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Updated Aug 11, 2020

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Pros
  • "Good pay, smart people, updated on the latest instructional best practices(in 36 reviews)

  • "Great benefits and retirement plans here(in 32 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Honestly can't trust principals(in 35 reviews)

  • "Poor HR Department (both at Central Office and in most schools)(in 20 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Such dedicated people

      May 21, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      The staff at central office was extremely dedicated to the success of Chicago's schools and students.

      Cons

      The bureaucracy was difficult to navigate for many people, and so it took too long to get things done.

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great benefits, not enough on-the-job resources

      Aug 11, 2020 - High School English Teacher in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Great salary and benefits, wonderfully dedicated co-workers and administrators, diverse student population

      Cons

      Communication between central office and local sites needs improvement. Teachers are often left out of the conversation. Lacking resources needed to do job well in many cases.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      The company you keep

      Jul 28, 2014 - Coordinator in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Central Office (downtown) I was lucky enough to work with amazing, passionate and dedicated people who loved what they did. This made working there great. There are many people who care and go above and beyond to do good for the youth of Chicago. There is some flexibility depending on departments for work culture, some much better than others.

      Cons

      The system itself is so bureaucratic and run by business people who have no real concept of what community work actually is. There is too much of a high and mighty "I know what is right and you just have to do it like I told you to" mentality. The sad thing is that it is usually outsiders who have little to no true experience working with inner city youth and/or large urban areas. People have good intentions, but little time to listen to the people. They need strong leadership, but that strong leadership also has to take he time to work collaboratively with all of the amazing people who actually work there, but are often ignored because they don't have the title or fancy letters after their name. They do know though what the hell is going on in their city and the system which educates their children. This ties into growth. Growth can be amazing here or it can be non-existent. You have to know the right people and talk a bit talk. Every now and then you do actually get recognized for being awesome at your job.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Depends on the school

      Jul 20, 2014 - Middle School Teacher in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      If you want to work with kids who really need great teachers, CPS has a huge variety of schools to choose from. Many schools in CPS are giving kids in very rough neighborhoods a great education and the chance to really have options and choice in their lives. There are occasional professional development meetings that are helpful and the salaries are pretty good compared to other urban districts. The union is willing to fight, which is necessary in a political system as crazy as Chicago's. There is a good pension program and if you are lucky enough to find a great school with good leadership, you can be part of team that really has an impact on kids who really need good teachers.

      Cons

      There is enormous dead weight in CPS - bad principals, bad tenured teachers, bad new teachers and an at-times impossible to navigate Central Office. It seems like the folks downtown are constantly being moved around and extraordinarily ineffective school leaders are allowed to continue working while successful, dedicated, experienced (and new) teachers are bullied and left with very limited resources. There is a massive variety of experiences even between schools that are just a few blocks from each other. CPS does not have any resources to help teachers with classroom management, which is a major component of school success, and many CPS schools are totally unsafe for kids and adults.

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Honesty, integrity and accountability needed to be hired at the Chicago Public Schools.

      Aug 5, 2008 - Administration in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      The opportunity to help and support the education of children in the Chicago Public Schools. The net working and meeting great people who care about education. The self satisfaction that you were able to help the administration at the school.

      Cons

      Individuals with no educational credentials appointed politically to run departments at the Central Office level that dictate to school educators on how to run schools. As a result of these individuals running these departments they bring in their own incompetent people who know less than they do to fill the educational support role. They do not have the educational theory background (classes, and or even a college degree, etc.) and are not helpful in most cases. The importance and concentration these individuals put into creating departments to justify a job and employment with staff's that have little to no impact on the quality of education.

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Volunteer Programs Intern

      Sep 20, 2016 - Volunteer Programs Lead Coordinator in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      I worked at a central office. You get to work for the benefit of students in the city of Chicago. You might be lucky to find a good team to work with.

      Cons

      The agency is still full of bureaucracy. While you might be employed and doing amazing work for the children in the network, you will find yourself in a work setting where only about 40% of the employees do work. Many of the central office employees spend the entire work day watching Youtube videos while on 60K + salaries. It is discouraging to see this.

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Served it purpose

      Aug 10, 2014 - Special Education Classroom Assistant in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      The hours are great and working in a school with the kids is quite the experience. They really grow on you and helps you get a perspective on life.

      Cons

      The salary was not worth staying even after getting a Masters Degree in Education Policy they would not increase my salary. There are very nepotistic in hiring whether it is in a school or Central Office. There is very little room for mobility coming from inside of a school and going into Central Office. at my school many of the teachers were frustrated with the school's administration and it was just heart breaking at the quality of education the students were getting.

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Place to Gain Experience!

      May 9, 2015 - Applications Development Manager in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Opportunities definitely exist within the CPS central office for those who really commit. Fun working environment, great staff, diverse set of opportunities, and good growth potential. The pay is fair and equitable and the benefits are very good.

      Cons

      At times, working with CPS can become a bit difficult given their financial situation. Be sure to work in a department and/or position that insulates you from budget constraints.

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    9. 4.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      A Fair Experience

      Jan 8, 2015 - Intern - Hourly in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      It is not very difficult to communicate with your coworkers and supervisors about which tasks need to be completed. I was not there long enough to get the full experience, but others got exposed to all perspectives of the department to help them figure out what fit them best.

      Cons

      The central office is no longer located in downtown Chicago and has since moved to the Bridgeport neighborhood. For south side commuters this is more convenient, but that may not be the case for others.

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Anonymous

      Mar 16, 2016 - Anonymous in Chicago, IL
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      Pros

      Great facility at Central Office (albeit pretty empty due to mass layoffs) Allows a community of workers but also gives off a call center vibe Has the potential to be a great organization with the right leadership in place and a much needed reorganization of the entire Central Office Decent benefits

      Cons

      Poor morale, some of the operation directors/managers can be very childish and unprofessional, high school mentality with no performance management in place. HR is transparent (wait there is no HR department); professional development is non-existent Attracts low-skilled who workers who ride of the work of high-performing workers on the team Pay is crappy, and no room for negotiation because the district is ...broke

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