ECPI University Reviews

Updated February 5, 2015
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  1. Not the best place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at ECPI University full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Managers are encouraging to staff

    Cons

    The hours arent great. The health insurance is very expensive. The pay is not very good considering that I have a degree. The raises are minimal per year. Little room for advancement.

  2. Helpful (1)

    The experience with mci/ecpi as an employee was terrible.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nursing Faculty in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Nursing Faculty in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at ECPI University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Fellow faculty members were great to work with . When there are enough faculty hours can be flexible.

    Cons

    No personal office. Faculty work in small cubicles in an office of 12 people. The office is the size of a small room. No private area to talk individually with students. Students are very entitled and will not hesitate to go the administrators or president if they do not like an instructor or do not get their way on even small matters. There is no back-up for instructors, whatever the student says is the way it is. Remember, this is a for profit school so the idea is to keep students no matter what for revenue. Even student who clearly need to fail the program are allowed to continue, leaving faculty feeling frustrated and having no control of standards.

      Faculty leave frequently out of frustration, which leaves the remaining members having to cover extra clinical and courses. Faculty are often teaching courses totally out of their specialty at a moments notice. Schedules and student rosters are not given to the instructors often until the first day of the course. The RN faculty may be required to cover clinical for the PN program without prior notice. This leads to continuous over-working conditions and fatigue. Pay is not reflective of the workload. This is a year round program with very limited time of for holidays. Faculty members who are full-time salaried employees are required to clock-in and clock-out as if the are hourly workers and are not paid for any work done at home , which is common due to the workload.

    Nursing administrators have no administration experience . They were moved from faculty positions to DON, ADON positions having no background or preparation for the role causing chaos. Textbooks are changed without warning . A faculty member may not get the new textbook until the day the course begins leading to faculty members being unprepared for their courses. This intern leads to student dissatisfaction with the instructors and poor evaluations for their performance. Because student satisfaction is priority faculty members are put in impossible situations with poor outcomes that are beyond their control. They are then told they must make the students happier as if they are not quality instructors. If it were not for the exceptional quality of the faculty , who care about providing excellent nursing education the pass rates on the NCLEX for MCI would not be as high as it is. But everyone has their limit and most there have reached theirs. I would not recommend employment with any ECPI / MCI nursing program.

    Advice to Management

    Hire administrative personnel who have extensive experience with nursing administration especially programs utilizing 5 week courses. Administrators should not just be student focused but must support faculty and facilitate their being able to provide the education they are providing the students. Do not allow students to dictate how courses are taught or take disgruntled students to have a negative effect on your faculty. Remember, you need both and both must do their part for a program to be successful.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Constant challenges and ability to progress within the company keep work interesting.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at ECPI University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I rarely have a day where I have to find work to do. The work is always challenging and keeps you on top of your game. Compensation is great and the benefits meet the needs of majority of the employees. Coworkers are very supportive and the more senior staff are happy to explain the workings of the organization. It is a constant learning experience. (no pun intended)

    Cons

    For a large organization, there seems to be a lack of unity amongst the campuses. Senior leadership keeps to themselves and rarely branches out to lower level employees (although I am still new, so I may have just not seen this or experienced it yet). There also seems to be a lack of recognition and employee engagement activities.

    Advice to Management

    There could be more focus on employee engagement, recognition and work/life balance for employees.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Run as fast as you can.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at ECPI University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company offers great compensation for those interested in beginning in the Education Industry. You earn 8 hours of PTO each month, which is decent. If you are meeting your goals for enrollments you are praised and treated well. They offer discounted education for those that may not have a degree prior to starting. The discount is significant and really keeps you motivated with school. The daily conversations with students are rewarding. It makes you feel great knowing you are helping someone achieve their educational goals.

    Cons

    Many federal holidays are not observed. When not meeting per term goals you will be written up and threatened your position. Not sure how that will help you in doing better. To me it makes you feel less adequate and will show in your work. Its all about numbers with this company. If you make the Director of Admissions look good life is great, if you make them look bad, watch out. There is major lack of communication between management and staff. Emails/Calls/IMs for assistance go unanswered for hours and sometimes never answered. If you need help with a student you are told to give them a call for help. In my experience I only have about 5% success rate in actually receiving the assistance I need.

    Advice to Management

    Don't look at your employees as a number. If they need help, make the time. You tell your employees to manage their 8 hours of work well, maybe you should follow your own advice.

  6. A true student (customer) oriented institution

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

    I have been working at ECPI University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with coworkers who are knowledgeable and truly invested in helping you succeed. There is a culture of going above and beyond for students that is truly admirable. It invokes confidence and loyalty.

    Cons

    Upper management is fairly inaccessible with communication happening mostly when you are being reprimanded. Ironically, if there were more communication/face time, the number of mistakes would decrease drastically. There seem to be opportunities for advancement available but not much direction from management on how to move toward them.

    Advice to Management

    Clearer and more frequent communication channels and more training for both new & employees would be beneficial.

  7. Teaching English at ECPI

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - English Instructor in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - English Instructor in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at ECPI University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Salary
    Most students eager to learn

    Cons

    Schedule
    Not a lot of work/life balance

  8. Horrible company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at ECPI University full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice co-workers.
    Decent 9-5 schedule with no weekends/nights.

    Cons

    The company does not value their employees at all. Employees are treated poorly and expected to perform work not included in their job description. Upper management is shady and is also looking for a scapegoat to blame.
    You only receive two weeks off a year which includes your sick time. Even unpaid time off is not really allowed.

    Advice to Management

    Become a better company to work for. Most of your employees are extremely dissatisfied and leaving to work for better companies.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Misery loves company...especially THIS company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Admissions Advisor in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at ECPI University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the students you work with are really grateful for the help

    Cons

    This school is always behind the curve in technology and resources for students, and never ending power struggles prevent real progress.The accelerated pace puts a huge strain on every department and sick/vacation time is inadequate considering the year round high levels of stress. No one loves working here. Do not apply if you expect appreciation, recognition, or opportunities for advancement. Many people stay only because their self-esteem gets beaten down so low that they feel like they will never be able to get hired anywhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of just making it up as you go along, really listen to your employees. They are doing the front line work and may actually have some good ideas.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Student-Focused Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at ECPI University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great dedication to helping students gain real skills that will get them real jobs.
    A sense of a "shared" mission to help students better themselves.

    Cons

    Dealing with outsiders who assume all for-profit schools are the same. ECPI University has high standards .Some people come here with the wrong attitude and then get all negative when it doesn't work out. Most of the people I work with are happy and dedicated.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at ECPI University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some great co-workers and occasionally helping students.

    Cons

    This job is high-pressure, completely thankless, and there is never a break. Time off is almost non-existent, upper management is manipulative and dishonest, and employees are treated like lemmings who are incapable of having an intelligent thought. There were a few occasions where being dishonest to students was encouraged. The pay that employees receive is not worth the stress and negativity that come with the experience of working there.

    Advice to Management

    People like to feel valued and appreciated, at least a little bit.

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