Sylvan Learning Centers

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13 years of heading down hill

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Center Director
Current Employee - Center Director

I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Sylvan has a legitimate system that really helps students. Most teachers say that working at Sylvan allows them to do teach like they always wished they could. All instruction is one to one or in small groups, with each lesson individually tailored to the individual student. Many of the franchisees are very sharp and are dedicated to providing value for the tuiton the parents pay. If they were just out for the money they would have opened a pizza place or a quick oil change business.

Cons

The best year for revenues was in 1999. Sylvan is a high ticket discretionary expenditure that has suffered with the recession. There has been little money for raises at the local centers. About 25% of the franchises have gone out of business and there have been large cutbacks at the central office. Central office employees are great people but have become more and more overworked. There is distrust and conflict between management and franchisees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

This is a great business that needs to be reinvented. The financial models have not been working for franchisees for many years and burn out is a real problem in the centers and the central office. The academic model is excellent but needs to be updated. Several changes of upper level management over 10 years have not improved the situation. Sell the company and let new blood give it a fresh start.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Management was friendly, pay was low

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers

    Pros

    Co workers were friendly and managementt was easy to work with.

    Cons

    The pay was low considering that you have to be a certified teacher to work there. You could do much better financially tutoring privately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your teachers better

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Teachers, Tutor Elsewhere. Parents, send your children to a private tutor.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Tutor
    Former Employee - Tutor

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers

    Pros

    Director of Education at the Sylvan I worked at was GREAT. Knowledgeable, approachable, great leadership. Understanding to her teachers and genuinely cared about the student's success.

    Cons

    The Centre Director however was clueless, admitted to only getting job because she had "known the owner forever". She flat out blamed others for her oversights or for any complaints. Rarely had anything positive to say to employees, but was sure to place blame on others for things she should have been doing herself or overseeing.

    Teachers - tutor privately. You will control your own hours, and have to work fewer hours and earn more money. You will have control over the curriculum. Sylvan will book you a shift, cancel the shift, or you will show up to work and find you are staying all day when you were only scheduled for a few hours. It is super inconvenient to have no notice of schedule changes if you have any sort of life or responsibilities outside of work.

    Parents, send your children elsewhere. The tutors at Sylvan truly do care about your child's success, however there is no ownership. Some students will fall through the cracks. Tutors must teach 3 students at once. If your child is the quiet one at a table with two high needs kids, your child will inevitably end up receiving less attention and less teacher time. Your child spends all day at school, rarely working 1-on-1 with a teacher. Get them 1-on-1 tutoring if they need the help. Sylvan claims 3-on-1 fosters independence. Your child does not need independence, they have that all day at school. Right now they need guidance. A private tutor will provide this, and it will be less expensive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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