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Chicago Public Schools Program Manager Reviews

Updated May 31, 2017

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager - Central Office"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There can be a lot of freedom to make change within the program you are heading up. Your work can directly impact the students or population you are serving. Salaries are pretty good and competitive for the most part. There are a lot of dedicated people that work hard.

    Cons

    CPS has always been fairly unstable. As leadership changes positions come and go. You have to stay ahead of some of the politics and instability. CPS loses a lot of institutional knowledge with the revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of info sharing between departments. Do things to keep the morale up of the employees.

    Chicago Public Schools2017-05-31
  2. "Inconsistent"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Making an impact on the lives of children is why we do the work we do for the district. Working for the district is great foundational work and it seems like people work here and move on to bigger and better jobs in other places.

    Cons

    The district is top heavy & communicates ineffectively with employees and the community as a whole. Financially it's not stable so people are worried about their stability.

    Advice to Management

    Get a break down of your benefits versus take home

    Chicago Public Schools2016-09-30
  3. "Disgusting"

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    Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools

    Pros

    Started out at great middle grades school. Nice friendly atmosphere with teachers really caring about students, and a connected-principal (at the time) getting teachers what they needed to do their job. After one year, he bolted. Everything then continued to go downhill.

    Cons

    Principal after principal totally messed up. One principal would drink at dances - and was attack-dog mentality that hit her instability. Nice high salary could go away at any time. No support services for the students. The three schools I was at were all total messes.

    Advice to Management

    Start over. Reinvent yourselves. Lose Rahm!

    Chicago Public Schools2015-11-10
  4. "Undervalued, under appreciated, and under supported."

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary (for some positions) and benefits (specifically, health coverage).

    Cons

    Weak administrators that do not create a vision for strengthening the educational program and structure of the organization, but are very task oriented and positioned to serve as place holders/puppets for Senior Administrators who disconnected from the needs of schools. Very few opportunities for professional development, but responsibilities continue to grow. Misallocation of resources.

    Advice to Management

    Invest and prioritize employee morale by provided flex time and implementing a proactive and collaborative work culture, instead of reactive and separate. Promote from within every once in a while, because there are hardworking people working within the organization.

    Chicago Public Schools2014-03-26
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Program Manager / Project Director"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You do have the chance to work on some interesting projects and, if you're lucky, you may get in with the big boys who lead the district.

    Cons

    Outsiders (i.e., non-educators by trade) not really welcomed. Way too political to get things done (it is government so things are slower but politics rules supreme and it absolutely hinders progress) Too much leadership turnover to get consistent strategy and direction Is there an actual strategy? I doubt it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the constant turnover and leadership changes. Also, identify your strong performers or your high aptitude people and get them into the right types of roles. Burning out your smart people is not the way to improve education in Chicago.

    Chicago Public Schools2013-08-26
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