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Los Angeles USD Reviews

Updated June 13, 2017
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  • No benefits unless you work 100 days during the year (in 15 reviews)

  • Part time position for this job (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Depending on where you work in the district can determine your fulfillment"

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    Current Employee - Teaching in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching in Los Angeles, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities exist especially if you are dual -credentialed or have special ed, math or science credentials. In many schools you have academic freedom but that is at the high school level. I don't know about elementary and middle school. I work in alternative ed so I don't really have to worry about test scores or periodic assessments. I also get a ton of extra work via credit recovery and summer school. When I was a new teacher I was able to teach AP in an urban school so opportunity exists. Fully paid health benefits. Lots of magnet schools. Lots of teachers retiring means lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    You could end up with a vengeful principal or in a school with lots of politics. Choose wisely and don't hesitate to turn down a position if you have a bad feeling. Document everything if you have one of the principals above. There is still left over age discrimination due to the war on teachers during the recession. Realize that many, many districts throughout California are hiring so you have options.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lurching from fad to fad in education. Technology is not the panacea it seems to be. These new online platforms for teaching English that are highly scripted actually lead to less critical thinking and learning.
    In addition, online credit recovery is eroding respect for education among the students.


  2. "STEM Educator"

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    Current Employee - STEM Educator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - STEM Educator in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A great district to start a career.

    Cons

    Full of Bureaucracy. Compensation is not fair to teachers. Unfair ethical practices.


  3. "salary and benefits at LAUSD"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    LAUSD hire new teachers, has intern program

    Cons

    class size can be 40


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Really depends what school youare at"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, job security, rewarding job

    Cons

    Super bureaucratic. The district office is a nightmare. 4 years after i quit i was still getting letters saying they over or under payed me.

    Advice to Management

    Break up into smaller districts


  5. "Construction Manager"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles USD as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and plenty of resources. Wonderful opportunities.

    Cons

    Difficult to know which direction this large organization truly wants to go in. Standard construction activities frequently become politicized to the detriment of projects.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the best people. Choose to trust them and then support them. They will then produce the expected positive results. Stop changing directions every week or month depending on which Principal or Area Superintendent expresses interest or concern. Stand by your facilities people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher's Life"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work hours and great benefits.

    Cons

    Students' lack of effort, parents' expectation and administrations pressure.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sub"

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    Current Employee - Sub/Permanent in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sub/Permanent in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with kids, health benefits

    Cons

    too big, impersonal, no true oversight

    Advice to Management

    Ask subs what is really happening on their 1,200 campuses, ensure curriculum binders are completed by all teachers by end of first week, 56 min periods not 90 mins...


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Some Great People In A Challenging Environment"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles USD part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some great people and inspiring students.

    Cons

    Lack of organization, the district is poorly administered and occasional students were disruptive and annoying

    Advice to Management

    Get your priorities in order


  9. "Sub Assistant life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Fernando, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Fernando, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with children. Flexible schedule. Nice classroom environment.

    Cons

    Job availability. Hard contact needed personal in resource offices because of lack of staff and district cuts.


  10. "review"

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    Current Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities within LAUSD to move to a different position. No work on weekends. If you actually become a teacher or are salaried you have a chance to still be paid during the summer and winter break.

    Cons

    Not being salaried always leaves you looking for a part time job during vacation time. No real support to workers. Wages seem unfair at times due to the amount of work it takes to do some of the jobs. Being required to be in school for a job limits the hiring process and puts more work on other employees

    Advice to Management

    Protect your workers better and they will work harder. Give ample support when necessary and be surecto


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