Career Education
2.7 of 5 146 reviews
www.careered.com Schaumburg, IL 5000+ Employees

Career Education Reviews in Hoffman Estates, IL

Updated Feb 16, 2014
Career Education – Schaumburg – “The CEC HQ”

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2.7 19 reviews

                             

21% Approve of the CEO

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Scott W. Steffey

(19 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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

I worked at Career Education full-time for more than a year

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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A very Nice place to work

Financial Aid Advisor (Current Employee)
Hoffman Estates, IL

I have been working at Career Education full-time for less than a year

ProsFriendly coworkers, great benefits, good starting pay

ConsTraining was a little disorganized

Advice to Senior ManagementTraining was poor and needed to be updated

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lots of uncertainty and changes.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Hoffman Estates, IL

I worked at Career Education full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood salary and annual bonuses.

ConsManagers allowed to bully employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Decent (or above) salary, great co-workers, current problems and layoffs in process

Senior Financial Aid Advisor (Current Employee)
Hoffman Estates, IL

I have been working at Career Education full-time for more than 5 years

ProsLove my co-workers! Great work-life balance and focus. Good salary, especially for young adults first entering workforce; which is extremely common. Upper management make selves open and available to all and are. Yearly employee surveys, with followup of results, action plans, goals, and progress. Continual focus to attempt to increase employee morale and recognition. Structured monthly one-to-one employee-manager meetings and manager involvement of "next step" for advancement.

ConsRecent schools closing announcements (23), 900 laid off and hundreds more imminent. Too many management, leaders, and layers (directors upon directors). Advancements not always given to most qualified; many 'chosen' ones climb the ladder extremely quickly. Disconnect among departments, especially between campuses and corporate. Regulatory and policies not always consistent with what is actually done.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou say you care about students and employees, talk integrity and excellence, but in reality, it's only talk. Senior management say to come to them; they listen and say will do something about, but never do. You have many quality systems and departments in place, but lack accountability and ensurance of the completion. Metrics in place to emphasize productivity, but these systems cause quality of work to be compromised.

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Admissions Advisor (Former Employee)
Hoffman Estates, IL

I worked at Career Education full-time for more than a year

ProsPay is competitive, that's it

ConsCutthroat enrvironment, more sexual harassment than you can imagine

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to be managers before attempting it

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

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account manager

Associate Admissions Director, College Or University (Former Employee)
Hoffman Estates, IL

I worked at Career Education as an intern for less than a year

Prosgreat morale, fun environment, intelligent employees

ConsNothing to make a con about, very educational

Advice to Senior Managementrelax and let reps do their job

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good pay and decent benefits

Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
Hoffman Estates, IL

I worked at Career Education as an intern for less than a year

ProsGood pay , decent benefits, ok culture

ConsLimited vertical opportunities and poor industry outlook

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Dysfunctional

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Hoffman Estates, IL

I have been working at Career Education full-time for less than a year

ProsHigh salaries paid, new corporate facilities to bring employees from multiple buildings together

ConsWhole company is dysfunctional, each brand operates independently, student recruiting practices are unethical, students graduate with piles of debt and look forward to low paying salary jobs

Advice to Senior ManagementReel em in. Do not let every brand create their own rules from scratch. Reuse the learned best practices

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

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Good entry-level, but hard to move up

Financial Aid Processor (Current Employee)
Hoffman Estates, IL

I have been working at Career Education full-time for more than 5 years

Pros-Young group of workers
-Can make good friendships

Cons- Low Morale
- Accountability not high
- Monotonous work

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to value your employee better and better identify talent.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A good starting position but not somewhere you should get comfortable

Senior Financial Aid Processor (Current Employee)
Hoffman Estates, IL

I have been working at Career Education full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood salary for a position that does not require a college degree

ConsManagement is terrible. I had written a far more in-depth review (that was true) but there was some glitch and it all got erased.

Plainly said, they want everything you've got while giving nothing in return. They bribe us with pizza parties instead of paying us what we are worth or paying us for what we do for the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to treat your employees. No one wants to to work until 9 PM or on Saturdays for this kind of position. The kind of stress workers deal with here shouldn't go hand in hand with the type of work we do here.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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