School District of Philadelphia

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School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
101 Reviews
2.3
101 Reviews
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School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits (healthcare, pension, etc (in 6 reviews)

  • Opportunities for Professional development (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • No training for non-teacher staff, lack of support from administration, fear around job security, tons of red-tape (in 4 reviews)

  • selling off their responsibility for failing schools to charter schools and for-profit companies (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Draining.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia

    Pros

    There is some job security.

    Cons

    Lack or resources, limited staff, very time consuming outside of the workday, extremely stressful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Unfortunate

    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia

    Pros

    Working with kids in need

    Cons

    Promise Academies, corrupt principals and district administrators, culture of blaming teachers and "passing on" kids, relentless commitment to falsifying PSSA test scores and making teachers scapegoats rather than reporting realistically and being responsible for results....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire teachers that care, then give them the autonomy needed to make decisions best for kids; support teachers with a vision and help them execute this in the best interests of children rather than putting them down constantly. Get rid of Edward Penn - he is the leader responsible for this review.

  3.  

    Like Working Under Communism

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nothing was good about the job. They make you feel like you are really important to them when you get interviewed and all, but you are not.

    Cons

    Hostile environment, principals harass the teachers (ie: writing the whole staff up about something stupid before Christmas break every year just to show they are in charge), teachers are not supported, teachers go into debt because they have to pay for everything, and teachers end up hating their jobs. It is like working under communism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get all new managment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Tough, even by Philly stnadards

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you can become one of the "pets" you can rely on getting new job titles which will give you raises.

    Cons

    Non-union people keep getting pay and benefits cut. There are less than 1000 of us and they think whittling away our salary will close the $300 million hole!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide support to your staff and work at not pitting employees against each other like you are playing Survivor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    If you like to be verbally and physically abused this is the job for you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Summers off and great coworkers-Good benefits- decent salary if you can last more than five years

    Cons

    disrespectful and violent students
    unsupportive administration
    building facilities are crumbling - Most buildings are over seventy years old with one outlet in rooms and no air conditioning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get the hell out and save your sanity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    School Teacher in School District of Philadelphia

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    Current Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to teach children in need.

    Cons

    Very little support or resources, district is millions in debt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the teachers instead of fighting them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Philly Schools

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Teachers, wonderful friends and teamwork

    Cons

    Impossible Situations, no time or help

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with some great young people

    Cons

    The District is completely mismanaged and does not have the future of these children in the forefront.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inept administrators, apathetic parents and no monetary support.

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    Former Employee - General/Vocal Music Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - General/Vocal Music Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It pays slightly better right out of college.

    Cons

    There is no discipline. The kids' behavior is horrible, disruptive and violent. They ruin it for the other good kids who pay attention and behave (and there are quite a few). The principals just waist your time in PD sessions with endless data analysis and edicts from Harrisburg. it's total top-down bureaucracy in its worst form, with all the trappings and corruption that come with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't blame everything on the teachers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Consistently in disarray due to the people running it

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with most students, close knit relationships and support network between most teachers

    Cons

    Usually little to no support from administrators, many incompetent administrators, I spent two years working in a school where the principal was frequently drinking on the job to the point of intoxication and passing out in his office before 11 AM (I wish I was joking about that), lack of supplies/books, constantly having to supply my own paper to make copies for students, no consequences for students that refuse to behave but teachers are constantly blamed for a student's poor behavior and test scores, too many people working in administration making decisions on how to best educate at-risk students when they have little to no classroom experience, many high paying patronage jobs in 440 while schools are left with next to nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    overall principal hiring practices, give create an effective code of conduct for students with real consequences so constant behavior problems are moved out of schools they

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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