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School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr
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  • Good Benefits for the employees (in 14 reviews)

  • Had great benefits and collegiality between departments (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "building engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time

    Pros

    learn a lot no punching time clocks

    Cons

    low wage, no budget, management doesn't listen.


  2. "Teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time

    Pros

    Salary is spread out over 12 months.

    Cons

    Stressful working environment every day.

  3. "As seen on TV"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Regular low pay? Lack of esteem? Really there aren't many

    Cons

    No discipline, no support, no respect

    Advice to Management

    Break into several smaller districts


  4. "Elementary Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay & benefits, Job Stability, Teacher's Union

    Cons

    Overall mismanagement, challenging demographics and behaviors

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting the worst behaviors set the pace and run your schools. There has to be other ways of managing extreme negative behavior other than just letting it happen day after day and suspension. It should be easier to get such students into alternative programs. The in-school interventions like Carson Valley, Catch, and RTI are not working.


  5. "Teacher leader"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher Leader
    Current Employee - Teacher Leader
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many talented students and peers that can inspire teachers to present the best effort they can. Weekends off and solid holidays, the healthcare benefits are stellar.

    Cons

    Frozen pay for five years, a lack of resources that severely impacts staff ability to perform at the level they desire, many leaders (principals and central office) are such poor communicators that staff moral is impacted.

    Advice to Management

    Schools are places that strive to teach respect, equity, and the importance of lifelong investment in personal improvement. To meet those lofty goals, the front line problem solver and the face of your organization (the teachers) need to feel that they are provided for. Given that budgets are tight everywhere, much research has been conducted on the value of strong, ethical leadership in promoting motivation to a team engaged in a challenging, long term project. Are the principals we are elevating and maintaining truly working to their fullest to support their staff? Not when they come in 2 hours after the rest of their staff and sit in their office closed door all day as is the routine at my location.


  6. 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!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Teacher"

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    • 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.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "SPED teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  10. "Disgruntled Educator"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job openings, yearly contract, union affiliation

    Cons

    No support or guidance, difficult getting information, unfair expectations

    Advice to Management

    Support candidate through onboarding process.


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