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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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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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  1.  

    Boys Club

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    We can wear jeans on friday

    Cons

    if you arent in the boys club you dont go anywhere

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was overall good experience, but...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Overall, I enjoyed my nearly 3 years with the company. I had a good degree of latitude to be creative, collaborate with peers and work closely with students at the campus level. The salary was competitive, other benefits were standard (nothing spectacular and the health premiums, like many companies, continue to escalate).

    Cons

    In my estimation, this company is in dire straights. I started with this company in 2011 and by the end of 2012, the campus I worked for - along with many others around the country - were placed into "teach out". This set off a chain of events which, among other hard aspects, was the fact that staff/employee, not to mention student, morale went south quickly. On top of that, they company significantly "right-sized" their workforce by reducing corporate employees drastically (corporate speak for mass layoffs). 2013 was brutal. 2014 looks to be the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The big question is: Will there be a CEC in 2015 and what will it look like? I sincerely hope they can figure it out, because I continue to believe that, at the end of the day, the rank-and-file employees, especially at the campus level, took the students and graduates interest to heart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    Great opportunity to grow and advance.

    Cons

    Industry heavily regulated, still challenges ahead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lunacy

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    i loved the idea of working from home. Initially i was attracted to the idea that i would be helping people better their lives through education.

    Cons

    The company is not managed well. They continue to have very high turn over at the most senior levels, to include CEO COO and CFO. They make uninformed bad decisions and continue to hemorrhage money. They are not able to attract top talent anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worrying about the bottom dollar will keep you in a state of panic. By investing in your employees, morale will pick up and your employees will communicate a better message to the students of your universities. Congress has made it tough on all For Profit institutions, do not point the finger at congress. Pick up your boot straps and ask the employees in the trenches how to solve some of the issues you are facing regarding student retention. Treat the students with more respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits are good, company values its employees and there are development opportunities

    Cons

    Uncertainty in the for-profit industry

    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Aid Advisor  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Aid Advisor in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    We can wear jeans on Fridays. There are some nice people here. Some managers do understand how bad things have gotten here, but their hands are tied, so they cannot do much to help with the low morale.

    Cons

    Management sees us as replaceable and does not develop their quality employees. Many people take new jobs making less money just to get out. Over the past few years they started a new point system. If you are more than 7 minutes late, you receive a point. If you are 3-7 minutes late three times in a week's period, you also receive a point. You can get fired around 20 points. Management continues to think this is a great idea. Work/life balance is ok because they don't make you stay late. However, the set schedule is bad and you do have to work a Saturday a month. You cannot leave a minute earlier without using your own personal/sick/vacation time. We also have not been able to receive raises in two years due to the company's poor performance. During the same period, the company had a 10 million dollar settlement with New York.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Workers deserve better compensation. Jobs are often changed to new or combined roles that they did not get hired for. Management needs to be more open to their employees ideas. Many become defensive when people suggest better or different ways of doing things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre.

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    Former Employee - Service Desk Technician  in  Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Service Desk Technician in Elgin, IL

    Pros

    avg wage & benefit pkg

    Cons

    sell out good employees / AMERICAN jobs for low-quality and low cost

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep jobs in AMERICA!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great technology...poor leadership and direction

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

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

    Cons

    CEC 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with employees, be honest with prospective students and be honest with yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Don't care about employees

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

    Pros

    Pay was good
    Hour long lunch

    Cons

    Micromanagement
    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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't micromanage people. Everything isn't about numbers.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a positive experience at one time.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    My time spent working at CTU was good; their leadership team is much more aggressive and forward thinking than many of the other schools or the corporate CEC team. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    The industry went from great to bad very quickly. During my time there I had 3 different bosses within my first 9 months of employment. Many leaders were promoted too quickly without the proper development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more autonomy to the schools and invest more in the proper development of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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