School District of Philadelphia

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Updated Apr 25, 2014

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2.5 88 reviews

21% Approve of the CEO

School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr

William R. Hite Jr

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28% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • Opportunities for Professional development (in 6 reviews)

  • good benefits, grate co-workers (teachers) (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • There is very little support from administration, many of whom in any other business would be considered incompetant and racist (in 3 reviews)

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

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    School Teacher in School District of Philadelphia

    Teacher -- Masters +30 (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsOpportunity to teach children in need.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport the teachers instead of fighting them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Philly Schools

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat Teachers, wonderful friends and teamwork

    ConsImpossible Situations, no time or help

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a great place to work

    Teacher (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsYou get to work with some great young people

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Inept administrators, apathetic parents and no monetary support.

    General/Vocal Music Teacher (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsIt pays slightly better right out of college.

    ConsThere 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 Senior Managementdon't blame everything on the teachers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Consistently in disarray due to the people running it

    Teacher (Current Employee)

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

    ConsUsually 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 Senior Managementoverall 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Harrowing, disappointing, frustrating, scary, disheartening, disillusioning.

    Teacher (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsSince the school is in shambles, you have more autonomy in the classroom as long as no one complains (which will happen)

    ConsNo respect from students, no resources district wide, no support from administration, political nightmares constantly threatening your livelyhood.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDismantle the district. Let the charters and private schools take over. I would never allow a child of mine to set foot in this school district at any school. If you live in Philadelphia, get your student into a charter or private school, and if you can't, MOVE out of the district if you can.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    stressful

    Building Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsMonday through Friday work week

    Consnot enough bodies to do work

    Advice to Senior Managementgood people will leave

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Success or failure is determined by the principal you are assigned to.

    Math Teacher (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsJob stability, room for growth.

    ConsLack of organization, failure in cohesiveness.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about the students' and teachers' success.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    They laid me off - enough said!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere is no pro to working here - deplorable conditions

    ConsThey will eventually can you

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect the teachers and let people do their jobs!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is not worth it!

    Science Teacher (Former Employee) Phila, PA

    ProsYou can help a lot of children and families. You can get a teaching job here if someone from Teach for American did not already take the job.

    ConsAdministration! There are too many transient principals, mostly women. The women in the hood schools are trying to prove their point. If you do not kiss up to them, tell them how wonderful they are, give them gifts etc they will come up with something they do not like and write you up. If you have a health condition or are close to retirement age, be prepared to be written up and fired. Your lovely union that you pay for every month will act like everything is your fault. Funny, they are your paid lawyer with no law experience! When you finally leave no one will hire you because they know you did not exactly teach. You were too busy dealing with bad kids and trying to track down books for the kids.After 8 years I am yet to find a teaching job in a hard to staff area.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome up with some better principals to run schools and visit the schools once in a while to see really goes on. Of course no advice will be taken because you take the small amount of money in taxes you get and hand yourself bonuses. Teachers drive beat up 15 year old cars while principals and management drive BMWs and Mercedes. Let's hope you all sleep well at night!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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