Los Angeles USD Reviews

Updated 23 September, 2014
Updated 23 September, 2014
162 Reviews
3.2
162 Reviews
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Los Angeles USD Superintendent John Deasy
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits and work / life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Not working for a corporation, doing a social good, some union protection against overly abusive supervisors, good work/life balance and benefits (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The budget cuts and beauracracy is difficult to deal with (in 7 reviews)

  • beaurocracy, micro manager, no room to go up (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Huge

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The benefits are great. The vast majority of the teachers and administrators are great. There are many resources available, if you can navigate the system successfully.

    Cons

    A lot of PDs that are poorly planned, and amount to a waste of time/money when we could have been in the classroom. It's a huge bureaucracy so it can be difficult to get help with your needs or the needs of students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Love the people, hate the bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I love teaching and I found many like minded dedicated teachers.

    Cons

    I was never able to get a permanent position due to funding cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering the funding challenges and the political pressures to make teachers the fall-guy for the shortcomings of system, I would recommend that principals spend a lot of time observing their good teachers and making sure how much they are appreciated. It's a tough job and everyone needs encouragement.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A short but great experience. Once the district gets it together, they can be a great destination for anyone.

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    Former Employee - Computer Lab Tech  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Computer Lab Tech in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Los Angeles USD part-time

    Pros

    Working with students is the most rewarding job to have. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice rewarding job once they get it together.

    Cons

    Getting paid once a month and for very little. Not showing the same respect to TA as they do to the other staff (teachers, cafeteria staff, etc.,)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the pay and give more hours.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent Starting Experience

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    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant

    I worked at Los Angeles USD part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It was nice working with faculty who genuinely cared about the students and their education.

    Cons

    Some of the biggest challenges included unexpected situations with students as well as not seeing eye to eye with peers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fine starting job

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    Current Employee - Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I worked with great people

    Cons

    Incredibly bureaucratic, everyone blames each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make divisions of power more clear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Huge

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    Former Employee - Elementary School Teacher  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Elementary School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Los Angeles USD full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and retirement. Majority of teachers are hard working and supportive of each other.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be overwhelming. Little support is given to teachers who are unable to keep up with unrelenting demands of parents and children. There is little time or energy left for doing one's actual job, teaching.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of contributing to already inflated bureaucracy, lend some support to teachers. Actually work with the children and families who need you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Math Teacher

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Engaging young minds. With support of Admin classroom management is successful it is a pleasure teaching children.

    Cons

    Having too many disruptive students, Limited ways to redirect their behavior.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Warm people, but not always the most exciting place

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    There are tons of opportunities to network and learn about administration from those in executive positions

    Cons

    The work can get to be monotonous and slow if you are not in a executive/leadership position

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I assistant the teacher with the children paper works, and monitoring the children safety.

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I work at LAUSD because I love working with children

    Cons

    The challenges working at LAUSD is the benefits, and the promotions, trainings they give to the employers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to the management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    There are many intelligent people working there, even if it does not seems that way at first

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    For administrators, benefits are generous, salary is competitive.

    Cons

    As with many other government agencies, as you go up the ladder, it because alot of political then private sectors. Moving around jobs and departments is very difficult with the rigid HR system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the last in first out tenure (which unfortunately inherited with teachers' union) type system, and reward the competent employee fairly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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