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San Diego Unified School District Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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  • Politics, lay offs, budget cuts, not treated like professionals, feeling like you're never doing enough (in 6 reviews)

  • Very little training for people who will be dealing with special education children (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Diego Unified School District full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and work hours

    Cons

    Need for supplemental income during the summer


  2. "IT Jobs"

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    Current Employee - Network Technician in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Network Technician in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at San Diego Unified School District full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive pay, state of the art equipment

    Cons

    Frequent job cuts, contracted work, standardization differs from site to site

    Advice to Management

    Management positions in IT should be available more frequently

  3. "Fun Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at San Diego Unified School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Salary, Fully benefits, Fun work environment!

    Cons

    Hiring can be difficult to get your foot in the door.


  4. "35 years in the "Chalk Mines.""

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    Former Employee - Retired Educator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Retired Educator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at San Diego Unified School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Teachers cared for students. Most materials were available for use buy teachers. Textbooks were mostly up to date and usable.

    Cons

    The paper work for Administration was mostly an unnecessary task. Some of the administrators tended to have a " Napoleon " attitude and pushed pet projects that took away from main objective, Student's Education! !

    Advice to Management

    Teachers understand that a certain amount of paper work is necessary, but not all administrative paperwork is necessary for the educational objective.


  5. "Amazing place to work"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at San Diego Unified School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing atmosphere with great people all around to help you. From staff in the school to the staff in HR everyone is one big family trying to help you succeed and feel at home.

    Cons

    Get a thrown into the fire, and are expected to work right away.

    Advice to Management

    Management is very thought full and keep checking up on you, they want you to succeed and try and provide you with the right personal, tools, or anything you may need.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Child Development Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Classroom Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Classroom Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at San Diego Unified School District (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hours are great! Weekends, Holidays off. Pay is good, benefits only apply if employed full-time; if you do get benefits, they are great, hard to compare.

    Cons

    Traffic and parking at schools can be a nightmare.


  7. "Health Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at San Diego Unified School District part-time

    Pros

    They offer great benefits, and the schedule is great, especially if you are a working mom.

    Cons

    The district goes through many budget cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate your bilingual employees, especially those who have been placed in areas where there is a high demand.

  8. "Not valuing experienced bilingual staff enough."

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    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Substitute Teacher in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at San Diego Unified School District part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many schools with ethnically diverse students and parents

    Cons

    Don't value substitute teachers enough. Get rid of experienced staff. Don't want you to hear what they are doing wrong and what needs to be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Value faithful employees that have BCLAD credentials and that have 20 years of experience. The CEO or Superintendent is Cindy Martin not Bill Kowba. Please update it.


  9. "Bss"

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

    I have been working at San Diego Unified School District full-time

    Pros

    Greats job in the world

    Cons

    None that I can think off

    Advice to Management

    Work's hard for you


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible HR Department"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at San Diego Unified School District (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Excellent benefits package
    * Pay is decent enough
    * Year round schedule at some schools (I prefer that)

    Cons

    * HR does not return calls or emails...When you finally get a hold of someone they act like you never left a message or email. Even then they will say someone will get back to you and they never do....
    * Temporary contracts... You can get this year after year after year after year etc. you get the drift... all legal
    * They make you think you won't get unemployment from being laid off of a temp. contract (you will get it...worked for me and 3 other laid off teachers that I spoke to)
    * If someone in HR doesn't like you, your name is clearly thrown in the back behind other people.... Cannot prove this...
    * There is no change in pay for NBC staff...you may move up for salary units, but assuming you already have a Master's, you are at the end anyway
    * No one knows how to budget which gets us in budget problems

    Advice to Management

    Stop it with the temporary contracts after 1 year... It's only a matter of time when this stops being legal.... Ended up accepting a job with another district. I'm on a temporary contract too, but they continue benefits through the summer and renew your contract before the school year is up. I was hoping to stay in San Diego Unified, but ended up leaving because the HR department is vindictive.


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