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Dallas Independent School District Reviews

Updated June 30, 2018
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Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa
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  • "Very siloed offices - often a lack of communication and coordination among offices" (in 9 reviews)

  • "No support for growing first-year teacher" (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time

    Pros

    Fun, good time off, nice, lovely, cute

    Cons

    working in a cubicle 10 hour summer hours


  2. "Middle school teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The beginning salary is decent with no experience.
    The schedule cannot be beat.
    After advancing in your evaluations, more autonomy is achieved.

    Cons

    Getting performance based raises is difficult. The metrics used to determine pay grade are arbitrary and objective. Seemingly test scores are weighted to make little significance.

    Advice to Management

    Training should be more productive and internal leadership should have better means of communicating district policies.

  3. "Hard work, iffy benefits,"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time

    Pros

    DISD teachers are extremely caring and compassionate. They want you to succeed

    Cons

    DISD is lacking serious funding, leading some schools to not have enough resources to support all teachers, particularly new ones. Much more likely to succeed if you can afford to pay for the majority of classroom supplies yourself.


  4. "Can be great, but be cautious!"

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

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

    Pros

    If you find a great principal, your time here can be great!
    Great Salary!
    Some classrooms have everything needed to teach with
    Some schools offer amazing support to teachers

    Cons

    A bad principal can ruin your career
    Some principals offer no life balance
    Some schools offer little support dealing with student’s needs
    Some schools have very little tech/materials
    Teachers are expected to spend a lot of their money on their classroom at every school

    Advice to Management

    Make sure all of the teachers are have the same experience with administration and that all schools are supplied with necessary and equal classroom materials, technology, and playground equipment.


  5. "Diagnostician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The co-workers in the department. Most schools I've had are friendly and inviting.

    Cons

    There’s some tension between upper management and our department seems to always be caught in the middle. Not sure why but the book Everything I Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten, should be an annual mandatory read.

    Advice to Management

    Special Education is not the enemy. Growth should be welcome. But implementing changes from someone who doesn't even work in the department, then blaming the department for their failed ideas...not very professional.
    Don't isolate Diags. Special Education is consistently changing. Having co-workers and Leads readily available, I beleive helps with productivity, the quality of reports and especially morale.


  6. "Teacher Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Lancaster, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Lancaster, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I loved working at the school because I made a major difference in kids lives.

    Cons

    The only con about my job is that I'm off during the summertime.

    Advice to Management

    I am a very smart,energetic, hardworking, and level headed individual.


  7. "teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Independent School District full-time

    Pros

    Merit pay rewarded you for your efforts and results.

    Cons

    Very little transparency and micromanaged.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your teachers that produce results.

  8. "Bureaucratic and political"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Paid time off, 4-day work weeks in the summer, salary

    Cons

    No performance pay for central staff, no bonuses, unable to work remotely, no annual pay increase

    Advice to Management

    Build the leadership capacity of all employees and deliberate talent management regularly - this function is not exclusive to HCM.


  9. "Aundrea"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Dallas Independent School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun
    Creative
    Cool people
    Great place
    Good times

    Cons

    Hours, work load, more pay, too many kids, need vacation

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. "Teacher"

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

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

    Pros

    Salary, many schools to transfer to, diverse jobs

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, incompetent administration, lack of rules established

    Advice to Management

    Involve teacher input, dress professionally, create incentives for students


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