New York City Department of Education

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New York City Department of Education Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
291 Reviews
3.1
291 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Depends of the School

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Provide professional development

    Cons

    Stability can vary from school to school

    Recommends
  2.  

    Parent Coordinator

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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 8 years

    Pros

    Thoroughly enjoy working with parents helping to enrich their parental experience through workshops, networking, resourcing, referrals and providing an ongoing information pipeline

    Cons

    No salary increases which can be discouraging for those of us who work so hard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries when/where warranted

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great schools and opportunities to grow in any career in education.

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, medical insurance, sick days and not to mention the longest summer vacation!

    Cons

    Lots of politics, supervisors not being supportive of educational progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fare, supportive, and recognize when employees go the extra mile.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    "It's About The Children"- NOT!

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pension plans, many vacation days/weeks, summers off. Opportunity to work Chapter 6 assignments to make extra money, if you can hang in there long enough. Every now and then, some satisfaction is derived on a personal level from actually seeing evidence that a student is learning from what you are teaching them.

    Cons

    Lack of materials given to teachers that are needed in order to actually implement and execute effective lessons, very political, an inordinate amount of paperwork, lackluster leadership by administration. Lip service is given about "educating" the students, but in reality, some of the schools are essentially glorified baby sitting services, particularly in D 75. The Teachers's Choice money given to us by the DOE is a joke.
    I should also mention that much of the staff encountered in the schools are not professional, rude, nasty, and unwilling to work collaboratively with the teachers. The students seem to be forgotten in all of the nonsense and gamesmanship that goes on among the adults.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than fostering a "gotcha" mentality to ensnare teachers, actually provide support that is concrete and substantial.
    Provide teachers with materials ( books, workbooks, printers, consumable resources) that they can use to implement and execute effective lessons. Provide professional development sessions that are useful, particularly in dealing with students that have extreme disabilities. Lead by example! Administrators- show us what makes for a "master teacher" by actually teaching a lesson or two in one of the classes that you perceive a teacher to be "struggling" in. Is it any wonder that NYC LOSES so many of their teachers to other districts, given the circumstances that exist in NYC schools?

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    I was a custodial cleaner cleaner

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    Former Employee - Cleaner  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Cleaner in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    sometimes you will find a couple of decent people in the building

    Cons

    then you got the people that will stab you right in your back I work beside addict I've seen people roll joints in the building drink alcohol in the building

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat people like human beings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Sub

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

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

    Pros

    You get to know different schools and communities.

    Cons

    There are different kinds of grades that you have to be prepared to teach.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Be very careful

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    Current Employee - Guidance Counselor  in  Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Guidance Counselor in Bronx, NY

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

    Pros

    Love working with kids and helping them grow

    Cons

    Principals, Superintendents, AP's. The entire system is built on all of the above stepping over people to look good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen instead of always speaking. Ask for help when you need it. Give credit when it is due.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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