School District of Philadelphia

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School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
92 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience until the last two years.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Working with wonderful teachers and principal make this job enjoyable. Also summers off.

    Cons

    Constant laying off of teachers, secretaries and staff. Changing principals from school to school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to hire more staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    School District of Philadelphia

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, teaching is rewarding no matter how difficult
    This will definitely be a learning experience!

    Cons

    Dealing with behavioral issues at the student level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Always Interesting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent Pay, Great Benefits, Great Schedule, Great Coworkers.

    Cons

    No policies remain intact for the students to abide by. Constant threat of pay cuts due to anti-teacher superintendents.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat staff better. It's hard enough to get people to want to work in these places. Why would you try and push those who enjoy it out?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 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
  6.  

    Philly Schools

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (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
  7.  

    Teacher salary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia

    Pros

    Benefits are great
    Co-workers are wonderful
    Work calendar is fantastic for traveling

    Cons

    No respect by administration for teachers

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    This is a challenging position with many highs and lows. Must follow strict guidelines, not always supported by admin.

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    Former Employee - School Police in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - School Police in Phila, PA

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

    Pros

    The benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Staff and administration are not always on the same page.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience has been rewarding. I love the children and teachers.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The passionate teachers. The varied levels of students. The number of schools that differ in enrollment numbers. The professional development that offered in the district.

    Cons

    The lack of resources, changes in curriculum and bugets, lack of support at times from administrators, and lack of parental involvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start with your teachers when making decisions. They have alot of hreat advice about how to do things better. Offer support and more resources to parents. Improve in school management, and really being about educating our youth. Run schools like they have our prized possessions... our children in them.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Ok

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    Current Employee - One O One Student Staff Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - One O One Student Staff Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Your experience with the School District will allow you to grow and teacher someone other than yourself. I can guarantee you that you will touch someone heart.

    Cons

    You must keep an open mind and be very flexible. Remember it takes a village to raise a child.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must be a team player at all ttimes.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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 (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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