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Updated Jan 30, 2019

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87 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Secondary Science Teacher"

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

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools

    Pros

    Great kids and lots of leadership opportunities, although that's because of the extremely high turnover rates.

    Cons

    Low morale, bad principals, horrible funding. Get out of this district or don't even think about applying. It's a sink hole where even the best educators get lost.

    Advice to Management

    Don't suck so much at being leaders. Leaders often are pushing bad ideas down teacher throats while sitting in their recliners in their office.

    Chicago Public Schools2016-03-22
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Educator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher/Editor in Merrionette Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay for a seven-hour day. Many stints evolve into full-time positions, though cutbacks are more pervasive now.

    Cons

    Poor administration at most schools. Teachers are inundated with more responsibility than they can handle. No oversight of principals whose ineptitude can make or break a school's eligibility for funding.

    Advice to Management

    CPS needs to be broken up into 5 or more districts which have more stringent supervision than the acephalous monstrosity that presently exists.

    Chicago Public Schools2016-02-19
  3. "Rewarding Job if Money is not the main motivator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Classroom Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to deliver essential services to diverse learners. Provide basic foundations of common core curriculum for special education students with various needs.

    Cons

    No job security in underfunded education system. Most principals and administrators are in a unsung clique. Special education I'd highly misunderstood.

    Advice to Management

    Management and decision makers should be required to be educators.

    Chicago Public Schools2016-01-24
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not kind to tenure teachers"

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    • Senior Management
    Elementary Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools

    Pros

    If you are a tenure teacher, you make a very good salary if you have worked over 10 years. Good health benefits

    Cons

    If you have worked over 15 years and have a master's degree you are a target for being fired. Most principals will not hire you because of budget restraints. If displaced for whatever reason getting back into the system is difficult if you ever get another job.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

    Chicago Public Schools2016-01-17
  5. Helpful (1)

    "My job searching experience with CPS"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Making a difference in the life of a child.

    Cons

    To the Principals and Assistant Principals who do the hiring in the schools- please have some common courtesy and inform an applicant after you have interviewed them that you have selected someone else for the job. It is inconsiderate to just leave someone hanging while we get our hopes up for a job that has already been filled by someone else. It takes time, energy and money to apply for a job, go to the interviews, follow-up with the interviewer & wait for a response that may never come.

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    Advice to Management

    Please be more courteous and considerate when dealing with applicants who are looking for work.

    Chicago Public Schools2016-01-16
  6. "Assistant Principal"

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

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    The pros includes the salary and opportunity for advancement. The work we do is impacting the futures of many students which is rewarding. Watching the success of former students is priceless

    Cons

    The cons is the structure at the district level. Stability is weak which is a change recent. The division from central office and the principals negatively impacts the decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Remembering the reason the work is done is crucial as you make decisions. With kids in mind should be at the forefront of all decisions. Demands of administration should be attainable.

    Chicago Public Schools2015-12-20
  7. "Even the best schools have the worse principals"

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    Physics Instructor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago Public Schools

    Pros

    Magnet schools have good resources and less behavior issues

    Cons

    Principals are the worst no matter where you are.

    Chicago Public Schools2015-12-18
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Instability Galore"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Social Studies Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    -Freedom (for the most part) in curriculum development - Talented leadership (some places) -Union is strong and will help you if you really need it -Strong pension system and good benefits -Weak evaluation and accountability of principals and school based leadership -Not a lot of pros really, get out of if you are able to leave.

    Cons

    -Too much autonomy for principals -Constantly changing budget climate -REACH is entirely subjective and nobody cares downtown if a principal is out to get you -Useless networks that add nothing to instructional practice, except for when they do a walk through and everybody freaks out about it

    Advice to Management

    -Stop the insane cuts -Fund the pensions -Hire a CEO that has an education background -Don't fund useless projects that don't benefit students -Provide more technology to schools

    Chicago Public Schools2015-11-30
  9. "Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Elementary Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, professional growth opportunities, hone your teaching skills,

    Cons

    bureaucracy, evaluation system, transparency, principals on power trips

    Chicago Public Schools2015-11-04
  10. "CPS"

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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Chicago Public Schools

    Pros

    Great benefits and great students, teachers, and administrators

    Cons

    Principals have the ability to change change your schedule so sometimes you don't do the job which you are assigned

    Chicago Public Schools2015-09-25
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