Los Angeles USD Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
155 Reviews

3.3
155 Reviews
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Los Angeles USD Superintendent John Deasy
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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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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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    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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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Loved the children and what I did, however didn't love how staff was based on senority

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    Former Employee - Campus Aide  in  Reseda, CA
    Former Employee - Campus Aide in Reseda, CA

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

    Pros

    Working with children made going to work everyday a pleasure, it never felt like a job to me.There is never a dull day, especially in preschool. Everyday brings something new and exciting. Creating bonds with these children that look up to you is a very rewarding experience. I sincerely loved my job and wished I could stay there much longer but lack of hours forced me to leave. Overall amazing field to work in if u love children, are creative and have patience.

    Cons

    I worked as a teachers assistant at a preschool for 5 years, when I was offered a new job at a company I soon learned my job assignment had closed at the school I was at and I was going to get transferred to a school very far from me, I was so happy to have found a full time job because I was never given the opportunity in those 5 years to increase my 3 hour/15 hours a week schedule plus I didn't receive any benefits I just loved the kids and what I was contributing to the school to leave earlier but as I got older I had no choice but to leave, it worked for me as I was going to school but the fact that I didn't have enough senority to get more hours even though I did everything to deserve it was the worst especially because I loved my job so much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a better scaling of staff, a lot of new people that are amazing at their jobs and truly have a passion for what they do are let go or not used to their max ability because they don't have the senority level like others but then how can they build senority if they are forced to find jobs elsewhere like I was because of lack of hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Doesn't care about children or teachers, good benefits and working hours

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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 10 years

    Pros

    Full benefits, good working hours

    Cons

    Cut tons of services for children and slashed many jobs without opening up their budget. No raises for over 7 years along with cutting pay. Full of bureaucracy and very unstable. Would not recommend anyone who wants to be a teacher to come into the district for the way it is now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees the raise they deserve, they have taken pay cuts and are already way underpaid for the liability and workloads they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves 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.  

    Change my life for better and worse

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

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Working with students who want to learn is amazing and working with those who don't is terrible . The main pro is being able to work with amazing people in a very difficult situation. If you want to find out what you are made of try being a teacher in an urban skill you will learn how to communicate, work with divergent population, and time management,

    Cons

    Unless you want to be an administrator you will slowly have your life sucked away. You will be given more work and more work until it just becomes too much. The work itself is doable, but they continue to give you more students until it becomes difficult to manage the work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The whole system needs a major overall. From top to bottom. Teachers should not have to teach 180 students a day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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