The Substitute Teacher Service Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
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  1. Okay job, nice flexibility

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Media, PA
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Media, PA

    I worked at The Substitute Teacher Service full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to choose what days you want to work, where you want to work, and how often. Finish after school lets out which is earlier than many 8-4, 9-5 jobs. Also, it's nice to see different schools and classroom setups.

    Cons

    Pay was mediocre. Some districts pay well if you reach a threshold of days worked there. Other districts pay have low rates of pay. Obviously, the better paying jobs are more difficult to get.

  2. It was okay

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher

    I have been working at The Substitute Teacher Service

    Pros

    Flexible.schedule, choice of assignment

    Cons

    No benefits, little respect from students and sometimes other teachers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better compensation and benefits

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3. Substitute teacher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Substitute Teacher Service

    Pros

    Substituting provides hands on experience for starting teachers and you get to see how other teachers set up their classrooms and how they create a safe environment.

    Cons

    Substituting is forever changing and you never know what type of classroom you'll be walking into each day.

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  5. They treat you like your replaceable

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Aston, PA
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Aston, PA

    I have been working at The Substitute Teacher Service full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I did get some teaching experience.

    Cons

    They won't tell you if a school doesn't want you to work for them. Their new policy is that you have to work so many days or they will make you inactive and won't tell you that your inactive. However, they won't tell you a set number of days which enables them to discriminate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inform substitutes about their work status. Inform them personally if you make them ineligible or inactive about things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    STS was a great place to work I always had placements.

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    Former Contractor - Substitute Teacher in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Contractor - Substitute Teacher in Harrisburg, PA

    I worked at The Substitute Teacher Service as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    I always had placements and the operators were always friendly. They were really good at remembering my preferences and placing me accordingly.

    Cons

    Some times placements did not come until last minute. They could have negotiated higher pay with some of the districts they worked with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a better way to incorporate health benefits. This was a huge complicating factor for me. Also create a method for employees to "apply" for long term placements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. It was a satisfying experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cairo, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cairo, IL

    I worked at The Substitute Teacher Service

    Pros

    Work when needed and was constantly needed.

    Cons

    Not always sure of all the rules.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    fine

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, IN

    I have been working at The Substitute Teacher Service

    Pros

    working with kids, flexible schedule

    Cons

    no advancement opportunities, if you are looking for a full time teaching position one bad class can ruin your chances.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. enjoyable,love working with children of all age.

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Lumberton, NC
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Lumberton, NC

    I have been working at The Substitute Teacher Service

    Pros

    If you love working with children like i do,watching children grow in knowledge,and being excited about learning.

    Cons

    not enough work,not having benefits.

  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Contractor fleeces school districts; teachers get peanuts.

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Media, PA
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Media, PA

    I have been working at The Substitute Teacher Service

    Pros

    Working as a substitute teacher, regardless of whether you work directly for a school district or go through an agency, is ideal for individuals who want to work around other major plans and projects. You can basically just work when you want to, and can decline work without much if any negative repercussions. Therefore, the best reason to sub is for job flexibility and independence.

    Cons

    If you want to decline work, you're fine, but if you need steady work, you can experience frustration. STS does not come across as a company sympathetic to teachers who may in fact be in dire straits with no work. They are basically there as a broker between districts who don't want to deal with the infrastructure of a sub office and teachers who either can't find work or aren't in a position to accept a regular contract. Districts cut administrative staff who would require health benefits, etc., and use sub agencies as temp services, thereby avoiding all the expense of taking responsibility for real employees. Teachers are paid as little as $75 per day, which works out to less than $10 per hour. Once in the classroom, they are often treated with disrespect and disdain by students and regular staff alike. For this privilege, they must constantly hold vigil over their computers in order to snag a job reported through an automated online system, travel to a variety of locations, and be ready to jump into another teacher's schedule which is frequently grossly under-prepared or ridiculously micro-managed to the minute. STS does little but connect subs to vacancies. Benefits are non-existent, pay is low, and the administrative contribution, from the sub's point of view, is bare bones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your substitutes like professionals. If you were hospital administrators, would you talk to your doctors like burger-flippers? Find a way to pay them better. If you can't sacrifice your profit margin, demand more from the school districts. Be more proactive with regards to credential-related needs of teachers like Act 48 requirements. Petition districts to let subs participate in professional development workshops and teacher in-services. Increase communication with your substitute teachers. Solicit feedback from districts and share it with the substitutes. For substitute teachers whose work regularity constitutes full-time employment, try to provide the things one generally assumes a proper employee should receive, like incremental raises or minimum benefits. If this is completely out of the question, at least provide your teachers with an attitude of appreciation and professional respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Master's level substitute woes

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    Current Contractor - Substitute Teacher
    Current Contractor - Substitute Teacher

    I have been working at The Substitute Teacher Service as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The office staff was very accommodating and easy to reach.

    Cons

    The district that picked me up was only willing to pay $130 per diem for a masters level teacher which is very low in this region.

    Positive Outlook

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