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Los Angeles USD Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
180 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place to work, great benefits (in 9 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Budget cuts continue to effect instruction and morale of staff (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Common Core has eaten away at arts instruction in LAUSD.

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

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time

    Pros

    So many great teachers in this district!

    Cons

    Under poor leadership at the school and district level, teachers have taken an 8% cut in overall pay since 2008. Arts programs, library programs, and general staffing has been slashed beyond belief.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Parents, teachers and the Los Angeles community deserves to be a greater part of the decision making process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Its been amazing experience to work with children and academics as they are the future of America.

    Current Employee - Clerical Assistant, Campus Aid in Playa del Rey, CA
    Current Employee - Clerical Assistant, Campus Aid in Playa del Rey, CA

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

    Pros

    The positive atmosphere of an ever growing mind and supporting the children and teachers and parents of the community we live in. Knowing that what I do can effect the future,by sending positive messages and administrative professional support, I have learned to succeed in a multi-cultural and always changing enviorment. My heart and soul went into my work and I am ever grateful for the oppertunity.

    Cons

    The only cons I can speak of are,nine weeks off in summer.Lack of income and hard to find temp jobs.Also, of course,children come and go and its emotional,but a part of the school stays with each one and that is very nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to breathe.Over worked and overwhelmed is not good for any one.

  3.  

    Nice working environment and nice people

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    Current Employee - Project Management in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Management in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    They let your enough time to work on jobs

    Cons

    too many departments, sometime is hard to get approval for a thing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Very nice

    Current Employee - Campus Aide in Chatsworth, CA
    Current Employee - Campus Aide in Chatsworth, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent pay, fun kids, nice staff,

    Cons

    very hot sometimes. wear sunblock

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none, keep up the good work

  6.  

    Hostile Working Environment

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

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

    Pros

    Teh best reason to work here is the quality and extent of the benefits: full family coverage including vision care, etc and retirement contributions.

    Cons

    LAUSD is an employer that considers its front line employees (teaching staff) to be the lowest level organizationally. Virtually any out of classroom position is considered a "promotion" and the majority are paid more than teachers. LAUSD values external resources more highly than its internal resources paying consultants and service providers more than using or developing its internal resources. Finally, LAUSD does not support its teachers in the ongoing battle for societal development of a "culture of learning" demonstrated in its lack of support of teachers when faced with discipline challenges (threats or acts of violence against teachers) or parental challenges (threats, acts of violence against teachers, neglect of parent responsibility for student participation in school).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Neglecting and abusing staff is not the way to produce a quality product, be organizationally efficient or have a good reputation in the community. Learn to work with your teaching staff rather than against them. Listen to their expertise, consider and implement their solutions, use their skills, reward them financially and culturally, support them when they are challenged, develop them positively rather than punitively when correction is needed. Reorganize the organizational structure and language to reflect respect and support for the teaching tasks. Superintendent, board and exec management have the power to make the changes if only they would do so in earnest and with integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    I love teaching but I'm starting to get burned out too early in my career!

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

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

    Pros

    Great students and having the opportunity to work with some really good teachers and administrators.

    Cons

    Terrible students and having the misfortune to work in a hellish school with hellish administrators.

  8.  

    Special Ed Assist; Great pay/benefits; summer employment sucks

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD part-time

    Pros

    Love working with children; love working with teachers and staff

    Cons

    No emploment during summer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need summer employment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    LAUSD is worse than an abusive spouse.

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Paid 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get your priorities straight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Pay, benefits top notch; otherwise existential environment

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

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

    Pros

    The 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%.

    Cons

    There;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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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/

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Instructional Aide

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    Working with children, day ends at 3pm.

    Cons

    No room for advancement for instructional staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest 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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