New York City Department of Education

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New York City Department of Education Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
313 Reviews
3.2
313 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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  1.  

    Very satisfying and fulfilling government work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I work with very smart, very motivated people who are here because they really believe in their mission. It is also nice knowing that the work you do is contributing to a larger goal that is helping people, and specifically helping a lot of children. My experience is one of also being very self guided, self motivated, and being allowed to work very independently on different projects. One general pro to working in a government office is the overall work-life balance is very good; there is not a pressure to work long hours or on weekends, and people very much respect your personal time, personal life, and family commitments.

    Cons

    It is still government work; there are always bureaucratic hurdles to getting certain things done. You often have to deal with very slow moving offices, things like purchasing can be a headache, etc. It doesn't happen often, but sometimes larger political issues (e.g., the recent mayoral transition from Bloomberg to Deblasio) can trickle down and have adverse effects in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue, to the best degree possible, allowing project teams to pursue their interests without getting bogged down in too much upper level politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    So Far, I really like working for the NYC Dept of Ed.

    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Have only been here for a few months, so this may not be the most accurate review compared to a longterm employee. The principal and the school staff seem to be very dedicated to the wellbeing of the students, but this is the school I am at and could be very different elsewhere. The training they provide in District 75 is outstanding....really unique.

    Cons

    Some of the children are difficult to work with due to a history of negative behavior, but that is to be expected as this is not a community school. It is a school for children who have been discharged from community schools due to these behaviors. Some employees appear to be stuck in their ways regarding old teaching strategies and not implementing technology in the classroom where it could enhance the experience for the children. I can't fault the DOE for that as they hold many workshops where the opportunities for training are there. It is simply the mindset of some of the staff that I hope to help change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More effort to unify teaching strategies across classrooms and schools.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Challenging classroom teaching, lots of changes.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher of ESL in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher of ESL in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to try different teaching environments: large and small schools, charters, themed shools, etc.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Administrators often make changes, standards are frequently changed, students may often have a host of
    personal problems which make teaching them difficult. As with jobs in the private sector, personal connections are often helpful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Rewarding and frustrating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Educational Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Educational Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    We were in the unique position to help teachers hone their skills and increase their salaries, and the work directly affected classroom teaching and the education process.

    Cons

    The Byzantine bureaucracy had yet to be dismantled (it still exists, its enduring in many ugly ways). Also, as an organization they tend to regard money as some sort of mythical concept and not in the way humans interact with it in a daily basis. That's a little bizarre and disheartening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The move has already started to offer professional development to staff outside the classrooms. This is a fantastic idea. Don't lose it!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience, the kids are great and the staff are usually helpful

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    decent pay, short hours, no stress, working with children are great

    Cons

    Pay check are always a mess, don't come on time and the HR department is horrible! hang up on me every time I call.

  7.  

    It was a unique experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    I got to work with learning disabled students and watched them grow educationally and emotionally. I worked in a school that believed in collaboration for the benefit of all students. The administration and staff were completely child centered.

    Cons

    There was too much paperwork and testing that detracted from the instructional needs of the students.

  8.  

    Depends of the School

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

    I worked at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Provide professional development

    Cons

    Stability can vary from school to school

    Recommends
  9.  

    Parent Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Parent Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Parent Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Thoroughly enjoy working with parents helping to enrich their parental experience through workshops, networking, resourcing, referrals and providing an ongoing information pipeline

    Cons

    No salary increases which can be discouraging for those of us who work so hard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries when/where warranted

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Secure, descent pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time

    Pros

    Stable, good union benefits, reasonable pay

    Cons

    Raises were frozen for 8 years under old mayor, new mayor signed contract with teacher union and gave raises a month after I resigned. Everyone received $1000 bonuses except me. If I stayed one more month I would've received my bonus :(

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    It really depends on your school and your students

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    You're not pushing anything but knowledge
    Once you're established, the work-life balance is great
    Summers off
    Pension

    Cons

    The salary is not great for NYC
    Mandatory union dues
    Requires a true vocational patience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some way to incentivize the best teachers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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