2U

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2U Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
103 Reviews
4.0
103 Reviews
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2U Co-Founder & CEO Chip Paucek
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85 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • this is a place where great people are doing great things (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Depending on what program you work for, there can be little to no work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Growing pains are inevitable with a rapidly expanding, young company (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    It was an experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 2U

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, wear jeans to work

    Cons

    PTO, all days are included in your 12 days. No maternity leave

  2.  

    Great Culture, Great Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Really smart and passionate coworkers. There is very little BS work and no micromanaging. Everyone seems to be working hard on projects that are important to the company outcomes. Also, the gym (New York only) is amazing.

    Cons

    It's cliquish. Company wide presentations are repetitive and focused on new employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better annual raises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great company, very innovative, spontaneous rewards!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 2U

    Pros

    Company mission is trying to make a true difference
    Spontaneous rewards to show appreciation to staff (free pizza, happy hours, small gifts)
    Free snacks (although they should be healthier)
    Wear jeans everyday (or whatever you want)
    Management show support and encouragement to employee success

    Cons

    Bad location (everyone has to commute far)
    Poor facilities (especially the bathrooms; not well cleaned)
    Bad PTO policy (no sick days)
    Cliques definitely exist (it's hard to interact with employees outside of your program)
    Able to telecommute, but not often

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunity for telecommuting for core employees in program (not just management)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A lot of fun

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Tons of fun, very relaxing atmosphere, wearing jeans to work everyday is a plus.

    Cons

    A lot of unnecessary politics, but I think that's more to do with it being a young company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall: Fantastic!--Wonderful atmosphere, Great Pay, however Crap Location & Crap PTO Policy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Landover, MD
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Landover, MD

    I have been working at 2U full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Chip Paucek! The CEO of this company creates a fantastic atmosphere at this company and takes the time and effort to try to get to know EVERY 2U employee to make them feel welcome and an important part of the company. He takes care of his employees and cares about the happiness of each person involved in the success of 2U & shows his gratitude. Also, the employees are unbelievably talented, smart, driven, helpful and so much fun. Also, dance parties and halloween bashes. Opportunities for upward mobility encourages and aplenty!

    Cons

    LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION + PTO sucks. Sick days are the same thing as PTO. If you happen to exceed the amount of PTO days allotted (due to sickness, emergency, etc) it's an HR violation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All in all, you're amazing and wonderful. Keep it up. But relocate to DC. And be less rigid about PTO. Then you've gotten a lifelong loyal employee in me (and probably everyone else).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work with a great mission, people and outcomes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 2U

    Pros

    If you are looking for a fast-moving, high growth company with a clear vision and direction then 2U is a great place for you. The culture is open, collaborative and they make good on the "No A-hole" policy. If you are a self-motivated, get things done type then this is a great place for you. The company also knows how to have fun and make sure people feel like they are part of something larger than just a company.

    Cons

    Like many high growth companies, people may often find themselves in stretch roles without a lot of professional development or support to learn how to grow into that role. The company genuinely cares about the success of each person in the organization, but isn't always able to provide the resources necessary for that success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in more robust professional development resources for mid- and senior-level management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Focus on employee morale is great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Landover, MD
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Landover, MD

    I worked at 2U

    Pros

    Very easy to move horizontally within the company, lots of focus on employee morale and life outside of work

    Cons

    difficult to advance within the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 2U

    Pros

    Great people, work hard play hard atmosphere!

    Cons

    Though it is work hard play hard, they really mean WORK hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Culture and Team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Supportive and collaborative working environment

    Cons

    much easier to move around/grow in some teams than others

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Young, fun company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 2U

    Pros

    Maintaining a young, fun company culture is a major priority for leadership. Most departments abide by a "work hard, play hard" philosophy. Company does a good job of keeping employees in the loop regarding major financial and corporate developments. Lots of talented, smart people who are driven and eager to help others (and the company itself) succeed.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to maintain a good work-life balance; lots of turnover; some departments (especially those in newer fields or specialities) lack managerial expertise; sometimes hard to discern opportunities for upward mobility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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