New York City Department of Education Director Reviews | Glassdoor

New York City Department of Education Director Reviews

Updated Dec 15, 2019

To filter reviews, or .

3.2
42%
Recommend to a Friend
7%
Approve of CEO
New York City Department of Education Chancellor 	Carmen Farina (no image)
Carmen Farina
6 Ratings
  1. "Info Technology"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Education technology based focused is a definitely pro

    Cons

    Government compliance can, at times, slow processes

    Advice to Management

    None

    New York City Department of Education2017-04-19
  2. "Great benefits, work-life balance, and bright co-workers, but within a bureaucracy that only gets worse with time."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director 
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits, pension, work hours, colleagues

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, hiring policies (civil service policies unclear and tests do not come out often enough), unclear and ever-changing policies for approvals, lack of urgency around items that affect teachers (primarily financial), Leadership that too often seems to be flying by the seat of their pants. Highly educated and ambitious people in roles that are at the bottom of the totem pole, so to speak. My office has experienced serious turnover with hiring policies that have made it impossible to fully staff our team, leading to over-worked and over-stressed employees. More strict policies, more middle-man approvals, and more hoops to jump though (with little understanding of new processes) leads to a decrease in both efficiency and morale.

    Show More

    Advice to Management

    Clear policies and processes, documented and easy to access. Better hiring policies (this requires a lot of high-level changes but it is vital if we want to reduce attrition). Equity and inclusion strategies that start with leadership making changes and then supporting their teams with implementation - telling their office/team to execute on something this important without truly understanding where they fall short first feels like it’s already starting off on the wrong foot. If white males are being hired, promoted and fostered by white males and the same is true of white females, that is a pretty clear implicit bias that should be addressed at the highest levels - transparency around areas for growth at a leadership level would make all employees feel they work for an organization that is honest and reflective and has their best interest at heart.

    Show More
    New York City Department of Education2019-12-15
  3. "Disfunctional Leadership in Some Departments"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to have positive impact on large system

    Cons

    Experience will depend entirely on which department/leader you report to, thousands of tenured employees with high salaries who are ineffective, inefficient and unbothered

    New York City Department of Education2019-09-04
  4. "Good environment but no upward mobility in the field"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The environment is not stressful. The work is meaningful because you actually help principles and school staff make decisions that affect their workplace and/or quality of life

    Cons

    When working outside of Central, there are no merit increases or pathways to promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to recognize exemplary employee’s. There’s no incentive to do well for those that aren’t. It only frustrates those that do.

    New York City Department of Education2019-08-04
  5. "Great Pay & Great Benefits"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director of Operations in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great salary and numerous opportunities to move up

    Cons

    Poor leadership, minimal professional development, extremely political

    Advice to Management

    Promote individuals on knowledge not on who they know

    New York City Department of Education2019-06-28
  6. "Large scale impact, lots of bureaucracy"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Executive Director 

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time

    Pros

    Ability for large scale impact

    Cons

    There is a lot of politics and bureaucracy

    New York City Department of Education2019-06-05
  7. "Leave true HR skills at home"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You will not need them as there are plenty of separate departments that work on that particular speciality

    Cons

    See Pro's above. This is the reasons why they become cons.

    New York City Department of Education2019-05-20
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Too political"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Project Management in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of professional development. Civil service titles with permanent appointments.

    Cons

    Lots of nepotism- people hire and promote their family, friends, and spouses. Only promote “yes” people if you have ideas this isn’t the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Talented people leave because managers are hiring and promoting their associates.

    New York City Department of Education2019-04-21
  9. "Interesting but very political"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very dedicated colleagues, work was often fast-paced and interesting, some departments have excellent managers, work/life balance is excellent

    Cons

    Some departments have the worst managers I have ever worked for - most managers have no experience and training as a manager and it shows. Pay is highly variable - some are paid quite well for what they do (salaries are available on SeeThroughNY) while others are underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Just because someone is an expert in the subject matter does not mean they know how to manage people.

    New York City Department of Education2017-11-16
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Worked at Tweed... Stay Away... It's a Snake Pit!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Living wage, traditional holidays off

    Cons

    Very political, racial bias prevalent against Latinos and Blacks at Tweed. It's an open secret! They are quite open about it. You can find higher paying educational leadership jobs with healthier working environments... Not hard to do at all.... I did!!!! Very disappointing for such a progressive city.

    Advice to Management

    Clean this place out and try to establish a meritocracy and senior leadership with ethics and morals.

    New York City Department of Education2017-09-16
Found 22 reviews