Career Education Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Learned a lot, but not a reputable educator in my opinion

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Career Education

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the rules and regulations relative to the education sector, and had the opportunity to teach in my field of expertise.

    Cons

    This company does not follow it's own policies, a few at the top receive all the financial rewards without any accountability for providing quality education or fair treatment to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put quality ahead of financial gain, be honest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Okay for now

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Document Coordinator (Registrar Department) in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Document Coordinator (Registrar Department) in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Career Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The "Medical, Dental, and Vision" package is obviously a major perk. Working at the AIU Online campus means only dealing with students/stakeholders via phone/email/chat. Business Casual dress code. Charity opportunities.

    Cons

    There is literally no room for advancement or growth. Managers are placed but not trained adequately on how the properly lead a team. Since VPs can work remotely, they never call a snow day and expect us all to risk our wellbeing to get to work (AIU Online) when other AIU brick and mortar campuses close and all local public schools, colleges, and many other offices close. There is very little value placed on the individual employees (not abnormal of corporations). Managers will mark you late if you are clocking in even 1 min after. There is no human grace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like people not tools and you will foster not only a better environment but better results. Furthermore, managers should be trained so they can actually lead a team not destroy it. More interdepartmental communication would improve the students' lifecycle. It is time to eliminate redundancy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Tread Carefully

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Career Education

    Pros

    Salary was good and benefits were decent. Work-life balance was good as well. My coworkers at my level and below were hard working.

    Cons

    The company's direction and long term goals are questionable. Upper level management is constantly changing thus making it difficult to have faith the company will be profitable. Management is very reactionary. Staff morale is low. Everyone fears they will lose their job at any time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to include the opinions of those around you. Formulate a long term plan/goal and stick to that plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Hiring All BFFs

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Career Education

    Pros

    Co-workers are great, mission is something I believe in

    Cons

    Promotions are strictly based on politics and favoritism. Skilled workers need not apply.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take courses on how to evaluate real talent, and have the guts to hire someone who isn't an exact clone of yourself

  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Worried about the future of the company!

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    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Career Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get attached to your teammates ,tuition reimbursement, most of the time you can do what you want at your desk, like eat, mess with your phone, and talk to coworkers.. You get to help individuals that often times do not even realize that they need it.

    Cons

    My get stuck in your position. Currently, there are no pay increases or promotions being considered per executive leadership. Company morale may be low at times due to extensive micromanagement, a number depends on another number and so on. Management's view of effort metrics controlling success is often skewed. Like almost everywhere, benefits are on the decline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not expect people to be robots. Increase pay and vacation availability. More employee appreciation events would be good. A relaxed dress code is needed, considering we are never actually in front of our clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. I don't see the company lasting long

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    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Downers Grove, IL

    I worked at Career Education full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The compensation and benefit are fair. People you meet there are really nice.

    Cons

    Morale is really low. Too much micro-management. You literally have a schedule to follow on a day to day basis, and it is not flexible (example, when to take you lunch, breaks, etc.). If your schedule is not followed, it is reflected on your monthly scorecard. The way they get their leads is very questionable. Most of them are not able they have "requested information"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro-managing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Used car salesmen of the for-profit education industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Career Education

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Good experience in digital marketing

    Cons

    I did not agree with the mission of this company. I felt they were taking advantage of people who were not academically or financially responsible to pursue a degree. I continuously pushed to focus on education quality so the value of the degree was worth something, but the focus was on lead generation and conversion. The business model focuses on buying leads from lead aggregators. The leads don't even know what they are signing up for. High pressure telememarktung to get people to enroll in programs. I couldn't wait to get another job and get out of there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Not bad, but not good....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Career Education full-time

    Pros

    Good entry level pay which is very appealing to someone fresh out of college. Some of the management really cares about employees which makes it better to work for them.

    Cons

    Highly structured environment, no matter how well one performs their job, metrics are constantly changing and makes it hard to achieve consistent monthly goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more of a work life balance with this company. They want employees to work OT in addition to long regular hours, which is not always practical when employees have families.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Start packing...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Career Education

    Pros

    Fantastic people to work in a majority of departments. Great place to get your foot in the door in the educational world. Just use it as a stepping stone and you will have a positive experence!

    Cons

    In a time when for profit education is coming under fire, none of the executive level leaders seem to have a solid long term plan to ride out the storm. They just keep shrinking, making layoffs and hoping for a better future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a solid long term plan to build a better product and let people know what you have...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Chaotic and constantly in flux

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    Former Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Career Education full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Field strives for excellence. Changes in corporate leadership while positive may be too little too late.

    Cons

    Disconnect between field and executive leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn over has been disruptive and unsettling to the field. Schools need leaders who understand the challenges and can help support local efforts. Individuals who directly manage schools should gave extensive experience in the industry. Communicate honestly and frequently the expectations and company strategies.

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