Kaplan

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Kaplan builds futures, and I'm happy to help!

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Territory Marketing Director in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Territory Marketing Director in Washington, DC

I have been working at Kaplan

Pros

Kaplan builds futures, one success story at a time. It's tough in this day and age to find a job that not only challenges you to grow and allows you to fulfill your professional potential, but also makes you feel good about helping people every day. It's a unique opportunity to marry a noble cause with the pace and profitability of private enterprise. Also, I've had the privilege of working with bright, motivated, ambitious colleagues at all levels of the company, and those of us who deliver on our performance goals have had plenty of opportunities for advancement. Finally, despite being the world leader in test prep for over 70 years, Kaplan continues to innovate at the cutting edge of technology and for-profit education. Most of all, decisions at all levels are made not just to build the bottom line, but first and foremost to benefit our students.

Cons

This is a challenging environment to work in, and Kaplan employees put in a lot of hours because we're passionate about what we do. However, I've always enjoyed a challenge and I want to work with people who feel the same way.

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Keep investing in our products, our technology, our students, and most importantly - our employees!

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    Kaplan: Great Place for A Job, Go Elsewhere for a Career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Kaplan

    Pros

    You get to create your own schedule for the most part. As a student, this is a GREAT job because you can do all of your prep work from home whenever you want and even get paid for any out-of-class time if you are an instructor. It is also great to be in such a highly academic environment with so many intellectual peers, particularly if you are in school or studying for a graduate school entrance exam yourself.

    Cons

    Out-of-class time is paid at minimum wage, which isn't particularly enticing. If you are looking for a career or trying to turn your part-time job into a full-time position, Kaplan is probably not the place for you because Kaplan does not always value its employees. There is a very high turnover rate in the staff. Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment, so you never know if you are going to get the hours that you were promised. Raises are based on evaluations by your students, so you may not be getting compensated fairly in that way as well, particularly if you are teaching high schoolers who do not know how to evaluate their teachers accurately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your teachers, the frontline of your business, much more. If you valued them, they would be much more likely to stay with the company. This would pay off in a multitude of ways. First, Kaplan would not need to hire and train new teachers so frequently and invest so much time and money into this process. Secondly, word of mouth, which is the number one way Kaplan gets business, would be even better because there would be more veteran teachers who would be excelling even more. Finally, teachers would not need to do as much out-of-class prep time because they would know the material, which would mean more attention to customer service issues rather than prep.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Smart comrades, less-than-smart superiors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Instructor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Kaplan

    Pros

    An environment of smart, interesting people, interesting and fun work if you like teaching and are good at it, and tremendous opportunities for high compensation and management positions, if you're interested in the politics of that.

    Cons

    Like any corporation, stupid management and tail-wagging marketing get in the way of the most productive and enjoyable environment. Also, as a part-timer you have very few rights in terms of being sick, taking time off, etc., so it's sometimes quite stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staffing classes in a more teacher-friendly way will keep us all regularly employed, happy, and more invested in the company doing well.

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