Houston ISD

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Houston ISD Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
127 Reviews
2.9
127 Reviews
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Houston ISD Superintendent Terry B. Grier
Terry B. Grier
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunities to network and attend professional development (in 8 reviews)

  • Reasonable hours given vacation time (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • I had to work very long hours which could have been lessened with proper planning and communication by administrators (in 5 reviews)

  • Poor planning, lack of communication, no consistency (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Bittersweet. I enjoyed working her and met some wonderful people. After the new leadership, the great people left.

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    Former Employee - Server Support Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Server Support Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Implementing innovated ideas for large urban schools

    Cons

    Work schedule, demands, timelines, too many changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value people

  2.  

    Great plac to work, Houston ISD is a great place to work with lots of opportunity for advancement. There are many school

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    Former Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Full time work with 3 months off in the summer , the pay was competitive and there was lots of room for growth.

    Cons

    Working in an elementary school posed several different problems. You must have a love for children and you must possess patience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management must listen more closely to the people that are actually working in the classroom.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Growth and innovation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get to create programs in largest school district in Texas
    Accountability is high

    Cons

    Large organization moves quickly - need to know what other hands are doing

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Houston ISD is too Big

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    Current Employee - Assistant Principal in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Principal in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary compared with other districts is the main pro.

    Cons

    Challenges include...super huge district and it's difficult to navigate through everything and find what you need.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not the best district

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    HISD gives you real time experience for urban schools. Great place for teachers from TFA, with no prior classroom experience or training.

    Cons

    Very data driven, pushes students with tests each month, which actually takes away from instructional time. Extremely militant appraisal system. Unprofessional staff on campuses. Anyone can really teach here...which isn't a compliment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less data driven, more student driven practices will be better in the long run for students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A great experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houston ISD

    Pros

    Great staff and experiences for early workers.

    Cons

    Not competitive enough to keep senior staff.

  8.  

    Substitute pay often late!

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    Current Employee - Associate Teacher
    Current Employee - Associate Teacher

    I have been working at Houston ISD part-time

    Pros

    Substitute teaching allows flexibility in working. Substitute teachers can accept jobs when and where they chose.

    Cons

    Time reporters in schools are often late turning in pay information causing substitutes not to be paid on time in many instances.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Largest district in Houston

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houston ISD

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for growth

    Cons

    They are no longer paying teachers for graduate degrees unless it's directly related to subject taught.

  10.  

    Educator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houston ISD full-time

    Pros

    It use to be a great place to work if you truly love to teach children ... But now you are forced to focus on teaching to a state test that is overrated and overused.

    Cons

    Abusive principals, unfair growth plans, abusive of planning periods, threaten you to work on Saturdays, will red flag your teacher certification if you decide to leave the district during your, principal will not remove disruptive students from your classroom and tell you that you are at fault, low moral, massive amounts of paper work, excessive abuse of power by principals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Change the world or die trying

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

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

    Pros

    You have a real chance to change the world or change the life of some kids that are in real need

    Cons

    Violence and lots of it.
    Administration that seems rotten from the top down.
    Student fight involving a knife has both students back in the classroom quickly after a brief in school "suspension" i.e. they nap for a week in a quiet room.
    Obsession with numbers and data, not so much with students actually learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit blaming teachers. We get students that can't read or write and we're supposed to having them pass the STAAR test. Sure, that'll happen. We can only do so much.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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