School District U-46

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Updated Jun 2, 2014

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2.4 22 reviews

18% Approve of the CEO

School District U-46 Superintendent José M. Torres

José M. Torres

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42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Nice little part time position

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPerfect hours/environment for someone with children

    ConsNo benefits for part time

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget the part timers help make sure schools run smoothly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Dishonesty and No Security

    Support Staff (Former Employee)

    ProsThe students and families are terrific! They deserve so much more.
    Good basic benefits.

    ConsLack of qualified leadership and too many of them.
    Decisions at all levels made based on costs and personal gain rather than educational value or student benefit.
    Administrators at school and District level have no problem making false promises and lying directly to your face.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlace more value in your employees.
    Hiring unqualified friends and family is not improving the quality of education or operations.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible School District!

    Teacher (Current Employee) Elgin, IL

    ProsNice students and families, good colleagues. If you want to be left alone and held to a low standard, this is the place for you!

    ConsHuge bureaucracy--everyone at he district office is just spinning their wheels---what they do has no impact on the schools, except when it is harmful to students. Poor pay and treatment of teachers who come from other school districts---teachers are not given full credit for other experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening to the teachers who have experience in the areas where you do not. Make smart, data-informed decisions. Start prioritizing students. Stop being afraid to take risks and try something drastically different. Test scores are horrendous --it is going to take major change to turn things around.

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

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    Use it as a stepping stone

    Teaching (Current Employee) Elgin, IL

    ProsMost of the other teachers are easy to get along with.

    ConsAfter over a decade in the district the students are getting worse overall. The district continually focuses most resources on the lowest 5-10 % in hopes of having a few more graduate. Attendance = more state $$$

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire yourselves

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

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    A $400 million business run by C average PhD's

    Administrator (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent healthcare
    Some of the unions are strong which makes it good
    Teachers have a good union and a mentor program
    Teaching opportunities

    ConsThe Superintendent believes that you can run the district like a game of stratigo or risk. So he has no clue or experience about how things actually work. People hand him nice excel reports when he probably doesn't even know how to use excel. Further most of the board are former teachers so the are clueless as well. Hello, half your district are not classroom teachers, which means you have to know management skills.

    If you are seeking any type of administrator or principle type position your job will be 80% good old fashioned business management. Get the notion of being an instructional leader out of your head. They have a well paid instructional department for that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone, how can the seek technology and innovation when they themselves lack technology skills.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I enjoyed working there for the most part

    Teacher (Former Employee) Elgin, IL

    ProsThe people were very nice. Many were willing to help if needed. The students were okay. The benefits were pretty good.

    ConsThe technology was extremely lacking. The equipment was ancient. The supervisors were not very effective. It was hard to find the answers to questions, because there were so many people in a department, and nobody knew who would know the answers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe administration is very top heavy, and there seems to be quite a bit of unnecessary bureaucracy in the top echelon of the administration.

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

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    If you like working for a narcissist, this is the company for you

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMany of the staff are very dedicated and committed to providing a great educational experience for the students in U-46.

    ConsThe superintendent is very narcissistic and is very much of a micro manager. He is all about himself and advancing his opportunities in Washington DC. He does not have the best interest of the district in mind, only his advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the current superintendent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging, exciting, rewarding-loved working w/t kids and staff.

    Bilingual Special Ed Teacher Gr 9-12 (Former Employee) Elgin, IL

    ProsStaff to staff support is incredible! Mentoring program was excellent.

    ConsToo many grade levels to teach in a self contained environment 9-12, and all subjects for each level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLack of communication between Dean and teacher of consequences given out. Follow thru from Dean's Dept. slow to response. More Deans' needed at the high school level.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very disorganized in the management of the district

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMany good teachers and instructional staff working there

    ConsSenior management is very disorganized and run the district in a very selfish manner

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet Out!

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

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    A decent district that has a loooong way to go to become successful

    Teacher (Former Employee) Elgin, IL

    ProsLots of people work there. They are trying to improve.

    ConsThere is very little technology to use in classrooms. They are a little behind the times as far as modern education.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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