a safe a bully free campus.

    Cons

    It seems that money is not going where it needs to be going in the district. More and more duties are being piled onto the teachers already overflowing desk even though there are more and more administrators on the campus and downtown. We don't need more administrators! We need more teachers, classroom support personnel, and less students per class. There is a serious breakdown happening within the classrooms because there are students who not getting the help they need. In upper primary grades 4&5 grade teachers have 34 students in their classrooms. To put emotionally disturbed students in these classes isn't fair to anyone, yet it is happening in my estimation in almost every classroom. Teachers are frustrated, exhausted, and sadly unable to help these students who need more than a general education setting to manage their problems and succeed in school. Perhaps in an attempt to save money, or fear of litigation, students who have had years of documented problems and social issues never get the help they need. They are passed from one frustrated teacher to the next. Finally, one-on-one counseling is authorized, once a week for 1/2 hour, but most likely in a group setting. It's not enough. The district needs to wake up to the fact that a certain percentage of the student body needs ongoing professional counseling and intervention, that a general education teacher simply cannot provide. There is a new "positive behavior" mandate across the district for students, not for teachers however. What this means is teachers are going to be dealing with more and more behavior problems. Admin will just have these emotionally disturbed students writing poetry in their office for an hour, just to be sent back to the classroom to continue where they left off...bullying you and the class. There will be no consequences for them. But watch out teachers! If teachers fail to comply with district policy you are written up, and it happened to me. I asked for administration to help me with a problem student. The instructional specialist (Really?!) covered my classroom for an hour, and also sent me, three days later of course, on Friday night at 6pm a reprimand and the threat of an unsatisfactory evaluation on my stull. Wow! I always gave 200% to my job: stayed late grading papers, getting my classroom ready and helping students after school. I couldn't believe it. This is not an isolated event, and more and more teachers are being written up. I suspect so the district can put it in their permanent record, and if they want they can later give you an unsatisfactory evaluation because they gave a "warning." It's such a hard job and if you don't have a great administration backing you up it's beyond the impossible job it already is...it's hell. My advice only apply to schools where the principal has received Utla high ratings. The district I think is encouraging principals to treat teachers as their adversaries due to isolated cases of teachers doing awful things in their classroom. A good principal doesn't need to treat teachers like that. 99% of teachers are hard working dedicated professionals. Principals need to identify and get help for certain teachers. And teachers need to get help for certain students. But there are no resources mandated for this in the district. Instead...there is only the hypocritical "positive behavior" plan thrown at the whole lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the fat get rid of all those bogus administration jobs downtown!!! Put money where it needs to go...into the classroom to support teachers and students so teachers can teach and students can learn. Because the way it is going teachers can't teach because of behavior problems and students can't learn because teachers can't teach teach. Get those 3-5 students in EVERY classroom the help they need so WE can ALL live a better life. Otherwise, public education is a nightmare and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone! The end of public education is upon us, and it comes in the guise of "positive behavior."

  10.  

    I assistant the teacher with the children paper works, and monitoring the children safety.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I work at LAUSD because I love working with children

    Cons

    The challenges working at LAUSD is the benefits, and the promotions, trainings they give to the employers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to the management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    There are many intelligent people working there, even if it does not seems that way at first

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    For administrators, benefits are generous, salary is competitive.

    Cons

    As with many other government agencies, as you go up the ladder, it because alot of political then private sectors. Moving around jobs and departments is very difficult with the rigid HR system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the last in first out tenure (which unfortunately inherited with teachers' union) type system, and reward the competent employee fairly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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