Buffalo Public Schools Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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  1. Work Environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Buffalo Public Schools (Less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging, those who are self-motivated can create opportunity

    Cons

    Stressful work environment. Uncertainty. Minimal resources.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes less is more.


  2. Teachers are puppets

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Buffalo Public Schools (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Buffalo Public Schools is you need a job, and it is a job, not a profession - see below.

    Cons

    I say it is a job because very few people act professionally. Administration is told not to put anything in writing. Dictates from City Hall cannot be disputed. The inequality among teacher responsibilities is mind boggling. The BTF does nothing because it is considered teacher against teacher. Board Members are an embarrassment and are a true testament to the bigotry and racism that exists in the South Buffalo communiity.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice - their egos are too big to take any advice. However, the public should wonder why the school doesn't just copy a district that works. Why reinvent the wheel? And it would be probably would be good to copy this practice: Give every kid a book.


  3. ESL teacher for 7 years

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Buffalo Public Schools (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Diverse learners, collaboration encouraged, competent administrators

    Cons

    Inconsistent implementation of programs and policies


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  5. school social worker

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - School Social Worker in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - School Social Worker in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Buffalo Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    see different problems every day

    Cons

    too involved with local and state politics

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees more


  6. An extremely different type of working experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at Buffalo Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work with some exceptional children. The schedule worked for me while I was attending school.

    Cons

    No Benefits No Compensation No Communication and when you call for information, staff act like deer caught in headlights. Many of the clerical staff have no interpersonal skills, some seem to be just waiting for retirement. Talent and development training needs to be giving to all staff especially substitute teachers.

    Advice to Management

    All the Board does is bicker over everything. Need to really come out of that boardroom and step into the classroom. Work on your talents and developments. Credentials mean nothing without professional and interpersonal skills


  7. Dysfunctional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Buffalo Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There are some talented people. The BTF benefits are unparalleled.

    Cons

    Leadership, mandates, and policies are stifling. No one knows what's going on.

    Advice to Management

    Many factors beyond their control, but they need to really think about doing things radically differently. The same ol', same ol' isn't working.


  8. I'm very proud to be a member of Board of Education.

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Typist in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Typist in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Buffalo Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone works as a team, children are first priority

    Cons

    You must be able to handle many interruptions and stay calm at all times.


  9. Micromanaged and Treated as a child. Required often to carry-out duties other than certification or position.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Substitute in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Substitute in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at Buffalo Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The student population is tough but there are many great kids. The staff is great to work with, they are talented and dedicated to the students.

    Cons

    Management is poor, staff is scrutinized excessively. They don't often hire from their sub list as they have trouble keeping subs long-term.


  10. Helpful (2)

    A dictatorial administration that knows little about curriculum and listens to no one

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Buffalo Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    There are plenty of people who feel the same way I do. It is employment.

    Cons

    Probably one of the worst school districts in the country as far as innovativeness, curriculum, talent and education.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire people with a criminal background - stop listening to the uneducated, lying, drug dependent parents. Make the workplace more equitable by treating everyone equally and distributing the workload more equitably.


  11. Helpful (1)

    My work experience at Buffalo Public Schools

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Secondary Teacher in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Buffalo Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Structure of some schools and the administration

    Cons

    Not enough disciplinary actions for disobedient children. This no action concerning students who are absent frequently.

    Advice to Management

    Give the administrators more leverage to hire and eliminate teachers that are not fulfilling school requirements



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