New York City Department of Education

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New York City Department of Education Reviews

Updated April 27, 2014
Updated April 27, 2014
284 Reviews

3.2
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Pros
  • The fringe benefits and the ability to make a difference in peoples lives (in 13 reviews)

  • 182 working days , great benefits, enjoying those moments when your students "get it" (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • The morale in many schools is at an unprecedented low (in 8 reviews)

  • Working for government means lots of red tape (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Twenty five years ago teaching high school in New York City was great, not so much now.

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you can hang on long enough, you can make a good salary. Benefits at the moment are good, but a new contract is in the works, and the union keeps giving back our rights...

    Cons

    Endless meetings about nothing, micromanagement, mandated test prep, mandated lesson topics, administrators with little actual teaching experience, lack of time to prepare lessons, grade papers, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let teachers teach!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Overall, it really depends on what school you end up working for...

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Per session (extra $$$) opportunities
    Vacation days which include two months in the summer, mid-winter break, spring break, and Thanksgiving Break.
    Schedule accommodates early risers (and you avoid overly crowded subways.)

    Cons

    Little autonomy to run classroom, a plethora of extra make work to keep teachers busy.
    Poor management that does not support teachers
    Implementation of awful evaluation system that rates teachers on over 20 components where it is nearly impossible to get a "highly effective" rating.
    Difficulty enforcing disciplinary measures on students
    Disciplinary measures taken if teacher takes off school days due to illness

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Very Disappointing Organization

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits, occasionally deriving satisfaction from seeing a student learn something.

    Cons

    Unmotivated students, lack of clerical supports or supplies, disorganized, a lack of focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us books that we can use for students that have multiple handicaps, give us USEFUL advice for teaching such students, SHOW us what we can do for these students by example, rather than preaching from on high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    horrible place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good benefits, a lot of days off

    Cons

    unorganized, horrible workers, low morale

  6.  

    Floating carcass with unbearable stench and working conditions from "officers".

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Was once great place to work.

    Cons

    Little time doing job trained for and signed on to do since accountability via high stakes exams and teacher evaluation in a Kafkaesque situation worsening by moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every "supervisor", administrator, policy maker should work in galley for one school year and prove competency in both classroom and in performing their own job using the same rubric applied to teachers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    emphasis on testing leaves little time for real teaching

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    competitive salary compared to other cities

    Cons

    Too much testing of students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop testing

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Cronyism and institutional racism run amok!!!!!

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    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The retirement package is reasonablea and you can edge out a decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    As far as central administration goes it is an open secret of the institutional (and overt) racism that occurs there . . . Blacks and Latinos beware!!!! Raises and promotions are for mainly for Whites, Jews and (some) Asians. Cronyism is rampant and competency is not the top priority of the leadership. Hyper-political work environment (this is referring to Tweed HQ near Brooklyn Bridge). Unionized employees that are fortunate enough to work in the schools and district branch offices generally do face not the same rotten atmosphere that exists in the central office (Tweed Courthouse).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start staffing the headquarters with people who are educators . loomberg leaves office this will change . . .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Teaching for the DOE is a nobel but very disheartening experience.

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    Former Employee - High School Teacher  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Getting to help children who are unfortunately and sadly deprived of most of what life has to offer.
    Working with great people (some of them)

    Cons

    Dealing with a dysfunctional and crumbling bureaucratic mess of a system.
    Being unfairly rewarded or punished based on personal and political nonsense.
    Working with some really awful, jaded, resentful and power-hungry people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together. Stop trying to repair deeply endemic educational issues with stupid temporary fixes such as small schools and test-based philosophies. Sadly, the only thing that will fix this problem in NYC is a lot of money, and dealing with the even larger issues of poverty and class. Money is needed for better pay and resources for teachers and schools, as well as to improve the atrocious conditions in many school districts that virtually guarantee failure of all but a few lucky students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    it's not worth it-except for the kids

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    compensation
    wonderful to work with children

    Cons

    Teachers live in constant fear that they "are not doing" enough even though my colleagues are extremely hardworking people who are dedicated. The whole focus on test scores and basing a teacher's worth on such as basis is totally wrong. On top of that, resources keep dwindling each year. The morale at many schools is dismal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with the teachers instead of against them and stop the micromanagement on unimportant trivia.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Worked over 30 years for NYC DOE...had to leave due to a condition that was caused in a building! DOE not supportive!

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Supervisor in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits-Vacation, Sick Leave, Family Medical Coverage

    Cons

    Feeling you can't trust/depend on other employees/employers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a Manager...not a Puppet!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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