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Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.0 142 reviews

                             

30% Approve of the CEO

Los Angeles USD Superintendent John Deasy

John Deasy

(50 ratings)

49% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great benefits and work / life balance"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Not working for a corporation, doing a social good, some union protection against overly abusive supervisors, good work/life balance and benefits"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "The budget cuts and beauracracy is difficult to deal with"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Way too much emphasis on test scores"
    in 4 reviews
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    Special Ed Assist; Great pay/benefits; summer employment sucks

    Special Education Assistant (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsLove working with children; love working with teachers and staff

    ConsNo emploment during summer

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed summer employment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Instructional Aide

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking with children, day ends at 3pm.

    ConsNo room for advancement for instructional staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more heavily in your instructional staff (aides, paraprofessionals, etc.) These are the people who really get to know the children. The teachers are often too busy to give each child individualized attention.

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    Pay, benefits top notch; otherwise existential environment

    Adult Education Teacher (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThe pay and the benefits are the highest in the state. I work in Adult ed and the pay exeeds to next highest paying district by 25%.

    ConsThere;s an arbitrariness that makes it seem like the left hand doesn't know what the right is doing. It CAN be a very vindictive environment, as people--administrators and teachers alike--appear in some cases to have plum usually out-of-classroom jobs as return for being "good." Budget cuts continue to effect instruction and morale of staff. Many cases basic supplies like writing markers are missing in cloassrooms. Technology doesn't work and no one to fix it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI recommend Dale Carnegie training to top management. The trickle down effect results in a spirit of meanness, which may not be willful as much as it is from no knowing how to deal with human beings. Downsize administrators from each adult school from five to four/

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    LAUSD is worse than an abusive spouse.

    Adult Education Teacher (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsIt's better than nothing. Hourly rate of pay is good, but no benefits or job security.

    ConsPaid by the hour. Limited to working 12 hours a week. No benefits. No opportunity for tenure. Administrators don't support faculty. Teachers are verbally abused by students on a daily basis. Standards are extremely low. Teachers are pressured to give credit slips to high school students who read at fourth-grade level to make the school "look good."

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your priorities straight.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    General

    Records Manager (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    Prossafe, pretty predictable hours, nice coworkers

    Consvery hierarchical, political, bureaucratic, slow

    Advice to Senior ManagementNA

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Insane administration

    Teacher (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsWonderful Students, many great teachers

    ConsAdministration has no interest in student success. Horrible office staff. Few resources. Poorly maintained facilities

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange school based facilities

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Early Education Teacher (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGreat place to obtain work experience.

    ConsAdministration is out of touch with the needs of the class room, too many budget cuts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide personal growth and training to staff to obtain job placement and stop state testing, which is time lost for teacher and students. Time can be used preparing students for success.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great place to be

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work. Friendly people. Great hours, because school hours are typically earlier in the work day, so it's good for avoiding traffic.

    ConsOccasionally politics may get in the way. If you reach the top of the salary scale in your classification, that's it. No bonuses or annual evals for raises.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    "School Nurses work hard for their Money".

    School Nurse (Former Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThe nursing administration at Los Angeles Unified Schools is very supportive of their school nurses and continually 'go to bat ' for them. The hours worked daily and the amount of vacation time permits the school nurse to persue other activities/employment in addition to this full-time position.

    ConsThe compenation is definitely the biggest con of working in this school district. There is also an atmosphere of distrust and a lack of respect for the children and their families.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote more trusting environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Corrupt, incompetent, and rife with cronyism, this district abuses good teachers who speak out.

    High School Teacher (Former Employee)

    ProsGood health benefits and opportunities if you curry favor with the right people.

    ConsYou can be sent to any school, to teach any subject, with little notice. There is a network of people protecting each other at he upper administrative level, making everyone nervous and vulnerable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTeachers are your best resource for improving education. If you don't include them in your decisions, mistakes will always be made.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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