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Pittsburgh Public Schools Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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  1. "Luck plays a large role"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Pittsburgh Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Many are very happy and optimistic. Pay is decent at first.

    Cons

    Some are very unhappy and stuck. Luck more than effort seems to determine career advancement. City residency required for non-union positions.


  2. "pros and cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Pittsburgh Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benies, Cheaper parking, noble cause

    Cons

    Toxic culture, low moral, poor accountability

    Advice to Management

    To improve the culture increase accountability, trust, and communication amongst team


  3. "dose of reality for a sub"

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Pittsburgh Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good classroom experience
    good compensation for day-to-day subs

    Cons

    pretty much on your own with little support


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  5. "IT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Pittsburgh Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I would not subject anyone to work here, therefore, I have no pros to list.

    Cons

    If I could give PPS a lower score rather than 'one star', I would. Central office strives to communicate to the community that they are equitable and fair - HA! This place is the most racist, inequitable place to work in all of Pittsburgh; it's a disgrace. Turnover is outrageous and no one is given the kudos they deserve (unless of course, you're related to a board member). Staff are expected to do many more things outside of their job description without being compensated for it. District leaders lie and treat their staff as if they were peasants and throw them under the bus to make themselves look better. PPS is doing an injustice - they promote people who are racist, sexist and UNDERQUALIFIED. RUN, don't walk away from Pittsburgh Public Schools.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


  6. "Assistant Counselor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Pittsburgh Public Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits holidays off Children are educated

    Cons

    The morale and respect among co workers


  7. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Most of the teachers genuinely care about the students.

    Cons

    Your experience, whether positive or negative, will vary from school to school. You have to stay at your assigned school for at least 3 years. The curriculum is designed by the district.


  8. "Coach"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working with the students teaching the sport was a thrill.

    Cons

    The low wages for the city athletics.

    Advice to Management

    increase athletic coaches salary and budget,


  9. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Pittsburgh Public Schools part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays slightly more than other substitute teaching positions in South Western PA

    Cons

    Subs in Pittsburgh Public are not usually treated with the same kind of respect and courtesy that contract teachers receive and they have not had a raise in 20 years. Will usually work much harder than you would in other districts.

    Advice to Management

    Increase per Diem pay for subs who work every day. This could be added as a bonus at the end of the bi-monthly pay periods.


  10. "Great pay, awful conditions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Staff, students, wages, job openings (everyone leaves - high turn over)

    Cons

    Don't get paid over summer, don't get compensated for experience or degree, unprofessional administration, no parental support, lack of resources, uncleanliness


  11. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Pittsburgh Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    The students are awesome and eager to learn!

    Cons

    Some principals make it their mission to fail teachers. Evaluation system flawed

    Advice to Management

    Look closely at evaluation system and apply it consistently across the district. Don't make it easy for principals to target teachers



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