School District of Philadelphia

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School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
96 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.  

    Incredibly challenging urban teaching experience

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Work with students who desperately need you, and some great, dedicated co-workers.

    Cons

    Corrupt school leaders, zero supplies or support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greater oversight of school leaders, flexibility to meet student needs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It is what it is.

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

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

    Pros

    You are paid based on your experience and highest level degree earned which amounts to a pretty decent salary. Also paid summers off.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the school district is ALWAYS struggling to find ample funding. As a teacher you will end up spending hundreds of dollars of your own money for basic materials. Students at many of the schools are in survival mode which makes teaching very difficult. If you want to do your job well you will spend hours of additional time at work every day and its very easy to become burnt out. The job feels thankless in many ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop blaming teachers for all of the problems. Just assume they are doing their best instead of undermining everything they do and trying to take away benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It is a very dysfunctional environment and there is always a great deal of anxiety about job security.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits (healthcare, pension, etc.), nice people to work with.

    Cons

    No training for non-teacher staff, lack of support from administration, fear around job security, tons of red-tape.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of instability, pay is ok.

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    Current Employee - Grants Compliance Monitor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Grants Compliance Monitor in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is better here than the nonprofit I worked at before I came here. I like my co-workers.

    Cons

    There is constant funding crisis and talk of layoffs. It is very political - who gets promotions, who gets laid off, who knows who, the unions vs non-union, etc. They recently published everyone's salary on the internet, which is not great for morale in the office. I've learned some things from this job, but I never really got the challenge that I wanted and I feel like I am trapped in a system without any power to change things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've talked to my boss about wanting more work (I'm bored!) and she said she would keep me in mind, but hasn't actually given me any more work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working in the trenches

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Phila, PA

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

    Pros

    Most students come to learn. We all realize we are in the same budget crunch and try to help each other as much as we can. We confer on issues that affect the school and really try to be a team.

    Cons

    Parents who have no idea about their child, no follow through on rules, lack of support from administration. Lack of supplies, no copiers, ect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support teachers verbally and appreciate the efforts on the front line. Parents must be made to make appointments to discuss issues with teachers so a meeting can be well prepared for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The District has, unfortunately become a rutterless ship in spite of management's best intentions

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    Former Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Most of the employees really care about what they do and are their for the right reason. To many of them are, however suffering from burn-out due to the work conditions

    Cons

    There is a constant change in administration which results in a constant change in direction. As each new administration proclaims its vision for a new path, they expect everyone to disregard existing issues and direct their limited resources to the new issues.

    The District's financial problems have created a culture of short-term bandaids that too often are used to cover the problem not fix it. In many ways it is not the administrations fault - the politicians and the press are more interested in immediate results than in systemic changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is well known that pressure to perform in the classroom has resulted in investigations as to the integrity of test scores. What is less known is that the metrics placed on the administration has created a culture of stress resulting in a loss of integrity in the reporting results as well.

    Cuts in the central office predicated on the desire to not make cuts in the classroom have forced the schools to take on the additional central office activities. These additional activities are passed to the teachers who must use their prep time and classroom time to try to figure out the new requirements. It is resulting in inefficiencies in the system and a loss of "teaching" opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disrespectful treatment of employees and lack of financial investment in education of students.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Guifdance Counselor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Guifdance Counselor in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    There are many good, dedicated employees who have a desire to insure student success.
    There are many excellent schools doing a good job under challenging conditions.

    Cons

    Lack of financial stability. Each year, especially this year, students, teachers, and staff are fighting to keep the school district afloat. Staff, students, and families can not rely on schools operating adequately each year.
    Schools have been closed to be sold to the highest bidder. Each year more schools are being converted to charter schools. The overall moral is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See that all the Philadelphia Public Schools are fully and fairly funded on a long-term basis while showing
    respect to the students, parents, and staff. The school district cannot risk a repeat of the circumstances, i.e.
    massive layoffs, school closings, etc. or more families will move out of the city and those that remain will
    suffer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Caring teachers, horrible administrators.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Educators who really care about the kids invest time, energy and money to ensure their students learn and get all they need academically.

    Cons

    The district does not give enough supports for teachers to do their job effectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your teachers and get a company to manage your finances more efficiently.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    You are on your own when you work here; large company, not very employee focused.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary scale is one of the best in the area. The benefits were good. If you work at a special select school it will be more enjoyable than being at one of the neighborhood schools.

    Cons

    No real professional development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Caring about your employees goes a long way toward staff and teacher retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience until the last two years.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Working with wonderful teachers and principal make this job enjoyable. Also summers off.

    Cons

    Constant laying off of teachers, secretaries and staff. Changing principals from school to school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to hire more staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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