Central Office Staff (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – February 14, 2019
CPS does not have a good work life balance. Every aspect of your work is required to be connected back to student achievement, which would be a good thing if your position directly supports students or teachers. Where it becomes more challenging is when your job does not directly support school principals, students, or teachers, but yet your level of success is evaluated based on school performance. Most managers who supervise people in these roles don’t understand that. Most managers also do not have the capacity to coach or train their employees to do/better or improve. Often times they make suggestions to improve but can’t support you, because they themselves need support. People at central office are rude and very competitive, there is no team collaboration. It feels like more of a race to get something done so that people can get recognition for a task they complete, rather than the idea of convergence. The upside is that the pay is competitive but the long hours and amount of tasks can make it unbalanced. People are attracted to CPS for the name and not the environment. The culture, climate, and morale at CPS is low because of the pressure to perform well at any cost including tearing people down, bullying, and pressure from those in power.
competitive salary, weekends off
low morale, bullying, too much pressure to meet unrealistic goals, high accountability and low support
Licensed Practical Nurse (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – February 12, 2019
Productive workplace with job security and flexibility. As a parent I was able to work as a nurse Monday- Friday with weekends and holidays off. This was a incentive as it made possible for me to have time with my children, and the privilege of spending holidays at home with my family. Something nurses never have the pleasure of enduring because the duties are 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.
Thanksgiving Winter Break, Spring Break, Summer Break, and holidays off with pay
Teaching in Chicago was a very fast Paced environmen
Art Teacher and humanities (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – February 7, 2019
Because Chicago public schools are in some very tough neighborhoods at times it was very hard to get children to focus they missed many days of school due to lots of different reasons that wasn’t always illness was much of it was very much of a challenge and at the time I enjoyed being there
Students enjoyed the subject
Students enjoyed the subjectIt was hard to get children to focus
Teacher Assistant/Instructional Assistant (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – February 1, 2019
Overall CPS is a great place to work, salary is ok. My problem is that if you are not a certificated employee you are not respected as being nobody, I don't care if you have a doctors degree,no respects you as being no body. I was blessed to get hired because my last principal was fair and actually went through her resumes and was honest with her interviewing. Most of the jobs listed on the web site are already filled so you in up applying for many jobs that you never get interviewed for. I needed a job and took the first job offered to me and have applied for 600 or more jobs, and have received less then 5 interviews. I am stuck in this no win position. Also everyone is under the age of 50 most being under 40 so if you are a mature adult they look at you as being old and think you can't handle the kids. I am so sad. If you send the principals a nice letter or email they do not even give you the respect of answering you even with a lie. Good luck if you are over 50 looking for a job or how a degree without any certification. And there are tons of jobs that do not require certification but good luck with getting one..
Teacher (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 30, 2019
This was not a healthy nor safe work environment. Not all schools in CPS are like the school where I worked but I would not recommend working in CPS.
There were no consequences for students and no assistance in overcrowded classrooms. No support for the teachers and admin barely present.There are no materials for teachers and we have to by pretty much every thing out of pocket.
Early Childhood Support (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 30, 2019
Working for Cps can help you learn many new skills. It takes time and patience to do many different tasks, and still maintain a pleasant attitude. If you are a people person, then working for Cps is a good ift for you.
SAFE PASSAGE (Former Employee) – CHICAGO ILL – January 28, 2019
I love working with children and socializing with the parents in the area I do recommend people that love children to work for cps. I stood outside to ensure safe routes for students to and from school and also safety of students in the community
Lead Custodian (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 22, 2019
Very good company to work for, also place for advancement in the company. Also co-workers are very nice to work with and very friendly. I as a employee in 1978 as a porter from there following year went to custodian work until 1996. Came back in 2009 as a custodian the following year I became a lead-custodian also going to class to receive my stationary engineer license. My father got ill in 2014 which I had to resigned.
I enjoyed working for cps mostly all work place has there ups and downs but I went to work everyday doing what I had to do and went home
Custodian/Janitor (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 21, 2019
The Chicago public school system had a lot of people working for them that was there for the benefits and check and over looked the people that was there to work and get the job done and didn't take off work unless it was an extreme emergency