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School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated March 2, 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. "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A Corrupt District"

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    • 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


  3. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time

    Pros

    - Helpful administration
    - eagerness to get you started

    Cons

    - Kids were out of control

    Advice to Management

    Create more tangible consequences for students


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Chaos"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No dress code. Laid back attendance policy

    Cons

    Everything else is complete chaos


  6. "Carefully Consider"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits package, Opportunity to extend salary through extra curricular opportunities

    Cons

    You must purchase your own supplies, Low salary, high class size

    Advice to Management

    More support for students


  7. Helpful (2)

    "ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    some teachers really care, but the vast majority are pretty miserable and are there for the paycheck.

    Cons

    administration is disorganized and lets kids walk over the teachers and doesn't support discipline

    Advice to Management

    if parents aren't willing to actually discipline their children, it's not the teacher's responsibility to deal with their sociopathic behavior.


  8. "Noontime Aide"

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    • 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 part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Providing help to elementary school children was rewarding and valuable at times

    Cons

    Public School, very high-stress environment; extreme lack of support from School Administration

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together! You're supposed to be helping children!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Career and Technical Education teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Carpentry Instructor/Teacher in Lincoln Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Carpentry Instructor/Teacher in Lincoln Park, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rewarding to help students and engage in meaningful projects

    Cons

    Terrible management, Way too much paperwork to the degree that it interferes with essential job functions. Micro-managed. Clueless leadership


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Counselor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The School District Of Philadelphia has been making strides towards appropriate funding. The district has many talented and committed individuals.

    Cons

    The School District of Philadelphia still has staffing shortages which has a tremendous negative impact on our children. The district remains underfunded.


  11. "Special Education Teacher"

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    • 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

    Over ten years of teaching experience

    Cons

    Teacher/student ratio. Large class size



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