Chicago Public Schools Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Barbara Byrd-Bennett
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Pros
  • Working with students is rewarding (in 5 reviews)

  • The job requires the ability to make difficult decisions quickly and diplomatically (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • I had an awful work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • There are very nepotistic in hiring whether it is in a school or Central Office (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Teacher

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    Current Employee - IL Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IL Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are great expecially when it comes to collaboration

    Cons

    Administration can be good or bad


  2. Special Ed Teacher

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very intense and extremely meaningful!

    Cons

    Not enough time time to spend with individual students

    Advice to Management

    Need additional support to give students maximum attention.


  3. Cadre Substitute Teacher

    Current Employee - Cadre Substitute Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Cadre Substitute Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A Cadre Substitute teacher is employed to cover the classes of absent teachers on all student attendance days other than the final day of a given school year. Cadre Substitute Teachers get health insurance.

    Cons

    Cadre status usually granted for one school year. Re-application is necessary. A day-to-day substitute teacher may be selected to serve as a Cadre in October, not at the beginning of the school year.

    Advice to Management

    It would be helpful to know if the management informs substitute teachers that Cadre selection occurs in October.


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  5. Intern Review

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Internship could have possibly led to other opportunities within and outside of the company. I learned many valuable administrative skills and was able to utilize my new gained skills.

    Cons

    Was not given enough hours and had to balance hours so that they did not run out before year end. Usually given work different from work/job description.

    Advice to Management

    I would tell management to value all employees. Many employees feel unappreciated and almost disposable due to the lack of encouragement portrayed from management.


  6. Prepare to be laid off

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits. Nice place to work if your team is good, which mine was.

    Cons

    No security: major layoffs every few years. Was laid off with perfect evaluations to keep a tenured teacher. No onboarding, basically you have to "figure it out."

    Advice to Management

    Quit embezzling.


  7. Teachers Assistant

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    Current Employee - Culture and Climate Specialist in Dolton, IL
    Current Employee - Culture and Climate Specialist in Dolton, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    great hours and vacations and being off with your children are nice.

    Cons

    low pay, and not treated fairly by administrative staff.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees like all-stars...Not just the teachers.


  8. Only If You Have No Other Options

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Many discounts by being a State of Illinois employee Use ID for free entrance to musuems and many teacher discounts

    Cons

    Constantly changing personnel. Phone numbers for HR, Payroll, etc, not updated. Each year lay offs Leadership changes constantly and with that everything else Poor leadership at all levels Very unprofessional organization


  9. School Clerk

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - School Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - School Clerk in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Enjoy the summers off every year

    Cons

    When it comes to contracts they are hesitant to come up with solutions to make it easier to work for them


  10. Assistant Principal

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Principal in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Principal in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work with great students and teachers

    Cons

    Assistant Principals are year to year positions, which makes every July 1 a little scary!


  11. Best District I've Worked For

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Speech Language Pathologist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Speech Language Pathologist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of variety in caseload options, being such a big district there are many learning opportunities if you advocate for yourself and the setting you would like. Managers try their best to accommodate your location close to your home address however you have to roll with the expectation that they also need to fill all schools and locations so this may not always happen every year but you are given caseload change requests each year. No scheduling of IEP meetings!!! This is handled by a Case Manager. That person is responsible for assuring all IEPs and Re-evals are scheduled and paperwork is complete. Takes huge amount of busy work off of your plate so you can focus on cases. Most of my team members were awesome, very experienced clinicians so I grew a great deal in my professional skills learning from them. I loved the collaboration and support. Very strong union to support and advocate for best practices and teacher support Excellent pay relative to the rest of the country teacher pay scale. They will acccept CEUs to move you on the pay scale, not just university level classes.

    Cons

    You can never be sure what you are going to get as far as case assignment but I never had a bad experience WAY too many employee performance reviews!! For a new clinician you have to get evaluated 3 times with the current contract. It is a waste of everybody's time as there is hefty paperwork to fill out for each review. Always politics to deal with at CPS but I don't think this is any different than any other district I worked with, just on a bigger scale

    Advice to Management

    Reduce number of evaluations



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