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  1. "Warm environment, helpful staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Warm environment, pleasant staff who were sincerely interested in answering questions and teaching me the ropes of the job

    Cons

    Pretentious relationships among staff on different levels


  2. "Mixed reviews"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Teacher in New Brunswick, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New Brunswick Public School District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I enjoy the support system I have with my co-workers, I love educating my students (when I can finally teach them after getting through all bureaucratic federal, state and local initiatives), good health benefits (that we now pay dearly for)

    Cons

    Contract freezes have led to discord within the district, high admin turn-over and has created a revolving door of VPs and Principals, ever-increasing demands aside from teaching has led to teacher burn-out.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your teachers more, negotiate fair contracts to avoid teacher losses, be mindful when creating new initiatives as teachers are dealing with enough inside the classroom

  3. "Stay away from this district if you can -- notorious for no lesson plans."

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in New Brunswick, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New Brunswick Public School District part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As a substitute teacher you'll be asked to dive in and teach, and even expected to once they get to know you. Good per-diem rate. City atmosphere.

    Cons

    Poor student behavior. Very few lesson plans are left. Administrators don't always do their jobs. Some administrators don't belong in positions. Security is poor. Experience at high school is below par and security should be doing their jobs better.

    However, security often does job that administrators should be doing when it comes to discipline. This includes out of control and inapropropriate behavior in classrooms.

    Parking issues at many buildings.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair. Let substitutes know if they are being evaluated so that they can report back and document daily classroom experiences as well. Don't penalize employees for asking about pension benefits.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers cared
    Students were kind
    Really good salary for a first year teacher

    Cons

    Just like at any other school, administration care only about data and tests.
    Lots of professional development hours.


  5. "Board of Ed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New Brunswick Public School District (More than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits, set schedule, decent amount of time off

    Cons

    no advancement opportunities, petty environment


  6. "custodian"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    it was a job that happened to be very exciting and worked out well as the benefits and overall working conditions were great.

    Cons

    I did not feel that there were any problems at all except that administration could have been a little more understanding with the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Get more involved with the employee as they are the backbone of the system and can be very helpful in all areas concerned.


  7. "Potential to be a much better place..."

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Coworkers are great people who are always there to listen. The kids always bring a smile to my face!

    Cons

    Administration varies greatly by school. Some administration is lax, while at other schools they're down your throat- neither of which is conducive to everyone performing their best. Extreme lack of resources- specifically a reading series/curriculum in a failing school district. Teachers have absolutely no support or guidance in doing their jobs. Most teachers refer to New Brunswick as "Sink or Swim." Sadly. a lot of the good ones only last a couple of years here before they move on. Lastly, there are far too many changes for people to keep up with!

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that while teachers are professionals, they are human beings with outside lives as well. Please provide a better mentoring system for new teachers and continue with guidance and support at all levels. Many of the newer teachers are beyond fed up with the lack of LA curriculum/resources, while older teachers are struggling to keep up with all the other changes affecting teaching.

  8. "Review of New Brunswick Public Schools"

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    Current Employee - School Psychologist in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - School Psychologist in New Brunswick, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very diverse student population, and many opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Many students in overcrowded classes and limited resources for bilingual students who also have learning difficulties.


  9. "Time will tell"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    New superintendent this year so things are changing.

    Cons

    How will the shake up of the system effect the school?


  10. "Great district, poor union backing"

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    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Paraprofessional in New Brunswick, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New Brunswick Public School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The school district is great to work in, there is opportunity to grow; competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Union is not interested in Support staff, mainly focused on Teacher needs. Will not "go to bat" for employee in a conflict with the BoE in many instances.

    Advice to Management

    Nurturing loyal employees should trump your bottom line.


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