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Houston ISD Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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Houston ISD Superintendent Terry B. Grier
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Pros
  • Excellent professional development partnership with Rice University for science teachers (in 21 reviews)

  • good benefits for people with children and good working hours for moms (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • A lot of disorganization and lack of communication between superiors which leads to many issues that could have been easily resolved (in 7 reviews)

  • Lack of support for ESL students (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work but no room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time

    Pros

    good coworkers, great vacation and time off

    Cons

    pay, room for advancement, pay increase determined by board annually


  2. "Good Place to Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Platform Server Administrator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Platform Server Administrator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They give lots of time off. There are processes to resolve interpersonal problems. They promote fair treatment of their employees. Harassment and workplace bullying is discouraged. There is opportunities to advance. Compensation and benefits are average.

    Cons

    Raises are not as good as commercial companies. The school district is funded by the city and state which is subjected to cuts. The district does not contribute extra money to retirement plans.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  3. "Growth Potential"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Department Chair in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Department Chair in Houston, TX
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large urban district. Contains multiple directions for growth.

    Cons

    Often implemented multiple initiatives simultaneously.


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  5. "High School Teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Teaching in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many opportunities to move around.

    Cons

    Everything is about data. Ridiculous amounts of time spent on data from waste of time testing. You actually have to rank your students 1-4 at the beginning of the year!

    Advice to Management

    Leave good teachers alone. Don't turn children onto statistics.


  6. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Houston ISD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I believe the kids are the future

    Cons

    Open 7 days and very long hours

    Advice to Management

    keep good employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "First year teaching at HISD"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Time off and benefits were nice.

    Cons

    My experience was awful, but I think it mainly had to do with the school I worked at. The principal was very aggressive and rude. The training's were a waste of time. This job is way to stressful.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more support for teachers.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "It was alright"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houston ISD full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, helpful coworkers, most of the students

    Cons

    Little work-life balance due to all the paperwork and reports, little support for new teachers


  9. "HISD"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits
    vacation time
    safe, friendly environment

    Cons

    low salary
    high stress
    lots of work outside school hours


  10. "Decent Job, But Has Cons"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Teacher
    Current Employee - Associate Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm currently working as a part-time substitute teacher. I'm going on my 2nd year working as a sub.

    Pros: flexible schedule, you can pick and choose the schools that you want to work at, there is always a wide number of jobs available throughout the year,

    Cons

    The pay isn't great. I'm hearing that other school districts pay more per hour or day; HISD is one of the cheaper districts to work for as an associate teacher.

    I've been having a problem receiving a full paycheck on some pay periods. A secretary (or front office admin) at each school is responsible for reporting the associate teachers' pay every pay period. Due to human error, there have been numerous occasions where the secretaries aren't properly reporting the days that I've worked. HISD started using OneSource, and the utilization of OneSource doesn't allow late pays. Therefore, if a secretary doesn't report my time properly, I'm forced to wait until the NEXT pay period before I receive my missing pay. It's been a HUGE inconvenience because (as a common person) I have bills. And when my anticipated paycheck comes up short, I can't pay my bills. Now you will receive the missing pay on your next paycheck. But it doesn't help someone to budget at all. My recommendation is that associate teaching with HISD should be a side job and not something that you fully depend on. There is a guarantee that you will run into this problem because so many associate teachers complain to each other about this very issue.

    Advice to Management

    Something needs to be put into place where associate teachers can sign in and out electronically. Maybe we can input our employee number into a machine when signing in and out for the day. This would alleviate human error of reporting time worked for pay periods.


  11. "You can sub as much as you want"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Teacher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Teacher in Houston, TX
    Recommends

    I have been working at Houston ISD part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Tons of assignments available daily.
    Decent pay
    Great hours (obviously)

    Cons

    Some schools have regular teachers who don't care, making it even harder for a sub
    No benefits



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