Houston ISD

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Houston ISD Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
146 Reviews
2.9
146 Reviews
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Houston ISD Superintendent Terry B. Grier
Terry B. Grier
44 Ratings

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.  

    Nursing in HISD

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

    I have been working at Houston ISD

    Pros

    The breaks and time off. 2 weeks at Christmas, 1 week at Thanksgiving, 1 week Spring Break, and 2 months off in the summer

    Cons

    At the mercy of the principal of your individual school. May be assigned numerous other duties. Also greatly depends on the school's culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the nurse to take breaks and lunch , like the regular staff. Support and respect the job the nurse must do and do not undermine the nurse's role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Its been wonderful.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time

    Pros

    I love the flexibility of the schedule.

    Cons

    I wish I could reach each and every child.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Teaching ESL at HISD

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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

    Kids are awesome and from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. They are usually well behaved and appreciate the opportunity they were granted to study in the US.

    Cons

    They are subject to the same high stake tests that native speakers are, so it can be really unfair and frustrating for both the educators and students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does what it can as long as they are not put between a rock and a hard place by the higher powers and basically asked to fin someone to make responsible for unwanted results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

  6.  

    Having the opportunity to be a part of a historical event and teach for HISD was very challenging, yet rewarding.

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

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

    Pros

    I loved the opportunity to a part of positive change in this community. There are ample opportunities for professional development and personal growth. I had tremendous amount of support with curriculum resources. If the students needed it, it was provided. Technology resources were a priority and provided; along with the necessary support to use them.

    Cons

    Cons are high stakes testing and the pressure that trickles down from the top. This pressure made it hard to keep in mind that I am a child advocate and the reasons I became a teacher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to definitely consider that people need balance in their life. Being away from home 70+ hours will eventually take it's toll on someone. This along with the pressure to provide immediate results in a school, that has been a part of a failing district for years and is now being absorbed by a different school district. I loved the challenge I did not like the amount of stress from upper management because of the powers at be needing proof it was the right decision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Teaching Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houston ISD

    Pros

    Experience in the classroom was great

    Cons

    Pay was very low for the amount of hours put in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Houston Independent School District

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houston ISD

    Pros

    good mentorship provided, good salary for the Houston region,

    Cons

    organization can be improved, I didn't really like the chemistry curriculum

  10.  

    Growth and innovation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Houston ISD is too Big

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

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