New York City Department of Education

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New York City Department of Education Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
284 Reviews

3.2
284 Reviews
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Pros
  • The fringe benefits and the ability to make a difference in peoples lives (in 13 reviews)

  • 182 working days , great benefits, enjoying those moments when your students "get it" (in 15 reviews)


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

  • Working for government means lots of red tape (in 6 reviews)

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    Painstaking

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

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

    Pros

    Working with young people, rewarding and fun. I was able to work as a teacher,mentor and coach after school, summers and weekends. The benefits are good and I received financial aid for my Masters working at a Title I /Title III school

    Union has great benefits

    Cons

    Job growth as a teacher is somewhat challenging. The professional development doesn't address the needs of the students and the community. The curriculum is constantly changing without reason and administration never gives teachers a chance to implement a curriculum to see what works and what doesn't.

    Co-locations of schools also creates challenges. In my school we have 6 schools in one building and there are conflicts with students, teachers and administrators because of different approaches in leadership and management.

    Union helps teachers keep their jobs but on a local teacher-to-teacher level cannot help individual issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement programs for at least one year and change curriculum over the summer months not during the school year!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Teaching- Rewarding work, that doesn't pay and makes you wish for more hours in the day. Strange right...

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    Current Employee - Literacy Teacher  in  Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Literacy Teacher in Bronx, NY

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

    Pros

    -Enjoyed working with students from different backgrounds and learning about how they learn.
    -Enjoyed working with staff who were passionate about education.
    -My students were the highlight of my day.

    Cons

    -Seems impossible to escape politics of administration
    -Classrooms are overcrowded and under funded
    -You are over worked and sometimes have to wear multiple hats with no pay compensation (Example: No one should be a teacher and a dean at the same time. The responsibilities are over bearing, especially in struggling schools in urban demographics)
    -The paperwork is endless
    -At the end of the year (depending where you work), you have to pass your students that are academically functioning 3-4 years below grade level because they meet a minimum passing standard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Teachers should be required to complete a year worth of internship in a public/ private/ charter school before teaching in the classroom. Doctors undergo years of training and observing before they are able to touch a patient. The same should be said for our children's minds.

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    Mismanaged bureaucracy which tries to keep the lower class in a cycle of poverty

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

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Other dedicated teachers, creativity, children.

    Cons

    1. administrators with limited classroom experience
    2. paper work
    3. lack of supplies
    4. unrealistic expectations of teachers (we are not allowed to have a life outside of the classroom)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your teachers, rather than more technology teach teachers how to use it. Just as we need to differentiate with students our training needs to be differentiated as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    teacher

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

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

    Pros

    work with many different types of children

    Cons

    you not get days off for severe weather

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Secure, descent pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time

    Pros

    Stable, good union benefits, reasonable pay

    Cons

    Raises were frozen for 8 years under old mayor, new mayor signed contract with teacher union and gave raises a month after I resigned. Everyone received $1000 bonuses except me. If I stayed one more month I would've received my bonus :(

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    It really depends on your school and your students

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You're not pushing anything but knowledge
    Once you're established, the work-life balance is great
    Summers off
    Pension

    Cons

    The salary is not great for NYC
    Mandatory union dues
    Requires a true vocational patience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some way to incentivize the best teachers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very rewarding under Joel Klein

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    Former Employee - Chief of Staff  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Chief of Staff in New York, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time

    Pros

    Exciting, innovative place to work

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of bureacracy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    Great environment, wonderful people to work with all around, feels great to work with kids and help them succeed.

    Cons

    There are no cons here, this is an amazing place to work for.

  10.  

    Working for the DOE will leave you ...

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to positively effect lives of countless individuals. Imparting knowledge on young people. Watching students become inspired to seek out new information.

    Cons

    Administration and other staff members. Not much growth, unless return to school to pursue admin license. No real teacher growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teachers are what make education what it is, not the other way around

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Community Associate

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    Current Employee - Parent Coordinator  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Parent Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    This position opens up your skills in communication. It will make you a better listener and develop resources you never thought were at reach.

    Cons

    The location is too far from my home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The position deserves to be redefined and developed to better compensate the employee. More support shoould be in place because this position is like a social worker for the community.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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