Career Education Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. This company has been a very rewarding company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Career Education full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
  2. Overall, excellent organization!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor

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

    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
  3. Ticket to nowhere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Advisor in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Advisor in Schaumburg, IL

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

    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
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  5. Stepping stone that did not give a great work experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Career Education

    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
  6. Run away from this company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Downers Grove, IL

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

    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
  7. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Beaverton, OR

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

    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
  8. Start packing...

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

    I have been working at Career Education

    Pros

    Fantastic people to work in a majority of departments. Great place to get your foot in the door in the educational world. Just use it as a stepping stone and you will have a positive experence!

    Cons

    In a time when for profit education is coming under fire, none of the executive level leaders seem to have a solid long term plan to ride out the storm. They just keep shrinking, making layoffs and hoping for a better future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a solid long term plan to build a better product and let people know what you have...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Very challenging

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Creative Production Specialist in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Creative Production Specialist in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Career Education full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    Not Just Your Typical Dead-End Job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Advisory
    Current Employee - Student Advisory

    I have been working at Career Education full-time

    Pros

    Medical, 401K, 40 hr/week limit, OT optional, Exposure to the Corporate Culture

    Cons

    I would have given this company a 2, or 3, star rating about two year's ago; but the company has been consistently diving into a black-hole of corporate greed. The "Admission" departments at the CEC schools are really sales departments that prey on unprepared and unqualified persons who believe a college education can be bought and achieved with little effort. The graduation rates at most CEC schools are below 35%. The company's mission is to enroll any living person, not taking into account the persons ability to handle a college program, or even afford it. Upper management runs the entire show with passive aggressive, micromanagement techniques - such as making admission and student service departments call X amount of "students" per day to enroll as many poor victims as possible. One of the only "pros" of working for CEC is that you will see firsthand what a company should not do; and you will learn the angles that an unethical operation takes to gain more profit at the expense of the country's student debt surplus. Much of the company's profits are spent battling cases against fraud and other unethical practices - the NY State's Attorney is currently going after CEC, along with other states attorneys. CEO's change often, and the current CEO has made a name for himself by laying off a large number of employees and placing a long freeze on merit increases, while giving himself and the executive team a sizable raise; he also went so far as to cut the 401K match, dropping it to 2% from 4%, and increasing the amount each employee must spend for a sub-par medical coverage. You will see co-workers get fired by passive aggressive leadership, an HR department that solely protects the executive team, rare opportunities for promotion, and multiple people quit. The turn-over is incredible. If you are desperate for a job, feel free to apply at your own peril.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your employees fairly, match the 401K contributions at a higher %, learn what your employees are doing on the front line - try not to be so out of tune with the actual business. Create a culture of respect for the students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. A fine place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Finance Advisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Student Finance Advisor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Career Education full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, good management style overall. Benefits and possible growth opportunities. Overall atmosphere is positive and employees respect each other.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities which are dependent on space. Policies which seem outdated or unnecessary such as mandatory, hour-long unpaid lunches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to find ways to make this a good place for employees to build careers rather than just jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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