School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated 10 February 2016
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School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr
William R. Hite Jr
61 Ratings

Pros
  • Marvin (direct of Procurement) really is interested in your professional development (in 8 reviews)

  • good benefits, grate co-workers (teachers) (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Parents who have no idea about their child, no follow through on rules, lack of support from administration (in 7 reviews)

  • Schools with the highest test scores get the most funding (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Depends on the school you can gain some stability

    Cons

    For some, you can be switched building to building


  2. "hiring process"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    After online submission of application, They get back to you in a timely manner, however

    Cons

    They hire process after that is almost a month to complete hire

    Advice to Management

    Restructuring the hiring process


  3. "Time In The District"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some of the children were really inquisitive. Some schools had a better culture of teaching than others.

    Cons

    The same things that effect many inner city schools


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  5. "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

    My pro would be: Stability

    Cons

    Unfortunately the district is in transition

    Advice to Management

    Please put kids first, back where they belong.


  6. "NTA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very low responsibility, high contact with children, interpersonal challenges. It can be a fun job, but career orientation is very low.

    Cons

    Very low responsibility, high contact with children, interpersonal challenges. Also, declining funding had sweeping effects on position. Everyone laid off in June, rehired in September.


  7. "School Improvement Support Liaison"

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    Former Employee - Community Relations Liaisons in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Community Relations Liaisons in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The School District of Philadelphia are public schools a educational institute responsible for teaching children 3 to 18 years old. My job was enhancing attendance, academic, discipline, facilitating workshops for parents, students and staff. As an Administrator under the Principal all my duties were through my Professional Development Workshops.

    Cons

    While working under the Title I program your position may be eliminated one fiscal year to another. These programs are funded through the Federal Government. Often they reorganize and your job is at risk. However, they will call you back because of the union and rename your position. Most position are umbrella programs and you are performing duties beyond and above call. You must be multi task and versatile.

    Advice to Management

    As a Liaison working inside and outside the school I would submit a report that needs to be followed. Management needs to know my capabilities and expertise. I would email my plan of a work schedule following the rules, regulations, procedures and policies of the organization.


  8. "Special Education Classroom Assistant One To One"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Noon Time Aide in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Noon Time Aide in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Pay is not that great for what you have to do and put up with.

    Advice to Management

    Need a raise.


  9. "Teacher"

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

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time

    Pros

    There are lots of schools to try with very different experiences in each school. In general the teacher communities are close and have a great desire to help the students.

    Cons

    You can often get lost in the paperwork. The district has little respect for the teachers. Technicalities matter greatly to them. There is little safety or administration in the schools.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on educating students and not just on the money or the test scores. If you put the money into the schools and the resources to properly educate the students then the test scores will improve as well.


  10. "Customers are always right"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor Sub Secretary HRT Health Room Technician Bus Attendant in Phila, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Instructor Sub Secretary HRT Health Room Technician Bus Attendant in Phila, PA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love for children love for people and teaching

    Cons

    Low pay no raises no promotions

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together or resign to someone who can do the job


  11. "Classroom Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Classroom Teacher in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always have teaching positions available Hire teachers right out of school, experience isn't necessary Overtime always available both before and after school Strong union support of the professional staff

    Cons

    The internal management of the individual school is ineffective due to the enormous bureaucracy. The evaluative process is unsupported by the available supplies and deteriorated environment, therefore the teachers teach to the test and can not encourage higher level learning.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the union to strengthen. The people who chose the profession of teaching deserve the respect of the well educated. The union represents the interests of the teachers who work directly with your children. Causing teachers to feel valued can only increase their effectiveness.



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