San Diego Unified School District Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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Pros
  • Great benefits including 100% insurance coverage (in 4 reviews)

  • you work with students with special needs and parents that care about them (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Work hard to get no bonuses, no advancement opportunities - just pink slips and budget cuts (in 4 reviews)

  • Depending on which school site you are assigned you may have poor working conditions in terms of not having a designated work space/office (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Special Education

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Diego Unified School District

    Pros

    Excellent paid benefits for you and your immediate family.

    Cons

    Pay is ok but the average position is only 30 hours a week.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Tough gig

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Diego Unified School District

    Pros

    Coworkers were usually great collaborators & hard workers! Felt like you're giving back to the world.

    Cons

    Politics, lay offs, budget cuts, not treated like professionals, feeling like you're never doing enough!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Great place if you don't like to work and miserable place to work if you want to be challenged.

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    Current Employee - Central Office Classified Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Central Office Classified Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at San Diego Unified School District

    Pros

    Classified employment is relatively stable.

    Cons

    No training, no career advancement, management does not value hardworking employees. Most employees are under-achievers and/or incompetent. Specialized skills in technology are not valued or compensated appropriately. Constantly fixing errors of others and completing the work when others drop the ball. No accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your job. Manage effectively and hold people accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Great Beneftis! But......

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at San Diego Unified School District full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great! The district pays the medical, dental, and vision premiums for employees and their families.

    Cons

    Senority seems to out rank a person regardless of how much knowledge, skills, education, etc one may have. Favortism seems to be a big thing as well when it comes to promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at implementing some sort of employee recognition program to help build a stronger morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. San Diego Unified School District

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    Former Employee - Extended Program Leader in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Extended Program Leader in San Diego, CA

    I worked at San Diego Unified School District

    Pros

    they offer pretty good benefits if you are a full time employee. You are off whenever school is out so that means you never work on weekends and holidays.

    Cons

    Your job description contains things all across the board no matter what the position. If you are someone who cares about kids it is hit and miss to be placed at a school where people feel the same. There are a lot of people working with kids who do not like kids. To be someone who loves kids it is saddening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start taking advice from the people actually in the field. Most times management request things that are a stretch and unrealistic but because they are not in the field they do not know and expect it to be done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Kindergarten teacher with San Diego City Schools.

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at San Diego Unified School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Seeing the academic growth with the children in your classroom. This is especially true with kindergarten students who are just learning to read and write. Another pro is the relationships you develop with the families.

    Cons

    To do the job well, it requires long hours and preparing materials on the weekends. Typically, I work a ten/eleven hour day without even a five minute break. I eat my lunch while organizing materials for the afternoon lessons. The district does not provide aide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle school and high school teachers receive a prep period. This should also be something given to your hard working elementary teachers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Good school district to sub for in San Diego

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    Current Employee - Sub Teacher in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sub Teacher in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at San Diego Unified School District full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    As of 2014, San Diego City Schools pays more ($144/day) than any other district in the county. I am called for jobs every day, and the sub desk is very helpful and the Sub Finder system is pretty efficient at calling out for jobs.

    Cons

    Schools south of I-8 can be challening to work in. The administrators in these schools can be supportive of you, and at other times they have too much on their plates to offer any help on those especially challenging days in the classroom.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great benefits and pay

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    Current Employee - School Psychologist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - School Psychologist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at San Diego Unified School District full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, compensation, professional development, schedule. School psychologists are well treated in the district and have support from the senior psychs. You can organize your day as you wish so long as you get your required duties (testing) completed. I'd recommend this district.

    Cons

    Very top heavy district. Lots of redundant paperwork. Depending on which school site you are assigned you may have poor working conditions in terms of not having a designated work space/office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. It was challenging to work for SDUSD when my position was tenuous for 7 years as per hiring practices.

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    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher in San Diego, CA

    I worked at San Diego Unified School District full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Teaching is teaching and I love teaching.

    Cons

    The union is a representative for teachers no matter how well they teach. The union and district do not work well together. The district administration is bureaucratic in nature.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at San Diego Unified School District full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits Great Benefits Great

    Cons

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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire those qualified

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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