Kaplan University
2.5 of 5 158 reviews
www.kaplan.edu Davenport, IA 150 to 499 Employees

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Toxic Political Wasteland

Media Manager (Former Employee)

ProsFeel like you're making a difference in students' lives.
Backed by the Washington Post.
Good work/life balance.

ConsVery political environment with invisible alliances.
Senior Managers often care more about self preservation than overall benefit to the company or students.
It is common for managers to take credit for work done by subordinates, or to downplay positive results that managers can not take credit for.
Do not upset the status quo or you will be isolated outside the main political circle.

Advice to Senior ManagementInnovate or perish. The online education landscape is changing and Kaplan may not be able to keep up if its core management is stuck in political gridlock.

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

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    Unqualified cold call sales nightmare

    Admissions Advisor (Former Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Kaplan University full-time for more than a year


    Pros: If there are any, none come to mind. Cons: Production is king. Whether you're doing the best thing for the student or not is secondary. Your numbers are more important. Poor leads . .… Advice to Senior Management: You hire for bright people. You should probably treat them as such. Your people know what's happening. Get rid of your young executive management team… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    A company without vision

    Director (Former Employee)

    I worked at Kaplan University full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: Located in sunny Fort Lauderdale. It has pockets of bright people. … Cons: Unfortunately, senior leadership rarely listens to those people. Lack of clear direction, tends to respond rather than lead proactively. Also,like other for-profit… Advice to Senior Management: Stop trying to follow the University of Phoenix, be bold… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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