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Chicago Public Schools Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
162 Reviews

2.7
162 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working with students and seeing them learn is phenomenal (in 5 reviews)

  • The best reason to work at CPS is because you can make a difference in a child's life (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Teachers are lacking the resource support they need to do their jobs efficiently (in 28 reviews)

  • Was let go do to budget cuts three weeks before the next school year began, leaving me little time to find another teaching position (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    A lifetime experience that I will never forget

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    Former Employee - Security Supervisor  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Security Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Getting to know the students and staff

    Cons

    Dealing with some unruly students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back ISS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sometime good, sometimes bad.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great principal, coworkers and students.

    Cons

    Not stable due to budget issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people, teachers, students and parents.

  3.  

    I have had both positive and negative experience in Chicago Public Schools

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    I had the opportunity to meet a great deal of people and the pay was very good when I did substitute.

    Cons

    When I was sent to schools where there was no consequences for discipline was some of my more challenging times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership should always look for ways to improve their schools and create a team effort to make sure that rules and regulations are carried out in an orderly fashion.

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  5.  

    I'm a former teacher of Chicago Public School system for over 20 years .

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    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The Chicago Public Schools have a great salary and great benefits. There are great schools in the Chicago Public School system and and wonderful and beautiful children.

    Cons

    Chicago Public School system doesn't see seasoned teachers as a benefit. So they are letting them go and it's becoming hard to get back in the system. There is too much testing and not enough teaching.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Served it purpose

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    Current Employee - Special Education Classroom Assistant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Special Education Classroom Assistant in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    The hours are great and working in a school with the kids is quite the experience. They really grow on you and helps you get a perspective on life.

    Cons

    The salary was not worth staying even after getting a Masters Degree in Education Policy they would not increase my salary. There are very nepotistic in hiring whether it is in a school or Central Office. There is very little room for mobility coming from inside of a school and going into Central Office. at my school many of the teachers were frustrated with the school's administration and it was just heart breaking at the quality of education the students were getting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In school management, a strong leader is one that know his demographic well and one that can take experience and formal knowledge and make the best of it to serve the students and employees. To Central Office establish a better system of accountability and management on all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    I am presently employed with CPS as a Substitute Teacher and worked previously with CPS as a Teacher Asst.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The best reason to work with CPS is the opportunity to be able to educate the children and endure that caring feeling within them of believing in them self.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges are when a child doesn't believe in their own self. When a child faces difficulty because they can't read, write or they come to school hungry and they can't even think.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Opening our minds and hearts in trying to understand the children. We may have never been through the experiences their facing today. The thousands of the children crossing the border . they are running for salvation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The company you keep

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    Former Employee - Coordinator  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Central Office (downtown) I was lucky enough to work with amazing, passionate and dedicated people who loved what they did. This made working there great. There are many people who care and go above and beyond to do good for the youth of Chicago. There is some flexibility depending on departments for work culture, some much better than others.

    Cons

    The system itself is so bureaucratic and run by business people who have no real concept of what community work actually is. There is too much of a high and mighty "I know what is right and you just have to do it like I told you to" mentality. The sad thing is that it is usually outsiders who have little to no true experience working with inner city youth and/or large urban areas. People have good intentions, but little time to listen to the people. They need strong leadership, but that strong leadership also has to take he time to work collaboratively with all of the amazing people who actually work there, but are often ignored because they don't have the title or fancy letters after their name. They do know though what the hell is going on in their city and the system which educates their children. This ties into growth. Growth can be amazing here or it can be non-existent. You have to know the right people and talk a bit talk. Every now and then you do actually get recognized for being awesome at your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Central Office (downtown) Don't ignore the worker bees, they are often the reason things move and are successful. They are the ones getting their hands dirty and deserve recognition and opportunities to advance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    unstable position

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    A few of the best benefits of working for CPS are the teacher/student relationships that are developed over time and the opportunities to become a positive role model to several generations of student and families.

    Cons

    The different personalities and demands of administrators every two years and unfair ratings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat teachers like you would like to be treated. Stop closing positions and laying off teachers with superior ratings and excellent classroom management and many years of student/teacher relationships. Novice teachers are fresh out of college, but they do not know how to control a classroom just by being present and not saying a word!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Do it for the love of kids.

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

    Pros

    Chicago Public Schools pays well. Some schools have great principals, some schools have great coworkers, some schools have a lot of technology. The kids need great teachers! I loved being a teacher and working with the kids.

    Cons

    Chicago Public Schools is a horrible corporation to work for. I am the kind of person that is always trying to do better and the work was never done. I had an awful work-life balance. I think being a teacher in CPS is something everyone should do but not for the long term....5 years max.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are clueless. There are not enough characters of text allowed to even begin to help fix the system that you have in place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Inefficient and Outdated Processes that need to evolve

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Sense of working for a cause, good starting salary, ability to make an impact since there is a lot of inefficient process and people.

    Cons

    Dealing with unprofessional employees, decision making of leadership is questionable and a lot of bureaucracy. No raises if not in union since huge budget deficit. Very inefficient systems and processes, too many people would rather maintain the status quo instead of evolving system to present times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide merit increases to employees who are showing competence and ability to lead. Reward those that help the company through career paths

    Disapproves of CEO

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