New York City Department of Education

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New York City Department of Education Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
352 Reviews
3.2
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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  1.  

    great job for those who are patient

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    get to work with kids and change lives , the hours are great and you get more days off then days working .

    Cons

    Extremely under paid huge amount of responsibility that some times becomes overwhelming . For the amount of work you do for the salary your paid your better off working in the gap

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    8 years teaching experience
    Middle school English
    Develop curriculum
    Coach teachers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    love working with children, the work is rewarding, not your typical desk job, requires a diverse set of skills

    Cons

    Long hours, pay is not great, requires a lot of work outside of the classroom, lots of professional development to attend

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Endless change in leadership

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

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

    Pros

    - Best work-life balance
    - Doing good for public education and society
    - Positive people with "can do" style of work

    Cons

    - Gov't what else can you say...endless red-tape and egos
    - In 1 year of work there were so many changes in leadership I had counted 6 supervisors. Each time I was tasked with the responsibility of getting my "boss" up to speed
    - Nepotism/Favoritism played at all levels
    - 2 yrs of work = veteran employee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Love working at my school

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing administrative staff and great technology

    Cons

    long Hours with not much overtime

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Generally positive experience; learned a lot, but highly bureaucratic.

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    Former Employee - Director of Admissions in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director of Admissions in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Generous salary; lots of opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic; highly political; leadership was detached.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders should be more engaged with mid-level managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Clerical Support/Admin Support

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working hour is from 8 am to 4 pm without OT. Not fast face, and people are nice, no pushing.

    Cons

    Low salary, old office building.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very satisfying and fulfilling government work

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    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
  9.  

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

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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 (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
  10.  

    Challenging classroom teaching, lots of changes.

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    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
  11.  

    Rewarding and frustrating

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    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

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