Los Angeles USD Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
161 Reviews
3.3
161 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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)

  • beaurocracy, micro manager, no room to go up (in 5 reviews)

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    Huge

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefits are great. The vast majority of the teachers and administrators are great. There are many resources available, if you can navigate the system successfully.

    Cons

    A lot of PDs that are poorly planned, and amount to a waste of time/money when we could have been in the classroom. It's a huge bureaucracy so it can be difficult to get help with your needs or the needs of students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I assistant the teacher with the children paper works, and monitoring the children safety.

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I work at LAUSD because I love working with children

    Cons

    The challenges working at LAUSD is the benefits, and the promotions, trainings they give to the employers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to the management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fine starting job

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    Current Employee - Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked with great people

    Cons

    Incredibly bureaucratic, everyone blames each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make divisions of power more clear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Huge

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    Former Employee - Elementary School Teacher  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Elementary School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and retirement. Majority of teachers are hard working and supportive of each other.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be overwhelming. Little support is given to teachers who are unable to keep up with unrelenting demands of parents and children. There is little time or energy left for doing one's actual job, teaching.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of contributing to already inflated bureaucracy, lend some support to teachers. Actually work with the children and families who need you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Math Teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Engaging young minds. With support of Admin classroom management is successful it is a pleasure teaching children.

    Cons

    Having too many disruptive students, Limited ways to redirect their behavior.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Warm people, but not always the most exciting place

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    There are tons of opportunities to network and learn about administration from those in executive positions

    Cons

    The work can get to be monotonous and slow if you are not in a executive/leadership position

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    There are many intelligent people working there, even if it does not seems that way at first

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    For administrators, benefits are generous, salary is competitive.

    Cons

    As with many other government agencies, as you go up the ladder, it because alot of political then private sectors. Moving around jobs and departments is very difficult with the rigid HR system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the last in first out tenure (which unfortunately inherited with teachers' union) type system, and reward the competent employee fairly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    BEST JOB EVER!!!

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    Former Employee - Library Aide  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Library Aide in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles USD part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    GREAT Pay!!
    Great Staff
    Learn Library science
    Entertain children
    Most of the time you are just working with the senior librarian(low stress)

    Cons

    Only a part time job
    Mid day hours
    You kind of wing it(not much instruction on what you should be doing when there are no kids)
    No way to move up unless you want to get a degree in Library sciences

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more hours
    More resources
    Give some of these school libraries a much needed makeover(get rid of old outdated books, some new paint, new chairs, etc)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The Los Angeles Unified School District is a great place to work, there is never a dull moment.

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    One of the best reason for working at this company are the children. They are energetic, resilient and most important, they do not take anything personally. They recover quickly and are always have a positive out look on life.

    Cons

    The challenge of working for the district is that there is always a child I would like to take home and care for. For example: If a child is not well cared for, or he or she is struggling with a problem that can be solved with a little extra care, I'd wish I can take the child home and care for the child, but I can't; I have to leave the child behind and head home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice I can think of is one I am sure Upper Management is already aware of. Every person is important and deserves a chance to be treated fairly. When you decide to treat a person as a human being, you and that person both win because you can learn from each other and help one another.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A humiliating experience where no good act goes unpunished.

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    Current Employee - High School Teacher  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay is reasonable, but not great.

    Cons

    A top down de facto segregated school district that is 90% Latino and Black 60 years after Brown vs. Board of Education with no expectation of student excellence and a social promotion to assured subsequent failure that creates chaos in classroom and an environment where 50% of teachers quit within 5 years- and these are the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try two-way accountability instead of a top-down model that assures bullying of teachers- a behavior students learn to model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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