Chicago Public Schools Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2020

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3.5
67%
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Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Janice Jackson  (no image)
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94 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great People to work with and good benefits(in 31 reviews)

  • "Very Rewarding,, Good Pay,, Off during the summer(in 30 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "Working for CPS"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    CPS is a company you would like to work for because of the vast variety of schools/choices you have to pick and work for.

    Cons

    At times you may feel overwhelmed with all the tasks at hand.

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  2. "Good place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Classroom Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fair work for pay, feel like you’re making a difference, summers off

    Cons

    Some of the children can be challenging to work with at times, but that’s to be expected.

  3. "Review"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Support staff and students make it the best.

    Cons

    Politics within CPS gets in the way of teaching properly.

  4. "It is an okay job."

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get health insurance as a full time, and you work with kids.

    Cons

    You need to reapply for the position every year if you want to continue to work there.

  5. "It is a political machine"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You get to work hard for students and families who need and deserve someone to work hard for them and the salaries are among the highest in the area

    Cons

    Among the fighting between the Teacher Union and the Mayor what is best for the students gets left behind

  6. "Good Organization with Good People"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Support from veteran teachers and opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Lack of supportive principals and inconsistent visioning.

  7. "Many high potential employees in a bureaucracy whose performance is less than the sum of its parts"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Many great employees Pay is mostly consistent with industry Opportunity to move upwards

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy /inefficiency Low flexibility Inability to prioritize good ideas ahead of employee hierarchy

  8. "Diverse Staff, Rewarding Work But Limited Resources"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English Teacher 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Salary is highly competitive and high school teachers have 2 prep periods plus lunch. Good amount of prep time compared with charter schools. Depending on the school, you may work with colleagues from different countries who speak multiple languages. That makes for a diverse staff with valuable perspectives to share.

    Cons

    Some schools may have limited resources (outdated textbooks, limited technology, overcrowding, etc.). During the first few years of teaching, workload can be heavy in terms of lesson planning and grading.

  9. "Solid pay and strong union with some downsides"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Physical Education Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Solid pay scale -Diversity -Mostly passionate and kind employees (north side elementary school)

    Cons

    -Strikes often -No education reimbursement -Required to live in Chicago -Unfair distribution of resources throughout the district

  10. "Ready to resign"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Social Worker 

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Hard work Long hours Stability Relationship building Commute

    Cons

    Kids that do not listen

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