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  1.  

    Empowering teachers to guide projects for school wide improvement

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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

    Pros

    * Improve the lives of our youth
    * Great people you can work alongside with
    * Ability to be as creative as you want

    Cons

    * Letter grades were important during Bloomberg's era
    * Working in low-income neighborhoods is different than working in high-income ones
    * You never know the type of leadership you are going to get until you work under them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep the most talented teachers, challenge them and allow these teachers to lead projects that enrich the lives of students or coworkers. We think solutions to schools toughest problems will come from the outside but really you have enough brainpower within the school system to solve these problems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It's a bitter sweet experience, it has some good days and some bad days.

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    Current Employee - Sub Para in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Sub Para in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and work when ever you want as a sub. Although they have minimal requirements to keep your job.

    Cons

    You don't know what you'll walk into sometimes when walking into random assignments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A challenging, but rewarding place to work.

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School

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

    Pros

    Students, staff and interaction with parents.

    Cons

    Administration does not always connect to/understand the challenges of a teacher

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Ugh...

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

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

    Pros

    Worked with some great people.

    Cons

    Administration didn't understand special education.

    NYCDOE is constantly throwing crap against he wall to see what sticks, but is throwing so fast, they never notice what does stick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Who knows... So much to do...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Was actually worth working there in retropspect

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

    I worked at New York City Department of Education (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Meaningful experience to both develop the math skills of high school students and give life experience advice.
    One also has the opportunity to learn to improvise.

    Cons

    It appears that each year, teachers are given less credit for their added value that they provide. I think that this
    is a reason why many teachers burn out. But maybe its a management policy in order to reduce the cost of
    employing teachers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower teachers to do their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Good benefits, Poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    Good benefits including pension and vacation time
    Dedicated colleagues

    Cons

    Few opportunities for promotions or salary increases
    No training and few professional development opportunities
    Poor management
    Lack of communication within and between departments

  8.  

    Great Company to work for. Alot of opportunities for growth and advancement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Vacations days

    Cons

    Lack of support for teachers in some cases

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for the motivated, but for those with political aspiration

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to make an impact on the largest public school system in the US. People are ex-educators and care about the work they do.

    Cons

    leadership takes a heavy hand in unwarranted promotions often tried with cronyism. The DOE makes little effort to employee anything but lifers (waiting on a pension) and individuals who peacock to get promotion and political recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more innovative roles to employees

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

    No training , high responsibility but good pay

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    Former Employee - Payroll Msnager
    Former Employee - Payroll Msnager

    I worked at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits and nice office.

    Cons

    Highly responsible job with no on job training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide learning manuals to enable employee to self train for complicated tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Love the job not the stress!

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    Current Employee - ICT Special Education Teacher
    Current Employee - ICT Special Education Teacher

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Solid first teaching experience: if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!
    - My campus is safe and in a good area
    - I get a lot of support with discipline issues
    - I get a lot of professional development
    Bottom Line: Make sure you do a lot of research before accepting a position! Every school in the NYC DOE is different!

    Cons

    Most days I love my job but recently I've been feeling more and more stressed out. Here are some things to consider that vary a great deal depending on the school (I work in a high poverty school):
    - high populations of students with special needs and challenges related to poverty make for insanely high stress levels in some schools and can easily lead to burn out in a short period of time
    - lack of coherent and/or appropriate literacy and math curriculum in some schools (read: TCRWP - totally not appropriate for early grades where direct instruction in reading and writing are necessary to develop foundational skills!)
    - principal quality varies significantly from school to school and will make a huge difference in how much you enjoy your job
    - high teacher turnover (usually directly related to principal quality) makes it hard to build community in a building; after teaching for only 5 years I am a "veteran" staff member
    - specific to SpEd teachers: SESIS is a nightmare to use and the amount of special education-related paperwork can be overwhelming

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Require schools to choose curriculum that are proven to support students as they develop foundational skills...like the suburbs do!
    - Value your teachers - don't take advantage of them!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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