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Career Education Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
166 Reviews

2.4
166 Reviews
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Scott W. Steffey
28 Ratings

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

  • Work/life balance is ok because they don't make you stay late (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great job for right people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor  in  Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Downers Grove, IL

    Pros

    You always no where you are at with this company. You are in a results driven environment where if you can meet expected numbers you are able to manage yourself and your job. If you can't meet those standards you should look for work elsewhere

    Cons

    Heavy regulations by government make it hard for company to reward great employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limit your losses by cutting non profitable operations. To many layers of wasted middle management. Streamline operations to grow profits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Live Chat Specialist  in  Elgin, IL
    Current Employee - Live Chat Specialist in Elgin, IL

    Pros

    Good schedules for live chat advisors because they offer us 3 days off in a row... and we work 10 hour shifts.

    Cons

    Favoritism is definitely shown by the managers, they do not lead by a good example. For instance, they will bad mouth you for being a few minutes late, yet they come in late and leave early everyday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come to work on time, your employes look up to you regardless of age, so do as you would want your employees to do. The team is exactly what it says. TEAM. so if you are doing favors for just a few particular people but telling the rest of the team different and we all talk and find out about these things, so if you have to "stick to the rules" then do just that and stick to the rules regardless if one of your employes is your favorite.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Regional Director

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

    Pros

    Company has strong product and benefits package

    Cons

    Many changes in staffing and management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never loss sight of the need for outcomes.

    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    This company has been a very rewarding company to work for

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

    Pros

    This job pays the bills

    Cons

    There is a lot going on within company that upper management will not let "The Little People" know about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the the truth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall, excellent organization!

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

    Pros

    Company pays well, and fantastic benefits, over the years, benefits decrease. The staff is excellent, nice people.

    Cons

    Company values are great, if exemplified by the leaders of the company. Little to no advancement for minorities and women.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No family work balance at all. Families with children are advised to look for employment somewhere else, unless you are a man. Advice to Management, stop sucking up, and being phony which permeates the work environment. No one is honest, most are afraid to speak the truth because of losing their jobs. Listen to Advisors on the front line. Management is causing the company to loose money. Fudging numbers is illegal. If you have a friend or someone that you suck up to; you can get promoted. Environment is like a revolving door, many great people have passed through. If possible work for AIU not CTU. AIU more positive environment. Scott Steffey is about the 5 CEO in 8 years.

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

    Ticket to nowhere

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

    Pros

    Good entry level opportunity if still working on degree

    Cons

    Zero opportunity for advancement, unless you know someone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use your human capital better instead of letting them leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Stepping stone that did not give a great work experience

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

    Pros

    No pros with this company, wish I never worked there. The experience was only good to be with the students.

    Cons

    Disorganized and low pay scale. Promotes non thinkers whom run company name and reputation into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor  in  Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Beaverton, OR

    Pros

    Lot's of support and training, good pay and flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Very strict about numbers and working on weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just keep on eeping on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Run away from this company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor  in  Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Downers Grove, IL

    Pros

    They have good benefits and decent compensation.

    Cons

    You may have to work weekends. There is no such thing as job security. You are only as good as your last numbers. Admissions Advisors at some of their school are given a scorecard each month and graded according to metrics that are unrealistic and sometimes in conflict with one another. These scorecards keep changing. They have a system to listen in on phone calls and the grades given on these phone calls are part of the scorecard metrics. Nobody knows the grading system because it keeps changing and it is not objective. People are promoted based on their connection. If you are over age forty, forget about ever getting a promotion. They have a "no fault" attendance policy where you get occurences for any absences that were not pre-approved. There is a progressive disciplinary system for dealing with these which means that you can be written up for making legitimate use of sick leave that you have accrued. There is so much pressure for enrollments that advisors will enroll almost anyone who is breathing. Their senior management are true amateurs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and don't treat them as numbers. Remember that you are in your position mainly because you did a decent job and moved up because your friends had moved up before you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative Production Specialist  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Creative Production Specialist in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    Fair compensation and benefits, learned a lot of the education system

    Cons

    Too many changes in courses where collateral went to waste because not too much thought put into it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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