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New York City Department of Education Reviews

Updated September 24, 2017
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  • horrible work/life balance, tough environment (in 17 reviews)

  • Long hours, difficult situations sometimes, a lot of paper work (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Peaceful and friendly co-workers and kids.

    Cons

    Kids can be messy and unruly.


  2. "Worth it -- if you can avoid burn-out"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Purposeful, meaningful, necessary work; Ability to impact the lives of children; Building positive relationships and partnerships in high-need communities

    Cons

    Non-stop, high-stress job; Burden of paperwork and administrative tasks detract from actually servicing students; 12-to-14-hr workdays quickly become the norm, requires self-regulation to designate an "end" to your day

  3. "N/A"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent pay

    Cons

    Salary is very low for the amount of work


  4. "Teaching at DOE"

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    Former Employee - High School Computer Science Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - High School Computer Science Teacher in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Summers off, good benefits, pension, retirement, etc. Days end relatively early and there are plenty of days off. Good pay for a teacher relative to everywhere else.

    Cons

    Experience will depend highly on your school. Difficult to take days off. Lots of paperwork.


  5. "I love it great experience,"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Networking great for meeting new individuals love the atmosphere working in a school gives you the opportunity to meet different artists ,&I personally who is driven and determined as myself

    Cons

    None I actually love the environment working in the school system gives you... there was no cons with the experience I tackled


  6. "unorganized"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You are off for the summer.

    Cons

    Too much training for senior staff. Waste of time. No time for planning.

    Advice to Management

    You need to give teachers more time to prepare. The professional periods and administrative takes away from teachers time to prepare.... You MUST change this...


  7. "SPED"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of areas to learn and grow as an educator.

    Cons

    The system is big and there is a lot to learn, especially when you come in new.

  8. "School aid"

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    Current Employee - School Aid in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - School Aid in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good hopefully a decent pension

    Cons

    Salary is too low pay is crap for what you put up with


  9. "Complicated school system. Job experience can vary drastically between schools."

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teachers earn a living wage. Working with children can be extremely personally rewarding. Some principals are competent managers who treat their staff with respect.

    Cons

    Teaching in this system is incredibly demanding. Expectations and responsibilities of teachers increase every year. There are zero external rewards (either in terms of formal recognition or basic acknowledgement of excellence from supervisors) and the harder one works, the more is asked of you to make up for those who do not pull their weight.
    It is a constant struggle to focus on your minimal successes and not become burnt out. I fought the battle for a long time because I loved teaching and was devoted to helping students succeed, but left after 14 years out of sheer exhaustion.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a career ladder to acknowledge high performing teachers and to allow teacher leaders to contribute on a school wide and district wide level.
    Provide for more preparation and professional development time, so that teachers are able to continue to teach at a high level without burning out.
    Far too much is expected of school principals with little support, so that they too burn out and cease to be effective, supportive and/or respectful leaders.


  10. "Not bad"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY

    Pros

    Decent pay for fair hours.
    Once you've learned the ropes at one school, they're more or less the same everywhere
    Good benefits

    Cons

    It's very expensive to live in NYC. You can't live alone on a teacher salary. Also, kids get away with just about anything.

    Advice to Management

    Be more fair in observations


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