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Los Angeles USD Reviews

Updated 21 February 2015
Updated 21 February 2015
195 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place to work, great benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • Working with children made going to work everyday a pleasure, it never felt like a job to me (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Budget cuts continue to effect instruction and morale of staff (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Bureaucracy downtown sucks but at the school site we are a close knit family who work for the greater good of students

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Woodland Hills, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Full benefits with no employee contributions (for teachers). Many opportunities for professional development. Lots of paid time off in the summer.

    Cons

    Dealing with anyone at Beaudry is a nightmare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break into smaller districts and allow schools to spend their own money as they see fit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Limited Promotional Opportunities for Healthcare Professionals.

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    Great medical and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Employees are hired and promoted based on classification. Certificated staff vs. Classified staff. If you are a classified staff member you will not qualify for any administrative, supervisor, or manager positions. Sometimes the classified employees are more knowledgeable than the certificated employees.

  3.  

    Career employee (RN)

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    Current Employee - School Nurse in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - School Nurse in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Is is a very rewarding job to work with school aged children and be able to reduce or eliminate health related barriers to learning. There are plenty of varied opportunities for nursing practice (various grade levels, special programs, i.e., special education, communicable disease, pregnant teens, asthma, NP, school based clinics, etc., in addition to working with the well child to the child with more complicated health needs. )

    Cons

    Low starting salary on teachers salary table. Very little opportunity for upward mobility, lack of career ladder. There are only two administrative level positions, DON (1) and nursing coordinator (6). With a staff of 500+, there needs to be another layer of administration to build capacity, support the nursing staff and decrease the risk of liability related to lack of adequate nursing supervision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move the nurses to the special services salary table with the other licenced professionals. This will allow for a more competitive starting salary and should garner better rquality results in recruitment and retention of the nursing staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Working with children

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

    I worked at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with high school students teaching mathematics

    Cons

    One of the most difficult issues is all of the standardized testing that teachers are required to do. This does not include the tests and quizzes that you might give to reinforce the learning of your subject matter. Another real concern is how the administrators "redirect" most of the funding the receive from the various funding sources into their "key person" retirement funds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your only goal is for personal gain, I recommend that you get into private industry. Oh wait, that is why you went into education, because you definitely would not last in a position that is based on performance over nepotism and favoritism. Bottom grow a conscious and stop cheating the children out of the kind of education they will need for 2015 and beyond.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Working for LAUSD was at times chaotic, but ultimately enriching and fulfilling.

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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

    Pros

    The students are the best reason to work for the School District. They are curious, intelligent, and highly responsive to instruction when the teacher customizes the curriculum to their needs and interests. It is wonderful to know them and help impact their lives in a positive way.

    Cons

    The District is overly bureaucratic and places too many non-teaching tasks on the shoulders of teachers, in addition to increasing amounts of teaching responsibilities. This reality forces teachers to scramble for sufficient time to fulfill all requirements, and the stresses mount incrementally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simply and reduce teacher meeting time and accountability measures, retaining only the essential. Figure out the expectations in advance of the school year and refrain from perpetually instituting new policies mid-stream.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Teachers who care, higher administrations needs to rethink priorities.

    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Woodland Hills, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    Summer vacations!
    Even though it is a part time job, you have paid sick days.
    If education is the field you plan to be in, plenty of mentors around you. Some teachers and counselors are geniunely about the students.

    Cons

    Teacher Assistants are underpaid.
    Some teacher just don't care...
    Higher ups make decisions without thinking about the students. Bureaucratic organization interested in profit, not students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run the school like a school, not a business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Don't stay here to long

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    Current Employee - Campus Aide in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Campus Aide in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    Great job has great benefits and OK pay but can't make an honest living.

    Cons

    None what do ever

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    As a PSA Counselor I was able to work at many schools to help kids with their problems.

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    Former Employee - PSA Counselor in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - PSA Counselor in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    Freedom to set up programs to help students. High Salary. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Work on time schedule set by district each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less mandatory meetings at high level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Building and Grounds

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    Secure job, room for growth, vacation time, medical, dental and vision care provided.

    Cons

    Swing shift, usually 3pm-11:30pm. Work outdoors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a stronger leadership role and work with administration to keep classrooms cleaner and secure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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