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Dallas Independent School District Dallas Reviews

Updated October 13, 2017
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Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa
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  • There is sometimes lack of communication (in 7 reviews)

  • No support from administration, principal on up (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Like working with student helping them meet there goal.

    Cons

    Material work student,profession not there give negative comment . Never give you positive comment about work experience.

    Advice to Management

    Principal


  2. "Data Analyst floating in space"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Manage projects independently at own pace...just don't miss the deadlines.
    Supervisors are nice and genuinely seek recommendations for improvement.
    Office located downtown Dallas.

    Cons

    No regular reviews to monitor work performance (maybe a Pro for some).
    Old analytic software.
    No continued work training to refine skill set.

    Advice to Management

    Too much old blood and animosity. Department chiefs blockade district improvements in lieu for personal gain at tax payers expense. Management tends to use DISD as a revolving door to find outlets for other employment opportunities; loyalty to the district is grim.

  3. "Wish Things Were Different"

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    Former Employee - Teacher/Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher/Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great students and colleagues with amazing potential, holidays , Dr. Hinajosa has gotten some of the disingenuous staff out of the the district

    Cons

    Too many people in leadership through nepotism, many of those who work in departments don't care about the students and when you care they want you gone. Too many intimidation tactics, no real grievance process

    Advice to Management

    Keep the main thing the main thing. If you're really there for kids, do your job and if you don't know something, admit it, learn and grow.


  4. "Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Specialist in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff. Lots of opportunity for internal training/certifications.

    Cons

    Performance reviews aren't too fun.


  5. "Huge district with a lot of possibility"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Offers a lot of opportunity for development

    Cons

    I worked in a failing school for two years and although the team worked tirelessly to turn the school around, and we increased passing scores every year, the school was still reconstituted...

    Advice to Management

    Recognize when your school teams are working well together


  6. "Bilingual Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Bilingual Elementary School Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Bilingual Elementary School Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is better than other districts.

    Cons

    Way to much pressure & very demanding all the time.

    Advice to Management

    More training on how to be a leader.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good work was being done"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, organization of HR is far beyond that of other large city public school districts

    Cons

    huge bureaucracy, too big to do meaningful work promised. Unfortunate because this district has so much potential. I worked in HR and watched a lot of turn over and politics water down the great work and brilliant minds of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to be less concerned with politics and more concerned with outcomes. Stop hiring based on accolades, find a better way to assess actual core competencies

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Teacher/coach"

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    Former Employee - Coach/Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Coach/Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of great kids around to enjoy the profession.

    Cons

    Job security not what it used to be. DO NOT get certification in PE, ANATOMY OR HEALTH if you want to coach. Get a Composite Social Studies or Composite Science. This will allow you to teach a variety of subjects in that field.

    Advice to Management

    Administrators respect of coaches.


  9. "Teacher Aide"

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    Former Employee - Teacher's Aide in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher's Aide in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work and learn with students and staff.

    Cons

    Difficult to grow within the school district without a Bachelors degree.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for advancement, especially for the teacher aides.


  10. "Super place to become a super teacher"

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    Current Employee - Educator in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Educator in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow
    DTR works if you do
    Build your people skills
    Learn to do it all

    Cons

    If you are a teacher, it may always be your fault
    You need to learn who the boss is quick
    It's for the children...(easy way for the boss to overcome any of your attempts at self-preservation and use of the word "no)
    Superintendent/Principal turnover/turmoil in 3-5 years

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the grassroots
    Do not ignore or hide the truth (it always comes out)
    All problems can be overcome, if we are honest
    Build up teacher and staff competencies
    Stop inventing levels of middle management waste
    Provide a path for advancement/salary increases for all levels
    Break up the district into smaller pieces. If you don't the State will eventually


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