Los Angeles USD Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
168 Reviews
3.2
168 Reviews
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Los Angeles USD Superintendent John Deasy
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working with children made going to work everyday a pleasure, it never felt like a job to me (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits and work / life balance (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Budget cuts continue to effect instruction and morale of staff (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Awesome!

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    Former Employee - Special Education Assistant  in  San Fernando, CA
    Former Employee - Special Education Assistant in San Fernando, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles USD part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place to work, great benefits

    Cons

    The only con I have is that I am not working there anymore. I really miss working lausd

    Recommends
  2.  

    Special Education Trainee

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    Current Employee - Special Education Assistant  in  North Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Special Education Assistant in North Hollywood, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits , career ladder

    Cons

    Work less than 10 months a year, no support

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Tutor

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    The pay is higher than minimum wage, around $11/hr when I worked for them

    Cons

    I only had 10 hours per week

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  5.  

    Many great memories from working with students and fellow teachers, Admin, for the most part, was at best useless.

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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

    You are helping kids, some of whom appreciate what you are doing, some of whom will eventually come to do so. Some students are coming from backgrounds that are like nothing you could imagine. You as a teacher are helping some of those to succeed in ways the student really can't even comprehend at that time.
    Most other teachers are both helpful and competent.

    Cons

    Battling outside influences on kids. Battling inept administrators, most of whom left the classroom before they learned to teach.
    It really takes between 5 to 7 years to become a decent teacher. Anyone going in to teaching should commit to at least 3 years. The first 2 years are completely different from all the rest.
    I would suggest looking in the Orange County area rather than LA. The pay there is substantially higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Any out of classroom personnel, especially administrators, with less than 6 years experience in the classroom should go back to the classroom.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Love the people, hate the bureaucracy

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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

    I love teaching and I found many like minded dedicated teachers.

    Cons

    I was never able to get a permanent position due to funding cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering the funding challenges and the political pressures to make teachers the fall-guy for the shortcomings of system, I would recommend that principals spend a lot of time observing their good teachers and making sure how much they are appreciated. It's a tough job and everyone needs encouragement.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A short but great experience. Once the district gets it together, they can be a great destination for anyone.

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    Former Employee - Computer Lab Tech  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Computer Lab Tech in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles USD part-time

    Pros

    Working with students is the most rewarding job to have. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice rewarding job once they get it together.

    Cons

    Getting paid once a month and for very little. Not showing the same respect to TA as they do to the other staff (teachers, cafeteria staff, etc.,)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the pay and give more hours.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Decent Starting Experience

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    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant

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

    Pros

    It was nice working with faculty who genuinely cared about the students and their education.

    Cons

    Some of the biggest challenges included unexpected situations with students as well as not seeing eye to eye with peers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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