2U Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
76 Reviews

4.0
76 Reviews
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2U Co-Founder & CEO Chip Paucek
Chip Paucek
64 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • 2U sticks to their 'no-asshole' policy by hiring the right people for the company culture (in 12 reviews)

  • Dress code is basically "be appropriate for the occasion" so if you're just around at your desk all day, you can be comfortable in jeans (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can also be a challenge (in 4 reviews)

  • Whenever problems arise, they blame it on the company's growing pains (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Lots of young people, working hard in a fun environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at 2U full-time

    Pros

    Casual, fun work environment. Challenging and engaging day-to-day. Genuinely nice people who are happy to collaborate on a team.

    Cons

    Only 12 vacation days and no separate sick days; no maternity leave offered. Most employees are young so they don't complain about this enough.
    Unclear how to advance to a more senior position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider improving benefits such as separate sick time, maternity leave.
    Create a better structure for paths to advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 2U full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great mission, the people are awesome and really good at what they do

    Cons

    Their expectations of employees are very high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    would like to see more flexible environment and a better work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company, some poorly run departments

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enrollment Services  in  Landover, MD
    Current Employee - Enrollment Services in Landover, MD

    I have been working at 2U full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This is a company on the rise. The CEO cares deeply about the mission and they are truly transforming online education for the better. They give you ample time off (2 weeks to start), and so long as you don't land in the wrong department, you'll have solid personal growth as long as you put in the time and effort necessary. The perks are endless as there are many events and dance parties and so on.

    Cons

    Research before you accept a job in certain departments because even if you work your fingers to the bone, you won't move up and, unless you have exposure to other fields, you'll have a hard time transferring to another department in order to grow your skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people for their hard work and recognize when employees are no longer putting in the effort. Don't promote those who have proven nothing in hopes that they'll prove something, that is a bad recipe.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 2U

    Pros

    Intelligent senior management, cutting edge industry, employees and management believe in the model and the cause.

    Cons

    Location, location, location. Turnover rate on some teams.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Landover, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Landover, MD

    I have been working at 2U full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You're fellow coworkers can make a stressful work day, better.

    Cons

    Juggling a personal life with work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great until the company went public

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 2U full-time

    Pros

    Chip, the CEO, and the entire "C-level" management team. They work very hard to share company information and keep employees motivated and happy.

    They hire great people - you will be working with smart, and motivated folks.

    Salary - 2U pays its employees well.

    Cons

    Work-life balance - many people put in 70+ hour work weeks. It is a high pressure environment and it does not let up.
    Vacation time - 12 days per calendar year.
    Management - Like many start-up companies, people who are great individual contributors are promoted into management. Sadly, most lack the skills and knowledge needed to effectively manage people.
    Since the company has gone public, the dynamic work environment is changing. It is becoming much more rigid and militant across departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training your managers and take a look at work load issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Hope it helps

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 2U full-time

    Pros

    They take care of their employees.

    Cons

    Call center feel, with heavy focus on numbers. If you miss you goal, you are out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Couldn't have asked for a better start to my career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at 2U full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great product / You'll be proud of what you're building
    - Industry Respect - Working for 2U is prestigious in the industry. Not something to take for granted
    - A lot of fun - Many of my coworkers were my best friends. Amazing environment for a young pro
    - Senior leadership cares - Always felt like I could talk to Sr. leadership all the way up to the CEO
    - Growth - They continue to grow, you'll never be worried about the outlook of the company

    Cons

    Not many cons but the culture has changed over the last couple of years. Felt more corporate towards the end of my time there. There's also a bit too much of a commitment to strategies that don't work on the marketing side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what got you here. Don't forget how important culture and employee empowerment is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    RUN RUN RUN AWAY!!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor  in  Landover, MD
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in Landover, MD

    I worked at 2U full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people you work with are great!

    Cons

    This is a company where hard work does not pay off! They only reward the people who kiss the butt of upper management! This is a good job for people right out of college but do not let the reviews trick you because there is little to no growth! Also most of the reviews on Glassdoor are from upper management and they do nothing but look at Facebook or ESPN all day! My manager did nothing all day but watch YOUTUBE videos and play games on his phone and got promoted LOL! THIS PLACE IS A JOKE RUN FAR FAR AWAY!

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Admissions Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Intern  in  Landover, MD
    Current Employee - Admissions Intern in Landover, MD

    I have been working at 2U part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company culture, casual dress, lots of snacks, etc. Chip Paucek is THE MAN. Great CEO. Tons of potential for promotion within the company.

    Cons

    Growing quickly, so tend to be a little bit unorganized. I moved frequently when I worked there, they don't always have room for people, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whip the HR department into shape. They aren't very responsive and it sort of delays things as a whole when that is a problem.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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