School District of Philadelphia
2.4 of 5 72 reviews
www.phila.k12.pa.us Philadelphia, PA 500 to 999 Employees

School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2014

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School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr

William R. Hite Jr

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21% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "good benefits, grate co-workers (teachers)"
    in 4 reviews
  • "The only positive reason to working about the School District of Philadelphia is the eternal job security"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "No respect from students, no resources district wide, no support from administration, political nightmares constantly threatening your livelyhood"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Little to no praise for doing a hard job, but plenty of flak when it hits the fan"
    in 2 reviews
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Beware

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time

ProsMy directors and department were amazing. The technology department tries so hard to do so much with so little. The rest of the district is a mess.

ConsLack of money. Lack of knowledgable leadership. Nepotism abounds.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Falling apart

Secondary Teacher (Former Employee)
Philadelphia, PA (US)

I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe students are wonderful and the opportunity to work with them makes it worthwhile. Given the high turnover and high needs, you can take on leadership roles if you have initiative.

ConsA top down administrative culture is changing on paper to be more innovation friendly, but the actual implementation of this is slow going.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Always Interesting

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsDecent Pay, Great Benefits, Great Schedule, Great Coworkers.

ConsNo policies remain intact for the students to abide by. Constant threat of pay cuts due to anti-teacher superintendents.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat staff better. It's hard enough to get people to want to work in these places. Why would you try and push those who enjoy it out?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience until the last two years.

Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
Philadelphia, PA (US)

I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time for more than 10 years

ProsWorking with wonderful teachers and principal make this job enjoyable. Also summers off.

ConsConstant laying off of teachers, secretaries and staff. Changing principals from school to school.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to hire more staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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School District of Philadelphia

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat benefits, teaching is rewarding no matter how difficult
This will definitely be a learning experience!

ConsDealing with behavioral issues at the student level

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Philly Schools

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat Teachers, wonderful friends and teamwork

ConsImpossible Situations, no time or help

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Teacher salary

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at School District of Philadelphia

ProsBenefits are great
Co-workers are wonderful
Work calendar is fantastic for traveling

ConsNo respect by administration for teachers

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Ok

One O One Student Staff Assistant (Current Employee)
Philadelphia, PA (US)

I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time for more than 5 years

ProsYour experience with the School District will allow you to grow and teacher someone other than yourself. I can guarantee you that you will touch someone heart.

ConsYou must keep an open mind and be very flexible. Remember it takes a village to raise a child.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou must be a team player at all ttimes.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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This is a challenging position with many highs and lows. Must follow strict guidelines, not always supported by admin.

School Police (Former Employee)
Phila, PA (US)

I worked at School District of Philadelphia full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe benefits are very good.

ConsStaff and administration are not always on the same page.

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My experience has been rewarding. I love the children and teachers.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe passionate teachers. The varied levels of students. The number of schools that differ in enrollment numbers. The professional development that offered in the district.

ConsThe lack of resources, changes in curriculum and bugets, lack of support at times from administrators, and lack of parental involvement.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart with your teachers when making decisions. They have alot of hreat advice about how to do things better. Offer support and more resources to parents. Improve in school management, and really being about educating our youth. Run schools like they have our prized possessions... our children in them.

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