Los Angeles USD Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Los Angeles USD Superintendent John Deasy
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Pros
  • Great place to work, great benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • Working with children, day ends at 3pm (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • The budget cuts and beauracracy is difficult to deal with (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1. Worked as a teacher's assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Covers a wide variety of socio-economic communities. Being rotated around would give you a chance to see different styles.

    Cons

    The pay isn't great. Making minimum wage as a teacher's assistant is ok.


  2. Early childhood education Teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Whittier, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Whittier, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I work for about 18 years at elementary school. I'm familiar with the programs. Also, I like the system of Los Angels USD

    Cons

    The downsides could be far distance but I can manege my own transportation. I can wake up early if I have too.

    Advice to Management

    I'm flexible and generous with students, staff as well with parents. I like team work. Also, I'm creative and enthusiastic person.


  3. Teacher Aide

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love the pay and the benefits that come with the job.

    Cons

    I wish to have a full time job , but there is no full time available because it is a senior priority of people who have been working for part time of 5 years plus.


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  5. Interpreter

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interpreter in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Interpreter in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    An Opportunity for advancement and better pay. Many positions to choose from.

    Cons

    Many people laid off due to lack of funds and budget cuts.


  6. after school coach

    Current Employee - School Coach in Bell, CA
    Current Employee - School Coach in Bell, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD (More than a year)

    Pros

    holidays off. gives u time to attend school during the day.

    Cons

    no holiday pay. school my not be too supportive for the after school program.


  7. Adult Education Used to be Wonderful!

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Teaching is a rewarding occupation. The students are great - as always. 90% of the staff and faculty is great. Most of the site administrators, (who were also subjected to the hideous cuts of 2012,) seem to be empathetic and supportive of their teaching staff.

    Cons

    Wanting to make a difference in the community by forging a career as an Adult Education is a thing of the past. At the time of this review, even great teachers who were only months away from earning a permanent (tenured) status were RIF-ed (layed-off) and the District is severely limiting its Adult Career and Core Education offerings. One's chance for advancement from temp/limited/substitute status to "full teacher" status. To be clear, the hourly pay is good. However, when you are limited to 10 hours per week, it does not add up to anything close to a living wage; nor can it truly be considered a career when you need a second or third job to make ends meet for your family. I'd love to be more optimistic, but that's the landscape right now... #nofilter

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to remunerate LAUSD superintendents based on a "merit" or "achievement matrix" This would have saved the citizens of Los Angeles billions simply by not having to fund bloated salaries and then pay-out severances when these failed "leaders" bailed-out after a "job poorly done." Funding severance packages could have hired MANY highly-qualified teachers and funded schools.


  8. Concentric circles

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Tarzana, CA
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Tarzana, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I am a substitute teacher at the secondary level. The district sends me wherever it needs me, so I get to meet a lot of students. When a teacher leaves a clear idea what she or he wants done, I deliver. I can also "tapdance" to some extent if I get nothing. My subjects are math and music, and I have held down long-term assignments in each.

    Cons

    The coat of arms of a substitute teacher is a set of concentric circles; that is, a target painted on your back. Most students seem to believe that the absence of the regular teacher is a chance to goof off. I work diligently to overcome that attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Give all teachers, but especially subs, more disciplinary support.


  9. LAUSD

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    Former Employee - Stock Worker in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Stock Worker in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I think the benefit package was exceptional.

    Cons

    in the later years my work hours were diminished by furlough days

    Advice to Management

    resume


  10. counselor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good relationships w/ admin is a pro

    Cons

    still catching up on pay


  11. Teachers assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD part-time

    Pros

    Pretty easy to get hired. Decent pay. Easy to transfer between schools.

    Cons

    Don't really get a choice to which grades you want to work with. Some schools are not flexible.



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