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Updated October 27, 2017
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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. 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.


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Former French teacher of 20 years"

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

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

    Pros

    convenient location if you live in Dallas.

    Cons

    This district is virulently anti-teacher. Teachers are blamed for lack of success of students living in poverty and exposed to violence and crime. Teachers are denigrated at every level. I worked in this district for 20 years and I've been threatened by administrators, subjected to bigoted graffiti on the walls of my classroom and faced retaliation for attending jury duty. When I sought employment elsewhere, my principal defamed my character to other principals inquiring about me. DISD is a career-killer. The openings for German and French positions exist due to deplorable treatment by administration. Do not apply here under any circumstances!

    Advice to Management

    Do a second exit interview of those leaving DISD from the World Languages departments of your schools and start handing out pink slips to their former principals.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Teacher"

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

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

    Pros

    It's all about having a positive impact on children. If you can teach in DISD, you can teach anywhere in DFW.

    Cons

    Mostly horrible administration, both at local school-level and in district. DO YOUR RESEARCH of the school you are going to, particularly view the school reports of work climate and student test scores. It is not worth working at a poorly managed school: you will be stressed out, undermined, exhausted, and unsupported (make sure you are part of a union). Too many other school districts are hiring in the area: check them out first. Also, DO NOT go to the COMPASS program: they will not support you and only see you as canon fodder for the district. They put first year teachers with no experience in schools with the most severe challenges. Please heed my warning...

    Advice to Management

    Cut administrative staff by more than half. All of you do so much less than you think. DISD is bloated and throwing away money in a frantic and ill-researched attempt to change deep underlying issues in management.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Dallas ISD is where teaching careers go to die."

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

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

    Pros

    They pay more than other districts. There are always vacancies. It's a place to start your teaching career. I recommend leaving after a year. Get your feet wet. Then leave.

    Cons

    There is not sufficient or consistent training. Incompetent and unimaginative. Too big and disorganized. Human Capital Management takes too long to do things.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Last Resort Only"

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

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

    Pros

    I have met some great people and enjoy working with students.

    Cons

    Completely disorganized. Awful onboarding processes, outdated equipment, poor training opportunities.


  7. "Unfortunate Situation"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Community work, great people who are not in leadership roles

    Cons

    Leadership, Overall professionalism, culture, thought process for kids is not there...

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who are working for you!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Classroom teacher"

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    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    no pros to write about

    Cons

    micro managed, little support, dysfunctional district


  9. "teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Salaries are competitive, but the cost of living is also higher.

    Cons

    This is the most negative environment in which I've ever taught.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that you were a teacher once.


  10. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - CTE Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - CTE Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay to live wherever you desire. There are many schools to choose from and some great staff are employed here.

    Cons

    Pay not enough for all the work teachers get and do. Students are not great. District is very unorganized. No pay raises due to TEI program that is honestly not fair to any teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of TEI and pay teachers for there degrees and years in the career.


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