New York City Department of Education

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New York City Department of Education Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
281 Reviews

3.2
281 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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  1.  

    Great organization but commitment is a must.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Director in Brooklyn, NY

    Pros

    Great networking and fulfilling work. It is hard work with limited resources but you will be satisfied.

    Cons

    Very large organization and projects get "lost in the weeds".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your employees better and exploit their strengths.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Family Worker

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    Current Employee - Family Worker  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Family Worker in Brooklyn, NY

    Pros

    Being able to help provide resources and assistant to parents and students

    Cons

    some of the challenges are parents who dont get envoled with thier childrens education

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Per diem substitute teacher

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher

    Pros

    You can decline any job offer without being penalized, reserve days of the week that you do not want to be called, and request certain days to not receive a job offer, so there is lots of freedom. You only have to work 20 days per school year in order to qualify to be a substitute teacher the following school year.

    Cons

    not enough administrative support for the substitute teacher who cares for children with behavior problems (special education) in reference to a disrespectful student. Also, after working 40 days for the current school year, before renewing the certification for the next school year, you have to show proof of registering or passing the New York State Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    I'm a Assistant Music Teacher, teaching kids how to play various musical instruments in a Marching Band

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    Current Employee - Assistant Music Teacher  in  Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Music Teacher in Bronx, NY

    Pros

    You get to meet teenagers and find ways to help them with music and personnel problems that they may have. It's not easy being a teacher, but it feels great when you can teach them something.

    Cons

    You have a lot of things against you, MP3 players, games, cell phone these devices are great, but not in schools while you're trying to learn something new.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I happy to say that its not a easy job working for the Board of Education, but it's important to help them help others, especially kids, it's my honor to work with them, it's sad that it couldn't be on a full time basics, but part time is a blessing for now.

  6.  

    Very Challenging

    Former Employee - Customer Service/Data Entry  in  Long Is City, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Service/Data Entry in Long Is City, NY

    Pros

    Meeting new peoples, ganing experience

    Cons

    To many peoples wants to be boses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Depends of the school

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

    Pros

    Ability to make a change in the world, very driven and intelligent colleagues, and at times, supportive management.

    Cons

    Many schools treat you like a glorified babysitter, and micromanage you on many classroom tasks such as the new Danielson evaluation system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wish there was more opportunities for professional development, also putting the safety of students and teachers first during dangerous weather such as snowstorms.

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

    Love my coworkers and students, upper administration is lacking.

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

    Pros

    Students, Families, Other dedicated teachers

    Cons

    Subpar pay for amount of work, People in the district office seem to be lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better, be more transparent, proofread.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Office of Pupil Transportation

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    Former Employee - Customer Service/Data Entry  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Service/Data Entry in New York, NY

    Pros

    Customer service seasonal employment is available on a temporary basis. Good training and diverse workforce on the job. Opportunity to make a positive contribution to the clients

    Cons

    Employees and their efforts are unappreciated, undervalued and expendable. There is a boiler room atmosphere there and very little opportunity for permanence or advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The New York City Department of Education no longer supports teaching as a profession.

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    Former Employee - Career and Technical Education Teacher  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Career and Technical Education Teacher in New York, NY

    Pros

    As a teacher, you have more vacation time than the private sector. If you have a family you'll have more time to spend with your children.

    Unfortunately, not every student will succeed in your class. However, this fact did not keep me from believing that every student has the potential for success. This potential is so exciting - each new year presents new challenges and new potential successes.

    You will never learn a topic better than when you start teaching it. I remember my first year teaching Graphic and Web Design. I had taken Graphic and Web Design courses after college and thought I knew what I was doing. However, the student questions just made me dig deeper and learn more. There is an old adage that it takes three years of teaching to truly master a subject and in my experience this is the truth. A good teacher loves to learn and shares their experiences with their students.

    I believe that a good teacher strives to empower their students to reach the highest level of achievement. The single most important quality that every teacher should possess is a love and passion for teaching young people.

    Cons

    In the old system, a teacher was more autonomous. During the Bloomberg Administration, the administration has acquired more power at the school. The principal's role was similar to a corporate boss. The new principles of the new administration micromanages teachers. Teachers no longer had room to be creative and autonomous. The new rating system allows the administrator to walk into a classroom any time they want to observe a teacher and rate them more often than the old system.

    I am not saying that the educational system does not need change but I don't believe all of the new changes support teaching as a profession. Teacher's have lost a lot of their union rights. The current climate makes it harder for a teacher to excel and survive in the system for twenty to thirty years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the old system, I saw principles helping the worst teacher in classroom management become the best one. Today, the motto is "You are either born to be a teacher or you are not". The new system no longer thinks of teachers as civil servants but as employees. Teacher's clock in every day at work with a time card. The contract treats teachers like factory workers.

    The characteristics of a good teacher has changed and so has the mentoring. I believe that some teachers can be molded into becoming a better teacher. All teachers want to become better contrary to what other's believe. Unfortunately, today's educational climate does not support this motto.

    Cookie cutter lessons are valued more than creativity. A cookie cutter approach would likely be boring for both teachers and students. What makes teaching so exciting is that kids learn differently, and we have to find and utilize different strategies and differentiated learning to reach every student. What works for one student, will not work for every student. Teachers have to be willing to be creative and adaptive in their lessons, thinking outside the box on a continual basis. If you try to teach every concept in the same manner, there will be students who miss out on key factors because they aren’t wired to learn that way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    social worker

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    Former Employee - School Social Worker  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - School Social Worker in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good income, vacation days, and pension benefits, met many fine colleagues over the 25 plus years I worked in various districts, able to assist many children, parents and staff through special education process, parent workshops, counseling sessions and meetings.

    Cons

    Sense of comraderie I started with eroded over time due to changes in how social workers and helping staff were treated. Lack of support for staff evident. Difficult system to master without supervision from experienced senior social workers. Many bosses, too many schools to juggle, need more helping staff at most schools, caseloads overwhelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the Supervisors of Social Workers they removed in 2003! Management needs to acknowledge necessity of additional social workers and hire accordingly. Over stressing staff reduces productivity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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