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Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
118 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

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 8 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Bureaucracy downtown sucks but at the school site we are a close knit family who work for the greater good of students

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Full benefits with no employee contributions (for teachers). Many opportunities for professional development. Lots of paid time off in the summer.

    Cons

    Dealing with anyone at Beaudry is a nightmare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break into smaller districts and allow schools to spend their own money as they see fit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Career employee (RN)

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

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

    Pros

    Is is a very rewarding job to work with school aged children and be able to reduce or eliminate health related barriers to learning. There are plenty of varied opportunities for nursing practice (various grade levels, special programs, i.e., special education, communicable disease, pregnant teens, asthma, NP, school based clinics, etc., in addition to working with the well child to the child with more complicated health needs. )

    Cons

    Low starting salary on teachers salary table. Very little opportunity for upward mobility, lack of career ladder. There are only two administrative level positions, DON (1) and nursing coordinator (6). With a staff of 500+, there needs to be another layer of administration to build capacity, support the nursing staff and decrease the risk of liability related to lack of adequate nursing supervision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move the nurses to the special services salary table with the other licenced professionals. This will allow for a more competitive starting salary and should garner better rquality results in recruitment and retention of the nursing staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Limited Promotional Opportunities for Healthcare Professionals.

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    Great medical and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Employees are hired and promoted based on classification. Certificated staff vs. Classified staff. If you are a classified staff member you will not qualify for any administrative, supervisor, or manager positions. Sometimes the classified employees are more knowledgeable than the certificated employees.

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  5.  

    Don't stay here to long

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    Great job has great benefits and OK pay but can't make an honest living.

    Cons

    None what do ever

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Teachers who care, higher administrations needs to rethink priorities.

    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Woodland Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Woodland Hills, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    Summer vacations!
    Even though it is a part time job, you have paid sick days.
    If education is the field you plan to be in, plenty of mentors around you. Some teachers and counselors are geniunely about the students.

    Cons

    Teacher Assistants are underpaid.
    Some teacher just don't care...
    Higher ups make decisions without thinking about the students. Bureaucratic organization interested in profit, not students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run the school like a school, not a business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall, this district does not compare to any district I've worked in and/or observed in Orange County.

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    For me, the best reason to work here is if you are an intern teacher. LAUSD welcomes intern teachers and school principals do not mind hiring them either.

    Cons

    There is not enough support to new teachers. Professional developments have been cut down to almost nothing unless you want to attend on a Saturday from 8am-3pm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make PDs more available to teachers (especially to new teachers). Pay should be comparable to other districts as well which is not currently the case.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    LAUSD is a massive district to work for, but there are many schools that are gems.

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Many communities that need good teachers dedicated to service and youth.

    Cons

    Large class sizes and lack of raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower class size and raise wages.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Building and Grounds

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    Secure job, room for growth, vacation time, medical, dental and vision care provided.

    Cons

    Swing shift, usually 3pm-11:30pm. Work outdoors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a stronger leadership role and work with administration to keep classrooms cleaner and secure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The current challenges of the Elementary School Teacher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School

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

    Pros

    There are many pros to being a teacher. for me the best part is connecting with the students and watching them grow emotionally and academically. I enjoy helping them learn and find their own unique gift. I also like working with parents and giving them suggestions on how to help their child at home and how to help them discover their child's gifts and talents. My co-workers are nice and we have fun. Of course 14 weeks off each year is not bad either.

    Cons

    I love the field of teaching but find it difficult to continue to do so with the non-stop responsibilities and demands. Teachers are being portrayed negatively in the press and the expectations of what we can do with 20-30 students in 4 hours is unrealistic. In addition, the district keeps changing programs and policies before they have a chance to see if they are successful. Top management does not consult teachers on decisions that effect them directly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please find a way to get teacher input on major issues affecting the classroom. We are in the trenches and know what our students need!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Pretty great pay

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth

    Cons

    only part time, cant work more than 999 hours per school year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lets us work more hours:(

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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