Pittsburgh Public Schools
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rewarding teaching experience

SPED Teacher (Current Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

I have been working at Pittsburgh Public Schools full-time for more than 10 years

Prossupportive union
great students
supportive administrators
Excellent special education programs

Consfunding cuts from state level
budget cuts

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A lot of hard, unappreciated work.

High School Teacher (Current Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

I have been working at Pittsburgh Public Schools full-time for more than 5 years

ProsPittsburgh Public Schools provides a challenging experience and allows you to work with inner-city students. In my experience, I have had the opportunity to take on leadership roles, and define my own career. I LOVE the coworkers that worked in my building. I was able to learn a lot from their high-energy and hard-working attitudes.

ConsThroughout my experience, I have felt unappreciated by the administration at the district level. They do not bother to call school cancellations until after all staff members are expected to be at work. They do not make students make up those days of school, but staff members have to make up those hours after school or on Saturdays. (As if, we haven't made up those two days over and over again with the extra hours that we put in.) The district consistently adds more work to our plate that takes us away from doing our jobs as teachers. The people who are often hired for district-level positions are completely out of touch with what really is happening in the classroom.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be helpful to the staff of Pittsburgh Public School District to not only a receive heartless mass email thank you, but to see action from the district-level administration that shows their gratitude of what teachers do day-in and day-out.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Lack of leadership and effective decision-making and a toxic work environment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Pittsburgh Public Schools full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- Most of the teachers and staff are dedicated professionals and care a lot about the students
- The district pays well compared to other local school districts
- Are many opportunities to make extra money through coaching and special programs

Cons- District leadership seems to have no idea what goes on in the schools and makes decisions accordingly
- There is an overall culture in which many employees are focused on competition and making themselves "look good" instead of focusing on helping students; this type of behavior seems to be rewarded while actual good work is ignored

Advice to Senior Management- Start paying attention to those who make a difference
- Stop promoting incompetence

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Terrible

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Pittsburgh Public Schools full-time for more than 3 years

ProsInitial salaries are reasonable, both in support and other sectors.

ConsDysfunctional Leadership- gives lip service to budgetary restraint and keeping an open mind. Actions show otherwise.
Waste- Switching curriculums and pet projects all the time wastes millions of dollars
Talent Drain- For having an office of talent management, they sure do not know how to manage talent. In short, terrible people get promoted, good people end up doing other peoples work, then get fed up and leave. Doing a good job here gets you no recognition.
Ego- There is a serious ivory tower mentality at the BOE building where they hire people with minimal experience and even less common sense as "Project Managers"

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to take note of people that actually get results from their position. Go forth and understand the actual departments rather than sitting at the Board and playing around with the latest research on your IPAD. Stop hiring consultants for millions of dollars that give you the same answers that everyone already knows.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Pockets of great thinkers, but often inconsistent motives/morale

Technologist (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

I worked at Pittsburgh Public Schools full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- Fundamentally you're working for a positive change in the world
- Pockets of great thinkers, ideas & attitudes
- You get the right resources & support if you know and ask the right people

Cons- Long, tedious and often politically-charged project cycles
- Morale overall has been low
- Compensation is linear and, for the majority, non-negotiable
- Fluctuating workloads
- Frequent leadership changes

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Inspiring, Collaborative and challenging

Workers Compensation Manager (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

I worked at Pittsburgh Public Schools full-time for more than 10 years

ProsAutonomy, team building, bright, enthusiastic co-workers

ConsPolitics and back-biting among board members

Advice to Senior ManagementYou are doing a great job.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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challenging and rewarding

Project Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Pittsburgh Public Schools full-time for more than 5 years

Prosmy coworkers are smart, energetic, and care about children

Consstressful knowing all about the budget cuts and furloughed teachers- makes you look over your shoulder and wonder who's next.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Pittsburgh Public Schools

ProsThe school day and school year schedule

Consit is very difficult to get in initially

Advice to Senior Managementbe more open in recruitment

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