Chicago Public Schools Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Ok

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay was ok for the work load. It was a good job considering the city politics and the responsibility level that was encountered by the other members of the administration.

    Cons

    The pressure of the city and the unstable nature of the city's balooning pension crisis made everyone walk on egg shells around the CPS and city administration due to the past and current mayoral control.

    Advice to Management

    The appointed board was a puppet to the mayor and it was consistently known throughout the rank and file members. Anyone within city government and certainly within CPS realized this was a major problem.


  2. School Clerk

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  3. Assistant Principal

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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!


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  5. Teacher

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Meaningful - most students in great need

    Cons

    Lots of paperwork, red tape,


  6. Special Ed teacher

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benifits and nice kids to work with.

    Cons

    Lousy work conditions and toxic environment.

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer to your staff.


  7. Substitute Teacher

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    CPS is a great school system. There is an abundance of opportunity to grow within the system. I enjoy working for CPS as a sub because it allows you to be flexible in your choice of assignments.

    Cons

    The cons are minimal...however... the main thing that I've noticed is that some schools need a better administrative staff.


  8. Best District I've Worked For

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  9. Run for the suburbs

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Students are, for the most part, great to work with

    Cons

    Corruption; racketeering; cronyism; vilification of CTU; grade and attendance manipulation; failure to honor IEPs; charter profiteering

    Advice to Management

    Respect teachers; we are professionals


  10. Good opportunity but short staffed and budget issues

    Current Employee - Windows Server Administrator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Windows Server Administrator in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Large enterprise environment and good exposure to different technologies

    Cons

    Teams are too small and always budget issues


  11. Reading Specialist and Curriculum Development

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Computer Lab Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Computer Lab Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Freedom to select materials for students.

    Cons

    Interference from Administration to purchase materials I deemed necessary for students success.

    Advice to Management

    Total freedom to development curriculum for students.



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