New York City Department of Education

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New York City Department of Education Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
352 Reviews
3.2
352 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.  

    great job for those who are patient

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    get to work with kids and change lives , the hours are great and you get more days off then days working .

    Cons

    Extremely under paid huge amount of responsibility that some times becomes overwhelming . For the amount of work you do for the salary your paid your better off working in the gap

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    8 years teaching experience
    Middle school English
    Develop curriculum
    Coach teachers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    love working with children, the work is rewarding, not your typical desk job, requires a diverse set of skills

    Cons

    Long hours, pay is not great, requires a lot of work outside of the classroom, lots of professional development to attend

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Love working at my school

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    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
  6.  

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

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    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Lots of beauracracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and summers off.

    Cons

    Teachers are asked to do miracles but are not given enough resources or support. There is an expectation (at a small school) to do everything. New crop of administrators micromanage without enough teaching experience to fairly and properly evaluate teachers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Classroom Teacher Dissatisfied

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    Working with students (most of the time) is rewarding.

    Cons

    Frustrating administration and parents. The stress level does not match the salary. Bureaucracy is awful. Lots of jumping through hoops to show that you are effective, but few opportunities where that is actually verified. Every school can look good for one day.

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

    If you are in the right clique you will go far.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    If you work at the DOE headquarters there are many opportunities to collaborate with colleagues across divisions, as well as opportunities for apply for new positions on other teams. The people who work there are great and are truly dedicated to the education of the students.

    Cons

    Executive leadership is a mess. Some of the leadership at headquarters are abusive to their staff. Lack of work-life balance-expectation that you are available 24/7. Major salary disparities. And if you are not in the right clique, forget it, you will not advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See cons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very satisfying and fulfilling government work

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    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

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