New York City Department of Education

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New York City Department of Education Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
350 Reviews
3.2
350 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.  

    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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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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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    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 (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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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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.  

    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 (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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    Special Education Teacher

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

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

    Pros

    The New York City public school system offers very competitive pay compared to the rest of the country; the benefits were decent and extremely cheap, though I found GHI to offer few carriers.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for growth, besides within one particular discipline. Every single semester there is a new "in vogue" way to structure and teach special education. I felt like there was no consistency that would foster true excellence in the classroom for teachers. The way this is integrated into the classroom is different in every school but my school was known as one of the better to work for in Brooklyn and it was still a constant frustration. I felt like I spent my entire life working; the demands on teachers are extremely difficult, especially since we have to relearn how to teach/reinvent the wheel every year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you institute a new program or initiative, don't abandon it just because it doesn't work immediately. Try to stick with it and make modifications rather than a total overhaul. Also, give your teachers autonomy - we are, after all, in the classrooms every day and we know what works and what doesn't. Sometimes the key to effective management is simply asking the right questions to the right team members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be very careful

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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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