Kaplan University

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Updated Jul 23, 2014

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2.6 164 reviews

34% Approve of the CEO

Kaplan University CEO Gregory Marino

Gregory Marino

(58 ratings)

30% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay is good and usually schedules floating holidays around major holidays to allow employees more time off (in 7 reviews)

  • Great training to keep skill set sharp, good benefits and great co-workers (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • This is a high pressure sales job (in 5 reviews)

  • They watch your every move and they are a sales job (in 6 reviews)

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    My experience has been positive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay is good and usually schedules floating holidays around major holidays to allow employees more time off

    ConsLate work hours, not family friendly and no room for growth

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink outside the box, groom your employees to be the best that they can be. Transparency is key.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Awful management and zero appreciation

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsEasy work, ability to work remotely

    ConsPoor communication, mishandled leadership, unqualified supervisors, no accountability, unrealistic expectations

    Advice to Senior ManagementSolicit advice from people who actually know what they're talking about - don't stick managers in supervisory roles for positions they don't understand.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great people, but long way to go

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people, fun work environment

    ConsMultiple layoffs, lacks vision and employee communication

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees - Especially the Admissions Advisors

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    Greed is good

    Manager (Former Employee) Fort Lauderdale, FL

    ProsWork life balance if in right department

    ConsThey like to sell to anyone who will listen that they are in it for the students. Complete lie. The senior execs, from Andy Rosen to Greg Marino (who got to his position because he is related to the former president of Kaplan Jonathan Grayer, not because he is qualified per rumors) are in it for the money and could care less about the students imho.

    Advice to Senior Managementbad bad bad

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Kaplan University Has No Clue

    Admissions Advisor (Former Employee) Plantation, FL

    ProsKaplan provides good work stations, adequate numbers of leads, and has good medical insurance. Training is also quite good.

    ConsManagement has no clue. They establish policy then change it within 3 months. Upper mgmt is self-serving and fundamentally does not care about their advisor staff. Quotas are raised or changed as needed to keep those they like and get rid of those they no longer need.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEstablish a plan for the future and stick to it. Nurture the people that have been loyal for years, instead of throwing them out like yesterday's garbage.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Big Brother

    Financial Aid Servicing Counselor (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsNothing I can think of.

    ConsMicromanagement, impossible incentive compensation schemes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive employees some trust.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Real Value of Kaplan University

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI have completed my B.S in nutrition science with 3.91, which no way i could be able to get this in other traditional universities like California state university.

    ConsThey enroll ineligible students to keep up their profits, that is why any credit transfers or eligible for getting a license will not be possible from this university.
    As far as education level goes, Kaplan university is no way even near of providing a graduate level education.
    Also, their classes are not transferable to other REAL accredited colleges or universities where you can actually apply for a nutrition license in future.
    Their fees are also very high for the level of education they provide.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is true that Kaplan gives MUCH higher grades (GPA) to students compare to any traditional or REAL universities. It clearly shows a sign of business where profit is their main concern, not education. THE TRUE EDUCATION IS ONLY ACHIEVED THROUGH TRADITIONAL WAY (FACE TO FACE) AND THROUGH NON-PROFIT COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES. Currently, for me that degree paper is a piece of trash, which i cant use it in any way. It is possible you can get a nutrition related job (non-license), but you will be required a lot of clinical experience. Another negative factor, you would be considered least in value from all eligible applicants, when you apply for a job. Best of luck for all of those who seek for real degrees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good intentions, horrible direction. Slow pace in getting the job done.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsCasual dress for the office.

    ConsToo much red tape involved in getting anything done quickly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe segregation of lower level employees and execs is borderline pre-civil war South.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Toxic Political Wasteland

    Media Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsFeel like you're making a difference in students' lives.
    Backed by the Washington Post.
    Good work/life balance.

    ConsVery political environment with invisible alliances.
    Senior Managers often care more about self preservation than overall benefit to the company or students.
    It is common for managers to take credit for work done by subordinates, or to downplay positive results that managers can not take credit for.
    Do not upset the status quo or you will be isolated outside the main political circle.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInnovate or perish. The online education landscape is changing and Kaplan may not be able to keep up if its core management is stuck in political gridlock.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Kaplan is where good professors go to whither on the vine

    Professor (Former Employee) Davenport, IA

    ProsIn the beginning Kaplan was a great place to work. That is when the academics were in charge and the focus was on the education part rather than the profit part. That has changed drastically.

    ConsProfessors at Kaplan have absolutely no academic freedom whatsoever. The curriculum and teaching is all "canned" and controlled not by academics but by the coorporate side. The classes are so automated that professors really could stop showing up for weeks and the students wouldn't even notice it. Professors do not create the assignments, nor the exams, nor select the books, or any other part of the course. Professors at Kaplan don't teach, they are just renting out their credentials. It is all controlled by the man/woman behind the curtain.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe for profit model is flawed... It pushes the wrong people upward in the company. Instead of those who are there for the right reasons moving up, the power driven, profit motivated people eventuly win out and gain control. Then the company just becomes a profit machine rather than an educational institution.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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