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Updated May 13, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is he'd to achieve (in 8 reviews)

  • Horrible and cut throat Central Office culture (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work, little to no upwards mobility"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The organization provides a sustainable work-life balance. I had fun colleagues. The offices are full of passionate and really smart employees who want to do great work in the name of dcps students, families, and teachers.

    Cons

    Very difficult to receive a raise or promotion. Many employees end up leaving because of this leading to high turnover. Coordinator-level staff have little real day about larger decisions. Benefits aren't great

    Advice to Management

    Improve upward mobility. Make benefits more attractive. Move to the 21st century and allow remote working.


  2. "Substitute Teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Washington, DC

    I worked at DC Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Online system is easy to use.

    Cons

    Not a lot of support for substitute teachers.


  3. "custodian maintenance closer RW5-S10"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Custodian Maintenance RW5-S10 in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Custodian Maintenance RW5-S10 in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    to see kids come to the school and watch them grow to be responsible for themselves

    Cons

    the district makes you investing your retirement .the school used to pay you for after school program with over time now they just work you

    Advice to Management

    sometimes old school does work so allow the new teachers to learn certain key things that the books cannot teach also that means the personals as well


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  5. "Schools Matter (More than You Think!)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are great benefits
    The official hours are great
    If you're in the right school, you can build a lot of great relationships
    Lots of professional development available

    Cons

    If you're in the wrong school, with the wrong leadership, it will be tough
    There are student issues but the challenges are mostly with leadership


  6. "Instructional Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Washington, DC

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Experience, Good benefits, vacations good salary

    Cons

    Bad Administration, favoritism, disorden, many schools are closed


  7. "Good with the bad"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - School Social Worker in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - School Social Worker in Washington, DC

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dependent on the school - Coworkers will help you balance; "a feel of community"

    Cons

    Budget cuts dependent on the school/area
    "Other duties assigned" can have you doing the job of an additional staff member/Educator

    Advice to Management

    Provide additional resources to schools that are Title I and losing funding. Talk with the Educators/staff members about what is needed in their schools to best assist the students' growth


  8. "Instructional Coach"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructional Coach in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Instructional Coach in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is a new strong student oriented vision. There is a new emphasis on building student and teacher capacity. There is a great sense of hard work and positive outcomes.

    Cons

    Understandably there has been a lot of focus on the primary schools. At times, the secondary schools get overlooked.

    Advice to Management

    Be thoughtful about how best to support content area teachers and how to engage the secondary community in long range plans and vision.


  9. "More Money, More Problems; but I love it!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    DCPS offers a great salary based on years of experience and level of education. Teachers get salary increases based on being effective teachers in the IMPACT evaluation system. After years of being effective you can receive less observations through the L.I.F.T. System

    Cons

    • though you are compensated greatly, certain schools are under-funded, under-resource and kids need strong teachers you can persist in the face of adversity and keep it moving.


  10. "Regional Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Regional Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    being able to serve the students

    Cons

    to be determined at a later date


  11. "Spanish Teacher Middle School"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Spanish Teacher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Spanish Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at DC Public Schools (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    pay, the kids when they are one-on-one with you, hours, room for creativity

    Cons

    disorganized, district has superficial vision and in- cohesive, very little support for student behavior yet teacher is expected to control everything including students from other classes running in her room. Some faculty will be disrespectful and it will be tolerated. Very limited communication over when students are being pulled from class, over events and expectations etc and yet you are evaluated on everything as part of your score that determines whether you stay or are fired. No curriculum. You must develop it all which can be fun but can also be daunting. Professional development is a joke. School fails the kids. They are socially promoted and are being set up for failure.

    Advice to Management

    become an organization with a real vision.. grow more in your investments and focus less on your advertising. schools are failing the kids


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