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Review averages

  • 55 employees say

    Excellent (29)
    52.727272727273%
    Good (13)
    23.636363636364%
    Satisfactory (4)
    7.2727272727273%
    Subpar (9)
    16.363636363636%
    3.57
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
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    0.00

Reviews for Houston Independent School District

Reviews - What employees say

3.57 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 02.Oct 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

Very political and it was a very disturbing hostile environment. It was made very clear to me that women ruled and were often favored for jobs instead of men.

Support from management

Nil! After team lead took a IT Manager position her position was not available to me and was promised to a woman. Management then chose to discredit my job performance only after two months of employment. Things changed and they didn't need me anymore and instead lay off they chose to fire me for unfounded reasons.

Internal Communication

Awful communications and the contractors spoke broken English.

Gender Equality

They discriminate against men!

Attitude towards older colleagues

Absolutely no respect for older more experienced developer and had total disregard for millitary veterans.

Career Development

No training was offered and no compensation for training was offered.

Overall compensation for your work

Salary was much less than market value.

Office / Work Environment

Terrible!

Environmental Friendliness

Very hostile and always argumentative and insulting.

Job Security

No job security!

Challenging Work

As a trained SharePoint with more than ten years of experience and holding two degrees in web development, AA Internet & Web Development from Kaplan University and BSIT focus in web development from Colorado Technical University, the work was basic, very simple, and boring at best.

Inclusive / Diverse

They only hire women and contractors from India.

Suggestions for improvement

  • They need to hire competent and skilled management individuals with a regionally accredited degrees.

What I like about the company

Absolutely nothing!

What I dislike about the company

Racist, discrimination, and incompetent employees.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flexible spending account is offered
  • Company
    Houston Independent School District
  • City
    Houston
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    IT
  • 19.Dec 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

Teachers are overloaded with responsibilities that take time away from preparing and delivering awesome lessons.

Support from management

This depends entirely on who the leadership is and who is assigned as your appraiser. In my experience, about 20% of the leadership staff is great and 20% are awful.

Teamwork

PLC time is often wasted with announcements and personal conversations that do not empower instruction. I once sat in a meeting where the Educational Specialist over the English Department used up 10 minutes to explain her husbands bypass operation in great graphic detail.

Internal Communication

Teachers are given mixed messages about the campus/district teaching priorities. They are also provided with too many curriculum options and teaching tools that a host of different people expect them to use.

Work-Life Balance

The district needs to hire staff who can take care of some of the responsibilities that are constantly dumped onto teachers. For example, when teachers administer benchmarks there should be someone else to process the data instead of having teachers pour over data for hours. You just end up with exhausted teachers. Teachers already have grading, lesson planning, materials development, copying, online posting of lessons, online monitoring of parent input, parent phone-calls, missing student work, regrading corrected student work, reteaching lessons students did not understand, seating charts and redoing seating charts and many other tasks that all take time.

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00
  • Company
    Houston Independent School District
  • City
    Houston
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

Suggestions for improvement

  • Allow teachers to have more autonomy. There is far too much micromanagement. Campuses that aren't overly wealthy or overly poor get forgotten as far as monetary decisions are concerned. Our technology is also very dated.

What I like about the company

I work for a wonderful campus that has very involved parents. Many of the teachers have been at the campus for more than 10 years. These are things that can make a year easier. That being said, not all campuses are like mine. Many campuses are staffed with brand new teachers year after year rather than retaining veteran teachers who can help provide guidance. I have been blessed.

What I dislike about the company

Wasteful spending and inequity. There is also not much consistency across the district or even smaller areas. But that can be quite difficult with such a large district. It is also way too top-heavy and there is very little autonomy anymore.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Paid Parental Leave is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    Houston Independent School District
  • City
    Houston
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered

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Review averages

  • 55 employees say

    Excellent (29)
    52.727272727273%
    Good (13)
    23.636363636364%
    Satisfactory (4)
    7.2727272727273%
    Subpar (9)
    16.363636363636%
    3.57
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

kununu score comparisons

Houston Independent School District
3.57
55 reviews

Industry average (Primary & Secondary Education/Higher Education/E-Learning)
3.62
69,585 reviews

kununu average
3.32
2,948,000 reviews