New York City Department of Education

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New York City Department of Education Reviews in New York State

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
350 Reviews
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Pros
  • The fringe benefits and the ability to make a difference in peoples lives (in 13 reviews)

  • GREAT JOB GREAT BENEFITS always a place to move up career wise (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Job expectations are ever increasing and little to no support is offered (in 5 reviews)

  • The morale in many schools is at an unprecedented low (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Endless change in leadership

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    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Best work-life balance
    - Doing good for public education and society
    - Positive people with "can do" style of work

    Cons

    - Gov't what else can you say...endless red-tape and egos
    - In 1 year of work there were so many changes in leadership I had counted 6 supervisors. Each time I was tasked with the responsibility of getting my "boss" up to speed
    - Nepotism/Favoritism played at all levels
    - 2 yrs of work = veteran employee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Love working at my school

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Science Teacher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Science Teacher in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing administrative staff and great technology

    Cons

    long Hours with not much overtime

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Generally positive experience; learned a lot, but highly bureaucratic.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Admissions in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director of Admissions in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generous salary; lots of opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic; highly political; leadership was detached.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders should be more engaged with mid-level managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Clerical Support/Admin Support

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working hour is from 8 am to 4 pm without OT. Not fast face, and people are nice, no pushing.

    Cons

    Low salary, old office building.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Satisfaction depends on particular school in which you work.

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    Former Employee - Librarian/Media Specialist Teachers in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Librarian/Media Specialist Teachers in Bronx, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work is pleasant if you like working with people of all ages

    Cons

    Working conditions may change over time or drastically such as the quality of the school population or other personnel which may adversely affect the general quality of life there.
    It is not easy to change schools, especially if you are an older employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain a disposition of being of service to staff, letting them know you want to be supportive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very satisfying and fulfilling government work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I work with very smart, very motivated people who are here because they really believe in their mission. It is also nice knowing that the work you do is contributing to a larger goal that is helping people, and specifically helping a lot of children. My experience is one of also being very self guided, self motivated, and being allowed to work very independently on different projects. One general pro to working in a government office is the overall work-life balance is very good; there is not a pressure to work long hours or on weekends, and people very much respect your personal time, personal life, and family commitments.

    Cons

    It is still government work; there are always bureaucratic hurdles to getting certain things done. You often have to deal with very slow moving offices, things like purchasing can be a headache, etc. It doesn't happen often, but sometimes larger political issues (e.g., the recent mayoral transition from Bloomberg to Deblasio) can trickle down and have adverse effects in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue, to the best degree possible, allowing project teams to pursue their interests without getting bogged down in too much upper level politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's About The Children- NOT!

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Bronx, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Summers off, option to work if you choose to.
    Many vacation days during year.
    Deriving satisfaction from seeing students actually learn at times.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of materials to work with students.
    Weak leadership in schools.
    Too much paperwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide strong direction and set realistic and achievable goals for classroom teachers.
    Lighten up on the paperwork - shouldn't the primary job of the teacher be to TEACH, not to spend hours doing unnecessary paperwork?
    Provide us with materials- paper to make copies, textbooks,
    How about having the Principals and Assistant Principals actually teach classes, so they know what teachers face each day?
    Professional development sessions that address the issues teachers face in their classrooms that actually provide realistic methods to teach severely disabled students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    The NYCDOE hates teachers.

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    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Bronx, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of vacation. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours. Lots of stress. No support. You'll feel like someone is trying to catch you doing something wrong instead of trying to help you get better. The pay is not nearly enough for the amount of work you'll do or stress you will experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Taught 6 years

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    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation was satisfactory for me. I had many opportunities to work per session.

    Cons

    Unorganization, and lack of funds now for professional development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teachers need more funding for professional development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    decent first exposure to teaching

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    found that all the other teacher were friendly and willing to help and the assistant principals were also very helpful

    Cons

    no training, felt like I was thrown into the deep end without a life preserver

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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