School District of Philadelphia

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School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
96 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  

    Challenging, but rewarding. Only work here if you love teaching.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of different opportunities for growth as a teacher or administrator. I pursued several of those opportunities in order to make myself a more well-rounded educator and prepare myself for administration.

    Cons

    Lack of job security, unstable administration, parents that are unable to support their children for various reasons, no money for schools. You're up against a lot and it's not looking too good for the near future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Falling apart

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

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

    Pros

    The students are wonderful and the opportunity to work with them makes it worthwhile. Given the high turnover and high needs, you can take on leadership roles if you have initiative.

    Cons

    A top down administrative culture is changing on paper to be more innovation friendly, but the actual implementation of this is slow going.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    You are on your own when you work here; large company, not very employee focused.

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary scale is one of the best in the area. The benefits were good. If you work at a special select school it will be more enjoyable than being at one of the neighborhood schools.

    Cons

    No real professional development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Caring about your employees goes a long way toward staff and teacher retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Beware

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time

    Pros

    My directors and department were amazing. The technology department tries so hard to do so much with so little. The rest of the district is a mess.

    Cons

    Lack of money. Lack of knowledgable leadership. Nepotism abounds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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