Kaplan Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. I really enjoyed working at Kaplan--lots of variety and a very collegial environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Director in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Kaplan values innovation, so the culture is very flexible and encourages free thinking. While there are departmental silos, Kaplan also has a lot of shared services--this affords you the ability to work in many different areas of the organization and to get a variety of different projects and experiences.

    Cons

    Because Kaplan is a culture of innovators, it is also changing. The change can be frenetic and is not always as data driven or well-researched as it may need to be. Consequently, there are a lot of "tests" at Kaplan--most of which never go in to production (but also never get turned off), so there is a level of disorganization and complexity that makes it difficult to get your job don.


  2. It's boring, but you get free stuff

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    another resume item, free courses

    Cons

    boring, you just sit there


  3. Helpful (2)

    Didn't really get any tutor assignments

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Kaplan SAT Tutor in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Kaplan SAT Tutor in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good. $20 plus $6 or so for prep time.

    Cons

    You are supposed to drive to your tutee's location and you don't get compensated for travel time The training you have to do is the Kaplan method, but that actually works well

    Advice to Management

    Need more tutoring assignments


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  5. Helpful (2)

    no problem with for-profit education, just bad business

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kaplan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, good work-life balance, fun atmosphere, great people

    Cons

    poor pay (but this is pretty usual for education), not many opportunities for promotion, innovation stifled by red tape

    Advice to Management

    focus more on increasing revenue than cutting expenses, this comes from a quality product. In an effort to raise profitability by decreasing expenses you're losing you valuable staff and reducing the usefulness of your product. Great people who honestly care about their students ; but the business practices don't reflect this.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Campus Rep

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was a pretty easy job. Good side money for a college student. Great people to work with

    Cons

    Very little hours. Could be more interesting.


  7. Campus Rep at a Top Campus, Great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Campus Representative in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Campus Representative in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kaplan part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Got a lot of marketing experience and project management experience, very helpful management

    Cons

    Not many cons, I worked with Kaplan as a part time job while a student at a University

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good wor, motivate all employees


  8. Not Worth It

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admission Advisor in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Admission Advisor in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    your colleagues are really sweet and there is good comarderie

    Cons

    Everything is profit driven, you will be let go if you do not meet your numbers/ quota

    Advice to Management

    care about students and people


  9. Helpful (1)

    Very student-focused, mission-driven organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cares about students and their success; very smart and fun colleagues; upward mobility if you want it.

    Cons

    May have to move for promotions. Compensation competitive but you won't hit the jackpot.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on the right things: good place to work, student success, adaptability to change.


  10. Kaplan is not the place for a long term career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kaplan full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Kaplan has a great mission - to provide educational opportunities to help adult learners change their lives for the better. The academics are sound and the instructors truly care about their students.

    Cons

    Kaplan is not nimble enough to keep up with its competitors and is falling behind in the online education industry. Senior management does not seem to be able to find a focus and direction that it can clearly communicate to employees, which leads to confusion and frustration among rank and file. Layoffs happen frequently which add more work to remaining employees, who eventually leave. Not a place to build a long term career.


  11. Kaplan is a good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher/Tutor in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Teacher/Tutor in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kaplan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    if you are interested in touching foreigners, especially young people. This is a good place for you. You will have access to multinational cultures, which is a lot of fun.

    Cons

    You have to be extremely patient, since you job is basically teaching foreigners speaking English. And keep to mind to be nice and friendly.

    Advice to Management

    There is not much personal growth here, unless you want to be an English teacher for a life time.



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