Syracuse City School District
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What is the best part of working at the company?The diversity of students and staffWhat is the most stressful part about working at the company?Genuine parent teacher communications What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Rigorous and nurturing with studentsWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?Fast paced, goal and objective setting and recall checking for learning
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Students Last. Period.

The only reason teachers aren't last in the priorities of the district is because they have to pay us. Otherwise, children are last. Period.Central office administrators think that punching down on the teachers will somehow create a culture of respect and learning.
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It was a shockingly painful experience, do not take this job if you have a genuine desire to teach anything.

What is the best part of working at the company?They don't really want you to do anything except sit there and take the students' abuse and disrespect.What is the most stressful part about working at the company?The students are animals at worst and dolefully under prepared for their grade level at best.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?They allow free use of the N word toward each other and substitute teachers. Take it from there.What is a typical day like for you at the company?Pretty darn awful. No support for subs, no protection even against physical threats.
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Good Part-time Job

I was a lifeguard and a student at SCSD at the same time. Enjoyed it. At the time I was paid quite a bit above minimum wage so I appreciated that. Schedule worked well with my classes.
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I do not feel that this district cares about many of its employees and the turn over rate is astronomical! The students are disrespectful and are pushed through regardless of their attendance or ability to preform grade level tasks.
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SCSD is one of the highest paying districts in Upstate NY. However, there is no work life balance and the union does not look out for the staff. There are no realistic expectations. The buildings are unsafe. You’re all alone.


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So grateful for my job, it's the best!

I love my job the people I work with and for are AMAZING!! I feel appreciated and supported. The students can be difficult sometimes but that's the job. I wish there was better consequences for the students as poor behavior isn't getting better bc of lack of consequences. This isn't fair to other students and hard on teachers and staff. Overall it balances out and still is the best job ever. Being able to support and teach our youth is such a gift and honor.


The positive connections


Long late days, no consequences for poor behavior
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2 stars

What is the best part of working at the company?Making connections with the kids and watching them grow. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Dealing with unruly students. When you send them out, they’re sent right back and still exhibit the same behavior. It makes it hard for the other students to learn. What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Diverse and the environment depends on the people. What is a typical day like for you at the company?Depends, you can have some good days, and then you can have some bad days.
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4 stars

What is the best part of working at the company?Working independently after training..the benefits are a plusWhat is the most stressful part about working at the company?Even though we work independently..we still have to do our jobs so other people dont have to take up the slack and some people are lazy so it makes your job a little harder What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Layed back to a certain extentWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?Set what you can but do your best
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Great place to work. Great people. Good management. I would say that this job could be done remotely but we are still required to work in the office.
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It sucks

Syracuse city school district takes advantage of people. Period. I wouldn't work there again roe 10 games the salary. Very poor management and no accountability.
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Poor, dishonest and ineffective leadership

Highly dysfunctional, dishonest, does not always have the staff and students best interest at heart. There are many who work hard trying to do what is right for students, but you must not report and bring a negative light to the district. It's always better to sweep things under the rug.




Poor Leadership
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The Teachers are not there for the students, The teachers are worst then the students. The school district is now so desperate that they are hiring anyone off the streets. I feel bad for the students.
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Nothing bad , one of the best places ever worked

My favorite job of my life. My boss was super and let me write my own program. I taught Foodservice and cooking to inmates at the justice center. We cooked over 1000 meals a day.


All good


Nothing bad to say
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Great work/life balance

State retirement, holidays and PTO are very good. Pay is decent but below industry standard. Advancement is very limited. Management is good.
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Worst Employer Ever

I’ve worked for big and small businesses/organizations. This employer has been a hot mess since I started. There are a lot of politics. If you lay low and are willing to be overloaded with work, you’ll do fine. If your supervisor likes you, you’ll do fine. But if you should happen to have opinions and suggestions on how to improve flow and support families, it’s not going to go well for you. Not all administrators operate like this but too many do. They’re running people out of this school system and it’s sad.


Pay is decent (after some time) with good benefits. Excellent holiday time off z


Micromanagement, gaslighting
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You can choose which schools you pefer to work at.Every day is different. Flexible schedule

Flexible schedule is Great! enjoy working with the studentsYou can choose your assignment and schools that you would like to work with.You can work every day or pick your days.
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Fun place to work , must have patience .

Like any job there are good and bad things . Mostly it’s an emotional job . Must have compassion and patience to work with behavior kids. For the most part it’s a nice 9-5 schedule . Weekends off.


Nice schedule


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Lack of integrity and honesty in a stressful, often dangerous work environment

SCSD is in need of organized, motivated leadership on all levels. The tolerance for ineffective school principals, administrative leaders, teachers and ancillary staff is at the core of the districts many problems. The work environment can be dangerous and there is little respect for hard working employees. In fact, it is often considered acceptable to miss copious amounts of work for no reason and there is a lack of integrity and honesty at so many levels. It is incredibly sad for the students and families of SCSD that this low level of expectation permeates the district. I have witnessed SCSD let go of so many strong employees along with not providing opportunities for growth for strong employees. It is common practice to keep highly ineffective employees on staff due to reasons such as race, or the desire to retain employees that grew up or graduated from the area. I resigned from this district due to systemic issues of lack of integrity and honesty along with witnessing the physical and emotional mistreatment of students by principals and teaching assistants that continues to be tolerated. I’ve worked in urban districts for many years and I’ve never witnessed anything like the ineffectiveness of the Syracuse City School District. The community deserves much more. The search for the new superintendent should be far and wide, not internal. Change is urgently needed.
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Use this as a stepping stone, but if you care about actual teaching, look elsewhere.

Pays starting teachers well, because they work starting teachers to the bone, then discard them before tenure (even during Covid), and repeat. Use this as a stepping stone, but if you care about actual teaching, look elsewhere.Students are numbers. The only thing that matters is your attendance and passing rate - if you want to be true to your calling as a teacher OR if you want to follow the state's guidance on what constitutes passing any course.... DO NOT invest here.


high starting salary


2-week mandatory unpaid orientation before or after starting, No real care for education standards or how students will fare after graduating, Positive evaluations are meaningless, you must pass enough (possibly failing) students to stay.
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Amazing job but poor pay

One of the better jobs I had just wish they paid more for the work we do. Learned a lot of teaching methods. The pay isn’t a livable wage so it’s more of a hobby than career.


Working with children


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3.6 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.7 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.2 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.1 out of 5 stars for Management
3.2 out of 5 stars for Culture

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