Corinthian Colleges Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
206 Reviews
2.5
206 Reviews
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Corinthian Colleges Chairman and CEO Jack D. Massimino
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent pay and benefits while they last (in 9 reviews)

  • Great work like balance, good benefits, enjoyed learning and personal growth (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Sacrificing a bit on work-life balance may be needed to achieve personal growth (in 9 reviews)

  • All upper management staff hire friends and colleagues to work for the company (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    A Rollercoaster

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Manager
    Current Employee - Admissions Manager

    I have been working at Corinthian Colleges full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of ability to grow and advance as long as you are willing to put in the work. Offer comprehensive health benefits and lots of other benefit options. Dedication to integrity and excellence from the CEO's to the campus employees. The ability to help a person change their lives through the gift of education is the reason I have stayed with them for so long. Campus level management is fun, creative, adept, hardworking, and still believes in our mission statement.

    Cons

    I veha watched this company decline over the last 5 years; used to be employee focused and truly care about their people while always doing the right thing by the student. Since the financial crisis and economic decline they have stripped my employees of their morale, decreased contributions to their benefits and 401k, downsized numerous times, stopped communicating with the people at the campuses and then get angry at management for not hitting budgets. We are in the process of being bought out which would be the best thing for the people at this point. There is no faith in the CEO and upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You lost your way and are now desperately trying to line your pockets with money as you scramble to sell the schools. At some point profit became more important than the student's lives that we help change by giving them access to an education that can allow this demographic to positively impact the lives of their families and communities. When you lost that, you lost your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Hit and Miss

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

    I worked at Corinthian Colleges full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Commendable effort at training on a corporate level. Nice salaries

    Cons

    Favoritism seems to run rampant, but there are checks and balances to avoid this (when these work). A lot of wasted time in meetings that end up yielding nothing for the time spent. A lot of idealism that needs (fiscal) grounding. A lack of cohesiveness and uniformity in a crisis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fiscal responsibility.

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

    I have learned a lot, been rewarded for my hard work and believe in what the company stands for

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

    I have been working at Corinthian Colleges full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Making a positive difference in someone's life, company rewards hard work, quality training provided

    Cons

    High regulated industry, expectations of senior management are high, demands are high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down a bit, ask your employees for ideas and really listen, care about employees as much as you do students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Regional Director of Admissions, High School Marketing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Corinthian Colleges full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Despite all the negative press, I loved my job. I felt that I was treated well and that my supervisors wanted the best things for our students.

    Cons

    Honestly, government regulations and unfair press.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more humble with the Federal and State governments.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sold or Closed

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Vice President in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Regional Vice President in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Corinthian Colleges (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cci was a professional company.

    Cons

    Cci is facing challenging times. Not sure where it is headed.

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

    Faculty Instructor

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

    I worked at Corinthian Colleges

    Pros

    having the ability to teach young generation skills, tricks of the trade, etc.

    Cons

    Instructor held accountable for the drop-out rate of students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change corporate policy to where students are held responsible for their actions, choices, etc.....

  8.  

    Thanks for the years, but I'm glad I no longer have a headache

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Finance Planner in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Student Finance Planner in Houston, TX

    I worked at Corinthian Colleges full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best reason to work here were experienced every graduation exercise I participated in. The smiles, the tears of happiness, and the hugs of appreciation and thankful for our support

    Cons

    I greatly appreciated the training, competitive salary, and opportunity for enjoyment, but the employee turnover, lack of moral, and frequent unethical practices made it difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change how you enroll students, release some of your top heavy senior mgmt employees instead of laying off so many workers to keep them, and perform more Mgmt reviews. Some individuals shouldn't remain in Leadership positions. They don't have the best interest of students in mind

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a good run

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

    I worked at Corinthian Colleges

    Pros

    The people, product, and potential of the company is what drew me to them several years ago. I liked that in my area we were focused on the student and student success. That has still remained a key tenet in everything that we do. Do what's right for the student.

    Cons

    All the negative press of late. The financial stability of the company is called into question even though the company has done things to help right that it's not enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What I would say to management I would only do in private, it's the professional thing to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corinthian Colleges

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

    I have been working at Corinthian Colleges

    Pros

    Good company to learn new methodologies.

    Cons

    The senior management is not prepare to lead the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Let's you try new things, and to learn from your mistakes rather than penalize you for failures.

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

    I have been working at Corinthian Colleges full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    From the senior most executive to the lowest employee, this company has -- from day one -- put the needs and well-being of the students it serves first and foremost, followed only by the needs and well-being of it's employees. I've had the chance to learn, grow and advance here and have become a better person for it. The work done here has always made me feel good about what I do. The work I've personally done was always validated when I would meet someone working in any of the industries we train students to pursue. Anonymously I would ask what their experience was. In every case, the response was glowing.

    In the past couple of years, the communication and direction between senior management and staffers has improved greatly which has only improved my personal experience working there. For me, this has been a great company for which to work.

    Cons

    The entire For-Profit Education Industry has been under fire by well-meaning, but mis-informed politicians and regulatory agencies for some time now, which has resulted in job losses, wage reductions, and other survival tactics to combat the constant barrage of non-existent or minor issues present at all levels and all companies working within this industry. This has also resulted in a huge hit to the brand's credibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once this or a new brand is re-established, there should be a clear focus on building the reputation of the brand, including acting quickly when negative, incomplete or inaccurate information begins populating the Internet. I feel that if there had been a strong Brand Management focus in place long ago, we might not have endured the level of scrutiny or issues that has resulted for this company in recent years.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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