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Chicago Public Schools Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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  • Work/life balance, overload of paperwork, unhealthy working conditions (in 12 reviews)

  • Lack of resources and overcrowded schools (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A wonderful experience with reality in teaching and learning. Over 26 years of being a teacher of grades 3-8, teaching reading, writing, language arts, math, science, and social studies, and culture.

    Cons

    Many teachers had a lot of discipline problems, and they were not taken care of properly. I had very few, if any, and refused to tolerate disrespect from anyone. Children should be taught to be respectful and the parents should also be required to respect teachers who have to try and teach effectively. What one cannot control, they will not teach anything, which is the reason why scores were low, and remained low as long as improper administration existed.

    Advice to Management

    Pick up in top administration and be a part of a very serious problem in order to improve the chances of effective teaching and learning.


  2. "TEACHER"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to educate the students who need you the most. Lots of opportunities for professional development / growth. Decent Salary

    Cons

    Lack of resources, very large class sizes, lack of job stability due to strikes, school closings etc

    Advice to Management

    FUND OUR SCHOOLS

  3. "Great faculty, poor leadership, revolving door"

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

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    There are amazing, dedicated teachers here. They work tirelessly to build an engaging, collaborative learning environment

    Cons

    The principal and assistant principal have little clue how to run a high school and largely ignore the strengths of certain faculty members in favor of those who they see as being closer to admin. Main office does not trust teachers and often micro-manages minute details of daily operations. Very high turnover, even for Chicago Public Schools.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to lead - not dictate and figure out how to leverage the strengths of our teachers. Stop treating them like students who are not to be trusted.


  4. "Substitute Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. You can choose when to work.

    Cons

    You bounce around all over the school system

    Advice to Management

    Hospitality


  5. "Teacher"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Job stability, passionate staff, decent health insurance

    Cons

    Labor Contract Violations led to multiple strikes


  6. "Would not recommend working here"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is plenty of opportunities to learn skills

    Cons

    Don't expect to get rewarded for hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people based on merit, instead of bumping manager/director salaries constantly.


  7. "Physical education teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits

    Cons

    Unmotivated Students with discipline problems.

  8. "CPS"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, great work hours

    Cons

    Costly Budgets Cuts every year


  9. "Important Work to Do"

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

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

    Pros

    The current Chief Education Officer is a great leader.

    Cons

    Too many talented people are stretched too thin.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working towards developing consistency across the district.


  10. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance.

    Cons

    Salary could be a lot better.


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