Career Education Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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Scott W. Steffey
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Pros
  • It's a solid 40 hours a week and the work/life balance is acceptable (in 14 reviews)

  • Great people, good management style overall (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management approves technology releases without a care for student experience (in 8 reviews)

  • Their business model is not as strong as it once was - and too many students have been hurt vs (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Rewarding experience.

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    Current Employee - Prior Learning Assessment Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Prior Learning Assessment Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Career Education

    Pros

    Company offers great benefits, and staff is friendly.

    Cons

    Raises, and opportunity for career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, and choose effective change versus quick change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Learned a lot, but not a reputable educator in my opinion

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Career Education

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the rules and regulations relative to the education sector, and had the opportunity to teach in my field of expertise.

    Cons

    This company does not follow it's own policies, a few at the top receive all the financial rewards without any accountability for providing quality education or fair treatment to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put quality ahead of financial gain, be honest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. An nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Career Education

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are on par with other companies. Pleasant office environment, nice people, and location right off the expressway near the Woodfield Mall.

    Cons

    Be careful they will try to low-ball you on salary. Cutting back on staff instead of non-essential managers. Leadership and training is not up to standard. Schedules require working weekends, Saturday or Sunday sometimes working to 9pm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to employee feedback. They are on the frontline and can give you knowledge regarding policy and procedure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Okay for now

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    Current Employee - Document Coordinator (Registrar Department) in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Document Coordinator (Registrar Department) in Schaumburg, IL

    I have been working at Career Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The "Medical, Dental, and Vision" package is obviously a major perk. Working at the AIU Online campus means only dealing with students/stakeholders via phone/email/chat. Business Casual dress code. Charity opportunities.

    Cons

    There is literally no room for advancement or growth. Managers are placed but not trained adequately on how the properly lead a team. Since VPs can work remotely, they never call a snow day and expect us all to risk our wellbeing to get to work (AIU Online) when other AIU brick and mortar campuses close and all local public schools, colleges, and many other offices close. There is very little value placed on the individual employees (not abnormal of corporations). Managers will mark you late if you are clocking in even 1 min after. There is no human grace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like people not tools and you will foster not only a better environment but better results. Furthermore, managers should be trained so they can actually lead a team not destroy it. More interdepartmental communication would improve the students' lifecycle. It is time to eliminate redundancy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Good Job if you're in school/about to retire

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    Former Employee - Inquiry Response Coordinator in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Inquiry Response Coordinator in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Career Education

    Pros

    Very easy job
    read scripts
    warm leads for calls
    would have monthly potlucks

    Cons

    no opportunity for advancement/growth
    very repetitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Good company

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    Former Employee - Manager, Student Finance in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Manager, Student Finance in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Career Education full-time

    Pros

    Regular feedback from managers. Opportunity to move around a large company.

    Cons

    Business has been contracting over the last few years and positions are being laid off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    admission advisor with AIUonline

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    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor

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

    Pros

    flexible options for time off. pay is ok for just starting off.

    Cons

    It's hardcore sales. Stressful and makes you dummy down other skills you have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find a new job because they will be closing the doors soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. Organization with Potential for Greatness is Losing Steam Quickly.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Career Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the fact that I had the ability to be creative and innovative in my area to design new ideas for an online forum. There was a quick and professional response to changes in policy from the government in order to roll it out to the organization. They were flexible to an extent with schedules and person time.

    Cons

    The overarching organization seems to continually be downsizing. They have removed focus from developing talent and promoting a positive experience to finding ways to save money in an effort to stay in business. Communication within individual areas was lacking considerably. Once new policies were rolled out by the organization, they were not appropriately managed by leadership and things would fall back to the "old ways".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recharge middle management. The leaders that should be refocusing the front line are not focused on their ultimate goals. They are caught up in running reports and babysitting their teams' every day drama. Refocus the middle management to follow current policies and procedures. Prevent the front line and tenured associates from falling back on old habits and procedures to prevent the organization from potentially encountering liability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Tread Carefully

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Career Education

    Pros

    Salary was good and benefits were decent. Work-life balance was good as well. My coworkers at my level and below were hard working.

    Cons

    The company's direction and long term goals are questionable. Upper level management is constantly changing thus making it difficult to have faith the company will be profitable. Management is very reactionary. Staff morale is low. Everyone fears they will lose their job at any time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to include the opinions of those around you. Formulate a long term plan/goal and stick to that plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Not good

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative

    I worked at Career Education

    Pros

    Good people to work with-very team oriented.

    Cons

    Horrible product. It is truly a shame that they are able to pass it off as an "education."

    Doesn't Recommend

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