Harrington College of Design

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Updated April 28, 2015
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  1. RIP Harrington

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Harrington College of Design full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great, passionate staff and faculty/co-workers, downtown location, nice workspace.

    Cons

    Lack of long-term corporate support, major lack of accountability at corporate headquarters of parent company.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late. Harrington is closing.


  2. Admissions is Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun being in Downtown Chicago area. Fun staff and professors/teachers

    Cons

    For profit education, they are more concerned with enrollment numbers than the students ability to thrive at the school. It is high pressure to meet your sales numbers and to do so you have to test your ethics. Pressure to enroll student that can't afford the programs and/or are not a fit for any programs.


  3. Great professional experience and network.

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    Former Employee - Career Services Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Career Services Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Harrington College of Design full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My boss at Career Services.

    Cons

    A sudden pattern of turnovers and layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    I enjoyed working with people here. When the management becomes corporate or relocates, it makes the place a difficult place to work at.


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  5. The harder you work and more effective you are, the more will be expected of you and for the same money.

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good people, chance to help students interested in programs, known as a great design school, great faculty, impressive enviroment, opportunity to take classes at a discounted rate if you are able to schedule it beyond your work schedule, cool programs and easy to see why students should want an education here.

    Cons

    The unsaid motto is to work harder for less. The more effective you are and efficient, the more responsibility they will give you under the guise that you should feel special regarding the extra work although your pay will not reflect the additional responsibility. It's an old school/popularity network - very gossipy, people promote their friends so unless you enjoy playing that kind of game, you'll find it uncomfortable. Although Harrington used to be private, it's now a for-profit school owned by Career Education and their enrollment goals are in the interest of cash,not the student. Salaries, as we discussed amongst friends when I was employed at Harrington are arbitrary. There was at least a 10,000 difference in salary among our group of admissions representatives all doing the same job and held accountable for same goals, which was disheartening to learn. You're brought on board with the expectation of needing to work a couple of weekends a month but soon that turns into mandatory many weekends or the unspoken but felt threat of losing your job. Management is thru fear of something occuring as opposed to rewarding you for doing great work for a low salary. If you do intend on taking classes , your schedule and/or manager will make it difficult for you to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Checks and balances as to how and why people get promoted. If you're needing to consult employees not to share salary information - that should reflect an inherent problem. Perhaps more transparecy regarding levels in admissions and the salaries commensurate with those positions would be appropriate.


  6. sales boiler room

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    good company benefits and tuition reimbursement is great. Overall Corporate training is good and helps to understand the sales process

    Cons

    its a sales boiler room. Current Management lacks management and leadership skills. She is young and extremely inexperienced for running a team of professionals. Management is unprofessional and pushes aggressive sales tactics

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to your employees and also just because someone has been there doesn't make them management material. For example current management.



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