School District of Philadelphia

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School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
89 Reviews
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School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunities for Professional development (in 6 reviews)

  • good benefits, grate co-workers (teachers) (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • There is very little support from administration, many of whom in any other business would be considered incompetant and racist (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    School Teacher in School District of Philadelphia

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

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to teach children in need.

    Cons

    Very little support or resources, district is millions in debt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the teachers instead of fighting them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Philly Schools

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Teachers, wonderful friends and teamwork

    Cons

    Impossible Situations, no time or help

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You get to work with some great young people

    Cons

    The District is completely mismanaged and does not have the future of these children in the forefront.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Inept administrators, apathetic parents and no monetary support.

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    Former Employee - General/Vocal Music Teacher  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - General/Vocal Music Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    It pays slightly better right out of college.

    Cons

    There is no discipline. The kids' behavior is horrible, disruptive and violent. They ruin it for the other good kids who pay attention and behave (and there are quite a few). The principals just waist your time in PD sessions with endless data analysis and edicts from Harrisburg. it's total top-down bureaucracy in its worst form, with all the trappings and corruption that come with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't blame everything on the teachers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consistently in disarray due to the people running it

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working with most students, close knit relationships and support network between most teachers

    Cons

    Usually little to no support from administrators, many incompetent administrators, I spent two years working in a school where the principal was frequently drinking on the job to the point of intoxication and passing out in his office before 11 AM (I wish I was joking about that), lack of supplies/books, constantly having to supply my own paper to make copies for students, no consequences for students that refuse to behave but teachers are constantly blamed for a student's poor behavior and test scores, too many people working in administration making decisions on how to best educate at-risk students when they have little to no classroom experience, many high paying patronage jobs in 440 while schools are left with next to nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    overall principal hiring practices, give create an effective code of conduct for students with real consequences so constant behavior problems are moved out of schools they

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Harrowing, disappointing, frustrating, scary, disheartening, disillusioning.

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Since the school is in shambles, you have more autonomy in the classroom as long as no one complains (which will happen)

    Cons

    No respect from students, no resources district wide, no support from administration, political nightmares constantly threatening your livelyhood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dismantle the district. Let the charters and private schools take over. I would never allow a child of mine to set foot in this school district at any school. If you live in Philadelphia, get your student into a charter or private school, and if you can't, MOVE out of the district if you can.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    stressful

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    Current Employee - Building Engineer
    Current Employee - Building Engineer

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Monday through Friday work week

    Cons

    not enough bodies to do work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good people will leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Success or failure is determined by the principal you are assigned to.

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

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Job stability, room for growth.

    Cons

    Lack of organization, failure in cohesiveness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about the students' and teachers' success.

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

    They laid me off - enough said!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia

    Pros

    There is no pro to working here - deplorable conditions

    Cons

    They will eventually can you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the teachers and let people do their jobs!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is not worth it!

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    Former Employee - Science Teacher  in  Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Phila, PA

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You can help a lot of children and families. You can get a teaching job here if someone from Teach for American did not already take the job.

    Cons

    Administration! There are too many transient principals, mostly women. The women in the hood schools are trying to prove their point. If you do not kiss up to them, tell them how wonderful they are, give them gifts etc they will come up with something they do not like and write you up. If you have a health condition or are close to retirement age, be prepared to be written up and fired. Your lovely union that you pay for every month will act like everything is your fault. Funny, they are your paid lawyer with no law experience! When you finally leave no one will hire you because they know you did not exactly teach. You were too busy dealing with bad kids and trying to track down books for the kids.After 8 years I am yet to find a teaching job in a hard to staff area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with some better principals to run schools and visit the schools once in a while to see really goes on. Of course no advice will be taken because you take the small amount of money in taxes you get and hand yourself bonuses. Teachers drive beat up 15 year old cars while principals and management drive BMWs and Mercedes. Let's hope you all sleep well at night!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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