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Bakersfield City School District Reviews

Updated January 17, 2018
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  1. "Great District to work in...many opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bakersfield City School District full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits with many opportunities.

    Cons

    Located in a county with bad air quality.


  2. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Middle School Math Teacher in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Middle School Math Teacher in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bakersfield City School District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good union, enjoy my co-workers

    Cons

    Changing Superintendents often, frequent change in administration.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Bakersfield City School District full-time

    Pros

    Supportive administration. Good people to work with. Great benefits and salary. Cost of living is reasonable.

    Cons

    Emphasis on quantities and testing. Some sites need upgrading.


  4. "Unstable."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bakersfield City School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent teachers, they are there because they want to be, given all they go through it is remarkable their level of dedication.

    Cons

    Poor communication, exceedingly high amounts of nepotism. Most administrators have little to no teaching experience and many engage in active harassment on their campuses. With the introduction of PBIS and CCORE, most administrators demand understanding of new standards, yet have no clue how to apply them themselves. There are several shining stars in the district, but unfortunately most of us work at schools where we are overworked, undermined, and unappreciated.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very friendly HR. The district staff was always eager to help and answer questions.

    Cons

    Some schools are located in taft neighborhoods


  6. "Sub teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun place to work, even in the city.

    Cons

    Sometimes students do not respect teacher.


  7. "Wonderful School District to work for"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Bakersfield City School District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great teachers, wonderful morale, good compensation, wonderful pa,

    Cons

    Too much changing of admin

  8. "Bakersfield City Schools is a great district to work for..."

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bakersfield City School District part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This district is very large; they handle employment for many schools operated in the greater Bakersfield area. As a substitute teacher, you can almost always be sure the telephone registration system will contact you to offer employment. In addition, substitute teachers can enroll in the districts insurance compensation payment system with SISC: Self-Insured Schools of California, which keep adding a percentage portion of your wages and it gains interest dividends for when you become unemployed (for whatever reason) you can withdraw money from this fund.

    Cons

    In the beginning it's sometimes hard to locate schools within a short time (if called in the morning, same day). But if called the evening before, it's much better because you can look it up online.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to administrators: Make sure they acquire information from the regular teacher as to where they are in the lesson: Chapter, page number, etc. Work students are supposed to do or turn in. Otherwise the substitute does not know what to have the students do and they have to improvise. This can be very tough while having to also handle classroom management with a classroom full of students eager to be directed to their next assignment...


  9. "My experience with BCSD, has been the most rewarding experience I have had with a company!"

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    Current Employee - Aid II in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Aid II in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bakersfield City School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Meeting very smart, friendly staff. Staff that is always wanting to help you and teach you, so your job performance can be better.

    Cons

    There are no cons, if you like children you are at the right job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  10. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Bakersfield, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bakersfield City School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful co-workers. District is supportive of their teachers and uses its resources to help the teachers help the kids learn. One of the best salary schedules in Kern County. My coworkers were helpful and friendly.

    Cons

    My principal was hard to please. She got me a coach because she didn't like the way I taught and because I was teaching a first/second grade combo and was having a hard time fitting everything in.. The coach and I came up with a good plan, but the principal got mad and told me the coach had no right to tell me how to do things. It was confusing,

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the teachers to know what kind of support they need to best do their jobs.


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