Huntington Learning Centers

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Huntington Learning Centers Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
198 Reviews
2.9
198 Reviews
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Eileen Huntington
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Rewarding to help students with academic improvement (in 13 reviews)

  • Most of the time you get to work one on one with students (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • It is your full-time staff that make you all the money (in 12 reviews)

  • Low pay for teachers makes it is tough to get the very best teaching staff on board (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

    Work independently tutoring you'll make more!

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    Former Employee - Center Director in Fredericksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Center Director in Fredericksburg, VA

    I worked at Huntington Learning Centers full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company values revenue and only revenue and it shows. The materials are falling apart and teachers never get paid on time.

    Cons

    Employees pay for gas, medical insurance, and all expenses out of pocket 100%.
    Full time staff are constantly belittled by owners and given inconsistent feedback about goals. Even when revenue goals are reached and bonuses are due---payments were late. Families have called for years requesting refunds and the owners do not call them back even after multiple calls, emails, and communication by full-time staff members. Constant turn-over of staff due to ill treatment and lack of leadership/support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Genuinely good managers care about their staff members first and foremost. Customers knows when they are being scammed and cheated. Telling people you will do something and not doing it makes for bad business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Tutor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Huntington Learning Centers

    Pros

    Great people and great system!

    Cons

    Not much of a career path, but it is a great part time job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Tutor

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    Former Employee - Tutor in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Tutor in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Huntington Learning Centers part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Not very stressful because all of the students were scheduled. We just had to go in and work with the children. All of the materials were supplied. It was an easy tutoring job. My boss was a nice guy so it was pleasant going to work.

    Cons

    The pay was not that great unless you specialized in a standardized test. Sometimes the center would be too busy with not enough staff so it almost felt like babysitting instead of actually teaching.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to overbook students or try to compensate the tutors better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working in HELL

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    Former Employee - Center Director in Trenton, NJ
    Former Employee - Center Director in Trenton, NJ

    I worked at Huntington Learning Centers full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You have a job to survive and pay your bills

    Cons

    I have never IN MY LIFE, HATED a job so much.EVERYTHING comes down to making a dollar. Its NEVER really about helping a child get better, its about making sure that we always keep in touch to make them come back and get more money. Even the cheap holiday breakfast, comes down to them talking about money and how WE can do better to make them....MORE MONEY. Higher management have to be one of the most MEAN SPIRITED, BACKWARDS, COWARDLY, IDIOTIC people I have met in my life. I am convinced that they know major dirt because there is no way in hell, someone this backwards and illiterate still has a job. They get off on making people cry and disrespecting them, but then does not want to deal with the repercussions of actions and leaves that to the Operations team who all clearly hate their job as well but have put in so much time and energy, they just want you to be successful so that they in turn can get their cut of your commission check and make that the reason to survive another day. This job IS NOT about helping children or changing a life....thats what they tell you to lure you into thinking that this is where you want to be. NOT. The hours are MISERABLE. They constantly want you to come in on weekends, come in early, stay late UNPAID so that you can HOPEFULLY make commission and if you don't, well then, oh well you just wasted all these extra hours that you will never get back. If you don't hit your weekly quotas of cash or stalking people via email, phonic calls, school visits or whatever, you will then of course get a condescending email or a million visits to your center to stalk your every move in which they turn around and tell you that everything is your fault and you could be doing so much more to make more money. THEY NEVER DO ANYTHING WRONG AT ALL. If you don't wear a suit jacket, you are deemed "unprofessional" and if you are not as bland as a plain cracker and don't follow all of their no-personality having rules then you really won't survive.
    Do yourself a favor and stay on unemployment or sleeping on your parents couch instead of working here. If you do chose to work here, make sure your insurance is intact so that you can go to either a psychiatrist to deal with the misery and stress or the Dr. to get meds (as most of the employees do to survive)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find Jesus because you need it. Stop being so damn mean and rude to your employees and realize you guys are the worst human beings with the worst spirits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Part-Time Teacher in Doral, FL
    Current Employee - Part-Time Teacher in Doral, FL

    I have been working at Huntington Learning Centers part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The staff is friendly, helpful and organized. They make sure you know what your duties are and never hesitate to help with anything you need. Staff will try to schedule you for as many weekly hours as possible without stepping on other teacher's toes, especially if they know you need them.

    Cons

    Students can and will cancel without prior notice, which is a hassle if you live far away. Some of the extra material provided doesn't seem challenging enough for some high school students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good first Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Huntington Learning Centers

    Pros

    Working towards the benefit of students through a structured program. Good company focus on student success and providing staff with competencies. Good opportunities to gain experience in management.

    Cons

    A lot of work for not much pay. A lot of administrative tasks to complete that takes away time from individual attention to students. Constant uncertainty of revenue flow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to life balance of employees. Work can quickly burn you out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great experience, low pay

    Former Employee - Tutor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Tutor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Huntington Learning Centers part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility, nice management. loved the children in the program.

    Cons

    Only Con I can give is the low pay, no benefits.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run. Run fast.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oradell, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oradell, NJ

    I worked at Huntington Learning Centers

    Pros

    Solid mission that the staff genuinely tries to adhere to. Most employees care about the children and families.

    Cons

    Where to begin?!? There is absolutely no trust, no loyalty, no work-life balance, and no fun allowed at Huntington. The company is a dinosaur run by owners with business ethics from the Mad Men era. People are spoken to in the nastiest way possible, accused of trying to do a bad job, publicly belittled, criticized, etc. I have seen countless meetings held up just to ridicule a VP over their choice of Excel column headings. Workload expectations go beyond all reason and there are never enough staff on board. Benefits are virtually non-existent, although they will tell you how wonderful their package is - laughable! Employees are treated as if Huntington should be their #1 priority, as if they are reaping the same benefits as the owners are, when nothing could be further from the truth with the low pay and poor benefits. Others on here have mentioned brain-washing and that is exactly it. They treat people so badly that you feel you can't go anywhere or do anything else. On top of this from the owners, there 150 franchisees who will treat you just as badly! Franchisees despise the company owners so they take it out on the employees. It is a cycle of negativity and harassment. In a nutshell, if you work here you will be treated like the dirt on the bottom of a shoe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't take advice - that's 1/2 the problem. They are so confident that they know everything. But in case someone cares what former employees think - Just stop being so nasty!! Treat people like you would want to be treated. Oh and maybe after people work themselves to the point of exhaustion for the annual Convention, you could give them a comp day for the dozens of extra hours put in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tutors are paid 12/hour and the turn over is horrible...

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    Current Employee - Tutor in Fredericksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Tutor in Fredericksburg, VA

    I have been working at Huntington Learning Centers part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working with students is a plus.

    Cons

    Having to acclimate to new staff due to turnover of full-time staff. By the time someone is in place that I really like they are fired for no reason. It's really hard to want to work here when that's happened now. I'm probably going to quit once I get another job in the schools. Many of the other teachers have quit too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep personnel that care in place. Quit picking on people so much and not appreciating what they do. You are the kind of person that is never happy and never pleased so get out of management. You don't belong there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Low company morals, poor leaders, good training

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Huntington Learning Centers

    Pros

    Training and coaching staff are so supporting. They are the most genuine and want you to succeed! Getting to work with people you like. That's why people stay. The satisfaction of all of the stars aligning so that the program has actually worked and inspired a student so that you don't have to answer the questions of disappointed parents. The titles sound fancy; it's like "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", except the titles are made up and only money matters. There is always potential for growth. However, that's because people are quitting left and right (see below)!

    Cons

    Low moral standards of company, vague mission, tyrant leadership. HLC's mission is to "give every child the best education possible" but what it should be is "to make parents think that you are giving their child the best education possible with though use of manipulation, business coaches, and basic acting and improv training." The mission is vague, "best" is not easily quantifiable and is merely an opinion and thus means nothing; what institution wouldn't want to give students the best education? However, I have decided to provide you with what best means to HLC based on my experience. It means underpaying educators $10-15/hour when they can tutor privately for at least 3 times that wage; it means over-promising and under-delivering to desperate parents; it means manipulating families without money to commit to programs of superfluous length when they don't have the money; it means out of date curriculum apropos of nothing to the modern age (unless of course you'd like your child to read about the up-and-coming CD ROM disc and Walkman device that are set to come out, wait... about 15 years ago). Let's get real, Huntington methods are not proven. Huntington is a business model, a theory. HLC is the Anna Wintour of tutoring facilities, she tells you one day you're in because you're making money, but the next day you're out if you're in the red. Success of the students is mistakenly quantified by the amount of money your center makes. (Re: Yearly Convention, where profits and large payments are rewarded for hours and children are spoken about for say...5 minutes.) Be prepared to leave corporate training delirious and brainwashed; re: Zoolander after Mugatu got to him. Like Zoolander, HLC will only end with you wandering the streets asking yourself in vain, "who am I?". My advice to you is this, you want to help kids and make a difference: become an educator- go to school and actually study phonics of your desired specialty so you learn proven methods and are qualified, become a social worker or psychologist, etc.- so you can help families understand why students are having issues in school, or go directly to the source and become a DOE administrator or a lawyer that advocates for a better education system. Don't just turn away from HLC, don't walk either, run. If you have a heart and soul with a desire to keep it, by all means run because Huntington will gladly hand you yours on a silver platter by the time you leave. Avoid the disappointment, and save your mental health!! This company was founded on questionable morals and the operations team is continuing the legacy; as we know without a solid foundation one is destined to crumble (thanks for the analogy HLC!).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your staff with respect and respect you shall receive in return. Make goals more realistic; if no one can achieve the said goal, realize that it is the goal that is impossible not the person that is incompetent. Cut the paperwork: we spend too much time filling out nonsense reports with falsified answers just to hand something in, all while we could have been taking action. Update your curriculum and get with the digital age! Inspire change and reward success in such a way that the success of one is the success of the whole as opposed to the success of one being the competition and envy of the whole. If you truly were in this business to help the children the former would be the case.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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