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Career Education Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
181 Reviews
2.6
181 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Data Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - O F Data Specialist in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - O F Data Specialist in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Career Education full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, friendly staff and managers.

    Cons

    Layoffs, downsizing, unsecure future. No plans for future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rightsize not Downsize.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audio Instructor in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Audio Instructor in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Great Program. Freedom to utilize your own teaching style.

    Cons

    Company has been very unstable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work if you're in the right department.

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, competitive salaries, great work/life balance. Overall, I really enjoy being part of the Career Education team. Every company has it's drawbacks, but I think this one has less than most.

    Cons

    Negative reputation. Aside from the reputation, it's a difficult place to work if you don't handle change well. Things change almost daily and it's not good for the complacent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your employees and focus on students instead of profits. You're headed in the right direction, but you still have a ways to go.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    -CTU Online: Good opportunity for Entry-Level Sales Position with Room for Advancement-

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Student Manager in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Student Manager in Downers Grove, IL

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

    Pros

    -Starting salary is fairly decent for and entry-level employee
    -Support and training is readily available
    -Work environment promotes team focused environment.

    The school I worked for was Colorado Technical University OnlineThere are many other pluses, but those are the basics that somebody entering an entry-level position should be looking for. The company has undergone many developments due to Department of Education regulations and standards that have affected for-profit institutions industry wide. That being said, I was unfortunately a part of the mix of employees that were let go due to quotas.

    There is an intense training that each employee completes, you are placed on a team and the staff typically welcome all newcomers (there usually are a lot due to attrition). I don't think that there is a high turnover due to the type of work, pay, benefits etc., I believe completely that it is because a lot of young employees derive from the "entitlement" generation and have unrealistic views of what a sales position is going to be.

    CEC offers a lot of opportunities and I was promoted a few times within a few years, the difference between myself and others is that I was not a recent college graduate that had a skewed view on how the real world works. Here's the thing, in sales, any type of beginning level, there are going to be the following: Weird work hours, lots of turnover, constant training activities, a budget you have to hit, and high expectations of work production and results.

    The main problem I witnessed with a lot of employees was that they did not want to be on the phone, cold or warm call, and felt that because they recently received their degree, that means they can pay more attention to social media and sending text messages instead of working hard.

    Cons

    -High turnover leads to fear, low morale, and a "who's leaving next" mentality
    -Politics throughout the office (but that is expected anywhere in Corporate America)
    -Team placement involves too many number related categories

    The old phrase goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it", unfortunately CEC does this frequently and especially at CTU Online. If there is a team or group of team members that work well with each other, or certain members of management.....then leave them be!

    One of the issues with a lot of employees was the fact that you switched teams constantly. Some liked it some didn't, they eventually changed it to a annual "tour bid" with a team when it was previously six months. Either way, the frequent tossing around of workers didn't meld well with a lot of folks, especially myself. My team was one of the top producers and the best people were split and some were kept and it was never the same. Often times the best talent would be wasted because they would move team to team and not fit well as previously experienced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Utilize the talent that is in front of you! A lot of people wanted to advance or work extra but management was more concerned with their own numbers rather that employee satisfaction.
    -Politics is expected, but upper-management needs to control favoritism when it leads to a few exceeding budget and others are terminated.
    -Managers should receive "Change Management" training because for the most part, the leaders did not lead well while the company was overhauling its structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very friendly environment for those not working in admissions

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

    I have been working at Career Education as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Casual Fridays
    Young workforce
    Great Leadership Team

    Cons

    For full-time employees:
    *Could do a better job in 401k matching
    *Could be more generous with vacation days for new employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue improving the brands. Reward talented admissions employees to help with employee retention rates. Continue working driving an ethical culture. Things will continue to improve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked there

    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, Internal Audit in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager, Internal Audit in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good work environment
    Good leadership
    Challenge=no boredom

    Cons

    Changing policies but that is due to government enforcing new rules on private and posy secondary education

  8.  

    Overall a good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Career Education

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    Decent pay
    Opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Little advance notice of changes and generally not informed of reason for changes

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Culture is shifting and appears to be focused on improving employee engagement and compliance. New interim CEO

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Career Education

    Pros

    New leadership is strong; good pay and benefits and is focused on developing a real strategy. new CEO is providing strong leadership and decision making. Focused on students, compliance and employees.

    Cons

    High turnover which is starting to get better. New compliance overhang which is being resolved with students in mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employees and reduce turnover; deveop and communicate and effective strategy and engage people on execution. Develop employees and they will stay.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Career Education

    Pros

    great training progam with lots of follow ups

    Cons

    always changing the structure with little notice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Company still meeting goals, paying bonus from 2010

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Career Education

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, good pay and benefits. Top level mgmt doing a good job. New office is top rate.
    Company has no debt.

    Cons

    Often hectic IT work pace, slightly short staffed (what company isn't today). Concerned company doesn't pay severence if they prefer to let somebody go (put them on probation = better leave on your own, dummy). Would like to see more US citizens working in the dept (may contractors from overseas, not good when we award IT degrees).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe CEO Gary and his group have really worked to 'cleanup' any unethical behavior concerning what's told to prospective students. Gary certainly was the right person to head up CEC.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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