Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

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Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Reviews

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
40 Reviews
3.9
40 Reviews
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  1.  

    had a good experience

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    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Houston, TX

    I worked at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    it was pretty easy and good hours

    Cons

    only could work weekends about once a month

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great Palce to work!

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    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Cypress, TX
    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in Cypress, TX

    I worked at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    benfits are good, compensation is not what you expect knowing you are doing part of teachers job.

    Cons

    training is very good, support in anyway you needed is provided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to give the opportunity for the support staff to growth within the campus that way good employees won't move to another campus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not Enough Gratitude Shown To Teachers

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Cypress, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Cypress, TX

    I worked at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The students were thoughtful and kind. I also enjoyed interacting with most of the parents. The five years spent in CFISD were at least great from a strictly teaching perspective.

    Cons

    The politics are beyond horrendous. If you have a bad team leader or department chair, good luck! Each department is run like a fiefdom, and innovation is strongly discouraged. Nearly all members of the administration were either sociopaths or incompetent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vet your administrative hires better. When people are leaving your district for HISD or SBISD because of administrative foibles, you know you've got issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience overall

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    supporting work environment, fellow colleagues serve as great resources for case consultation, knowledgeable staff, great diversity, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    recent administration transition, some employees voices dont get heard. poor work allocation, some end up working for much longer hours and heavier workload.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Education administration

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    Current Employee - Administration in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administration in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Advancement potential & genuine enthusiasm for students and learning. Leader in educational practices, open to new concepts yet not fickle about grabbing every new trend.

    Cons

    Its a very large district, so it take persistence to implement change. A little too much 'top-down' management approach.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great District to work for!

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Cypress, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Cypress, TX

    I have been working at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working in the district is a great experience. My administration and co-workers were excellent. The district takes care of you with your curriculum and having this job with a family is a perfect fit.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be challenging at some points in the year. Papers to grade, grades to enter and preparing for the next day can be tough in your first year or two, but it gets easier.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I'm in the curriculum department

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    Current Employee - Curriculum Coach in Cypress, TX
    Current Employee - Curriculum Coach in Cypress, TX

    I have been working at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are opportunities to explore the best practices and have them implemented in the classroom with students. Ideas are always welcomed, but you need to back them up with research and expected outcomes.

    Cons

    The challenge in CFISD is time management. There is definitely not enough time to get work completed, especially when you have such high expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the time it takes to turn out quality products.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

    Pros

    Great place to work for teachers

    Cons

    no cons that i can think of

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    High school teacher

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Houston, TX

    I worked at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great technology resources, although not updated as often as they should be. Colleagues were extremely helpful and supportive. Opportunities to meet with teachers from other campuses. Campus administration varies based on personalities.

    Cons

    No stipend or compensation of any kind for sponsoring academic UIL activities or attending UIL competitions, despite the outside time commitment involved. The former superintendent (David Anthony) communicated weekly with all district employees, so I felt like I had a good sense of the district's priorities and the leader as a person. The current superintendent (Mark Henry) sends monthly messages to staff and they don't seem as informative. New initiatives aren't given enough time to take root and develop into something successful before changing them and moving on to the next thing. (An issue in education that is not unique to CFISD.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reach out to teachers more for input (and not just the those who are cherry-picked by the administration). UIL is not just about sports. Invest in UIL academic teams and their coaches.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great first teaching job

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    Former Employee - Choir Director in Cypress, TX
    Former Employee - Choir Director in Cypress, TX

    I worked at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The amazing colleagues of teachers, administrators and staff really made you feel at home. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming--it felt like I belonged to a real community. Such a large district allows for a large number of resources.

    Cons

    Depending on where you were and what you were doing, the facilities might be older, although they were working to improve this. Sometimes paperwork was slow due to the sheer size of the district.

    Recommends

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