Corinthian Colleges

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Corinthian Colleges Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
212 Reviews
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212 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent pay and benefits while they last (in 9 reviews)

  • Great work like balance, good benefits, enjoyed learning and personal growth (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Sacrificing a bit on work-life balance may be needed to achieve personal growth (in 9 reviews)

  • All upper management staff hire friends and colleagues to work for the company (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Changing Times

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    Current Employee - Faculty
    Current Employee - Faculty

    I have been working at Corinthian Colleges full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with at this location. Everyone here is hoping that new ownership will "change some things".

    Cons

    Silly paperwork, questionable management ethics with a proprietary school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the long term, go for quality over quantity and have some admissions standards rather than running admissions like a used car sales lot. Hopefully the new ownership will clean house in upper management and get in leadership that cares about the quality of the brand. Speaking of that, the brand name definitely needs to be changed, this one is pretty damaged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Faculty Instructor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corinthian Colleges

    Pros

    having the ability to teach young generation skills, tricks of the trade, etc.

    Cons

    Instructor held accountable for the drop-out rate of students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change corporate policy to where students are held responsible for their actions, choices, etc.....

  3.  

    Thanks for the years, but I'm glad I no longer have a headache

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    Former Employee - Student Finance Planner in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Student Finance Planner in Houston, TX

    I worked at Corinthian Colleges full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best reason to work here were experienced every graduation exercise I participated in. The smiles, the tears of happiness, and the hugs of appreciation and thankful for our support

    Cons

    I greatly appreciated the training, competitive salary, and opportunity for enjoyment, but the employee turnover, lack of moral, and frequent unethical practices made it difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change how you enroll students, release some of your top heavy senior mgmt employees instead of laying off so many workers to keep them, and perform more Mgmt reviews. Some individuals shouldn't remain in Leadership positions. They don't have the best interest of students in mind

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

    Nice people on a sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Corinthian Colleges full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people are nice. Many of them really believe in the company and want to help people better their lives through education.

    Cons

    The departments can be competitive and catty with each other to the point of seeming like siblings fighting for a parent's attention. There are far too many meetings; it's hard to get work done when you're going to a meeting or 2 a day. Controversial company in a controversial segment of a major industry = lots of reactive and preventive work. Also lots of layoffs in the past few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up the ghost; stop fighting the government, admit that some of your practices aren't on the up and up or in the genuine interest of your students, and find a business model that is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Company is very disorganized.

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Corinthian Colleges full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice pay and benefits.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Management has no ethics ... Company closing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Little to say. They are closing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A DRAMA filled roller coaster

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I have been working at Corinthian Colleges full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Changing the lives of students who had no where else to turn. Co-workers are great and very positive to work with. Pay is decent for my area yet not so decent for a profit institution.

    Cons

    There have been no raises for 2 years yet corporate has received bonuses. The company is under extreme scrutiny for bad business practices over the years. Since the news of potential sales or closures of campuses, my particular campus has seen a mass exodus of great employees. With that said, management has failed, either by their own accord, or for the obvious fact that this place is in the can, to hire new employees to pick up the slack. Everyone left is overworked and seeking another position, all the while trying to keep a smile on their faces while still serving students.
    In the past year, there have been constant layoffs, as well as vacation and benefit cuts to employees.

    Need solid proof that the company is going out? Check out COCO on the stock exchange. That's us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for keeping all of your employees in the dark about the DOE situation. Instead of internally letting us all know that we were reaching impending doom, you decided to let our reputations suffer.
    My advice? Don't EVER go into education ever again. There are people like myself who actually care about changing lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    High stress, high pressure, do not want to know how you get it done , just do it, or you are OUT

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative

    I worked at Corinthian Colleges full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits while they last

    Cons

    In Admissions they do have very unreasonable "goals" actually quotas , they just want them in and do not care about the best interest of the student. They want you to pressure them with no let up and they in turn pressure you with no let up. If you are willing to compromise on integrity then it may be for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bottom line should always be best interest of students, encouraging honesty and not quotas and threats.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Educating the Uneducable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Online Adjunct Faculty in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Online Adjunct Faculty in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at Corinthian Colleges part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A curriculum that can help low ability students if they are motivated.

    Cons

    Pressure to keep students in classes even when they don't want to be.
    Curriculum that changes every quarter.
    We're pressured to spend more time telephoning non-participating students than interacting with those who want to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't enroll students in online programs who have difficulty reading. Have them complete the Wonderlic before they start an online class, not after; the low scorers should be redirected to something other than online classes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointed, Under appreciated

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Corinthian Colleges full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people you work with are amazing. The benefits aren't bad.

    Cons

    Bad company ethics. Everything is truly about the bottom line. They don't truly care about the students. Executive Leadership is a disaster, especially the Dr. in charge of Online Education. Bad decisions are being made and the company is suffering. I am concerned about the students as they should be the primary focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house from the top down! Listen to your front-ling employees. They are the ones working directly with the students and really do have good suggestions. Show some appreciation for those employees while you are at it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Career Services Representative in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Career Services Representative in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Corinthian Colleges full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and a paycheck

    Cons

    Programs lacked market requirements making it difficult to place students once they completed the programs. The employer community didn't respect the programs and felt the students on externships were ill prepared. Programs too expensive and starting pay too low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Operate with some ethics! It's predatory lending for the disenfranchised in education!!! You lie to the employees and the students. Money and pushing the students through the programs is all that matters. Leadership lacks credentials! Promotions and advancement is based on who you know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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