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New York City Department of Education Reviews

Updated November 10, 2018
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  • "Great benefits; ability to build good collaborative relationships with colleagues; feel like you are making an impact on students' lives" (in 84 reviews)

  • "Working with kids, always interesting" (in 32 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not easy work, but not to difficult nether."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - School Aide in Ozone Park, NY
    Current Employee - School Aide in Ozone Park, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of vacation time plus paid summers off!

    Cons

    Working with children in not easy.

    Advice to Management

    Administrators need to make sure that the staff is doing what was agreed upon during staff meetings and do pop ups to see how things are running.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Harassment and Work Place Abuses Rampant"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Working with youth
    - Being a positive role model for the future of our communities
    - Opportunities for leadership within the classroom and the community you serve
    - Many opportunities to learn through professional development opportunities around the city
    - Worthy values and goals you could stand behind and be happy to come to work to every day to contribute to.

    Cons

    - Overworked and spread extremely thin
    - If you become a target for the administration for whatever reason no matter how unjustified, working for the DOE will become an absolute nightmare. You will find very limited support from colleagues or the union.
    - Administrators have unchecked power over evaluations which they readily weaponize if they do not like you.
    - As mentioned above, the DOE has worthy values and goals, but the systems in place often contradict those worthy goals and values and too often work against them.
    - Everything you will encounter via the administrative and evaluation processes at the DOE has very little to do with supporting educators to grow as professionals and support student's academic success and a lot more to do with a bunch of bureaucrats and career administrators (some of which have never taught a day in their life) covering their own behinds.

    Advice to Management

    UFT needs to actually protect their early career teachers. If you have tenure, you are protected. If you are not, you are left to the wolves. This is unacceptable.

    DOE leadership needs to address the contradictions that exist between the worthy goals you wish to achieve and the systems you have in place to support them. Case in point differentiation in the classroom is a worthy initiative but to expect one teacher to individualize content for 90+ students without the proper technological infrastructure and professional support (beyond the lip service paid at PDs) is just ludicrous. Also, differentiation in the classroom makes little sense without differentiation in state testing. The one size fits all standardized tests goes against the core intention and spirit of the differentiation pedagogical approach. You either support differentiation in the classroom or you don't.

  3. "Teacher in NYC DOE"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good job security, good growth

    Cons

    Work overload, very stressful


  4. "Stressful"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy work
    Good pay for what little you sometimes do

    Cons

    Disrespect depending on the school
    Inconsistency
    Stressful
    Teachers treating you like you are invisible
    No insurance

    Advice to Management

    Encourage and insist your school respects subs and find a way to support those who are in school


  5. Helpful (1)

    "School Secretary"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - School Secretary in New York, NY
    Current Employee - School Secretary in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, including health and time off (all recognized federal and city holiday observations, Christmas break, winter recess, spring break and summers). Pay is competitive and resources are available depending on location.

    Cons

    Limited staffing in title with enormous duties


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not a place for self improvement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Community Associate 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    The city benefits, vacation days and job stability

    Cons

    Management, staffing choices, limited and mismanagement of resources

    Advice to Management

    Communicate clearly and effectively


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Acct Excecutive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and paid holidays off

    Cons

    No comes right now as I have been there a short while

  8. "Education Administration"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are very good for contract workers

    Cons

    Contract workers are underpaid compared to salaried

    Advice to Management

    pay more


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Blah"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    II have nothing nice to say

    Cons

    Friends and family give each other better positions... it's not what you know, but who you know.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Paraprofessional"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time

    Pros

    Time with your children

    Cons

    A lot of work


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