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Academic Advantage Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
41 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good pay, choose your own hours, decide how much you make a month (in 5 reviews)

  • If you do need experience working with children, this is a great job (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • There is also a lot of paperwork to do (in 5 reviews)

  • The paper work is tedious, but I was familiar with it from other tutoring jobs (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyable work, poor company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - NCLB Tutor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - NCLB Tutor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Academic Advantage part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Loved teaching children (grades from kindergarten to 12), enjoyed the actual tutoring sessions which were however you made them, parents were often very casual and lenient, as well as extremely hospitable, and pay was pretty good, especially during the final two weeks when students are being rushed through the curriculum so they can finish.

    Cons

    The company is ridiculously incompetent, employee support is nonexistent, paperwork is tedious and must be completed with 100% accuracy or your pay will be withheld until corrections are made, their policies change frequently and are not always explained well or updated on paper, the curriculum administration methods are terrible, you aren't allowed to help the students with homework, which is never what the parents want to hear, and other parents are more interested in the free laptop at the conclusion of the tutoring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to expect employees to be bureaucratic incompetents, at least make sure your policy is adequately written.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I loved support the children and families I worked with, but the staff at the main office were horribly rude.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - NCLB Tutor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - NCLB Tutor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Academic Advantage as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a contract tutor you help children build a love of learning and reach academic success out of your own volition . This of course depends on what type of educator you are. You have lots of independence

    Cons

    There are no educational materials provided. Some of the employees at the main office are simply rude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The tutors are the ones out in the field making money for the company. Show them some love.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Overall Negative Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - English Tutor (1-on-1 Learning With Laptops) in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - English Tutor (1-on-1 Learning With Laptops) in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Academic Advantage as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, one-on-one contact with families/children, good pay

    Cons

    The company is incredibly unorganized (I was contacted several times by several different employees requesting paperwork I had already turned in), I was often not paid on the day I was told I would be even though my paperwork was completed correctly, it was difficult to get a response from someone when you emailed or called, the pay is good but for the amount of hours you spend preparing for the tutoring sessions/paperwork to be turned in, you end up getting a lot less than what you put in since you are only paid for the actual time you tutor the students, there is little to no training/resources for the actual tutoring sessions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Unethical and incompetent; what are you thinking?

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - NCLB Tutor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - NCLB Tutor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Academic Advantage part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    None whatever that I experienced. A complete waste of my time and money.

    Cons

    I am a former Tutor for Academic Advantage in Los Angeles – early 2014

    As a longtime tutor, I have never seen a more unethical company. Long unpaid training, ridiculously complicated paperwork for starters.

    Then tutors are used to "recruit" students that are not interested in tutoring- clearly, they just got a list of potential students. This is all unpaid, and involves driving to their houses.

    At their pay rate (which is low) they owe me: $450 at least. I quit almost immediately.

    Utter disorganization - nobody's in charge, nobody returns phone calls. I was offered another, actually paid, position recruiting students. I jumped through all hoops, and no call back, no e-mail, and now no message machine and no website.

    Utterly dishonest, inept company. I would say anything positive listed here is a plant. I'm quite certain they do that.

    There's a class action lawsuit going on. IF YOU WORKED FOR THEM SINCE 2006 IN L.A. YOU CAN SIGN UP...EASILY AVAILABLE ONLINE

    Let's see this company experience some consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utterly dishonest and incompetent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    If you just want to pay bills, work here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SLP Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - SLP Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Academic Advantage full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I'm trying to think of a pro...and nothing comes to mind. I guess my immediate supervisor was nice, and they do take the time out to celebrate birthdays and holidays whenever they come up.

    Cons

    Cliquey office culture, revolving door of employees, no opportunities for advancement within one's role, unclear chain of command (I didn't even know who my supervisor's boss would have been).
    Misleading hiring bulletins: The job I applied for was advertised in a way that led me to believe that it was a role with many responsibilities, which would be compensated at a much higher level than what was ultimately offered. I only took the job because I needed the money at the time. I tried to make the most of it, but I got laid off after getting laid off for having done what should have been advertised as a temporary contract position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Independent Contracted Tutor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Independent Contractor Tutor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Independent Contractor Tutor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Academic Advantage as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    I like the flexibility. The students are great. They do give you your own laptop. The updated to a time portal which is a lot easier to keep track of your hours. If you do need experience working with children, this is a great job. If you want to be an educator, this is a good experience. It also is helpful if you need extra income.

    Cons

    There is no growth. It takes a while to get students after waiting months from orientation. There is no gas reimbursement. The hours aren't steady. There is also a lot of paperwork to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should be paying us for the 4-5 hour training.

  8.  

    I'd rather collect unemployment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Academic Advantage as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Appreciative parents and children who want to learn

    Cons

    Paperwork disappeared
    Tablets were low quality
    Communication to management was terrible
    Mislead parents
    Have yet to receive any tax forms from them although the operator says they were mailed out on January 31st. Keep in mind its now after valentines day...
    Wish me luck on filing my taxes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve on communication, invoice and payment department clearly needs more employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good training for the outside world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Academic Advantage full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They hired me when I really needed a job. A friend of mine referred me to this company. Training was quick and easy to follow. I had the opportunity to meet new friends and worked well with my supervisors. They listened to the suggestions we had during meetings and gave the info to the higher ups.

    Cons

    Pay day is every 15 days - not every other friday. The nearest bathroom gets crowded but i normally go to a different floor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bathroom situation isn't the company's fault. Maybe provide fans in different work places...sometimes it gets stuffy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Tutor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - NCLB Tutor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - NCLB Tutor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Academic Advantage as a contractor

    Pros

    Mileage and other expenses can be tax deductible
    When a student completes the computer based tutoring, they may be able to receive a free tablet.

    Cons

    1099 Independent Contractor
    Anytime spent filling out paperwork is unpaid
    Paid 1 time per month
    Paychecks are dependent on your paperwork being filled out and filed at a certain time via snail mail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When is the last time that you went through and listened to the process of what the little people need to go through?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shaky and Flakey

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - NCLB Tutor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - NCLB Tutor in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Academic Advantage as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    * Flexible working hours
    * Feeling of satisfaction of educating kids
    * Like working with children one on one
    * Attractive moms

    Cons

    * Layers of b.s. in management
    * Lousy communication between management and tutors
    * Bureaucratic to the hilt
    * Fixated on forms, not people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Reexamine why you're doing what you're doing
    * Tutor once a year to remind yourselves why you're doing what you're doing
    * Offer benefits after a certain period of time
    * Offer reward and bonus systems. I'll bet YOU get bonuses. Why don't the tutors get any?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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