Chicago Public Schools Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Project Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Prrogram Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Prrogram Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools

    Pros

    Unfortunately, I don't have anything positive to say.

    Cons

    This company does not value their employees. I have been there for over 10 years and have seen many changes. There is a lack of stability from year to year. Often times there is a lot of red tape one must go through to get something approved. The morale of most employees is low. We are understaffed and as a result, over worked. Many times projects come down the pipeline and everything seems like a fire drill. The company does not encourage a balance between work and personal life. CPS expects you to work long hours and many times be on call for things that can wait until the next day. The company also makes transitioning to a new position difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more interest in the happiness of your employees and the turn over rate may go down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. I grew tremendously as I worked with the SLP's over the past years.

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    Former Employee - SLPP in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - SLPP in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I appreciate the academic calendar that is made available to the employees by the end of the school year.

    Cons

    Politics, poor professional practices and drama among staff at certain schools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    End gossip quickly about itinerants that come into your buildings in order to provide services to your students as well as work with them to overcome challenges in a timely fashion. Learn and support special education.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Teaching children with special needs at varying levels

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

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools

    Pros

    -students yearn for good teachers
    -inspiring the students

    Cons

    -environment constraints
    -lack of resources
    -lack of understanding of special education

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Veteran Special Education Teacher.

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

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The huge network of professionals I have the opportunity to share ideas with make this job rewarding and progressive. The benefits of time off and medical insurance are valuable.

    Cons

    The recent state push for standardized testing as a measure of teacher efficacy has lessened the enjoyment of this career. Many teachers are looking elsewhere for new careers as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More humanistic, community-based, holistic teacher evaluations would boost teacher performance and morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Evaluations Prohibits your Retirement Path

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Secondary Science Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Secondary Science Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools

    Pros

    10-month employee, Inspiring students, travel opportunities for students,

    Cons

    Limited job security, hopefully your principal likes you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing with the pension! Principals have too much control of individuals careers. They have a do not hire list that you may not know you are a part of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Clinical EducatorPositions

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    Current Contractor - Clinician
    Current Contractor - Clinician

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Connecting ith and serving students and their families. working with highly educated professionals who are deicated to their professions.

    Cons

    Petty and major politics influencing quality of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know whatis happening on the frontline of service. Your assistants are not telling you the whole truth. Many violatations being carried out for expediancy and to make the numbers thatyou require look good.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8. Tough work.

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    Former Employee - Principal in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Principal in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    I was empowered to implement my vision for an organization. I had the support of superiors, freedom to hire who I felt fit, and I felt I made a difference in students' lives.

    Cons

    The politics are suffocating and your budget is extremely restricting. As a manager you expect a certain degree of scrutiny from your employees but the current educational environment demands academic performance without the time to establish a culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Director of Guidance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools

    Pros

    You were free to organize your department. Limited amount direction from the central office. The salary scale was excellent and the retirement benefits were very good.

    Cons

    No real leadership from either the central office or the building level. No established process and standards for student records or dealing with student needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication and training for faculty ,staff and students

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. A Fair Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    It is not very difficult to communicate with your coworkers and supervisors about which tasks need to be completed. I was not there long enough to get the full experience, but others got exposed to all perspectives of the department to help them figure out what fit them best.

    Cons

    The central office is no longer located in downtown Chicago and has since moved to the Bridgeport neighborhood. For south side commuters this is more convenient, but that may not be the case for others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Very challenging yet rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools

    Pros

    Great health insurance, vacation and sick time is paid. The joy of seeing children succeed is priceless.

    Cons

    Not enough time to focus on teaching, teacher aid is almost not existing, and no time for family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need more support from Principals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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