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New York City Department of Education Reviews

Updated September 23, 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. "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


  2. "Great if you like routine and structure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free health insurance and plenty of time off

    Cons

    A lot favoritism and smoking mirrors

  3. "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Having the opportunity to help influence our city's youth by teaching them how to think critiquely.

    Cons

    Sometimes one can't help but feel as if their role is meaningless because teaching is a highly politcized role.


  4. "Special Education Legal Unit - Agency Attorney"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Agency Attorney in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Agency Attorney 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

    Hours are 9-5 -- or straight 7 hours. Health Benefits are NYC benefits and are fantastic. If you are a new parent or thinking of starting a family, this is a good short term stay. Starting salary is 85K.

    Cons

    Work is 90% clerical. No pay raises beyond those offered by the mayor to other management employees. Tremendous attrition since focus shifted from litigating cases to settling cases. Average attorney stay is less than 2 years. No real advancement or transfer opportunities.


  5. "I feel overworked and underpaid."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The students and faculty are fantastic. The parents are supportive. Teachers are extremely well trained. Most teachers are there for the right reason.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. There is frequent gossip that interferes with work. Teachers that want to do the right thing often get influenced by underachievers.

    Advice to Management

    Mental health counseling and stronger rules.


  6. "Paraprofessional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You are paid semi-monthly, which mean every 1st and 15th in the month. Your salary increases with your education. There are opportunities now to aid your transition to become a teacher. As an educator, you are entitled to a loan forgiveness program that was initiated by President Obama. You are able to borrow money from your pension if you are experiencing a hardship. You also have various discounts with phone companies and clothing stores.

    Cons

    Being a paraprofessional has a lot of abstract expectations that change on a daily basis. This means in order to CYA, you need to document everything you do and maintain a strong relationship with your union representative. There are a lot of politics involved and the job sometimes may seem like a cut throat environment. Hence, stay to yourself and do your job.

    Advice to Management

    It helps when there is professionalism. Sometimes administration seems like they lack professionalism in the sense that they are on a power trip and they have to prove this in their actions or speaking to someone in a condescending manner. This is not everywhere but I have witnessed this myself. I have also experienced administrators that expect greatness and encourage it through meaningful professional developments. My point is, you reap what you sow. Everyday is another day for an educator to learn. Teach us to be even better leaders.


  7. "good job while on school"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York City Department of Education (More than a year)

    Pros

    pretty flexible schedule as it is per diem

    Cons

    No pay on the summer months

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Paraprofessional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I have the ability to make a difference in the lives of special needs children also the pay is good.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for growth or promotion.


  9. "love it"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Flushing, NY
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Flushing, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    strong union, decent salary increases, salary differentials for credits/degrees earned

    Cons

    almost never get a snow day, and find it hard to commute to the city and find parking on those days


  10. Helpful (1)

    "special education Paraprofessional"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Paraprofessional in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Special Education Paraprofessional in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work day hours are good and holidays are great.

    Cons

    Low pay for all that is done. Teachers stick together and paras are not considered as equal coworkers. Very little support from parents, coworkers and administration regarding troubled students.

    Advice to Management

    support your staff!


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