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Los Angeles USD Reviews

Updated 15 August 2014
Updated 15 August 2014
151 Reviews

3.3
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    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
  2.  

    The Los Angeles Unified School District is a great place to work, there is never a dull moment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    Pros

    One of the best reason for working at this company are the children. They are energetic, resilient and most important, they do not take anything personally. They recover quickly and are always have a positive out look on life.

    Cons

    The challenge of working for the district is that there is always a child I would like to take home and care for. For example: If a child is not well cared for, or he or she is struggling with a problem that can be solved with a little extra care, I'd wish I can take the child home and care for the child, but I can't; I have to leave the child behind and head home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice I can think of is one I am sure Upper Management is already aware of. Every person is important and deserves a chance to be treated fairly. When you decide to treat a person as a human being, you and that person both win because you can learn from each other and help one another.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    BEST JOB EVER!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Library Aide  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Library Aide in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    Pros

    GREAT Pay!!
    Great Staff
    Learn Library science
    Entertain children
    Most of the time you are just working with the senior librarian(low stress)

    Cons

    Only a part time job
    Mid day hours
    You kind of wing it(not much instruction on what you should be doing when there are no kids)
    No way to move up unless you want to get a degree in Library sciences

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more hours
    More resources
    Give some of these school libraries a much needed makeover(get rid of old outdated books, some new paint, new chairs, etc)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great starting job.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    Pros

    The pay was O.K. The teachers were nice and pleasant. The office clerks were helpful

    Cons

    Work was a little demanding. You don't get any benefit packages as part-time. Many students are disrespectful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Doesn't care about children or teachers, good benefits and working hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    Pros

    Full benefits, good working hours

    Cons

    Cut tons of services for children and slashed many jobs without opening up their budget. No raises for over 7 years along with cutting pay. Full of bureaucracy and very unstable. Would not recommend anyone who wants to be a teacher to come into the district for the way it is now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees the raise they deserve, they have taken pay cuts and are already way underpaid for the liability and workloads they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Change my life for better and worse

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - High School Teacher  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    Pros

    Working with students who want to learn is amazing and working with those who don't is terrible . The main pro is being able to work with amazing people in a very difficult situation. If you want to find out what you are made of try being a teacher in an urban skill you will learn how to communicate, work with divergent population, and time management,

    Cons

    Unless you want to be an administrator you will slowly have your life sucked away. You will be given more work and more work until it just becomes too much. The work itself is doable, but they continue to give you more students until it becomes difficult to manage the work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The whole system needs a major overall. From top to bottom. Teachers should not have to teach 180 students a day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Teacher Assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    Pros

    I like working with LAUSD because it give you the chance for promotions. You don't have to stay with the position you start with, and the different locations.

    Cons

    Well, working with different locations, that mean different personalities. Some time you work with people that don't have the same principle that hard work is intrinsically virtuous or worthy of reward. However, working with this company there are people who work with children that don't need to be working with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When having people working for your company, you need to know your employers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Its been amazing experience to work with children and academics as they are the future of America.

    Current Employee - Clerical Assistant, Campus Aid  in  Playa del Rey, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Clerical Assistant, Campus Aid in Playa del Rey, CA (US)

    Pros

    The positive atmosphere of an ever growing mind and supporting the children and teachers and parents of the community we live in. Knowing that what I do can effect the future,by sending positive messages and administrative professional support, I have learned to succeed in a multi-cultural and always changing enviorment. My heart and soul went into my work and I am ever grateful for the oppertunity.

    Cons

    The only cons I can speak of are,nine weeks off in summer.Lack of income and hard to find temp jobs.Also, of course,children come and go and its emotional,but a part of the school stays with each one and that is very nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to breathe.Over worked and overwhelmed is not good for any one.

  10.  

    A great experience being that this was my first jog. I grew as an individual and made great relationships along the way.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant  in  South Gate, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in South Gate, CA (US)

    Pros

    Very friendly and comfortable environment.

    Cons

    No paid holidays or vacation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    You are alone (unsupported) in a sea of bureaucracy.

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

    Pros

    You can really develop as a Teacher within this district, and almost every Teacher I've met is honest, hard-working, and devoted to their classrooms as anyone could be. Since you know you're on your own, you learn how to make things happen without any support from District management. Your colleagues often become your best friends. Of course, the kids are wonderful, and worth all the struggle and effort. I'm not telling you anything new here when I say that Teachers have the hardest job in the world!

    Cons

    Being the 2nd largest district in the country has its challenges. Yes, the economy plunged, and so did this district. Laying off Teachers year after year is bad enough, but getting rid of school Nurses, Librarians, Custodial staff, Cafeteria staff, etc., meant that everyone suffered. I don't have to tell you that Teachers wear many hats, but serving breakfast in the classroom during instructional time stunned us all. Most of the decisions handed down from the district are meant to save money, sure. But finding ways to make money by implementing programs like "Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) is plain scary. There is no regard to how Teachers vote. The district will do what it wants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're really in the business of educating our communities' children, then you MUST honor the hard-working professionals who live, eat, and breathe teaching. When you demonstrate over and over that you could care less about Teachers, you demonstrate you're not really in the business of providing the best possible chance these kids have at getting a high-quality education. Please don't destroy our Unions. Who else will protect us?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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