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Updated 22 September 2017
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Pros
  • The BPS has great benefits and plenty of room for growth (in 6 reviews)

  • Depending on what school you teach in, there can be a range of good professional development opportunities (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Lots of opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Meaningful work
    - Amazing/Smart Colleagues
    - Nice Office

    Cons

    - Lots of politics
    - Things move slowly (and frustratingly)
    - Not a young culture

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in culture development -- even if projects move slowly and things are frustrating, at least make sure everyone knows each other and can have fun at work
    - Spend some time having (at least quarterly, if not monthly) "all-hands" meetings so that folks know what is going on, what progress has been made, and how their work has helped improve student impact


  2. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working with the kids and other teachers who have a similar mindset.

    Cons

    SubCentral portal is hard to navigate.


  3. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Really cares about student success inside and outside of the classrrom

    Cons

    Demanding but rewarding job. Schools known to merge.


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  5. "Community Field Coordinator/ Family and Community Field Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Community Field Coordinator/Family and Community Field Coordinator in Dorchester, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Community Field Coordinator/Family and Community Field Coordinator in Dorchester, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boston Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent working Environment
    Making a difference in the lives of student and families
    Ability to grow
    Summers off

    Cons

    Working with difficult families in multiply situations


  6. "Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Health insurance and benefits are strong

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a struggle, but can be managed at right school


  7. "Bilingual School"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    healthcare, dental & other insurance is excellent. Pay is higher than other towns and cities in MA.

    Cons

    Ton of testing for students, lots of hard work and long hours, lots of requirements beyond teacher contracts; diversity sometimes gets in the way of expertise for job opportunities.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Overpaid Underachiever"

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

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Step increases are great
    Workload is minimal
    Great Benefits
    Job security

    Cons

    No professional development
    Bureaucracy
    ineffective leadership


  9. Helpful (1)

    "BPS review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Allows you to really make a huge impact in students lives

    Cons

    Unequal opportunities on all levels for employees of color and students of color.
    Does not enforce City of Boston residency ordinance. Vast amount of people from other cities and states work for BPS

    Advice to Management

    Enforce equal opportunities for all, especially in upper level of management. Enforce the City of Boston Residency Ordinance. Hiring process is mostly based on who you know and not your credentials most times.


  10. "Substitute teaching is a good part-time job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Work when you want, plenty of options of different schools and grades, pay is not bad for a part time, job security is pretty good

    Cons

    The school system is crazy and there are many schools with serious behavioral issues from students, not for everyone, sometimes they switch you around to a job you didn't sign up for, no PTO or paid sick days, no work for the summer

    Advice to Management

    When someone signs up for a job, they should get that job. They shouldn't be randomly tossed into a position they did not sign up for.


  11. "I enjoy it!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    I enjoy working on the school based team

    Cons

    There's a lot of paperwork when you're a clinician.


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