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Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
75 Reviews
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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.  

    Career employee (RN)

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    • 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
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    Working with children

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

    I worked at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with high school students teaching mathematics

    Cons

    One of the most difficult issues is all of the standardized testing that teachers are required to do. This does not include the tests and quizzes that you might give to reinforce the learning of your subject matter. Another real concern is how the administrators "redirect" most of the funding the receive from the various funding sources into their "key person" retirement funds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your only goal is for personal gain, I recommend that you get into private industry. Oh wait, that is why you went into education, because you definitely would not last in a position that is based on performance over nepotism and favoritism. Bottom grow a conscious and stop cheating the children out of the kind of education they will need for 2015 and beyond.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working for LAUSD was at times chaotic, but ultimately enriching and fulfilling.

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

    I worked at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    The students are the best reason to work for the School District. They are curious, intelligent, and highly responsive to instruction when the teacher customizes the curriculum to their needs and interests. It is wonderful to know them and help impact their lives in a positive way.

    Cons

    The District is overly bureaucratic and places too many non-teaching tasks on the shoulders of teachers, in addition to increasing amounts of teaching responsibilities. This reality forces teachers to scramble for sufficient time to fulfill all requirements, and the stresses mount incrementally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simply and reduce teacher meeting time and accountability measures, retaining only the essential. Figure out the expectations in advance of the school year and refrain from perpetually instituting new policies mid-stream.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion 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.  

    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
  8.  

    Experience completely depends on where you work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    If you work at an Options school or for home school or magnet, you have more academic freedom. Right now I have a great principal who buys us whatever we need. I have complete academic freedom. I don't have to attend meetings outside the school day. However , my colleagues at regular schools have to deal with admins pressuring them to inflate grades.

    Cons

    Poor student behavior and attendance If you are at a regular school they are obsessed with test scores over real learning. If you want to stay in this district, find an options or magnet school and don't leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cowering to upper management. Stand up for real education instead of standardized tests.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Good and bad

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    You can make a difference in children's lives by educating them and teaching them to be individuals. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Hard to get a raise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your teachers by giving them a raise they deserve

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    My Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    A golden opportunity to work with kids and make a difference in their lives.

    Cons

    Lack of support for substitute teachers
    Lack of discipline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more administrative review.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Been able to do what you love, but not been able to grow quick

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have no benefits, its more rewarding to see student success than the pay. Working in the morning is a perk and being able to have weekends and holidays and summer is good.

    Cons

    Training is not given. no pay on holidays, weekends, Un assign days and summers. Students think that working at a school makes people filthy rich when in reality i know Employees from my location who have been and are homeless. They can't make ends meet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop micro-managing. there is no support to classified staff. You can feel the difference when you dont have a degree compared to those who do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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