New York City Department of Education Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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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. Solving issues and growing with the tech curve

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    Former Employee - Level III Help Desk Analyst in Long Island City, NY
    Former Employee - Level III Help Desk Analyst in Long Island City, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    Each and everyday is a challenge, and new never seen before issue.

    Cons

    Making sure that you fix the issue correctly, leave the end0user with the knowledge of how to fix the issue if possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just hand out positions to people who did not earn it or have no knowledge of how to manage or supervise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Teacher at art-based public school in South Bronx

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    Excellent and dedicated faculty, opportunities for professional development

    Cons

    Inconsistent student attendance (still above average for building)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training needed for new teachers

  3. Substitute Teacher

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Elmhurst, NY
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Elmhurst, NY

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

    Pros

    I get to work when I want to and take off when I have a personal commitment. The per diem pay is fair and it will be going up a few dollars in May 2015, I believe. I take my job seriously, have a strong work ethic and genuinely care about the students. My reputation precedes me and I receive respect from administration and staff and validation from the students.

    Cons

    Though most of the staff and teachers are great, occasionally you will have teachers that ignore you just because you are a "sub." Though you want to feel a part of the school community, you still feel somewhat on the outskirts because you are no "permanent" staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk with staff about treating substitute teachers with respect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. great company

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    Current Employee - Secretary in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Secretary in Bronx, NY

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

    Pros

    great benefits and nice people

    Cons

    boring work and changing of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great stepping stone to education career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    Access to working with talented people.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can sometimes stall work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop leadership pipeline by incorporating more professional development opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. I really enjoyed working with the students, and It was a pleasure to assistance the parents.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Knowing that you can help many families, in various ways.

    Cons

    Some staff members behavior was not professional at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes it could be difficult to balance your work life with your personal life. But the time-off policies were great, and always eagerly anticipated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Staten Island, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Staten Island, NY

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

    Pros

    Fulfilling profession and administration is understanding.

    Cons

    Many constraints and guidelines to follow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Lack of support and professional development and growth for administrative staff.

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    Former Employee - School Business Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - School Business Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    If you are in the NYCDOE, you receive great benefits. Obviously, the entire school system of NYC is very difficult to review as everything depends on which school you are working at and which position.

    Cons

    In terms of the system as a whole, it's very difficult to navigate, and incredibly time consuming because of all the bureaucracies to navigate. Personally, I felt that my onboarding and orientation process was nonexistent, and coming into one of the largest school systems in the US is overwhelming. I was in the administrative line and received very little professional development and growth in my 2+ years. If you're young and full of energy/ambition to do and learn, being at the NYCDOE might not be a good place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage the folks who really want to create and sustain change. Get rid of the folks who are not doing anything and don't believe in the mission of improving education for all students.

  10. Overall, my experience working with the NYC DOE as a speech teacher has been good.

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    Current Employee - Speech Teacher in Elmhurst, NY
    Current Employee - Speech Teacher in Elmhurst, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    The benefits are good and my coworkers (speech teachers) are great.

    Cons

    Training is mostly for teachers, not SLPs; opportunities to raise your pay via classes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase knowledge of SLP knowledge base and scope of practice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. If you like jumping through hoops

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    Current Employee - Per Diem Substitute in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Per Diem Substitute in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    No need to negotiate salary—everything is on the table, frequent opportunities to earn additional income at 40/hour

    Cons

    Like threading a needle. Feels impossible to get employed and getting everything in order is a timely and expensive process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the terms of employment for per diem staff more accessible, at the moment it's no simple task to uncover the contractual terms of employment, and schools use this to their advantage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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