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Unrealistic workload, lackluster compensation... but a good place to get your foot in the door.

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Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Schaumburg, IL
Former Employee - Senior Software Developer in Schaumburg, IL

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

Pros

Worked with modern IT technologies
Many advancement opportunities (due to turnover)

Cons

Poor management of human capital
High turnover
Outsourced jobs to India, China, Philippines

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get a better handle on employee workload, distribute it more evenly

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    A young cultured company staging enormous opportunity for Millennials only to fall flat in the midst of bad leadership

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Aid Processor in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Aid Processor in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Career Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Can be a great first job to get your feet wet
    - If you are on the right team and know the right people, advancement opportunity can be strong
    - Relaxed office environment

    Cons

    - Business Model can be hard to swallow: the bad press to for profit schools comes from the fact that they are marketed towards lower income families. Once you fully understand the financial aid system it is hard to get behind the company and believe you are doing something good for people/students involved.
    - Not family friendly in regards to hours, expectations, and policies
    - Change is never easy, and although CEC continues to change their Financial Aid organization and procedures every 3 quarters or so, they still have not become efficient in the art of change management.
    - Stability due to liability: I saw a very high turnover when I first started in 2009, that eventually turned into forced leave once the company began multiple rounds of layoffs due to bad financial performance. CEC is involved with some bad press and practices, and just settled a rather large case regarding misrepresented placement rates at schools. Layoffs have been quite prevalent in the past couple of years and the stock price is flirting with disaster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DIVERSITY!!! Director level management consists of home grown talent who believe they have "put in their time" and still treat the business and industry as they saw it managed back in 2004. With so much change in FA and overall business management models, CEC has fallen extremely far behind the High Perfomance Management principles you hope to see from employers today. Get diversity in management and stop promoting "yes men/women". There is an endless cycle of bad management here as in order to be considered you have to fully accept the old school thoughts of the Directors. There actually is quite a bit of talent at CEC and this shows by your employees leaving for analyst and management positions with at least 5 different Fortune 500 companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    National Admissions Advisor role. Not worth the time.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Career Education

    Pros

    The company does allow employees to earn online degrees after one year of employment. That's the only good thing I can say about the company.

    Cons

    The company is poorly operated, low salary, poor communication from management and very offensive and unprofessional work environment. I have a problem when I'm told to "dummy down" so that I can relate to enrolling prospects into a degree program. Tons of finger pointing from management. No one takes responsibility for their decisions. Management and advisors come and go as fast as you can say goodbye. The lack of quality in terms of employees makes working for this company a nightmare. Training was extremely obsolete and sublime. I was trained in two weeks by 4 different people, because one of the trainers get fired during that time. Because of its many mistakes, the comapny started downsizing from the top to the bottom and closed several locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen. If you're going to hire people, don't pre-judge them based upon appearance lack of social skills because those are the frontline faces of your organization. I've sat in many meetings where advisors made some excellent suggestions for change and how the school could boost enrollment, and management did not take that into consideration until it was too late. Their fault.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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