ETI (Environmental Technical Institute)
2.3 of 5 6 reviews
www.eticampus.com Itasca, IL 16 to 50 Employees

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Great Company - Positive Environment - Excellent Place to Work

Director of Career Services & Business Development (Current Employee)
Itasca, IL

I have been working at ETI (Environmental Technical Institute)

ProsETI is an excellent company to work for - great working environment where instructors and staff take pride in the school and students to make sure students have a rewarding and fulfilling educational experience at ETI. As part of the Career Services Team, we provide resume writing assistance, interview preparation, job search strategies, and access to our vast network of employer partnerships. If you want a rewarding career helping people further their education and develop their skills, ETI is a great company to work for.

ConsThere is always work that needs to be completed and not always enough time in the day. Getting my to-do-list down to one page is always a challenge. So if you like to be busy, can prioritize and have good time management skills, you will be successful.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement does an EXCELLENT job at working with faculty and staff to make sure the overall student needs are being fulfilled. Management is always open to innovative ideas and suggestions and really listens to the needs of not only the staff, but students and employers hiring our graduates.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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ETI "Wolves in sheep clothing"

Admissions Representative (Former Employee)

I worked at ETI (Environmental Technical Institute) full-time for less than a year

ProsPassionate instructors and employees always worked collaboratively to execute initiatives.

ConsVery unprofessional work environment, low employee morale, disconnected management, culture is slipping away from diversity, no ongoing coaching and training, high turnover, micro managed, sweatshop environment, lots of gossiping, unprofessional front desk staff, vice president laid off career services director only a month after her employment and put his wife in that role, management fraternizing with certain employees; therefore playing favorites.
Bottom line, leads are set up to where whomever arrives to work first will receive all leads from night before in his/her bucket. You'd have to get to work as soon as sun rises to get a significant amount of leads for the day. Unfortunately, the "favorites" had administrative rights to all leads; so as peers, they had opportunity to delegate leads, add to, take from etc. Even aiming to be first in wouldn't be beneficial. Both locations merged into one to move to a middle to upper class area in effort to weed out minority demographic.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake strong effort to connect with ALL of your employees, not just those you're comfortable with. When employees hit a down spiral, get in the trenches to find root of the problem. Don't be so quick to write them off out of laziness. Take the time to nurture skills, coach, train and develop. Also, pay attention to team morale. Giving certain ones all dominion is certainly a way to break down instead of build. An imbalance team equates to inconsistant numbers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Interesting insight into the world of for profit education

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Itasca, IL

I worked at ETI (Environmental Technical Institute) full-time for less than a year

ProsWonderful opportunity to help folks get ahead
Offered a variety of tasks from developing curriculum to giving presentations and participating in mock interviews

ConsLearned that other educational avenues were a much better value for students (community college, etc)
Lingering concerns about the legality of some practices
Difficulty fulfilling company promises to students that were insurmountable in the first place.

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove your curriculum to the point where it matches that gained at a community college for one third the price.
Enforce graduation requirements and attendance standards

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Change in management can quickly turn a positive environment very negative for employees and students.

Instructor (Former Employee)
Itasca, IL

I worked at ETI (Environmental Technical Institute) full-time for more than 3 years

ProsA few instructors at the Blue Island Campus that have been around for a long time. They care about the students getting a quality education and are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experiences with them everyday.

ConsExecutive Management!!! When you continuously clean house and let go of key personnel that have contributed to the growth and success of the school, it is hard for employees and students to feel secure or maintain any type of consistency. Change is constant and can be good but only if you give it a chance to work and invest the time and effort into the employees that will make it work. Executive Management aligns themselves with friends that they hire whether they are qualified or not for the "management/director positions only to fire them when it is very apparent that they are not qualified.

Advice to Senior ManagementRegardless of the business, front line employees will always make or break the business. In this case the instructors that are skilled in the areas that they teach. Take care of the people that take care of your business. Treat them with respect and openly appreciate their efforts everyday so that it is passed down to the students. Best way to grow the business is word of mouth from satisfied students that learned the necessary skills to start or enhance their careers in their chosen field.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Say Yes To Failure at ETI

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at ETI (Environmental Technical Institute) full-time

ProsThe pros are the few good people left who've been able to hold onto their jobs.

ConsSince Jakma Investments took over approximately four years ago there has been a continual turnover of employees. Their advertisements said "Say Yes to Success," but as far as employees, EVERYONE Jakma hires fails. NO EMPLOYEE that Jakma hired initially, good or bad, has been able to keep their job, and the turnover has accelerated rather than lessened. That bad employees have lost their jobs can be excused. That good, productive employees have lost their jobs in many cases cannot be excused. It's gone from being a company where the worst employees hate ETI to being a company where the best employees hate ETI. If you go to work for ETI, don't expect to be there long. At ETI it's no longer what you know, do, or have done: It's who you know and who you're aligned with. And in the end, who you're aligned with won't save you because the next change in management is probably right around the corner. Be forewarned if you go to work for ETI: They have no conscience or loyalty, nor a heck of a lot of common sense.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake a good hard look in the mirror. Hold onto and reward your proven good, hard working, productive employees. Hire managers with common sense and intelligence rather than flavor of the day catch phrase artists (a big red flag is saying or doing something that makes absolutely no sense or is obviously dishonest, particularly talking as if they're experts about something about which they really don't have a clue). I shouldn't say catch phrase artists but rather catch phrase repeaters. The word artist would give them credit for genuine creativity which they don't have. One of the comments on a previous review said at ETI it's "the blind leading the blind." The problem has been people coming in without enough knowledge of what they're dealing with, who without bothering to learn what they're dealing with first, make changes that frequently make no sense.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Lots of room for improvement

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Itasca, IL

I worked at ETI (Environmental Technical Institute)

ProsAggressive sales group, field experienced instructors, intelligent leadership, striving for improvements regularly, autonomy, well funded, new computer labs and newer hvac units in Itasca location.

ConsManagement has a regular practice of smiling in your face while stabbing you in you back. Frequently posts jobs on Craigslist to avoid the employee they plan to replace finding out. Strictly focused on owner profits rather than the benefit of the the students.

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