Houston ISD Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
120 Reviews
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120 Reviews
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Houston ISD Superintendent Terry B. Grier
Terry B. Grier
37 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great opportunities for professional development; wonderful holidays; good insurance benefits (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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  1.  

    A great experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  2.  

    Substitute pay often late!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Largest district in Houston

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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  5.  

    Typical large urban school district.

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

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

    Pros

    Many schools to choose from and room for professional growth.

    Cons

    Part of your appraisal is directly linked to test scores which is unfair. Some things are totally out of your control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat staff with the same type of respect that you want.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great, I enjoy working with all of them.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bus Operator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Bus Operator in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Hours you work, good if you had kids.

    Cons

    It was ok, you had time off, we also had benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes ,you can get oromotions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I have been afforded upward mobility every two years from the time that I began in 2005.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Houston ISD (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The days off provided by the school district: two weeks during the Christmas holiday season, a week for spring break and various other days. Stable hours as well.

    Cons

    Salary is not as competitive as the corporate industry and benefits are sort of expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is pretty good so far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Beware

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston ISD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fac/staff were helpful and kind. Money could have been better after 30 years.

    Cons

    I was injured on the job and could not return as soon as I needed to. I was told by HR, on speakerphone, my position was closed and I would need to find a job myself or wait till the next year and I would be placed. That is how I was shown how much I was appreciated. I spent many hours at school working...most 12 hour days. BEWARE AND GET REVIEWS OF WHO YOUR PRINCIPAL WILL BE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember when you were in their position...what goes around...comes around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A mixed bag at HISD IT Dept

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Department in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Technology Department in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    You can meet a lot of interesting people at various campuses which makes things fun. Lots of technology you can get your hands on and learn (if they don't feel threatened with you learning new skills). You get lots of holidays that people in the private sector do not get. Fairly stable gig. Actually get to go to training sometimes. Tools that work. Lots of E-rate money to be spent on upgrading technology at campuses.

    Cons

    Can be very political. Lots of morons that can't go anywhere else that stay forever and turn into "lifers". No big raises and no bonuses like your private sector counterparts. Very expensive insurance program. Management based upon political whims or trying to impress certain parties and not using common sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could be an excellent place if they got rid of the lazy, the political butt kissers and raised salaries for good employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    In my current position, with HISD, I am an Associate teacher. I do substitute teaching all over Houston.

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Generous time off periods.

    Cons

    Low hourly wage. Uncertain work conditions - sometimes no lesson plans or materials.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show that you care about you Associate Teachers, by raising the pay in that area. I have been working for three years, with no pay increase. Also, the school administration could be more pro active in assuring that the associate teacher is provided with meaningful, appropriate work for the students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Too large to manage

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houston ISD

    Pros

    For the most part good people...

    Cons

    The district is to large to offer a good support structure for employees.

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