School District of Philadelphia

www.phila.k12.pa.us
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School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated June 2, 2015
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School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr
William R. Hite Jr
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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. Good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of dedicated people; I felt like the work I was doing was important at times; Schedules were pretty flexible in terms of time off

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, was at times difficult to get things done because of long wait times for approval and movement; often layoffs happen unexpectedly, and office can seem very quiet

    Advice to Management

    Not necessarily advice; there's little that can be done, but I think that working more closely with staff could help improve retention and feeling like we are advancing


  2. Teacher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Experience and prepared me for administration position

    Cons

    I hated to leave the school district


  3. Intern for Educational Research

    Former Intern - Educational Research in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Intern - Educational Research in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really great place to work. The managers are both friendly and understanding. Everyone works as a team and are willing to help you with anything.

    Cons

    Very limited resources! Start up is slow and it can be tough to get through HR, receive access badge, etc. Training was also quite slow but there is not much they can do with the little amount of resources they are given.

    Advice to Management

    Really enjoyed it here! Keep up the great work!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Always Interesting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Pay, Great Benefits, Great Schedule, Great Coworkers.

    Cons

    No policies remain intact for the students to abide by. Constant threat of pay cuts due to anti-teacher superintendents.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff better. It's hard enough to get people to want to work in these places. Why would you try and push those who enjoy it out?


  6. I love my students, my administrator, my parents, and my school.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive coworkers and staff, the ability to work with various different types and levels of learner

    Cons

    There's a bunch of problems within the system (union, SRC, contract, layoffs, etc.) but I try not to focus on that.


  7. Mail clerk

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    Former Employee - Mail Clerk in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Mail Clerk in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got paid for holidays that I was off.

    Cons

    I didn't get much over time.

    Advice to Management

    I work well with other people.


  8. Great chance for growth and chance to meet new people

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    Former Employee - Food Worker in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Food Worker in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good team work and a friendly place to work

    Cons

    Students can be difficult at times

    Advice to Management

    Continue to allow more work growth


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great job if you have a high tolerance for incompetence

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    Current Employee - Guidance Counselor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Guidance Counselor in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pay, health benefits, retirement benefits, time off (can you say July and August!), job security. the feeling that you are making the world a better place, unionized (for many) work place.

    Cons

    Incompetence from higher ups, bully school principals, misbehaving students can often wear you down. Your work day is basically chaotic every day. Micromanagement to the extreme. Creativity is squashed. Most principals simply want obedience.

    Advice to Management

    Get better principals and train them! The people that I know who have left have left because of either bully and unsupportive school principals, or simply just tired of incompetence from the district higher ups. They didn't leave because of the kids. Many good people who have left would still be with the district had they had better principals.


  10. My experience at the School District of Philadelphia has been one of growth

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    Current Employee - Middle School Science Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Middle School Science Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    professional development opportunities after school work opportunities students with potential students that pose a challenge can reach their potential

    Cons

    budget constraints current limited openings for transfer or new hires

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as gifts


  11. Interesting, not easy but wellpaid.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Safe place to work, possibilities to upgrade if you try.

    Cons

    It's not easy to work with today's children disiplinarywise.

    Advice to Management

    Support more the teachers and do not trust much parents who complain for anything arguing that their children are best.



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