2U Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
79 Reviews
3.9
79 Reviews
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2U Co-Founder & CEO Chip Paucek
Chip Paucek
67 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.  

    Growing fast, exciting industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are excited about the company mission, dedicated and intelligent.

    Cons

    Growing pains are inevitable with a rapidly expanding, young company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Solid Place to Work

    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say  in  Landover, MD
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Landover, MD

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

    Pros

    - Strong, invested CEO with good leadership skills and an ability to sell a persuasive vision of company mission and culture
    - Generally high caliber program management and operations
    - Friendly place to work (see: no a**hole policy)

    Cons

    - High turnover, particularly in Admissions and Marketing
    - Few avenues for significant promotion
    - Mediocre benefits

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It has been the best real job experience I've ever had

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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to network and meet people in and out of the city, Snacks, free coffee, Most of the middle management is down to earth and friendly.

    Cons

    Some of those in other departments and outside of admissions have more of a pretentious attitude. Promotions seem to be based how how well you are liked as opposed to hard work and dedication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better Time off from work options for those on maternity leave. Have REQUIRED training for those in management positions on leadership and development. Coming from a military background I see that alot of the leadership lack strengths in those two areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A company for learning

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    • 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

    Pros

    Lots of fun. Young environment. Plenty of opportunities for trainings and personal growth.

    Cons

    Young environment. Lots of unexpected, last minute meetings that break up your work flow.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company, some poorly run departments

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    Great people to work with

    • 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 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
  9.  

    Great place.

    • 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

    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
  10.  

    Great until the company went public

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    • Work/Life Balance
    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
  11.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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