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Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Good Place to work

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Long Island, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Long Island, NC

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good staff, nice kids technology useful.

    Cons

    Good work culture, friendly, positive staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep showing appreciation and support of staff members.

  2. A mix of accounting, problem solving, event planning and general operations

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Never a dull day. Great benefits.

    Cons

    too much on your plate, no salary step, always need to initiate a salary increase with bosses

    Advice to Management

    value your staff members...

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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  5. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Students, staff and interaction with parents.

    Cons

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

  6. It's a good company to work with.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Pros

    Laidback, professional, experienced professionals, good perks

    Cons

    can get complacent, less challenging

  7. Per Diem Substitute Teacher

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    Current Employee - Per Diem Substitute Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Per Diem Substitute Teacher in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great exposure to what is takes to be a classroom teacher
    Flexibility with your schedule
    Decent per diem rate of $158/day
    Pleasant people to work with. Lesson plans are usually supplied.

    Cons

    Have to be "nominated" by a principal in order to apply to get license. You have to know someone in a school who can vouch for you.
    Can only work 40 days in a school year if you are not fully certified. In order to work more days you have to have a minimum number of education credits and have passed the NYS tests and have taken the workshops.
    Some schools are really rough and just scary. There are always subbing jobs in those schools but the "good" schools have their favorite subs so it's tough to get yourself on the school list.

  8. Was actually worth working there in retropspect

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    Empower teachers to do their job.

  9. Good benefits, Poor management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  10. Mixed experience-

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Speech Therapist/Teacher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Speech Therapist/Teacher in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Overall job security once tenured. Pay is determined by UFT contracts but structured based on education & experience. Have worked in various positions in schools, district offices, CSEs. Work environment can run from great to awful. Depends on where you work and administration of your school/ work site. Have had great experiences in some places. Pension TDA and medical benefits are very good. Union-UFT- also provides additional medical related benefits. UFT can be helpful if job problems arise but not always.

    Cons

    Changes in DOE overall structure & hiring/ placement process results in less security. Work environment can run from great to awful. Depends on where you work and administration of your school/ work site.Have had awful experiences in some places. Which is why I retired last summer. Yet accepted 2 day position in neighborhood elementary school but I have control of how I do my job now. Speech staff is more isolated now then during first 25 yrs (32 1/2 yrs with DOE) I worked for DOE. May need to be pushy to get one's CFY nowadays in some districts. Recent changes in budgeting schools can result in Administrations manipulating their staffing needs and SLP losing f/t positions. So School can contract with agency and save SLP salary.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more oversight of individual school budgets so Principal doesn't manipulating their staffing needs and SLP loses f/t positions. So School can contract with agency and save SLP salary. Additionally speech staffing needs within schools need closer review so more attempts to combine 2 P/T positions into one F/T Position are realized.

  11. Hard work you need to have a level head

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • 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 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Never dull lots of good camaraderie

    Cons

    Testing is all that matters so if you are not in a testing subject good luck with getting any real development

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