Los Angeles USD Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 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 8 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    It used to be a great school district to work for, but not anymore.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You enjoy helping children and like working with educated people. You have some independence within your classroom when you close the door. You want to do something positive for the world.

    Cons

    Teachers have no independence. It is a very negative environment, and individuals have no support from the administration. Students act up and are disrespectful because they know that the management will support them over the teachers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start believing in your employees. Stop removing people just because they disagree with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • 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
  3.  

    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."

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  5.  

    Loved the children and what I did, however didn't love how staff was based on senority

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    Former Employee - Campus Aide in Reseda, CA
    Former Employee - Campus Aide in Reseda, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles USD part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with children made going to work everyday a pleasure, it never felt like a job to me.There is never a dull day, especially in preschool. Everyday brings something new and exciting. Creating bonds with these children that look up to you is a very rewarding experience. I sincerely loved my job and wished I could stay there much longer but lack of hours forced me to leave. Overall amazing field to work in if u love children, are creative and have patience.

    Cons

    I worked as a teachers assistant at a preschool for 5 years, when I was offered a new job at a company I soon learned my job assignment had closed at the school I was at and I was going to get transferred to a school very far from me, I was so happy to have found a full time job because I was never given the opportunity in those 5 years to increase my 3 hour/15 hours a week schedule plus I didn't receive any benefits I just loved the kids and what I was contributing to the school to leave earlier but as I got older I had no choice but to leave, it worked for me as I was going to school but the fact that I didn't have enough senority to get more hours even though I did everything to deserve it was the worst especially because I loved my job so much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a better scaling of staff, a lot of new people that are amazing at their jobs and truly have a passion for what they do are let go or not used to their max ability because they don't have the senority level like others but then how can they build senority if they are forced to find jobs elsewhere like I was because of lack of hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Doesn't care about children or teachers, good benefits and working hours

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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Full benefits, good working hours

    Cons

    Cut tons of services for children and slashed many jobs without opening up their budget. No raises for over 7 years along with cutting pay. Full of bureaucracy and very unstable. Would not recommend anyone who wants to be a teacher to come into the district for the way it is now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees the raise they deserve, they have taken pay cuts and are already way underpaid for the liability and workloads they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Change my life for better and worse

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working with students who want to learn is amazing and working with those who don't is terrible . The main pro is being able to work with amazing people in a very difficult situation. If you want to find out what you are made of try being a teacher in an urban skill you will learn how to communicate, work with divergent population, and time management,

    Cons

    Unless you want to be an administrator you will slowly have your life sucked away. You will be given more work and more work until it just becomes too much. The work itself is doable, but they continue to give you more students until it becomes difficult to manage the work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The whole system needs a major overall. From top to bottom. Teachers should not have to teach 180 students a day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    You are alone (unsupported) in a sea of bureaucracy.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    You can really develop as a Teacher within this district, and almost every Teacher I've met is honest, hard-working, and devoted to their classrooms as anyone could be. Since you know you're on your own, you learn how to make things happen without any support from District management. Your colleagues often become your best friends. Of course, the kids are wonderful, and worth all the struggle and effort. I'm not telling you anything new here when I say that Teachers have the hardest job in the world!

    Cons

    Being the 2nd largest district in the country has its challenges. Yes, the economy plunged, and so did this district. Laying off Teachers year after year is bad enough, but getting rid of school Nurses, Librarians, Custodial staff, Cafeteria staff, etc., meant that everyone suffered. I don't have to tell you that Teachers wear many hats, but serving breakfast in the classroom during instructional time stunned us all. Most of the decisions handed down from the district are meant to save money, sure. But finding ways to make money by implementing programs like "Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) is plain scary. There is no regard to how Teachers vote. The district will do what it wants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're really in the business of educating our communities' children, then you MUST honor the hard-working professionals who live, eat, and breathe teaching. When you demonstrate over and over that you could care less about Teachers, you demonstrate you're not really in the business of providing the best possible chance these kids have at getting a high-quality education. Please don't destroy our Unions. Who else will protect us?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great working with kids but the organization is disorganized and frustrating

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    Working with inner-city children is the most rewarding work there is. Despite the initial lack of respect and trust, if you show them you are committed, they will love and respect you. The community is more supportive than you might think and there are plenty of private and corporate entities that will help out if you just ask.

    The District also has resources they don't publicize, great health benefits, and lots of professional development opportunities.

    Cons

    It is a disorganized mess. If, heaven forbid, you ever have to call the main office for any reason, prepare to be confused and frustrated. I was overpaid, not allowed to give the money back, and then they attempted to sue me for it because of an error in their own records.
    If you list LAUSD in your employment history when you apply to another organization that uses a background check service, be prepared for LAUSD to give them inaccurate information and have to correct it yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to iron out some of the wrinkles in the bureaucracy. If you want to attract high level talent for the classroom, you must eliminate some of the bureaucratic obstacles and inconveniences that are small but add up over time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Insane administration

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful Students, many great teachers

    Cons

    Administration has no interest in student success. Horrible office staff. Few resources. Poorly maintained facilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change school based facilities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Benefits are ok

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Tech in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Office Tech in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    No one cares what you do.

    Cons

    Internally, no one knows what's going on. Payroll will overpay and bill you two years later. Messed up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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