Durham District School Board
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Fun job ,good people just show up and do your job

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Good place to work ,it's a job somedays are great others are imperfect. They seem to always have work for staff. Management treats you well .culture is average best part is meeting new people. Typically most of shifts are afternoon.


Very nice work setup, lots of tools to do you job.some schools are bigger than others so


Never really know where you might be till about a hour or two before shift
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Busy & stressful but a job that matters and makes an impact on students

What is the best part of working at the company?Working with a wide range of students and being able to learn from others who have different education/experiences. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Supporting kids with serious trauma and behaviours.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?It depends on the school. Some schools feel very clique like and you feel excluded as a supply whereas other schools are like a family and you feel welcomed right awayWhat is a typical day like for you at the company?There is no “typical” day as a supply EA. Everyday is different based on the student you are with and their needs
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Fast paced but fun place to work.

Overall a good place to work. Being able to work with constant interruption is a must. My position was based in a school which is very demanding. You need to be able to deal with parents, students and staff. Being able to multi task with constant interruption is very important.
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Hit or Miss with no room for growth

You may end up in a great team although you could be moved at any moment and have no say in the matter. Good benefits, but you'll need a second job and/or EI every year for the summer.
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Always feel welcomed

Working for DDSB the past year has been a great experience. I was hired as an Uncertified Emergency Supply Teacher in 2022. Every school I have gone into the administration has been very welcoming and helpful. The staff at the schools has also been great to work with. I learned a lot over the course of the year especially in the technology used in schools.


Working with many different educators and administrators


Casual work so you could go several days without a call to work.
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Most schools I went to were pretty good and the teachers I worked for have always been great. Got a lot of calls, everyday so there was never a shortage of work.
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if you have a disability

They will not accommodate you in any way. Terrible organization to work for. You will be dismissed just like i was and forced to disclose your disability on a daily basis to each and every person you encounter in tye multiple schools you are sent to.
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Good and bad

Some great people who's hands are tied by management who are out of touch with present day demands on employees. Lots of great employees who do their best and a few who are there for the paycheck
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I find the work draining and work-life balance for some positions is not good for those with young families. A lot has changed since I started and the work culture and morale have definitely lowered.
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Enjoyable Job with Good Pay

I have been working as a supply teacher for DDSB for a few months now and I absolutely love it. There is always work available and the pay is great. The interview process was slow but smooth.
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Fair enough

The team was always friendly, putting on music for us and trying not to be hard on any one. It was a temporarily experience wich I found it fine and found great friends there
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Great place for work life balance.

For support staff pay is low considering you don't get paid for summers. As well as a whole you don't get much of an increase in pay at the top tier. 10years and I only received $2.58 increase accumulative. Also no real room for growth as a support staff and you are with the children way more than teachers.


Great as a starter job. Hours are great for meeting the needs of work life balance.


No pay during summers for support staff, no real room for advancement, high stressful job & not as much support for role.
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Always a busy environment

A great company to work for, wages are amazing, but takes a long time to get off the on call list. No job stability and you can be taken off long term contracts at anytime.


Always a different day


Never know when u might get called
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Large employer with many sites and opportunities for change and growth

LOVE working Monday to Friday and when I leave the building knowing that I have done my best and that my employer is appreciative of my efforts. Generally staff work together for the best outcomes possible and support each other 110%.There is always new skills to gain and each day is not like the one before, I wish I had found this work many years ago, because I so enjoy my days and interactions, even when it is a busy demanding day I feel valued and thankful.


team work, great work /life culture, interesting diverse group of employees


At times lack of specialized services, long wait lists for additional supports/ services is frustratings
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I was off on sick leave

I tried to come back they were horrible!!! Made it impossible with lawyers in every corner if you have a disability they will find a way to not let you return to work.


Hours and working with students


Biased against disabled !
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Productive - Fun staff

My experience with DDSB was really good- the staff is very helpful, they appreciate your work. Was there for short term contract- but made such beautiful connections with employees and lots of memories love to work for DDSB in future if I get a chance.


1hour lunch break.
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Experience varies

Experience can depend on the school/area you're teaching in, your teachables/qualifications, etc. Have been told that the board is growing and expanding
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Educational Assistant

Face paced collaborative career. Very rewarding career. Great pension and benefits. Working with special needs children on a daily basis. Must be flexible and the job can be physically demanding Durham district School board is a wonderful place to work. Staff and students are professional
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Always a new day to look forward to and always something new and exciting happening

I loved working with the people and kids at the schools. There was always something new every day to look forward to and the kids were awesome! The teachers were friendly, I always had fun when I went I to work, even on the hardest days we always found something good to focus on!


Great people


Having to say good by at the end of the year
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Great if you want to be a slave

Great place to work if you like back stabbing co-workers and your private life being talked about behind your back. The gossiping is ridiculous! Must follow what Union says, you don’t have your own voice! Teachers treated ECEs as minimal assistants and not valuable team members even though is ECE’s we’re doing triple the work they were for less pay!


Pay, work life balance, summers off, all school holidays off, benefits, retirement savings plan


Coworkers, no support from admin, must follow union
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it is a fun and learning experience in different settings. it gives the chance to broaden one's horizon

it gives the oppotunity to pick up a lot of ideas and creativities. it helps me to manage my time and balance between by life and work, and it didn't tie me to daily planning and preparation. i like the diversity in the workplace . the hardest part is when someone doesn't feel belong and there is no friendly environment and feel rejected.


flexibility, a lot of experience of network, different experience of different settings


financial insecurity, irregular work(last minute call), not belonging(feeling lonely)
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Based on 111 reviews

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4.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.8 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.6 out of 5 stars for Management
3.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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