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Los Angeles USD Reviews

Updated 29 January 2015
Updated 29 January 2015
191 Reviews
3.3
191 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.  

    It was very fulfilling and rewarding, though at times exhausting. Students were very bright and deserving.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    The biggest pro is the opportunity to enrich the lives of students who in turn have so much knowledge and enthusiasm to share with the teacher.

    Cons

    The policies and programs can shift abruptly and cause classes and curricula to be reconfigured mid-year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teachers need less bureaucracy and more time on task teaching and reteaching.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Don't stay here to long

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Building and Grounds

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    LAUSD is a massive district to work for, but there are many schools that are gems.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many communities that need good teachers dedicated to service and youth.

    Cons

    Large class sizes and lack of raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower class size and raise wages.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  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.  

    Overall, this district does not compare to any district I've worked in and/or observed in Orange County.

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

    I have been working at Los Angeles USD

    Pros

    For me, the best reason to work here is if you are an intern teacher. LAUSD welcomes intern teachers and school principals do not mind hiring them either.

    Cons

    There is not enough support to new teachers. Professional developments have been cut down to almost nothing unless you want to attend on a Saturday from 8am-3pm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make PDs more available to teachers (especially to new teachers). Pay should be comparable to other districts as well which is not currently the case.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    The current challenges of the Elementary School Teacher

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School

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

    Pros

    There are many pros to being a teacher. for me the best part is connecting with the students and watching them grow emotionally and academically. I enjoy helping them learn and find their own unique gift. I also like working with parents and giving them suggestions on how to help their child at home and how to help them discover their child's gifts and talents. My co-workers are nice and we have fun. Of course 14 weeks off each year is not bad either.

    Cons

    I love the field of teaching but find it difficult to continue to do so with the non-stop responsibilities and demands. Teachers are being portrayed negatively in the press and the expectations of what we can do with 20-30 students in 4 hours is unrealistic. In addition, the district keeps changing programs and policies before they have a chance to see if they are successful. Top management does not consult teachers on decisions that effect them directly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please find a way to get teacher input on major issues affecting the classroom. We are in the trenches and know what our students need!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Pretty great pay

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth

    Cons

    only part time, cant work more than 999 hours per school year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lets us work more hours:(

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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