New York City Department of Education Reviews

Updated May 12, 2021

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  • "This company offers great benefits(in 121 reviews)

  • "Good Benefits and paid parental leave(in 87 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Principals and boss are a bit overwhelming(in 56 reviews)

  • "difficult, long hours outside work(in 40 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      good

      Apr 4, 2021 - Long Term Substitute Teacher in Bronx, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great school system in the country.

      Cons

      No complaints about the school.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      I work for a great school.

      May 10, 2021 - ESL Teacher in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Great benefits - Tenure after 5 years - Summers off and plenty of breaks throughout the year

      Cons

      - Great schools are rarer than they ought to be. - If you're hoping to get hired and make a difference somewhere, use insideschools.org. It's got a ton of great info on every public school in NYC, and you can avoid going somewhere toxic.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Decent if you don't think you'd need more than the minimum.

      Feb 12, 2021 - Special Education Paraprofessional in Bronx, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You barely feel like you'd lose your job over minor mistakes, You have co workers that can relate to you as most are just as fed up as you are with certain problems (funny that this works that way), and you can always question a task you're assigned with your union so there's never any confusion of what you're allowed to do and what you shouldn't do (so you don't lose your job for doing it)

      Cons

      Schools are very quick to pin the blame onto staff even if they essentially forced them to do the offending task. This happens far too often and is extremely hard to fight as most of the times, the only way you can fight is to ask for written requests, which would never happen from administration. Due to you asking for the request to be written, the admins will find ways to get you transferred out of the school, no matter how many years you have on the job, under the guise of "Budget Constraints". A co-worker of mine who worked for 17 years in a school was transferred out in favor of keeping all the newer staff (about 3 or 4). He was tenured and would've fought it had the school not scheduled the transfer to take place the next day of him being told about it.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Fulfilling work

      Apr 8, 2021 - Middle School Art Teacher in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Being a teacher is (or should be) more of a calling than a job, so on good days it feels like a bonus to get paid to do this. We have a strong union supporting us, and in terms of compensation we get reasonable health benefits and an unbeatable retirement package. The kids ultimately should be the reason one goes into this line of work, and not because of the job perks, but the job perks definitely do exist, and vary from school to school and from position to position.

      Cons

      This can be a highly stressful job, but the stress is manageable, depending on your situation. Teachers should be getting paid MUCH more to do what we do, and unfortunately New York City has not done its best of late (during Covid) to demonstrate that it prioritizes the safety and well-being of its students and staff over the almighty rat race economy that incentivizes parents to push students prematurely back into classrooms.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      I have worked with most children with autism for 25 years.

      May 5, 2021 - Educational Assistant in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Having appropriate adaptations in place, children with autism can focus more on learning and less on trying to approximate the social behaviors.

      Cons

      In a autism setting, everything is artificially set up for optimum outcome. There is no competition, and the bar is generally lowered.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Ys

      May 8, 2021 - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good to the people in your city

      Cons

      Bad for the way I want to enroll

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      More work than advertised

      May 12, 2021 - Teacher 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Helping Students is great and never gets old

      Cons

      Pay, Overworked, unclear expectations, not always on the teachers side

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Janitor with DOE

      May 3, 2021 - Maintenance/Janitorial in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Close relationship with student and staff through the years

      Cons

      Students may are not the cleanliness of people to clean after.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great job

      Apr 30, 2021 - Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bronx, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great pay, hours, and collaborative work environment where you can make a difference in students lives.

      Cons

      Can be hard to work at a school near your home.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great Pension

      May 4, 2021 - Teacher in Bronx, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Summers off, spring and winter break

      Cons

      Behavior Problems, class size, exam based ratings

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