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Heald College Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
88 Reviews
2.8
88 Reviews
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Heald College President Eeva Deshon
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34 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Faculty and Staff genuinely care about the students (in 6 reviews)

  • The company had good benefits although taking vacation time was frowned upon (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work life/balance and hated being told to work a Saturday (on Thursday) because we were behind run-rate (in 7 reviews)

  • Too much Upper Management Change since Acquisition (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    A positive experience as long as student enrollment is up

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructor in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Rancho Cordova, CA

    I worked at Heald College full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility, great coworkers, enthusiastic and motivated students

    Cons

    Terrible management, fear-based company culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff/faculty. Encourage collaboration rather than competition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful Institution

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heald College

    Pros

    Helping under privileged students achieve their educational goals

    Cons

    Heavily regulated industry by US ED

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Overall, 3 out of 5 stars... it could be worse

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heald College

    Pros

    Nice (limited) co workers

    Cons

    Company beauracracy; High focus on retaining and obtaining students (school is for-profit) even at times where it may not be the best option for students; Infested with office gossip birds

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on maintaining the moral of the company as well as making decisions that'll benefit the students overall success

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not as good as it use to be

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heald College

    Pros

    The people that work here are friendly.

    Cons

    This company has gone down hill since Corinthian College took over.

  6.  

    Some great people, terrible overall culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - LRC Coordinator in Salinas, CA
    Former Employee - LRC Coordinator in Salinas, CA

    I worked at Heald College full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    My immediate coworkers were great, as were some others at the school, and many instructors were really amazing and clearly cared about their students deeply.
    Most of the students were also great, and helping them to succeed after they had struggled in traditional academic environments was very rewarding. There are a lot of students there who are genuinely trying to turn their lives around and are willing to work hard to do so.

    Cons

    I started at Heald as it was really transitioning from a non-profit career college to a for-profit after being bought by major for-profit chain Corinthian Colleges. What seemed to have formerly been a respected option for non-traditional college students was rapidly decaying into a money-grubbing organization that valued profits first and employees and students last. Techniques used to squeeze every penny out of students included adding on extra coursework than was originally implied and creating such difficult "test-out" exams for basic classes (i.e. Microsoft Word) that even an expert would be hard-pressed to pass. The "admissions officers" are salespeople pushing expensive education programs on students who often don't have the savvy to recognize false promises and grasp the amount of student debt they may end up with. The school promised that certain classes would transfer to the CSU or UC system that did not.
    Although a few of the people in upper management were genuinely good people, many of them - and much of the overall staff - was so cliquey it reminded me of high school. Things were not managed well and there was a lot of gossip and stabbing coworkers in the back.
    There was no work-life balance, in that we were expected to work an odd or erratic schedule (i.e. starting very early some mornings and staying until 10:00 some nights), yet there was no flex time on the employees' end (for instance, on "Graduation" nights we were expected to work regular hours, and take a 2 hour or longer lunch in order to not surpass 8 hours/day including the evening graduation, but if you ever wanted flexible hours to accommodate a doctor's appointment or something, forget it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees and students like human beings and put them before the almighty dollar.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Cold war

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heald College full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The School use to be non-profit

    Cons

    Upper management are ex Heald College graduates with no other educational cultural experiences aside from Healds

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Instructor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heald College

    Pros

    Main priority was working with students toward student success and academic achievements

    Cons

    Management .... Organization .... Policy .... Lack of student support.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cliques and elitist

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    Former Employee - Program Director
    Former Employee - Program Director

    I worked at Heald College

    Pros

    Helping students who really wanted to learn a career in order to change their lives and move forward.

    Cons

    Management is not open or willing to listen to new ideas. They are not supportive of their employees or their students.
    Problems with ethics and integrity when enrolling and/or keeping students in school.
    Making money and large profits is their only concern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some courses on ethics and apply what you learn. Stop allowing cliques and elitist mentality in the management positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Heald has been great to me

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heald College

    Pros

    Working iwth the Heald Family

    Cons

    Corinithian College Inc. Purchasing Heald

  11.  

    Internship coordinator

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Heald College full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved working with my students and the internship sites.
    Awesome coworkers
    Quick accrual of vacation and sick time.

    Cons

    Upper management
    No communication between departments.
    No raises for a while.
    You're left doing things others should be doing... If you want something done, you better do it yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize employees for their hard work... Give raises and appreciation days.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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