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Corinthian Colleges Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.6 171 reviews

37% Approve of the CEO

Corinthian Colleges Chairman and CEO Jack D. Massimino

Jack D. Massimino

(95 ratings)

30% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent pay and benefits while they last (in 6 reviews)

  • Hardworking, dedicated employees, good benefits (but with high employee contribution) (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Sacrificing a bit on work-life balance may be needed to achieve personal growth (in 6 reviews)

  • All upper management staff hire friends and colleagues to work for the company (in 9 reviews)

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    A DRAMA filled roller coaster

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee)

    ProsChanging 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementThanks 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Admissions Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent pay and benefits while they last

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Educating the Uneducable

    Online Adjunct Faculty (Current Employee) Costa Mesa, CA

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

    ConsPressure 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 Senior ManagementDon'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disappointed, Under appreciated

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

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

    ConsBad 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 Senior ManagementClean 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging Work Environment

    Career Services Representative (Former Employee) Detroit, MI

    ProsDecent benefits and a paycheck

    ConsPrograms 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 Senior ManagementOperate 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not really concerned about employees or students, just MONEY.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPays well for most positions.

    ConsPoor management, little to no mentoring of employees, lack of consistency on policies and practice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Couldn't care less

    Admissions Advisor (Current Employee) Roseville, CA

    ProsStaff and Instructors really care about the success of the students. Fostering student success is a priority. Benefits are ok...

    ConsUpper management burning out good people. Poor planning in adapting to future growth programs. Corp central management doesn't work need to empower each campus to adapt to their community and become a part of it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue and respect your people. Happy employees will lead to more $$$ in the end

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Once was a great company, now demoralizing and unappreciated

    Administration (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat health benefits and decent pay. Blessed to work with people that truly care about the students and go out of their way to assist them in any way they can. Example, if co workers know of a student that is hungry, we give them our food and try to find resources to assist them.

    ConsCorrupt corporate management, there is no work life balance what so ever, and no pay raises in 3 years. Corporate laying off people by the masses yet every year they have a big party called Parthenon that costs millions of dollars while they are destroying peoples lives by their callus disregard for the worker bees at the campus level. Unethical and uncaring.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWalk the walk and talk the talk. Retain your valued employees and open your eyes to the destruction you cause when you lay off key people at the campuses. Spend 1 week doing someone else's job at a campus to understand the impact you have on people's lives when you lay them off. Think about the worker bees who are now doing 4-5 people's jobs and see how horribly they are treated. Come and see the reality of the situation you caused and how it affects our students.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    "Treat employees like partners and they act like partners." CEO, Pitney Bowes. The culture at CCi is just the reverse

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCCi offers great Benefit Package.

    ConsDisrespectful environment : Employees have no voice : Very aggressive and unattainable goals : No life and work balance (On an average, I worked 65 hrs. a week and 12 consecutive days of work every month) : Employees are forced to work on Holidays : The Executive team is ruthless : Double standards : Focus is on #s, #s, and #s : Very pushy with students : Lack of professionalism for most part : List is too long to continue.....

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. You don't make the company grow, your employees do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Elementary and Unprofessional

    Admissions Representative (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat employees, like family. Student interaction is great.

    ConsManagement is poor, extremely unprofessional. The "manager" acts like a child when things do not go the way she wants them to, for example rolling her eyes and stomping her feet. Extreme lack of employee engagement due to the focus on "dials". I do not feel management cares about the students who enroll there. There is a lack of ethics as their marketing ploy is to tell the prospective student as little as possible to get them in the door. Morals are lacking. The core values encompass "integrity" however when we are asked questions such as "do Everest credits transfer to other schools?" we are not allowed to give a straight answer. To clarify, there are two types of accreditations, regional and national. You will find the difference between the two to be that credits transfer or don’t. The target market for this school is those who cannot afford school at the quadrupled price than other associate programs.

    For prospective employees who want to challenge their morals and ethics, it’s a great position; otherwise keep looking. Do you research on the legal issues involving this company..

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees, engage your employees, find a target market that wants to attend school instead of taking advantage of prospective students who would be better off at a community college with half the loans.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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