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Updated December 6, 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. "Football coach"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Football Coach in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Football Coach in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great with people ,very Knowledgeable,about the game hard worker .

    Cons

    I sometimes am A workaholic .

    Advice to Management

    non


  2. "Too much emphasis on teaching to the test"

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    Former Employee - School Counselor in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - School Counselor in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great principal, but I had a difficult time working with my appraiser.

    Cons

    My appraiser specifically told me that the only thing that matters is test scores. He did not care about the interests of kids.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great kids, horrific leadership."

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

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

    Pros

    Great kids with so much potential, many parents will work with you if you had good customer service skills, pay is good, lots of opportunities for summer school/after school extra money, allows you to truly learn how to teach a variety of children, looks good on your resume because other districts know what a cesspool DISD can be, once you establish effective classroom management your class runs so well, kids gravitate towards the systems especially if they are input with love and purpose, the kids thank you even though your principal will not (if they are ever out of the office or on campus), two stars for the kids and the wisdom that came from building something from nothing

    Cons

    Incredibly poor leadership, nearly impossible to send repetitive behavior problems to alternative school, no accountability for students or parents, incredibly corrupt principals with no sense of professionalism, racial inequities, principals sleeping with teachers openly even though it is a direct violation of policy, leaves good teachers so disenchanted with the industry they leave

    Advice to Management

    Stop shoving those tests down teachers throats, stop forcing your teachers of color to carry the bulk of the heavy weight and white teachers to coast, stop promoting women who slept their way into positions because no one respects them, stop being good politicians and start being good people, stop graduating children that cannot read just to give the illusion of success, remind principals to be humble especially since many of them were mediocre teachers at best, start reading what people write on their S54, stop promoting friends of friends, and please know this was written by a teacher who got multiple raises, great evaluations, and distinctions for test scores but grew weary of the aforementioned and went to an out of district school that matched my salary and instead of standardized tests, allowed me to truly TEACH and my principals had principles (a FIRST).


  4. Helpful (2)

    "high stress/overworked"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    pay is ok. Most coworkers are nice and willing to share.

    Cons

    stress for 3-5 grades is too much. district is constantly changing the game plan wasting teacher's time with ridiculous tasks. TAs are overworked and not for the classroom. Some schools, mine at least, are VERY outdated causing health hazards - breathing issues, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Let teachers focus on the job - not data entry and paperwork. Give them time to plan ON THE CLOCK and TEI is rubbish!


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Addison, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Addison, TX
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff who is always giving you support

    Cons

    They make teacher assistants substitute


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "RUN, don't walk."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Truly nothing, this is sincere. cant think of anything.

    Cons

    School board does not have interest of teachers at heart. They all need to go. Perhaps new ideas could improve the district. Insurance is outrageous, you get treated like crap by principals and supervisors who think just because they hold those titles are leaders. No, a title does not make you a leader and respect is earned, period. Pay is a joke. I made the same salary for four years in a row yet insurance went up every year. Then this year it went up by $400 a month. I left and was so glad i did. I should have never worked for this district. i regret it.

    Advice to Management

    why ask, they never listen to any advice.

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "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.


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