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Scott W. Steffey
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    It WAS a great place to work... emphasis on WAS.

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    Former Employee - Director in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Hoffman Estates, IL

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


    In my individual situation I had amazing autonomy to do what I wanted to do as long as it did not involve hiring more staff. I set my own schedule and selected which clients to meet with, where and when. Most of the senior executives (VP and above) in my division were solid performers. During my tenure the company seemed to always want to do right by its customers/students.


    Being in the "for profit" education sector the company was often in the news getting beaten up by the government and others for questionable practices even though I personally never saw anything that was less than perfectly honorable. In my personal experience the company was always honest.

    My biggest complaint is that the company would often institute major, strategic policy changes, especially those effecting our customer/students and then, after just a few weeks, would revert back to the old policy without ever giving the new policy a chance to have any effect or to see, if in fact, it was a good or bad move. The company also outsourced or changed some critical service offerings that were central to a positive student experience. That was a huge mistake made just to save a few dollars.

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    It's water under the bridge and way too late now but my suggestion to senior leadership would have been to deliberately and clearly establish and differentiate the brand along the lines of DeVry and Phoenix. Back in the day when the whole industry was growing, a solid investment in establishing the brand could possibly have saved some of the pain being felt by the company now. I don't know what plan senior leadership has in mind, but as of January 2015, it would literally take a miracle to reverse the downward spiral in continuing operations now.

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Updated Feb 19, 2015
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    The hiring process was very fast and did not require much preparation based on the amount of experience within the respective field being applied. They seem very professional and friendly at the time of the interview.

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Headquarters Schaumburg, IL
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1994
Type Company - Public (CECO)
Industry Education
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

Career Education Corporation (CEC) has made a career of handing out diplomas. The for-profit company owns and operates nearly 100 domestic and international campuses offering postsecondary education to roughly 116,000 students. CEC offers certificate and degree programs in areas including visual communication and design, culinary arts, information technology, business studies, and health education. Among the company's brand names are International Academy of Design & Technology, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, and Colorado Technical University. CEC schools offers... More

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