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Houston ISD Reviews

Updated March 23, 2019
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Houston ISD Superintendent Terry B. Grier
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Pros
  • "They offer a variety of professional development opportunities to help improve your instructional practices" (in 32 reviews)

  • "Good benefits and work environment" (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours and many changes every year" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Lack of support in a low SES area" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Curriculum and Instruction"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Curriculum Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Curriculum Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Houston ISD full-time

    Pros

    Great staff and informative trainings. You really need to pay attention to details and absorb what is being presented in your trainings.

    Cons

    Very competitive environment. Make you you’re on your A-Game, this is a very important position . The more you know, the faster you will be able to climb the ladder

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Houston ISD"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Many opportunities to grow

    Cons

    A very large school district

  3. "HISD Teacher Northwest Side"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    co workers
    some freedom
    great principal
    celebration of growth

    Cons

    curriculum- delayed
    lots of work
    testing


  4. "Hard Work but worth it"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructional Coach in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Instructional Coach in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    working with kids
    working with hard working professionals

    Cons

    long hours
    unpaid time
    incompetent admin
    lack of support from central office
    long days


  5. "School Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    TRS retirement. Fun working with students. Nice staff (at current school). Every school is very different.

    Cons

    Insurance had a high deductible to pay before insurance payments begin.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together - support your nursing staff.


  6. "Great job"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Set schedule, great school, great environment

    Cons

    Sometimes a lack of administrative support


  7. "HISD IS AN OK PLACE TO WORK"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The school tries to be innovative

    Cons

    The public school system is broke. It will be the same as most districts.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away!"

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

    I worked at Houston ISD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working with the children
    Pay is ok

    Cons

    Disorganized district
    Attacks and does not support teachers
    Focus on test scores
    Special ed students having little support which is illegal
    Being worked to the bone and not compensated for time worked outside of contract hours, including staff meetings taking place after school, any work not finished is expected to be done on your own time
    Planning time constantly taken away
    Rarely any TAs
    Admin are snakes
    Overloaded class sizes, classes to big to meet the needs of every student

    Advice to Management

    Support your teachers. Most important job in the world and we are not respected! Get input from your teachers and implement changes!


  9. "CTE Teacher"

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    Current Employee - CTE Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - CTE Teacher in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and work schedule

    Cons

    Need to be on campus with good principal leadership


  10. "Houston ISD Paraprofessional"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Special Education Teaching Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time

    Pros

    The greatest reward is working with children.

    Cons

    They do not pay you for the job you actually do. Unfortunately, you arrive earlier than everyone else if you are a paraprofessional and you do not receive half the bonuses or raises the teachers make, even though in reality, you do some of the same work.