C2 Education Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
96 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great part time job, and the pay is okay for people who just graduated from college (in 6 reviews)

  • Meet a lot of people and help students obtain better opportunities (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • good directors know how to properly set up classes, but in the wrong hands 3-to-1 becomes a nightmare (in 7 reviews)

  • There are no benefits whatsoever and they would do everything to make more money from the kids (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    fun place to grow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C2 Education

    Pros

    great place to learn and grow

    Cons

    long work hours
    poor training

  2.  

    New to C2? What you need to know...

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

    I worked at C2 Education part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Diagnostic Testing Allows you to customize curriculum. This is great if you tire of other companies' ineffective one-size-fits-all approach to instruction

    Multi-level SAT and non-SAT curriculum is unique and a joy to work with when you're trying to build students' confidence and abilities.

    Diversifying specialties gives you highly effective teachers in their respective fields.

    No need to drive to find clients; they come to you.

    Your co-workers may be the coolest people you'll meet after college. You'll find that you'll bond quite well in the "trenches."

    Most of the kids who have the resources to obtain this type of service have caring parents and are mostly very well-behaved.

    Having mornings off means that you'll be able to run errands during normal business hours.

    Cons

    Working evenings and weekends with some consistency will destroy your social life. If you're lucky, you'll be at a center with Fridays off, but you'll still have to be up early on Saturday. Your friends will stop asking. Seriously.

    Time off taken during regular business hours is highly discouraged. If you haven't made yourself absolutely essential, be prepared to lose your hours to other teachers.

    There's little regard for your time; If your students cancel at the last minute, C2 will not pay you. If you ask them to pay, often times you'll see a tantrum because you've breached some cultural more... You can choose not to stand down at this point, but be prepared to face retaliation in terms of hour losses.

    As you may have inferred, directors at this company have a loose idea of what US labor laws involve. They want you to sign a waiver stating that you waive your right to lunch/breaks during a 6-8 hour day. You may very well be in hostile work environment, especially if you're black, and will have a difficult time threatening to leave because...

    C2's NON-COMPETE CONTRACTS are like a scorched earth policy: Unless you work in California where it is NOT enforceable (they make you sign the damned thing anyway), the C2 non-compete contracts make you promise that you will not work in test preparation for 2 YEARS within 50 miles of a C2 Education. As these companies tend to be McDonald's-ubiquitous, you could be in a heap of trouble.

    YOU WILL NOT GET AN ANNUAL RAISE WITHOUT A FIGHT... And even then, you may still not get one.

    They tell you that to hook you. It's a lie, and it doesn't matter which director you ask in these United States, they say almost the same thing verbatim: there are performance reviews. You can get annual raises.

    If you somehow work them above $25 an hour, congratulations. You're amazing. Also, the center director resents you now. Just don't be surprised when the latest 22 year old Harvard grad comes and grabs all your hours at $20 per hour because 1) They have no friggin' clue and 2) the director loves her bragging rights, and 3) You've priced yourself out of your tiny market (Unless you're saved by parents who can tell that someone who majored in the Nietzschean Philosophy is not always well-equipped to interface with a teenaged girl who needs help with Algebra I) . Solves the time off problem, though.

    So, negotiate the money you want up front. Be sure to apply to multiple agencies. If you're worthwhile, a competing offer will not be hard to come by.

    There are no full time positions for instructors. There are no benefits offered. Even the benefits that the directors get are kind of terrible.

    There is no opportunity for advancement unless you speak Chinese or Korean; even if you can speak these well, you won't want to be center director. It's a cruel job, that either attracts abusive people or makes basically good people become abusive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    These problems seem to be fairly consistent in many cities/states. There's nothing I can tell you that you don't know already. You've got a really good curriculum and model. I hope one day your employee practices catch up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    great colleagues but disorganized communication

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

    I have been working at C2 Education part-time

    Pros

    Company values are great. Seem to genuinely invest in education. Company is growing. Colleagues are young, warm, motivated, and intelligent people.

    Cons

    Okay pay for part time but poor pay for full time. Disorganized in communications aspect. Many things are unclear as to why things are done a certain way. Most of my colleagues like working here at c2 but do not love it. Short employee retention rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster more of a company culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Racist & Bias

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

    I worked at C2 Education

    Pros

    Good compensation, that's about it.

    Cons

    Working hours and days are not usual, the regional director is racist but can't deliver any results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose people wisely. Not because you share the same nationality would mean success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A good place to work while a student or in transition.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - English Tutor in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - English Tutor in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at C2 Education part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding to work with students, establish connection over years. Many students are quite dedicated. There is a good education culture.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for personal growth. Work can get repetitive after awhile, although good employees find ways to keep it interesting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to train tutors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very disrespectful. Would not recommend working there.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tutor in Middletown, NJ
    Former Employee - Tutor in Middletown, NJ

    I worked at C2 Education (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nothing good to say. They pack the students in to maximize profits. Teachers expected to work with multiple students at once.

    Cons

    They post college acceptances for all of their centers but make it look like it's from that one center. Deceptive practices. Materials don't reflect current tests

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more respectful and considerate. Treat teachers and parents with more respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    If you speak Korean and don't want a life outside of work, this is the place to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at C2 Education full-time

    Pros

    All children are greeted by name when they enter or leave, and employees seem to truly care about each individual student. The teachers work very hard to make sure their students are comfortable working with them and can succeed.

    Cons

    If you cannot speak Korean, you are left out of many conversations. This includes both employees and many parents, who feel more comfortable conversing with a Korean speaker. Training was very minimal. Scheduled work days and hours are insane--if you are told you will be working from 1 - 9:30, chances are that you will be staying until 10:30 or 11:00, as the teachers need time to grade and prep. There is a definite sales drive, as the bottom line seems to be about money--selling as many packages of teaching hours to parents as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure set hours that are reasonable. Create a more diverse atmosphere that includes non-Korean speakers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Was okay for my first job right out of college

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at C2 Education

    Pros

    -benefits
    -manager really cares about your well-being and was highly encouraging

    Cons

    -work/life balance
    -compensation
    -dealing with parents

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The compensation is a bit lacking for the centers that weren't able to acquire as many leads.

  10.  

    An okay job with the below average salary for a fresh college graduate

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

    I worked at C2 Education (less than an year)

    Pros

    - easy work
    - one can see how test prep centers run behind the scenes

    Cons

    - salary: an absolutely horrible salary in my opinion
    - hours: during the school year, centers typically operate mid afternoon to evening.
    - tedious and boring work: paperwork, answering phone calls, etc.
    - the clueless headquarters: much of the paperwork expected from the centers are redundant. These can be streamlined and prevent useless hours wasted completing these unnecessary paperwork
    - no proper training for new tutors and other employees
    - often times, tutors do not know their schedule until the day/night before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Learn that people working at the centers are not sitting around and wasting time.
    - if you have a shortsighted HR policy where the employees are not properly compensated, expect a high turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Underappreciated and unperpaid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tutor in College Station, TX
    Former Employee - Tutor in College Station, TX

    I worked at C2 Education part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Tutoring kids is fun and fulfilling, and the material C2 provides is not bad at all.

    Cons

    The pay is pretty terrible, especially with no benefits. The center director I worked for acted as though this job was some amazing opportunity, even though the job required a completed bachelor's degree. It was a lot more work than private 1-on-1 tutoring, and significantly less pay than I could demand as a recent Master's graduate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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