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Career Education Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
181 Reviews
2.6
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Pros
  • It's a solid 40 hours a week and the work/life balance is acceptable (in 14 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)

  • Their business model is not as strong as it once was - and too many students have been hurt vs (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    The worst of Management and the best of colleagues.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Midlevel Management in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Midlevel Management in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Good Comrades
    The staff here have to really stick together if not Management will
    destroy them

    Cons

    Worst Management
    The company is the epitome of the worst of corporate education

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They will never concede to listen
    The management and culture is totally deceitful
    nothing as it is explained or written

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Hell on Earth

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    benefits, location, ok as an entry level position

    Cons

    bad management, low salaries, frat house atmosphere, hard to transfer the experience to other more professional positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start acting like a boss and stop going to pretend meetings to occupy your time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unrealistic workload, lackluster compensation... but a good place to get your foot in the door.

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

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

    Pros

    Worked with modern IT technologies
    Many advancement opportunities (due to turnover)

    Cons

    Poor management of human capital
    High turnover
    Outsourced jobs to India, China, Philippines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a better handle on employee workload, distribute it more evenly

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

    A young cultured company staging enormous opportunity for Millennials only to fall flat in the midst of bad leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Aid Processor in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Aid Processor in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    - Can be a great first job to get your feet wet
    - If you are on the right team and know the right people, advancement opportunity can be strong
    - Relaxed office environment

    Cons

    - Business Model can be hard to swallow: the bad press to for profit schools comes from the fact that they are marketed towards lower income families. Once you fully understand the financial aid system it is hard to get behind the company and believe you are doing something good for people/students involved.
    - Not family friendly in regards to hours, expectations, and policies
    - Change is never easy, and although CEC continues to change their Financial Aid organization and procedures every 3 quarters or so, they still have not become efficient in the art of change management.
    - Stability due to liability: I saw a very high turnover when I first started in 2009, that eventually turned into forced leave once the company began multiple rounds of layoffs due to bad financial performance. CEC is involved with some bad press and practices, and just settled a rather large case regarding misrepresented placement rates at schools. Layoffs have been quite prevalent in the past couple of years and the stock price is flirting with disaster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DIVERSITY!!! Director level management consists of home grown talent who believe they have "put in their time" and still treat the business and industry as they saw it managed back in 2004. With so much change in FA and overall business management models, CEC has fallen extremely far behind the High Perfomance Management principles you hope to see from employers today. Get diversity in management and stop promoting "yes men/women". There is an endless cycle of bad management here as in order to be considered you have to fully accept the old school thoughts of the Directors. There actually is quite a bit of talent at CEC and this shows by your employees leaving for analyst and management positions with at least 5 different Fortune 500 companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The corporation that forgot their employees and students are actually "People" not just #s!:(

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Career Education full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits with medical, paid holiday & vacation time off and 401K matching. And great growth opportunities if you are a puppet and don't have any morals or thoughts of your own. Oh, and don't ever question any of their new ideas or plans that change monthly and never work since they only give it a month or so to work!?!

    Cons

    The company has really gone down hill over the past 5 years. Management is a joke and the work atmosphere is very negative and depressing, The place sucks the life and happiness right out of you. So you end up with a bunch of fake and moody, brown nosing, back stabbing employees and management that have no idea about the industry the school is supposed to be teaching. They cut all formal training of new employees so no one has the proper tools to do their jobs and so of course they don't last. Also, hiring requirements for the academic staff has dropped so dramatically that no quality applicants were being hired to teach the students properly so the industry doesn't want to hire them!?! The company is one hot mess!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require that Senior management and academics and career services come from the field they are teaching at that particular college campus. And stop the management pets! Give the hard working employees the promotions not the brown nose's that are hand feed to make it look as if they are good at their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not too bad until the reduction in staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Education "For Profit" not a good place to be in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduction in Force show be used for layoff not "bad performance"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware of Career Ed....It is Getting Smaller

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people who believe the schools can help some students.
    Great cafeteria!

    Cons

    For Profit schools are not a great place to work long-term. Their business model is not as strong as it once was - and too many students have been hurt vs. helped. While I see some of them turning around in many years, I believe CEC will be left behind their peers.

    It was once a $2B player, but will soon be about half this size as they close out many of their schools. As they do - CEC will continue to reduce operations/staff and lose many talented people voluntarily as they seeker greener pastures. They recently promoted many former Directors to VP level spots in an effort to hold on to a few talented people AND they have some attractive job postings. However, I would encourage any potential job seeker to review their financial picture. They sold their school in Europe to fund a teach-out of many schools, not to fund any real growth opportunities.

    I can see Career Ed holding onto CTU (by merging it with AIU) and sell most of their remaining ground schools. They could then be a mid-sized and potentially profitable player in the next 3-5 years. That is a long-time for a turnaround, given that the party ended about three years ago.

    I know this is a tough job market and that you may be able to get some short-term value working for CEC, but beware - they are facing severe headwinds for many more years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Looks good on Paper, but processes are horrible.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Career Education full-time

    Pros

    Energetic People and Good cafeteria

    Cons

    Too many to list here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more focus groups with your front line.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    nepotism

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Finance Processor in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Student Finance Processor in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    great people,, close to home

    Cons

    only promoted if you are friends with the managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the staff about issues

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Advisor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Downers Grove, IL

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

    Pros

    Decent Salary
    Management is trying to make a turnaround
    Decent Benefits
    Good Technology

    Cons

    Industry is in trouble
    Company's future is uncertain
    Management has communicated that they consider their employees to be no more than a number
    They has a system called "workforce management" which means that any absence that is not preapproved will be counted as an occurrence and too many of them can lead to your losing your job even if you have accrued enough time off to take them
    freeze on raises and decrease in some benefits
    Management makes changes all the time without thinking them through; they are looking for quick fix

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think long term. Think. Get rid of workforce management. Do not penalize employees for legitimate use of sick time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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