Alief ISD Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. Mr. G

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alief ISD full-time

    Pros

    The focus on doing the best for teachers.

    Cons

    They don't have many technology resources


  2. Counselor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Alief ISD (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    School district offers many programs and resources for parents and students.

    Cons

    Faculty and staff are not always treated professionally.

    Advice to Management

    Management should do more to make employees feel valued.


  3. Helpful (1)

    School administrator need to work smarter not harde.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Houston, TX

    I worked at Alief ISD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Training, teachers are willing to go the extra mile. They offer good benefits.

    Cons

    Where can I start??? Inconsistency all the time. Administrators seem to forget they were teachers too. Many teachers leave the teacher profession or get burned out after working at Alief. It should not be that way.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid off drama. Get rid of childish, diva administrators. At some point I didn't know whether my campus principal was an adult or a teenager.


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    teacher

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alief ISD full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The best pay in Houston; great vacation time, option to get extra money during summer months. Stable job if you like children and enjoy service.

    Cons

    Stress growing, never ending administrative tasks, less time to teach. Great demands in terms of meetings, planning. No growth plans...

    Advice to Management

    Respect your teachers; change emphasis on testing.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Teacher

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Alief ISD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging environment, students who need and appreciate dedicated teachers, dedicated co-workers, allows for personal creativity in lesson planning, wide range of professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Administration is chaotic, has no empathy for personal problems impacting performance, and is generally useless when problems occur, student discipline is terribly handled and issues are often practically ignored in an attempt to decrease student absences due to suspensions and so on

    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified individuals for administration who actually know how to run a school, not just people who passed their exam and got a masters degree!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Teacher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alief ISD

    Pros

    Diversified school district with talented teachers

    Cons

    extended work day,consistency, state testing


  8. substitute teacher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alief ISD

    Pros

    flexibility, flexbility, flexbility, flexbility, flexbility ,flexbility

    Cons

    no stability,no insurance,no benefits.no benefits,no benefits


  9. Helpful (1)

    Analust

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at Alief ISD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good jobs doing a lot of work

    Cons

    Bad managers and bad people

    Advice to Management

    Give more promotions


  10. Helpful (2)

    substitute at Alief ISD

    Former Employee - Associate Teacher in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Teacher in Houston, TX

    I worked at Alief ISD part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to work

    Cons

    Some administrators frown on writing up students for discipline referrals. Don't get caught sitting down in the classroom or you may be written up and not be able to work at a particular school.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Typical School District

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Alief ISD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is OK. They offer professional development opportunities throughout the year. They have lots of opportunities for students to be involved in several activities.

    Cons

    Some campuses are really bad. Avoid certain campuses. I work at an elementary campus and it is a challenge to work there, not because of students but because of the administration. The principal is very unrealistic about the expectations she has, she is not very professional in her communication with staff, her e-mails to staff members can be very unprofessional and sometimes include rude comments.Those comments sometimes do not even apply to all staff members. Teachers are asked to do several things at a time with very little time to focus on instruction, we have meetings almost everyday, with not time to be ready to start the day, and usually spending a lot of our own time in things that are very redundant and do not really improve instruction. A "blame the teacher" type of culture, although things can be different if you are friends with the ILT or the Administration, in which case, everything you do is great. If admin or ILT does not like you, in that case, no matter what you do it will always get a negative comment. There is a great focus on test scores but I guess that happens in other districts too. And finally, teachers are judged based on displays on the walls that focus mainly on using some type of graphic organizers that have become "the answer" to how students learn.

    Advice to Management

    Monitor your administrators, especially in those campuses with low achievement. Low achievement is a consequence of poor leadership and abuse of power, that is what I think. This school district has a lot of potential but if teachers were allowed to teach and focus on instruction, instead of the thousand other tasks and paper work they have to keep up with, things would really change.



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