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Boston Public Schools Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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  • The BPS has great benefits and plenty of room for growth (in 6 reviews)

  • Depending on what school you teach in, there can be a range of good professional development opportunities (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Substitute teaching is a good part-time job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Work when you want, plenty of options of different schools and grades, pay is not bad for a part time, job security is pretty good

    Cons

    The school system is crazy and there are many schools with serious behavioral issues from students, not for everyone, sometimes they switch you around to a job you didn't sign up for, no PTO or paid sick days, no work for the summer

    Advice to Management

    When someone signs up for a job, they should get that job. They shouldn't be randomly tossed into a position they did not sign up for.


  2. "Summer Fellow"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Nice people, very polite
    -Good working environment

    Cons

    -Lots of grunt work that requires very little skill
    -Learnt very little while I was here
    -Took forever to get processed in

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Overpaid Underachiever"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Step increases are great
    Workload is minimal
    Great Benefits
    Job security

    Cons

    No professional development
    Bureaucracy
    ineffective leadership


  4. "BPS review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Allows you to really make a huge impact in students lives

    Cons

    Unequal opportunities on all levels for employees of color and students of color.
    Does not enforce City of Boston residency ordinance. Vast amount of people from other cities and states work for BPS

    Advice to Management

    Enforce equal opportunities for all, especially in upper level of management. Enforce the City of Boston Residency Ordinance. Hiring process is mostly based on who you know and not your credentials most times.


  5. "I enjoy it!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    I enjoy working on the school based team

    Cons

    There's a lot of paperwork when you're a clinician.


  6. "Difficult job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay and excellent benefits as well

    Cons

    Difficult job and high stress levels


  7. "Classroom Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Students are great, colleagues are usually great, vacations are good

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations without proper sustainable resources

  8. "Must love teaching"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Paraprofessional in Dorchester, MA
    Current Employee - Special Education Paraprofessional in Dorchester, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay compared to other districts. Great Heath benefits. Great opportunities to help student growth.

    Cons

    Expectations not listed in the job description. Policies that are not reviewed as whole staff at meetings at the beginning of each school year so new staff can learn the ropes; must be learned the hard way. The union is meant to protect but it can also get you. Paraprofessional position under appreciated. No paid or limited non-pay professional developments or training for para staff. Limited opportunity for financial growth after BA degree.

    Advice to Management

    Develop paid trainings. Exchange one sick day per year in to one additional personal day.


  9. "Program Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for benefits and pension

    Cons

    Working with short staff due to budget cuts


  10. "Teacher Boston Public Schools"

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    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Dorchester, MA
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Dorchester, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is good. Lots of professional development opportunities. Strong union.

    Cons

    Very high expectations for teachers that often feel unreasonable considering the amount of support provided.


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