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School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr
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Pros
  • good pay, good benefits, rewarding job, union membership (in 11 reviews)

  • Pay is good for the comparably light workload (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Parents who have no idea about their child, no follow through on rules, lack of support from administration (in 5 reviews)

  • No support or leadership provided to building administration (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Research Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers were kind and friendly because they truly work as a team not competitors.

    Cons

    Working environment was so slow paced.


  2. "Where you work is more important than the central adminstration (I retired 5 years ago)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher and Roster Person in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher and Roster Person in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Depends on your school principal

    Cons

    Lower salary than most other districts in the area

    Advice to Management

    Treat Teachers fairly


  3. "Challenging Teaching Position"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with children is always a pro. Thinking you are making a difference is what it is all about. Reaching every student and knowing that you are having an impact is definitely a pro.

    Cons

    Lack of resources, worn down school buildings, dirty working conditions, violent situations, no contract for awhile.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stagnation...Is it where I want to be?"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working for The District has rewards. I love the children I work with and most the staff. The benefits package they provide is great as well as the mini vacations.

    Cons

    Not having a contract and raise for the past 6 years. All other departments including Upper Management and Principals have received raises . They want Classroom Assistants to do so much for little pay. Some of the things that we have to endure I feel as though the teachers need to do as well.

    Advice to Management

    Stop stalling and give us what we deserve!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Void of Resources and Assistance"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary is the only benefit

    Cons

    As a first year teacher, I need resources and assistance. I do not feel as if I am receiving this kind of help.


  7. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time

    Pros

    Most of the students do want to learn and are not the reason I left. New teachers get a teacher coach. She was the only person I had to help me with any issues or questions I had.

    Cons

    Lack of staff so I had no prep periods. Lack of support by principals and administration. Unorganized.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Total disrespect and lack of loyalty to its loyal employees"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Healthcare, summers off, snow days, some students are great and rewarding to work with

    Cons

    Poor work-to-life balance, increased paperwork demands each year, no raise in 5 years, unfair double standard with pay--they're bringing in new hires for higher money than many who've stayed loyal to the district through all 5 years of the salary "freeze", no union contract in 4 years, some disrespectful ungrateful students, some very disrespectful noninstructional staff, backstabbing, feelings of low self morale resulting from lack of respect or raises, outdated technology equipment for some despite the district spending millions on new boards and laptops

    Advice to Management

    Stop paying brand new employees the higher salaries that many loyal old faithful employees still haven't earned after 5 years of no raises!!! No wonder so many teachers are leaving! Too much is expected for too little appreciation and compensation!


  9. "School District of Philadelphia Employee"

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

    Pros

    The pay is better than many surrounding school districts.

    Cons

    Many of the schools are rough and grossly underfunded.

    Advice to Management

    Administrators are doing their best. It is a funding issue.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pros are:
      Benefits package
      The pay is good
      Summers off

    Cons

    If you are looking to make an impact, teaching in Philly is not for you. Classes are crowded with students who are extremely below grade level, disrespectful, complete disregard for teachers/adults in general, utter carlessness for rules and other students. Granted, not every child is like this but, every single class I have ever taught in five years has had more than enough of this type of student which makes teaching the whole class impossible and those who are there to learn get lost in the shuffle because teachers are constantly trying to mirco manage the horrible behaviors of a few. Parents are never there and refuse to take a part in their child's education and blame the teachers for everything wrong with their child. You will be held accountable for everything even if it is beyond your control i.e students being late and absent, teaching students how to act in a public setting on top of getting them to grade level despite not having a prerequisite skills that are supposed to be taught at home i.e how to properly conduct one's self in a classroom.

    Advice to Management

    Provide classes with two real teachers in a room so that smaller groups can be achieved.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "A Corrupt District"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Students are always so much fun!
    Many great teachers

    Cons

    No opportunity to get a raise because of the contract.
    Corrupt administrations
    No real curriculum but lots of requirements



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