Chicago Public Schools Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Big Machine

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

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time

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

    Pros

    - Access to great experience
    - You have the opportunity to create programs, projects, etc.
    - Room to grow

    Cons

    The bureaucracy gets in the way of serving students
    Funds and resources tend to follow test results

    Advice to Management

    Learn the day to day challenges before providing work plans.


  2. What can I say about one of the countries largest urban districts?

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

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

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and the potential to work with some very dedicated , innovative, resilient, and hard working people.

    Cons

    Too many to list, but it really depends on the school you work in. There are some gems in CPS, but overall the district is too big to manage and overall terribly managed.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the mayor appointed school board


  3. Teacher in the System

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    CPS schedule allows for vacation time and flexibility to be with your family or continue your education or hobbies. The health benefits and compensation, within the field of teaching, are above average. Some assignments leave room for autonomy "behind closed doors".

    Cons

    The cuts to funding and the attack on public schools and their workers will continue to make this a hard place to work. Each school can be drastically different, and my experience in a very good school still leaves much to be desired. There are many job duties that are far from related to actually teaching students content. The amount of testing is insane and gets bigger every year. Administration is powerless in most issues that stem from policy and mandate from a district level. Often, changes in duties or requirements happen quickly and without notice, and they are rolled out much before they have been tested or adequately prepared.

    There are no on the job perks. For example, this is not the kind of job that offers you a gym membership, a break room, snacks and refreshments. Instead you have 100 degree heat at times, children's sized toilets, and school lunch.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your teachers, parents and students and strive to build a school community that actually aims to educate its population, rather than just to please the district and fleece the pockets of our ever corrupt Board of Education.


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  5. Teacher

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

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

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

    Pros

    Union represents teachers & defends their interests.

    Cons

    Incessant assessments of students and teachers takes time away from actual teaching.

    Advice to Management

    Establish order before expecting teachers to teach. Students have the run of the schools!


  6. Needs better Human Resources Assistance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Substitute Child Welfare Attendant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Substitute Child Welfare Attendant in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Having the opportunity to work with children with disabilities are AWESOME!

    Cons

    Highly unorganized with process. You have to call daily to see if you can work, Often the Representative answering the phone is RUDE! IF you are lucky to get assignment they will provide conflicting information where you report to work.


  7. CTE- Teacher

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

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

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salary, Summers off & lots of holidays

    Cons

    Administrative paperwork overload.
    Principals that act like they are high school students trying to win a popularity contest.
    Principals that don't appreciate veteran/tenured teachers because of salary requirements to keep them

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate tenured/veteran teachers who know content and classroom management.
    New teachers who can't manage CAN'T teach!!


  8. CPS PSRP

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Dependable hours, decent pay, great co-workers, good city

    Cons

    District undervalues staff, mayor dislikes union

    Advice to Management

    Treat Employees with better respect


  9. Helpful (1)

    Lead Custodian

    Former Employee - Lead Custodian in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lead Custodian in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Its a job to earn money

    Cons

    The overall changes that happens every year with politic


  10. No Room to Advance

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

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A relaxed and calm environment to work.

    Cons

    Most administration positions are given internally throughout a department. Some often "require" credentials that are posted online yet given to individuals that lack the credentials.

    Advice to Management

    Look for talent who is passionate about students' future.


  11. Bilingual Teacher

    Current Employee - Second Grade Bilingual Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Second Grade Bilingual Teacher in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good pay, job security if you are Bilingual, great to make a positive impact on the Chicago community,

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, constant changes in mandates and curriculum, over crowding, low parental involvement, too much to do



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