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
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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.  

    DISHONEST CULTURE

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Quiet and calm atmosphere. Some people are nice

    Cons

    This office promotes a culture of nepotism. People from particular religious belief get hired, promoted and just given a higher salary not with respect to their knowledge in any particular areas, but solely on the basis of being a member of that religious group. Other than being a member of that religious group, others get promoted or given an extraordinary salary increase solely on the basis of their obsequious characters and approving of any inappropriate comments, unethical decisions on the CEO, Director/s or Chief of Staff. These people all comply tacitly to do their dirty jobs of keeping employees' incomes low unless you happen to have been referred by someone with authority. Very deceiving atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be loyal and transparent. Employees should be treated equally with respect and fairness. Management should also be overhauled and qualified employees should be assigned to managerial positions instead of friends, family members or flatters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Bureaucracy at its finest.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work with and learn from some truly amazing and dedicated people. There is always a ton of work to do so a lot of opportunity for professional growth and exploration.

    Cons

    Tons of red tape. Always having to deal with the office hierarchies. Uneven distribution of funding to employees--staff members doing the most work, putting in the most hours, are paid the least.

  7.  

    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
  8.  

    decent first exposure to teaching

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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 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
  9.  

    So Far, I really like working for the NYC Dept of Ed.

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Have only been here for a few months, so this may not be the most accurate review compared to a longterm employee. The principal and the school staff seem to be very dedicated to the wellbeing of the students, but this is the school I am at and could be very different elsewhere. The training they provide in District 75 is outstanding....really unique.

    Cons

    Some of the children are difficult to work with due to a history of negative behavior, but that is to be expected as this is not a community school. It is a school for children who have been discharged from community schools due to these behaviors. Some employees appear to be stuck in their ways regarding old teaching strategies and not implementing technology in the classroom where it could enhance the experience for the children. I can't fault the DOE for that as they hold many workshops where the opportunities for training are there. It is simply the mindset of some of the staff that I hope to help change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More effort to unify teaching strategies across classrooms and schools.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Bronx Science = Awesome

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    *Great faculty
    *Amazing students
    *Lots of after school coaching/supervising opportunities for overtime

    Cons

    *State standards dictate much of the "test prep heavy" curriculum

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging classroom teaching, lots of changes.

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to try different teaching environments: large and small schools, charters, themed shools, etc.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Administrators often make changes, standards are frequently changed, students may often have a host of
    personal problems which make teaching them difficult. As with jobs in the private sector, personal connections are often helpful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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