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Alief ISD Reviews

Updated November 28, 2017
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  • Lack of support, especially for new teachers (in 3 reviews)

  • The job experience from campus to campus could be totally different (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Teachers"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alief ISD full-time

    Pros

    Team work and community feeling

    Cons

    Many "after hours" required meetings/ events.

    Advice to Management

    After school hours attendance and meetings should be optional


  2. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Salary was better than most

    Cons

    Administration is non existent

  3. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee
    Former Employee - Former Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alief ISD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Higher pay and good benefits. The district supports professional development (masters degrees) and is helpful to promote within the district.

    Cons

    Adminstrators are tone deaf to staff needs, avoid dealing with student behavior issues as much as possible, and management styles or lack thereof vary wildly from campus to campus. Because of the district’s avid support of teachers getting their masters degrees, etc., what has resulted is an employee population that is thirsty to move up the chain of command to management rather than do the job that they were hired for. In other words, plenty of people who are not administrators like to pretend that they are and are far more concerned about the jobs that everybody else is doing rather than their own job. Also, they do not hire enough aides especially for SPED students.

    Advice to Management

    If CEOs of Fortune 500 companies need to take specifically designed training classes in order to be a better CEO, then administrators need to go through the same amount of training. Just passing the principalship certificate test is not enough. The district should also think twice about the level of specialists that are at each campus. There’s a lot of staff members paid teacher salaries in managerial-like positions who are not administrators. Streamline the leadership in schools. Spend the tax payers money on the classroom teachers who are with the kids all day. Listen to your employees and stop blindly supporting campus administrators when there are numerous staff complaints.


  4. "Transportation"

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    Current Employee - Transportation in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Transportation in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alief ISD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Helpful People Buses Could Be A Little Newer

    Cons

    Little pay need more over time bosses can be unfair buses suck no ac on most of them supervisors are helpful only when need be

    Advice to Management

    Understand the people you work with


  5. "Alief Observation"

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    Current Employee - Behavior Interventionist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Behavior Interventionist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alief ISD full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work hours, Trainings are fun and informative, approaches to discipline are different and focused on challenging youth and stuff to look at decision making and discipline in a different way.

    Cons

    For my positions, to take advantage of more benefits would virtually mean no paycheck at all.

    For my school in particular, communication and understanding seems to be an issue amongst front office and staff at certain times.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication, that i may lead to better understanding by other employees.


  6. "Family Engagement"

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    Current Employee - Family Liaison
    Current Employee - Family Liaison
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alief ISD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefit costs for employees. Opportunities to work with families.

    Cons

    Costly insurance premiums for family members. Parents don't always feel welcomed in the schools.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to actually listen to the parents. Meet with them regularly to hear their concerns.


  7. "Mediocre"

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    Former Employee - High School Math Teacher in Alief, TX
    Former Employee - High School Math Teacher in Alief, TX
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Alief ISD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I found Alief ISD to be more organized and effective than HISD. I felt supported, for the most part, and there were many training opportunities.

    Cons

    The student body was challenging to work with. Blame NCLB, I suppose, but my students had nowhere near the background they should have had going into my classes. It was impossible to do my job. You can't teach Algebra II to someone who doesn't have the skills to pass pre-Algebra. It was all about teaching to the standardized test. Discipline was also tough.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have much advice to management, since I thought they did a pretty good job given the circumstances. I was a first year teacher, and I learned a lot. I guess just remember how hard teaching can be.

  8. "Special Education Behavior Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alief ISD full-time

    Pros

    Excellent staff development opportunities, challenging, constantly evolving.

    Cons

    Compensation for caliber of work performed


  9. "Happy Teacher"

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    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alief ISD full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The best part is the staff at the school that i work at. The administration is great and the staff is friendly.

    Cons

    Teaching can be a little difficult at times, but i assure you it is worth it to see the spark in those kids eyes!


  10. "It is what it is"

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    Current Employee - Sustitute Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sustitute Teacher in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alief ISD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team-support. Inviting staff. Good Benefits.

    Cons

    Other districts have better compensation procedures. For instance Pasadena ISD gives incentive pay to their subs who have worked more than 20 days.


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