Vatterott Education Centers, Inc.
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    Problematic company, emotionally punishing work experience

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Management in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Vatterott Education Centers, Inc. full-time for more than 3 years


    Compensation is fairly high end for working in education. Many of the instructors truly care, and the students are generally enjoyable to interact with.


    It's difficult to comprehensively describe the amount of issues within this company, so I'll start at the top: There is rampant cronyism and nepotism within top end management. Often, someone is promoted within the corporate hierarchy exclusively because the CEO personally likes them. It's not uncommon for the same person to hold dozens of different positions within the corporate structure, often in rapid succession, even though they're proven they aren't competent because the CEO wants to keep them around. Campus faculty and administrative staff are micromanaged to no end, questioned at every turn, and generally blamed for endemic structural issues within the company - even if Vatterott Corporate is the one creating those issues and driving the company into the ground.

    If you're working on campus, you will be micromanaged extensively and generally treated like a child. Do you hold a "Director" position? Be prepared to work 50-60 hours a week, at a minimum (you're salaried, so you're free labor past 40 hours, right?) Yes, that includes Saturday's, yes, that may include Sunday's as well, especially if you are in admissions.

    Actually, be prepared to work holiday's plus those days if you are in admissions. If you are in admissions, expect to make at least 100 phone calls a day, often calling the same people 2-3 times in the same day. If you don't hit your enrollment goals, you will get battered by management, specifically corporate.

    Be prepared to have everything be your fault, and to have no other answer suffice. You will be disrespected, insulted both tacitly and directly, and, again, I must emphasize this: micromanaged to no end. Students (revenue stream!) are dropping? That's your fault! Instructors will be pressured to pass students and alter grades even if they aren't passing, by the way.

    Work at Vatterott if you have no other recourse, or if you have no soul, or if you're a masochist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on merit. Give more than 1% raises every year no matter what. Manage with some other technique besides threatening, fear, and punishment. Actually do what's best for the students rather than just having that as a marketing slogan.

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