School District of Philadelphia

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School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
103 Reviews
2.3
103 Reviews
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School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits (healthcare, pension, etc (in 6 reviews)

  • Opportunities for Professional development (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • No training for non-teacher staff, lack of support from administration, fear around job security, tons of red-tape (in 4 reviews)

  • selling off their responsibility for failing schools to charter schools and for-profit companies (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    I worked at two turnaround schools. It was very challenging.

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    Former Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher -- Masters +30 in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    If you can get through to the students, they (some) will try to behave and learn

    Cons

    It's a very challenging. You have days where you want to give up. The kids are very low academically. There are many behavioral issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be supportive of your teachers and listen!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    School District of Philadelphia working with our City's at risk and special needs children in a classroom setting at var

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia

    Pros

    The District offers great benefits and opportunities for advancement and retirement plans although it is difficult to navigate the best plans for individuals when they start out and difficult to change once they are chosen by new hires.

    Cons

    The District has lots of quirks and plays by it's own rules, Union representation and support in questionable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with all subordinates with the same level of respect and commitment you would want for them to work with our City's students and respect each other more sincerely and honestly. The future is in our children and not in the politics and cronyism that currently is part of the system.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to work if your focus is on educating young people.

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    Current Employee - Special Education One to One Assistant in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Special Education One to One Assistant in Phila, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Being flexible to the learning ability of children, coupled with the support of family members and staff.

    Cons

    Constantly being proactive in many situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was not in a management position to comment effectively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Draining.

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia

    Pros

    There is some job security.

    Cons

    Lack or resources, limited staff, very time consuming outside of the workday, extremely stressful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Unfortunate

    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia

    Pros

    Working with kids in need

    Cons

    Promise Academies, corrupt principals and district administrators, culture of blaming teachers and "passing on" kids, relentless commitment to falsifying PSSA test scores and making teachers scapegoats rather than reporting realistically and being responsible for results....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire teachers that care, then give them the autonomy needed to make decisions best for kids; support teachers with a vision and help them execute this in the best interests of children rather than putting them down constantly. Get rid of Edward Penn - he is the leader responsible for this review.

  7.  

    Like Working Under Communism

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nothing was good about the job. They make you feel like you are really important to them when you get interviewed and all, but you are not.

    Cons

    Hostile environment, principals harass the teachers (ie: writing the whole staff up about something stupid before Christmas break every year just to show they are in charge), teachers are not supported, teachers go into debt because they have to pay for everything, and teachers end up hating their jobs. It is like working under communism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get all new managment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Tough, even by Philly stnadards

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    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you can become one of the "pets" you can rely on getting new job titles which will give you raises.

    Cons

    Non-union people keep getting pay and benefits cut. There are less than 1000 of us and they think whittling away our salary will close the $300 million hole!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide support to your staff and work at not pitting employees against each other like you are playing Survivor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Incredibly challenging urban teaching experience

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work with students who desperately need you, and some great, dedicated co-workers.

    Cons

    Corrupt school leaders, zero supplies or support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greater oversight of school leaders, flexibility to meet student needs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Intern for Educational Research

    Former Employee - Educational Research in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Educational Research in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Really great place to work. The managers are both friendly and understanding. Everyone works as a team and are willing to help you with anything.

    Cons

    Very limited resources! Start up is slow and it can be tough to get through HR, receive access badge, etc. Training was also quite slow but there is not much they can do with the little amount of resources they are given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really enjoyed it here! Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It is what it is.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visual Art Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Visual Art Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You are paid based on your experience and highest level degree earned which amounts to a pretty decent salary. Also paid summers off.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the school district is ALWAYS struggling to find ample funding. As a teacher you will end up spending hundreds of dollars of your own money for basic materials. Students at many of the schools are in survival mode which makes teaching very difficult. If you want to do your job well you will spend hours of additional time at work every day and its very easy to become burnt out. The job feels thankless in many ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop blaming teachers for all of the problems. Just assume they are doing their best instead of undermining everything they do and trying to take away benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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