Career Education
2.6 of 5 157 reviews
www.careered.com Schaumburg, IL 5000+ Employees

Career Education Reviews

Updated Jun 18, 2014
Career Education – Schaumburg – “The CEC HQ”

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23% Approve of the CEO

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Scott W. Steffey

(22 ratings)

31% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "It's a solid 40 hours a week and the work/life balance is acceptable"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Great people, good management style overall"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "Low morale and high employee turnover"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Upper Management approves technology releases without a care for student experience"
    in 6 reviews
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    Good co-workers and employees treated relatively well, however the company's direction is iffy.

    Imaging Associate (Former Employee)
    Hoffman Estates, IL

    ProsGood pay; good co-workers; company does employee events such as holiday parties, and gives permission for departments to hold their own celebrations; there can be some flexibility with work hours to give a slightly better work/life balance.

    ConsPolicies vary across the company and are hard to keep track of; training is not comprehensive across the board; bureaucracy can get in the way of solutions being implemented; no real potential for advancement in my particular department.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you hire the right person for the right job, in regards to employees, managers, and higher-ups. Enforce standardized policies across all schools and levels of business.

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey try to make it a fun atmosphere to work in

    ConsNon flexible schedule, low pay, and management doesn't know how to accurately target customers.

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    Great technology...poor leadership and direction

    Director (Current Employee)
    Schaumburg, IL

    ProsAs far as technology to deliver an educational solution to the student, there are few if any that can compete with the platform.

    ConsCEC is great at promises during the recruiting process. Sadly, it doesn't turn into reality, ever. The company (and it is a company) has lost focus on the students and the only thing that matters is the bottom line. The leadership in the company is lacking and the strategic vision of the corporation is unknown. Layoffs are very common place and the work of the displaced employees is never back filled. The company is also highly political and if your opinion is to the contrary, you've limited your career potential.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest with employees, be honest with prospective students and be honest with yourself.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't care about employees

    Student Finance Processor (Former Employee)
    Schaumburg, IL

    ProsPay was good
    Hour long lunch

    ConsMicromanagement
    Diploma mill for their students
    No place for advancement
    They put in place these attendance points that if you were late by 1 minute you would get points deducted. It was so stupid.
    New CEO laid everyoneoff without notice

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't micromanage people. Everything isn't about numbers.

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    You can do better

    Lead Instructor (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe main benefit of working here is that you can get a foot in the door and some experience before moving on

    ConsThe corporation will not show loyalty to you; once I realized this by seeing how it treated others, I made sure to get out asap. The entire for-profit education industry is constantly under federal scrutiny, and in my opinion takes advantage of those who don't know any better; the business model is completely unstable; very very high turnover

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe sure to communicate better to your employees; do not point fingers or play the blame game

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The worst of Management and the best of colleagues.

    Midlevel Management (Former Employee)
    Saint Paul, MN

    ProsGood Comrades
    The staff here have to really stick together if not Management will
    destroy them

    ConsWorst Management
    The company is the epitome of the worst of corporate education

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey will never concede to listen
    The management and culture is totally deceitful
    nothing as it is explained or written

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hell on Earth

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Schaumburg, IL

    Prosbenefits, location, ok as an entry level position

    Consbad management, low salaries, frat house atmosphere, hard to transfer the experience to other more professional positions

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart acting like a boss and stop going to pretend meetings to occupy your time

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unrealistic workload, lackluster compensation... but a good place to get your foot in the door.

    Senior Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Schaumburg, IL

    ProsWorked with modern IT technologies
    Many advancement opportunities (due to turnover)

    ConsPoor management of human capital
    High turnover
    Outsourced jobs to India, China, Philippines

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a better handle on employee workload, distribute it more evenly

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Constant faculty turn over.

    Recruiter (Former Employee)

    ProsGood opportunity for entry level college faculty. Anyone who would like to get their first opportunity as college faculty member could get some experience here.

    ConsConstant course schedule changes make it difficult to hold onto faculty for more than a semester. The pay is low for the faculty about half of what they could be paid at a traditional college.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It has taught me to adapt to changes easily and quickly.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFair compensation and benefits in this market. Management is supportive of its employees. Employees are dedicated to their tasks at hand, skilled staff and passionate instructors. The student population can be delightful.

    ConsCorporate seems to have little understanding of how things work at each individual campus. In an attempt to standardize policies and procedures across all campuses, they fail to recognize that some markets have special needs in order to be successful.

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