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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 from administration or nursing supervisors (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Make sure you know what you are signing up for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Do you want to feel valued as a professional? Would you like to be creative and have adequate resources, maybe even abundant resources to serve your students? Would you like to share input into important decisions, and feel heard and respected by your administrators? Do you want to get excited about what you are teaching? Would you love to have a roomful of eager learners, ready to learn those exciting things you are teaching? Finally, would you like to be supported with discipline issues?

    If your answer is yes to any of the above, my advice to you is to search for a job with another employer. Because all of these pros can only be found elsewhere.

    Cons

    At the SDP. you will not have adequate resources, and in fact will have to pay for many necessary supplies out of your own pocket (in spite of not having received any raises over the last 5 years). You will not feel valued or be able to share your voice in decisions about teaching. Instead you will be teaching children how to take standardized tests, or you will be administering standardized tests, many of which are not accurate or appropriate measures of student progress. You will also then be evaluated on how the students scored on these invalid tests. You will have little room to be creative, because you must do exactly what is mandated by your administrators. You will not be supported in discipline issues. You are an island onto yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Support your teachers and students. The turmoil in this district can be turned around just by doing that one thing.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "SPED teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher, Secondary School in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher, Secondary School in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Kids want to learn, urban environment, great colleagues, good benefits, decent pension if you stay long enough to vest and accrue some time.

    Cons

    No pay increase in 4 yrs, plus SPED bonus taken away, new hires with same years of teaching experience starting at a higher salary than what I make, many teachers working 2nd jobs to make ends meet, feeling disrespected by management, bullied by principal, micromanaged and treated like a new teacher after 10yrs, lied to by HR about paying for teaching classes, never got senior career step after all paperwork submitted and stamped (allegedly due to frozen contract), pay for own supplies, union is ineffectual.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. There is a reason why you can't find SPED teachers. I am looking to get out and never look back.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Theres a reason why they cannot hire enough teachers"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits and sometimes lax expectations due to children who lack the ability to learn from deficits either social and emotional.

    Cons

    Corrupt management, money laundering elite, pay scale not increased for 5 years, unsafe work conditions full of mold and lead

    Advice to Management

    Start giving the students and teachers what they deserve instead of pocketing troves of cash with no one else in mind but the SRC and Charter schools.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Phila SD review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Health and Physical Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Health and Physical Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are typically solid individuals. Current health benefits.

    Cons

    Pay, conditions, treatment of employees from above and below, broken bureaucracy, working conditions

    Advice to Management

    Treat teachers like educators, not babysitters or birthday clowns.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "High School Teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working with the kids that want to learn.

    Cons

    No contract. Frozen pay. Lack of parental support. Very few books or school supplies. Teachers for the most part need to buy almost everything for their classes, including copy paper to make assignments for the students. In my case I need the paper to copy free books that I find online because the district does not supply them.

    Advice to Management

    You have been out of the classroom for too long. You need to go back and teach a class without the students knowing who you are and the limited supplies the teachers have.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Your heart really has to be in it for kids...or you're just here to collect a paycheck and can't get a job elsewhere"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Biology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Biology Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Pension
    - Option to contribute to a 403b / 457b
    - Meaningful work

    Cons

    - Lack of collegiality
    - NO CONTRACT and consequently there is currently no way to get a salary upgrade
    - Bureaucracy
    - Not a lot of room for personal growth

    Advice to Management

    Treat teachers better, or else most of your good teachers will migrate to other districts. Janitors in Upper Moreland make more than a step 1 teacher does. Why did I get my BA and MS?


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No Work/LIfe Balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    helping disadvantaged children, hard working staff

    Cons

    teachers and staff do not have enough support in or out of the classroom, salary is not enough to justify work and stress required for the position, lack of parental involvement, unsafe/unhealthy work environment, summers off and salary are not enough to justify all the stress and time required to do this job in this district

    Advice to Management

    invest in grooming leadership from within the district (not outside), provide more physical and monetary support in the area of special education district wide


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    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

    pretty good benefits, opportunity to have an impact, paid leave/holidays

    Cons

    currently the pay has been frozen for several years, lack of resources, lack of support, unfriendly work environment

    Advice to Management

    give teachers more incentives to stay


  11. "Burn out rate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great for people who are planning to stay in the district for their entire career

    Cons

    no pay raise, over 40 students in a classroom

    Advice to Management

    offer a competitive salary



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