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Program Manager / Project Director

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Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL

I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

You do have the chance to work on some interesting projects and, if you're lucky, you may get in with the big boys who lead the district.

Cons

Outsiders (i.e., non-educators by trade) not really welcomed.
Way too political to get things done (it is government so things are slower but politics rules supreme and it absolutely hinders progress)
Too much leadership turnover to get consistent strategy and direction
Is there an actual strategy? I doubt it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop with the constant turnover and leadership changes. Also, identify your strong performers or your high aptitude people and get them into the right types of roles. Burning out your smart people is not the way to improve education in Chicago.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1.  

    It is very dysfunctional.

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

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

    Pros

    After seven years and a strike, I can no longer think of any.

    Cons

    There is no respect for teachers or parents. The system is political and corrupt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The board needs to be people who are stakeholders in the system--teachers, parents, community leaders, not the Mayor's pals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Too big, too much turnover.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work can be meaningful and important to schools and students. There are always a handful of smart, dedicated people in the organization.

    Cons

    Turnover is incredibly high at all levels in Central Office. The high-priority work is often very much driven by City Hall and leadership often must operate at the whim of the Mayor's office. Programs and initiatives come and go too frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Central Office should be much leaner, with the main functions being achieving economies of scale in purchasing power and operations to support schools. Centrally driven programs are often launched with great intentions and sometimes even sound design, but are implemented poorly because the district is simply too large. Important details are often skimped on or even ignored because Central Office lacks the resources and/or talent to implement them well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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