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Career Education Reviews

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
175 Reviews
2.6
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Pros
  • It's a solid 40 hours a week and the work/life balance is acceptable (in 12 reviews)

  • Great people, good management style overall (in 10 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.  

    Times are a changin'... Information Technology Team

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    • 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

    Pros

    Been working for CEC for quite some time now. Prior to 2014, the Engineering team had many challenges in just about every area: inability to deliver on time, lack of accountability, quality (planned hotfixes), overly complex applications, legacy applications, too many offshore contractors, lack of collaboration within and outside of IT, and most of all - very low morale. In early 2014, new management entered the picture and significant changes with it. Starting from the top. New organizational changes occurred. New SDLC processes were introduced (agile). Dedicated time given to refactor and rewrite legacy applications. Shift to more onshore resources and re-balanced engineers to QA resources. Significant (newly introduced) support from mgmt...etc. The IT org seems like a brand new organization. We are now delivering on time and within budget. Quality is at an all time high and all teams are collaborating fully and openly. The business stakeholders are very pleased as well. All in all... a pretty decent place to work. (We also just brought in a ping pong table... times are a changin')

    Cons

    Quite a few legacy applications that are overly complex. Thankfully mgmt. is supportive in dedicating time to refactor but there is a long way to go...sometimes hard to know where to start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the support. Keep bringing on great talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Environment and Culture is genuinely changing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Career Education full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Type of Technology is interesting. The work/life balance is fair. Teams get along (for the most part). People have fun, they look out for each other, take their work seriously but still enjoy happy hours, FFL, etc. All the small stuff adds up. Looks like this place is starting to head in the right direction.

    I heard stories about what it was like a year ago and I believe it has improved significantly. When I arrived, there were some things that needed to be changed/addressed (which have been) and I can claim that the hard part is behind us. We're not out of the woods yet, but I can see the sunlight.

    Cons

    We still need to fix some process related items, improve some technological implementations, improve the quality of some products ... but we are definitely making strides.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On the right course, don't change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    Lot's of support and training, good pay and flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Very strict about numbers and working on weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just keep on eeping on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience, team building managers are very helpful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Loan Coordinator in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Student Loan Coordinator in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Great company, you can advance in career, or change position within company

    Cons

    Salary freeze, other than that everything is ok

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very professional.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Admissions Advisor in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Admissions Advisor in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    Great potential for advancement. Tuition reimbursement. Base plus bonuses. You get to take a part in changing lives.

    Cons

    None while I was there. The admissions site was closed permanently last March due to a bad previous years losses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership at the top sets the pace. Pick it up.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    New hire

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Career Education full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Ethical, morally sound clear training . They falue there employees

    Cons

    I have yet to see cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A very Nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Advisor in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Advisor in Hoffman Estates, IL

    I have been working at Career Education full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, great benefits, good starting pay

    Cons

    Training was a little disorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training was poor and needed to be updated

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Smart, talented people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Career Education

    Pros

    Talent is tremendous and experienced

    Cons

    Burbs location only - perfect for people who live in burbs.

  10.  

    Good Company, bad times for proprietary ed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Instructor in Skokie, IL

    I have been working at Career Education full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, excellent life/work balance, wonderful coworkers.

    Cons

    Economy and how it is posing challenges to this industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people that work on the campuses.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    account manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Admissions Director, College Or University in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Admissions Director, College Or University in Hoffman Estates, IL

    I worked at Career Education as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great morale, fun environment, intelligent employees

    Cons

    Nothing to make a con about, very educational

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    relax and let reps do their job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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