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School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr
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  • Parents who have no idea about their child, no follow through on rules, lack of support from administration (in 8 reviews)

  • No support or leadership provided to building administration (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Work here as a learning experience maybe"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will gain some new insights into how an inner city school district actually runs. You don't want to see how they make the sausage, and you don't wanna eat the sausage either

    Cons

    Insane administrators. Drug addict parents. Crack-baby and FAS students. Dangerous hallways and streets. Little to no praise for doing a hard job, but plenty of flak when it hits the fan.

    Advice to Management

    Stop handing out mandates. Show some real leadership; get your hands dirty and fix up our schools. If schools need to be charter schools, do it. Negotiate with the union rather than stonewalling. Get parents involved. Rein in abusive administrators and teacher retention rates might go up.


  2. "Negative Review."

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only positive reason to working about the School District of Philadelphia is the eternal job security. You will never get fired.

    Cons

    The downside of working at the School District of Phildelphia are the school climate issues, general safety concerns, and high burn-out rate.

    Advice to Management

    My advice for Arlene Ackerman is to increase starting salaries, lower class sizes, increase principal leadership development skills, and support new teachers.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "War Zone"

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    Former Employee - Elementary Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Elementary Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Extreme violence, no administrative support, no respect from students or parents, no support or help from parents/guardians, lack of supplies, lack of sufficient books, outdated materials, dirty environment, over-whelming paper work.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all the excess administration (Most do little to nothing anyway) and show support for your staff. Crack down on the violence instead of hiding it from the police and public. Use the money you will save from administrative costs (if you fire the excessive baggage that every school seems to have) and spend it on the students by buying enough supplies and books for each student.


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  5. "This is the most degrading job ever, prepare for depression, hypertension, and anxiety and that's first period only."

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can quit eventually, thank God.

    Cons

    The 9th grade students are Hellions

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and start listening to teaches.


  6. "It's a nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You're spending your efforts trying to help these kids. Very challenging, you'll learn more about the human condition than you ever thought there was

    Cons

    The kids & parents don't value education. Neighborhood schools can be very dangerous. This is not a place for young men and women right out of college to work.

    Advice to Management

    Throw in the towel, implode the school district and open all independently run charter schools. Charter schools will compete for students, and will likely be far more effective than the current situation.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Okay if you don't mind two gross salaries and bringing home less than 10% of what the district claims to the government."

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    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

    You work with high-risk students and can find ways to reach them.

    Cons

    Too many - "salary", employees are unlikely to have union representation much longer, $350 million + deficit being paid for from teacher salaries, district supports many anti-teacher sentiments.

    Advice to Management

    Teachers did not create your deficit - your lack of accountability on spending did. Don't forget you would not be where you are today if it was not for a teacher. If you continue to hold teachers responsible for your irresponsibility, you only harm your students


  8. Helpful (1)

    "It is not worth it!"

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    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can help a lot of children and families. You can get a teaching job here if someone from Teach for American did not already take the job.

    Cons

    Administration! There are too many transient principals, mostly women. The women in the hood schools are trying to prove their point. If you do not kiss up to them, tell them how wonderful they are, give them gifts etc they will come up with something they do not like and write you up. If you have a health condition or are close to retirement age, be prepared to be written up and fired. Your lovely union that you pay for every month will act like everything is your fault. Funny, they are your paid lawyer with no law experience! When you finally leave no one will hire you because they know you did not exactly teach. You were too busy dealing with bad kids and trying to track down books for the kids.After 8 years I am yet to find a teaching job in a hard to staff area.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with some better principals to run schools and visit the schools once in a while to see really goes on. Of course no advice will be taken because you take the small amount of money in taxes you get and hand yourself bonuses. Teachers drive beat up 15 year old cars while principals and management drive BMWs and Mercedes. Let's hope you all sleep well at night!


  9. "They laid me off - enough said!"

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

    Pros

    There is no pro to working here - deplorable conditions

    Cons

    They will eventually can you

    Advice to Management

    Respect the teachers and let people do their jobs!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Success or failure is determined by the principal you are assigned to."

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    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Job stability, room for growth.

    Cons

    Lack of organization, failure in cohesiveness.

    Advice to Management

    Care about the students' and teachers' success.


  11. "stressful"

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    Current Employee - Building Engineer
    Current Employee - Building Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Monday through Friday work week

    Cons

    not enough bodies to do work

    Advice to Management

    good people will leave



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