Career Education Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
167 Reviews

2.4
167 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's a solid 40 hours a week and the work/life balance is acceptable (in 11 reviews)

  • Great people, good management style overall (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper Management approves technology releases without a care for student experience (in 8 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is ok because they don't make you stay late (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Live Chat Specialist  in  Elgin, IL
    Current Employee - Live Chat Specialist in Elgin, IL

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

    Pros

    Good schedules for live chat advisors because they offer us 3 days off in a row... and we work 10 hour shifts.

    Cons

    Favoritism is definitely shown by the managers, they do not lead by a good example. For instance, they will bad mouth you for being a few minutes late, yet they come in late and leave early everyday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come to work on time, your employes look up to you regardless of age, so do as you would want your employees to do. The team is exactly what it says. TEAM. so if you are doing favors for just a few particular people but telling the rest of the team different and we all talk and find out about these things, so if you have to "stick to the rules" then do just that and stick to the rules regardless if one of your employes is your favorite.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Regional Director

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Company has strong product and benefits package

    Cons

    Many changes in staffing and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never loss sight of the need for outcomes.

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    This company has been a very rewarding company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Career Education full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    This job pays the bills

    Cons

    There is a lot going on within company that upper management will not let "The Little People" know about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the the truth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but time and chance happens to them all.

    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Career Education full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It is a solid, good place to work. Like anywhere, some great people, and lots of not-so-great people. Can be a great place to gain experience and the benefits are better than average. Great tuition reimbursement programs.

    Cons

    Advancement is a crapshoot. Continual restructuring will have more to do with deserved and undeserved promotion than the merit and contributions of those involved. Rich soil for underhanded and manipulative types. Odd, uninformed group-think culture with the collective pension to revise history and fact while adhering to heuristics that are outdated or simply incorrect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nobody else has a worthwhile assessment or understanding of the company and its difficulties and all of your decisions are perfectly without error or redundancy. This is how you would interpret any preceding statement regardless of how beneficial it might be to actually consider. Besides, in a year or two, you'll just be off to the next host company.

  6.  

    Very challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative Production Specialist  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Creative Production Specialist in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Career Education full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fair compensation and benefits, learned a lot of the education system

    Cons

    Too many changes in courses where collateral went to waste because not too much thought put into it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A fine place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Finance Advisor  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Student Finance Advisor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Career Education full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, good management style overall. Benefits and possible growth opportunities. Overall atmosphere is positive and employees respect each other.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities which are dependent on space. Policies which seem outdated or unnecessary such as mandatory, hour-long unpaid lunches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to find ways to make this a good place for employees to build careers rather than just jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was overall good experience, but...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Career Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Overall, I enjoyed my nearly 3 years with the company. I had a good degree of latitude to be creative, collaborate with peers and work closely with students at the campus level. The salary was competitive, other benefits were standard (nothing spectacular and the health premiums, like many companies, continue to escalate).

    Cons

    In my estimation, this company is in dire straights. I started with this company in 2011 and by the end of 2012, the campus I worked for - along with many others around the country - were placed into "teach out". This set off a chain of events which, among other hard aspects, was the fact that staff/employee, not to mention student, morale went south quickly. On top of that, they company significantly "right-sized" their workforce by reducing corporate employees drastically (corporate speak for mass layoffs). 2013 was brutal. 2014 looks to be the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The big question is: Will there be a CEC in 2015 and what will it look like? I sincerely hope they can figure it out, because I continue to believe that, at the end of the day, the rank-and-file employees, especially at the campus level, took the students and graduates interest to heart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a positive experience at one time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Career Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My time spent working at CTU was good; their leadership team is much more aggressive and forward thinking than many of the other schools or the corporate CEC team. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    The industry went from great to bad very quickly. During my time there I had 3 different bosses within my first 9 months of employment. Many leaders were promoted too quickly without the proper development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more autonomy to the schools and invest more in the proper development of your employees.

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

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Career Education full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good, company values its employees and there are development opportunities

    Cons

    Uncertainty in the for-profit industry

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sort of impersonal - very large corporation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for professional development. Flexibility in schedule was great with some telecommuting offered.

    Cons

    Not much of an atmosphere or connection - a big corporate machine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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