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.  

    Experience depends on school site.

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    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    If you have a supportive principal and not too much teacher/staff turnover, the atmosphere can be really good.

    Cons

    There is often a lot of turnover at certain schools, among staff and admins, and students as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put students at the certain of policy changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    GREAT JOB

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Associate in Jamaica, NY
    Former Employee - Community Associate in Jamaica, NY

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

    Pros

    GREAT JOB GREAT BENEFITS always a place to move up career wise. WIse i never left

    Cons

    can be disheartening at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience, the kids are great and the staff are usually helpful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    decent pay, short hours, no stress, working with children are great

    Cons

    Pay check are always a mess, don't come on time and the HR department is horrible! hang up on me every time I call.

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    great company

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

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

    Pros

    good way to find jobs

    Cons

    not every day job site

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It was a unique experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    I got to work with learning disabled students and watched them grow educationally and emotionally. I worked in a school that believed in collaboration for the benefit of all students. The administration and staff were completely child centered.

    Cons

    There was too much paperwork and testing that detracted from the instructional needs of the students.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Many great people, tough environment

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    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Many smart people whose hearts are in the right place -- they're really trying to do right by students and families.

    Cons

    Massive hierarchical bureaucracy, all the decision-making authority concentrated in the hands of very few people, and those people are so swamped that they can't concentrate on any one issue for more than an hour at a time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Distribute power more horizontally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Be very careful and tread lightly.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    Teaching is a great.

    Cons

    Terrible administrators, very little support, can be fired/discontinued for simple stuff like your administrator not liking you, students can accuse you of things and you are considered guilty until you prove yourself innocent and even if you do, you probably will be fired anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Where to start...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Secretary in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Secretary in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    Caring educators and staff
    Lots of time off (work/life balance) that's all that keeps me here!
    Strong union

    Cons

    Incredible nepotism..never seen anything like it...and have worked everywhere!
    Incredible budget waste
    Civil service malaise in lower administration
    Utter confusion in upper administration
    Lots of political power play
    Positions need a salary overhaul
    Waste of resources including human
    Drowning in paperwork
    Administrators need training. Real training. In everything!
    Technology needs to be adapted at all levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn communication skills. Train staff adequately and then let them alone. Start hiring smart capable people and PAY them what they're worth. Stop sending the teachers to so many useless pds and actually find helpful ways to help them teach!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Many Demands and Not Enough Support

    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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with students and watching them grow. Wonderful colleagues that share a common goal in doing our best to serve the community. Challenging yet rewarding work with a fairly consistent work schedule.

    Cons

    Lack of administrative support and communication. Unrealistic demands due to lack of time and resources. Teachers are set up to fail so then administrators do not have to take the blame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Understand that teachers are there to give back to the community by doing a very difficult job. Do not try to make our jobs impossible, be realistic and supportive.

  11.  

    teacher NYC Public Schools

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, holidays, pension, oppourtunities to work with children.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, inept supervisors, business culture being implemented in a non-profit setting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow teachers to use their own ideas. Support teachers with difficult students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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