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Updated July 21, 2017
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  1. "Executive Assistant to Senior Level Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Medical Benefits are among the best for an organizations it's size. Although in the advent of health care reform some of the plans are wanting.

    Cons

    Extremely political
    Job Security is not great
    Job expectations to Salary is not proportionate
    Much of management are former CPS educators therefore egos are grander than professional ability and preparedness.


  2. "Paraprofessional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working with wonderful people day to day.

    Cons

    Some people are not nice as other on some days.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on respecting taking good care of staff and they will do the same.

  3. "Sub Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule... exposure to the school system and plenty of assignments to choose from....you can always find work.

    Cons

    Pay could be better... and a lot of bureaucracy related to state funding and teacher strike which could effect pay....some schools can be very stressful to work in.


  4. "Elementary Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many jobs to choose from and many schools need a full time K-9 teacher.

    Cons

    Too much chaos in the school and union. Lots of negativity from principals, and other staff.

    Advice to Management

    Schools are run like little principalities. Communicate with the employees more and be confident, encouraging and respectful to the teachers.


  5. "Admin"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    students, resources, collaborations, stability, and community.

    Cons

    politics, overall resources, connections, or lack there of.

    Advice to Management

    learn bottom up instead of top down.


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    "Special Education Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher, Elementary School in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher, Elementary School in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    CPS has very talented teachers that are committed to making a positive difference in students' lives. I enjoy seeing my students make academic and emotional progress each year.

    Cons

    CPS does not have enough money. It has a school board that does not understand the dynamics of working with children in dangerous urban settings. The school is the only salvation for some of the students.

    Advice to Management

    People consider providing the schools with more money. The ratings program is a joke.


  7. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There's probably no job in the world more worthwhile than teaching, and working with CPS students can be extremely rewarding.

    Cons

    Organizational goals are extremely misguided. Learning is not valued. Only test performance and submission.

    Advice to Management

    TFA people are not committed to the profession-if you keep replacing qualified teachers with these short term resume builders, you are only serving the bottom line, not the students

  8. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great job for single parents. Supportive people.

    Cons

    Lack communication with administration and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Clerk should only be responsible for clerk duties.


  9. "Good for Contract work, Chicago Politics involved in long term employment"

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    Former Employee - IT Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - IT Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    Chance to do good for kids, interesting sites to work, good for career networking.

    Cons

    Chicago Politics always involved in long term project, Back room deals in contract decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Is it about the quality of work, not political favors, Everyone supports everyone else.


  10. "teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, students, families and colleagues are great, strong union

    Cons

    Insufficient resources, Board of Ed does not understand the needs of the students, families and teachers, disorganized district, insufficient funding, closing of over 50 school destabilized neighborhoods thus increasing the violence in the city, too much teaching to the test not enough critical thinking, social skills taught

    Advice to Management

    The schools need smaller class sizes, nurses, counselors, wrap around services, more special ed services more opportunities for students in sports, arts, vocational training, support for families, sufficient tech support is needed, restore the original preschool programs which were some of the best in the country, a well rounded curriculum is needed including science, history, social studies, social justice, arts, sports


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