School District U-46
2.6 of 5 20 reviews
www.u-46.org Elgin, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

School District U-46 Reviews

Updated Nov 20, 2013

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22% Approve of the CEO

School District U-46 Superintendent José M. Torres

José M. Torres

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47% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Nice little part time position

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at School District U-46 part-time for more than 8 years

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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Use it as a stepping stone

Teaching (Current Employee)
Elgin, IL

I have been working at School District U-46 full-time for more than 10 years

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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I enjoyed working there for the most part

Teacher (Former Employee)
Elgin, IL

I worked at School District U-46 full-time for more than 3 years

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

Administrator (Former Employee)

I worked at School District U-46 full-time for more than 5 years

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at School District U-46 full-time for more than 5 years

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

I worked at School District U-46 full-time for more than 3 years

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)

I worked at School District U-46 full-time for more than 5 years

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

I worked at School District U-46 full-time for more than 3 years

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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hard district to work in

Teacher (Former Employee)
Bartlett, IL

I worked at School District U-46 full-time for more than a year

ProsHad a great dept. chair (who eventually became principal) who cared a lot and had my back! She was extremely supportive... always!!!

ConsThe district is so resource poor. We needed to use both sides of the paper in the printer, shake the ink cartridge before throwing it away. .. Our budget was so tight!

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

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Unsatisfactory

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Elgin, IL

I worked at School District U-46

ProsThe Benefits were good.
Pay was based on seniority

ConsNEVER providing training
Put you in any position just to fill gaps, it did not matter if you never did the job before
Put people in positions and set them up to fail
Did not take student discipline seriously
Put its workers in harms way

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your workers
Take student discipline seriously
Take a look at what goes on in classrooms
Don't hire HR directors who have never been in a school system before

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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