New York City Department of Education

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New York City Department of Education Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
352 Reviews
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352 Reviews
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Pros
  • The fringe benefits and the ability to make a difference in peoples lives (in 13 reviews)

  • GREAT JOB GREAT BENEFITS always a place to move up career wise (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Job expectations are ever increasing and little to no support is offered (in 5 reviews)

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

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    DISHONEST CULTURE

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Quiet and calm atmosphere. Some people are nice

    Cons

    This office promotes a culture of nepotism. People from particular religious belief get hired, promoted and just given a higher salary not with respect to their knowledge in any particular areas, but solely on the basis of being a member of that religious group. Other than being a member of that religious group, others get promoted or given an extraordinary salary increase solely on the basis of their obsequious characters and approving of any inappropriate comments, unethical decisions on the CEO, Director/s or Chief of Staff. These people all comply tacitly to do their dirty jobs of keeping employees' incomes low unless you happen to have been referred by someone with authority. Very deceiving atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be loyal and transparent. Employees should be treated equally with respect and fairness. Management should also be overhauled and qualified employees should be assigned to managerial positions instead of friends, family members or flatters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's About The Children- NOT!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Bronx, NY

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

    Pros

    Summers off, option to work if you choose to.
    Many vacation days during year.
    Deriving satisfaction from seeing students actually learn at times.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of materials to work with students.
    Weak leadership in schools.
    Too much paperwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide strong direction and set realistic and achievable goals for classroom teachers.
    Lighten up on the paperwork - shouldn't the primary job of the teacher be to TEACH, not to spend hours doing unnecessary paperwork?
    Provide us with materials- paper to make copies, textbooks,
    How about having the Principals and Assistant Principals actually teach classes, so they know what teachers face each day?
    Professional development sessions that address the issues teachers face in their classrooms that actually provide realistic methods to teach severely disabled students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    former teacher

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    teaching in general is a way to stay interested in life in order to pass knowledge on.

    Cons

    working in nyc public schools as a teacher is punishment. it kicks you while you are down. it exists because of capitalism and human nature's lack of empathy. Dont fool yourself into thinking that you are making a difference. you actually are doing the opposite. you are feeding a system which manifests slavery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    strike

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  5.  

    I was a custodial cleaner cleaner

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    Former Employee - Cleaner in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Cleaner in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    sometimes you will find a couple of decent people in the building

    Cons

    then you got the people that will stab you right in your back I work beside addict I've seen people roll joints in the building drink alcohol in the building

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat people like human beings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  7.  

    "Too much work and expectations for too little pay and satisfaction."

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Public High School Classroom Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Public High School Classroom Teacher in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    Be a professional learner, plenty of room for creativity, run your own classroom (sort of), work with kids, always room to learn and improve your lessons and practices, doesn't get boring.

    Cons

    unrealistic expectations, little support (especially for new teachers), very low pay, excessive weekend and after hours work required, high burnout rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat teachers like the professionals that you expect, build in better supports (helpful trainings, real mentors with experienced teachers teaching the same subject you teach, curriculum infrastructure, pay for quality employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Overall, it really depends on what school you end up working for...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    horrible place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, a lot of days off

    Cons

    unorganized, horrible workers, low morale

  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  11.  

    Don't become a teacher

    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is plenty of vacation time
    The pay is decent
    You can help children

    Cons

    A lot harder than people think it is.
    There is a lot of work involved. Not just lesson planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to teachers

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