Cambridge Educational Services – Why Work For Us?

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Why Work at Cambridge?

Our Mission: Progress Through Partnership

  • We partner with educators to make college readiness and test preparation available to every student
  • Charity – the Cambridge “Bright Stars” Foundation has donated over $1.8 million to supply college and career preparation materials to help deserving, disadvantaged students

Compensation & Benefits

  • Annual raises – 100% of employees have received annual raises for the past 10 years
  • Annual bonuses – awarded based on department-based incentives
  • Paid Vacation – increases in vacation time based on duration of employment
  • Travel reimbursements for work-related tasks – taxi fares, food, lodging, etc.
  • Time off – up to 5 sick/emergency days, 13 alternate days, and 5 unpaid days
  • Holidays – New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day
  • Health insurance – Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO, including vision and dental
  • Pension and profit sharing plan for every eligible employee that has funded employees’ accounts over $6 million throughout the company’s 25-year history

Company Atmosphere

  • Advantages of a medium-sized company with a nationwide presence:
    • Opportunities to take a leadership role and contribute greatly
    • Expand your skill set by working with other departments
    • Work with the president and upper management
  • Job stability – annual growth for the last 25 years with an average employment duration of 6 years
  • Flexible hours and opportunities to work from home
  • Learn a lot on the job and gain new knowledge through training programs
  • Over 10 years of wellness outings that include spa trips, holiday parties, and events at the company’s lakeside retreat 

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Our Mission:  Progress through Partnership

Cambridge Educational Services partners with educators to achieve educational advancement for all students.  Together, we can best achieve our goals: to build college and career skills, raise test scores, enhance curriculum, and support instruction. A leading innovator in education for over twenty years, Cambridge is the nation’s premier provider of school-based college and career preparation and supplemental curriculum services.

Our History

Founded in 1990 by educational visionary David P. Waldherr, Cambridge Educational Services aimed to make college readiness and test preparation available to every student, rather than a privileged few. According to Mr. Waldherr, “When I founded Cambridge in 1990, I wanted to bring affordable, customized test prep to continuing education, TRIO programs, and K-12 classrooms nationwide. I wanted students everywhere to have the opportunity to take a first-rate prep course for free or at a price they could afford.”

Building on its celebrated expertise as a leading test preparation company, Cambridge began partnering directly with schools to implement and activate college readiness standards for students. Through world-class data-driven assessments and supplemental curriculum resources, Cambridge readies students and schools to achieve at the highest levels on standardized tests. However, Cambridge is more than just a test company. Cambridge has created a groundbreaking unified testing readiness approach that assists elementary, middle and high school educators in their efforts to implement improvements and prepare students for college and career throughout their entire elementary, middle, and high school experiences. In short, Cambridge's team of experienced and expert educators, academic researchers, and skilled trainers provides educators and students with innovative strategies that lead to long-term and measurable improvement.

Over two decades, 4,000 partner schools, and tens of thousands of students after its inception, Cambridge has established itself as a world leader in campus-based college and career preparation and supplemental curriculum services.

High Schools

Today, high school administrators and teachers are held accountable to demonstrate consistent academic progress in their students. Thus, they must pinpoint their energies on the essential college and career skills and strategies that dramatically increase student performance on standardized tests. 

Cambridge partners with high schools to tackle the monumental tasks of elevating college and career readiness skills for all students. To stimulate real improvement, we help high schools start early—in 9th and 10th grade—to cultivate academic growth and increase scores on high stakes standardized tests. 

Cambridge helps high schools to:

  • Integrate effective resources into existing curriculum and instructional practices.
  • Provide assessments and reports to support data-driven decision making.
  • Improve rigor in instruction for dramatic score increases on state assessments.
  • Encourage and support teachers through professional development workshops.

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Districts

Highly effective school districts deliver higher student test scores that reflect their rigorous educational practices. They avoid simplistic attempts to "catch up" student performance just prior to test dates. Instead, they implement ongoing test preparation that concentrates on essential skill development across all years of a student's education. Cambridge has pioneered a Unified Testing Readiness Initiative that connects the entire K-12 test assessment process, builds essential skills, charts growth, increases college and career readiness, and establishes accountability.

Cambridge partners with districts to help:

  • Improve math, reading, writing, and English skills for students at all grade levels.
  • Close the achievement gap in under-performing students.
  • Utilize data-driven assessment reports to make decisions across core curriculum.
  • Prepare students for achievement on state assessments.

Middle Schools

There is no more important group of people influencing the success of students than middle school educators. Recent studies prove that rigor in middle school instruction is necessary for student accomplishment in high school and college - see The Forgotten Middle at ACT.org for research on this topic. Failure to meet standards in middle school creates a deficiency for students when they reach high school and college.

Cambridge helps middle school students overcome early learning deficits by building essential skills through our powerful supplemental curriculum and diagnostic assessments. Our innovative Unified Testing Readiness Initiative aligns educational practices for improvement over a student's entire educational lifetime.

Cambridge partners with middle schools to help:

  • Integrate college and career preparation materials into existing practices.
  • Improve rigor in instruction for dramatic score increases on state assessments.
  • Encourage and support teachers through professional development workshops.
  • Prepare students early for college readiness standards.

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Elementary Schools

Imagine elementary students benefiting from a significant head start toward long-term academic, college, and career readiness growth. Research demonstrates that early reading, writing, and arithmetic gains accelerate middle school, high school, and college-level academic successes. That's why Cambridge developed groundbreaking supplemental curriculum that presents essential skills, closes early learning gaps, and increases assessment scores. 

Cambridge partners with elementary educators to help:

  • Generate improvement in the core math, reading, and writing skills.
  • Provide data-driven test preparation strategies for younger students.
  • Accelerate growth in word study, phonics, and reading comprehension.
  • Improve rigor in instruction for score increases on standardized assessments.

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Private Schools

Private and parochial schools are uniquely positioned to provide nurturing and motivating educational environments, though sometimes with limited resources. Still, private school teachers work hard to instill high standards in students through a disciplined learning culture and a caring community. Cambridge partners with private and parochial schools that demand consistent academic growth in their students and desire effective supplemental curriculum to achieve that end. We help schools build essential academic skills, utilize data-driven diagnostic assessments, and ready students for success on college admission tests.

Cambridge partners with private schools to help:

  • Provide data-driven diagnostic assessments for accountability and growth.
  • Improve rigor in instruction for dramatic score increases on college entrance tests.
  • Support and encourage teachers through professional development workshops.
  • Increase preparation for college readiness standards.

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Home Schools

Home school parents and co-op participants value utmost excellence and independence in freely educating children. Rigorous academics that prepare home school students for college admission are critical components of daily educational efforts. Cambridge's supplemental curriculum helps home school parents direct learning toward essential skills that increase college admission test scores, foster fundamental academic abilities, and ultimately prepare students for a successful college academic experience.

Cambridge partners with home school educators to:

  • Increase academic rigor and consistency in curriculum and instruction.
  • Help students understand the mechanics of the ACT® test or SAT* test.
  • Administer an off-record ACT® test or SAT test for diagnostic assessment.
  • Develop skills that reflect true college readiness standards.

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Continuing Education

Continuing education departments face many challenges like securing consistent funding, hiring and managing staff, and acquiring quality and affordable programs that will benefit local communities. For dependable help to meet these challenges, successful continuing education departments partner with Cambridge to initiate cutting-edge and cost-effective programs. With twenty years of expertise, we energize continuing education programs to receive healthy financial returns with programs and activate continuing education leaders to fulfill their mission to best serve the educational needs of their communities.

Cambridge will customize a program to meet your unique needs. We help continuing education departments offer the following preparation courses: ACT®; SAT*; GED®; GMAT®; GRE®; LSAT®; MCAT®; and Praxis I®.

Cambridge partners with continuing education professionals to:

  • Discover new marketing options and select the most effective program materials.
  • Create valuable diagnostic assessments for personalized student improvement.
  • Design unique courses that establish your institution as a premier program provider.

Parents and Students

A college education gives students tremendous new opportunities. College graduates obtain better-paying jobs, experience less unemployment, and enjoy great professional advancement. Unfortunately, many middle and high school students are inadequately prepared to achieve high scores on college entrance exams like the ACT® test or SAT® test. Cambridge's passion is to help all students enter and succeed in college. Our preparation programs have helped students to become National Merit Scholars, gain admission to a myriad of colleges and graduate schools, and earn valuable scholarships.

Cambridge helps students to:

  • Prepare for high stakes college entrance tests.
  • Build essential skills necessary for college and career.
  • Learn about college admissions through our informative workshop.
  • Discover greater motivation for academic and personal success.

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Career Opportunities

Employees at Cambridge Educational Services benefit from the closeness of a medium-sized firm and the security of a consistently-growing company. Just like we offer our partners the very best, we provide our employees with a comprehensive benefits package and healthcare plan, paid wellness retreats, and company-sponsored social events. Employees also enjoy flexible work schedules and generous vacation time. Our promise to our employees reflects our promise to our partners: to achieve career advancement and fulfillment that reflects your true potential and ability. 

A leading innovator in education for over twenty years, Cambridge is the nation’s premiere provider of school-based test preparation and supplemental curriculum services. By partnering with schools, we build skills, raise test scores, enhance curriculum, and support instruction. Our goal is to help students of all abilities and family-income levels achieve test scores that reflect their true potential and ability.

Our four divisions work together to achieve these goals:

  • Publishing: prepares and distributes over 125 titles for K-12, college, graduate school, and adult and continuing education,
  • Data Services: offers summative, formative, and diagnostic testing to measure student achievement and promote data-informed planning
  • Technology: produces advanced content for stand-alone media and the Web
  • Consulting: designs unique educational programming to meet the needs of our K-12, District, TRiO, Gear Up, and Adult and Continuing Education partners

Full-time, part-time, internship and professional development presenter positions are available.

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Cambridge Educational Services Reviews

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    A confusing, aggravating, and yet secure place to work.

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    Pros

    Fellow employees really could not be more enjoyable to work with. The community is thriving and everyone carries each other; you will never lack a friendly face or understanding ear. The company and general benefits are highly stable. Though absolutely nothing is predictable day-to-day, when it comes to the long-term issues (job security, salary, emergency and other time off, insurance, etc.) Cambridge goes above and beyond. This overall security goes a long way toward smoothing other things over. It is generally agreed that this year's Whitewater was the best so far in every way, which perhaps shows progress for both employees and the CEO from previous reviews. Despite whatever else can be said of the CEO, and there is a lot, he truly is not mean-spirited. He does try to be an excellent boss and, again, this comes through clearly in the long term. He does not hold grudges and overall, you know where you stand with him. I can vouch that he has heard and made effort toward addressing some key employee complaints. It is regrettable that so few last long enough to see and appreciate him for his strengths, because he has many. A job at this company will take you to hell and back, but those who really give it a chance (or several hundred) do, eventually, come out better than they started.

    Cons

    The safest thing to assume in a meeting is that you will not receive affirmation or appreciation for specific work. A work ethic and cumulative results will be praised, but your work itself will likely only be criticized in a very harsh and often illogical way. This can be a difficult adjustment. Meetings more often than not feel like a tragic and mind-boggling waste of many people's time. Agendas often last roughly five to ten minutes. There is a great deal of guesswork involved. Mind-reading would be the ideal qualification. I can only restate many of the other complaints below about the CEO: in the daily grind, he is disorganized, does not keep track of time, does not prioritize well, micromanages, manipulates, disrespects, insults, publicly embarrasses, cuts down employees behind their backs, distrusts, expects long hours, changes obscure expectations ad nauseum, and has once or twice demonstrated sexism. All of this is compounded by the micromanaging, which guarantees most employees regularly feel the effects. As has been said, the high turnover is a very serious issue for those in the wake and for subsequent hires.

    Advice to Management

    Consider reading the book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. Additionally consider reintroducing an HR manager. Be aware of the effects of cornering employees outside of an office or pre-arranged meeting. For some, this is very intimidating.


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    The interview isn't your typical interview. I first met with one of the vice-presidents, who was extremely kind and basically just asked me questions about my resume. I was then put at a desk and given a letter riddled with typos and grammatical errors, and was told to proof-read and correct it. Finally, I was given a laptop and told to type an essay in 45 minutes in regards to a prompt I was given.

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Additional Info

Website www.cambridgeed.com
Headquarters Des Plaines, IL
Size 16 to 50 Employees
Founded 1990
Type Company - Private
Industry Education
Revenue $5 to $10 million (USD) per year
Competitors Kaplan, Princeton Review

Employees at Cambridge Educational Services benefit from the closeness of a medium-sized firm and the security of a consistently-growing company. Just like we offer our partners the very best, we provide our employees with a comprehensive benefits package and healthcare plan, paid wellness retreats, and company-sponsored social events. Employees also enjoy flexible work ... More

Mission: Our Mission: Progress Through Partnership A leading innovator in education for over twenty years, Cambridge is the nation’s premiere provider of school-based test preparation and supplemental curriculum services. By partnering with schools, we build skills, raise test scores, enhance curriculum, and support instruction. Our goal is to help students of all abilities and family-income levels achieve test scores that reflect their true potential and ability.

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