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School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated July 2, 2017
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  • 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. "Great Working Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PreAudit Clerk II in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - PreAudit Clerk II in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cordial, professional and helpful staff, spacious environment, within walking distance of center city, local shops and community college. Public transportation within walking distance.

    Cons

    Yearly internal re-organization of faculty and/or offices. Access to key personnel not as easy as they make it out to be.


  2. "Special Ed teacher of students with complex needs"

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    Current Employee - Special Executive Director Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Special Executive Director Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to help many families in need indeed.

    Cons

    Lack of support of administration; very little accountability for para-professionals. Make sure to have your boundaries in place ahead of time.

    Advice to Management

    Be more supportive of new staff, make assistants more accountable; offer staff more opportunities to collaborate. Together we are stronger.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoying myself"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bud Attendant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Bud Attendant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Kids are great
    Co workers are nice
    Time is minimal
    Challenging environment
    Must stay on toes

    Cons

    Poor pay
    High skill level necessary for such small pay
    Not much else


  4. "Building Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Building Engineer in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Building Engineer in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get a decent benefits package, retirement, steady employment, and you get to meet and work with some really nice people.

    Cons

    Some of the kids that go to Philadelphia public schools need to learn some discipline. You can make more money in the private sector.


  5. 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?


  6. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, easy work, clean

    Cons

    Boring office environment filled with older people who hate their job and complain all day

    Advice to Management

    Hire younger people


  7. "speech pathologist-cf"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Speech Therapist- Cf in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Speech Therapist- Cf in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    ability to choose which school you want to be at, working with lots of diversity, summers off or ability to do esy

    Cons

    there is a lot of paperwork and caseload is split between multiple schools. Caseload is slightly high for my first year.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "No Work/LIfe Balance"

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    • Culture & Values
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    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


  9. "No Contract"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits with the opportunity to be paid extra for PD's

    Cons

    No pay raises due to no union contract

    Advice to Management

    Management has been out of classroom so long that their expectations of teachers is unrealistict


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not as Good as it Used to Be"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA

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

    Pros

    The benefits are equal pay for women, culturally diverse staff, culturally diverse student population. Excellent benefit package, including health care, pension, 403 B, sick & personal leave. Union benefits, including prescriptions, dental/eye, legal, and representation.

    Cons

    Lack of support staff; including classroom assistants, teacher leaders, climate support,etc. due to lack of funding and the SDP increasing acceptance of new or more charter schools. Asked to do more with less every year. Raises, step increases and senior career pay have been frozen for 4 years. Increased class size. Current lack of substitutes due to Source for Teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Use whatever resources are needed to retain new teachers, lower class size and improve the current working conditions including a fair contract. Restore the honor that once was part of being a SDP teacher. We were proud to say we worked for the SDP, not now.


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