LSBF Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. a very good company, allowed students with limited education to access higher learning. Courses are HND&HNC

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    Former Employee - Recruitment
    Former Employee - Recruitment

    I worked at LSBF

    Pros

    Access to higher learning. students from all background. varied courses, different locations across the country

    Cons

    students think its a university but its a college which gives level 5 maximum qualifications.
    Company structure seems to be unorganized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Education Consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LSBF

    Pros

    work-life balance is left up to you, depending how you want to structure your day.

    Cons

    Management are very inexperienced, do not have the right skills to drive teams to success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring and promotion must meet basic requirement of experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Challenging place to work but a lot of opportunities

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    It is fun place to work and people from all over of the world. a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    a lot of pressure and work very hard, policies always changes, difficult to deal with students and agents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. A good stepping stone, not more than that.

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    Current Employee - Student Advisor in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student Advisor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at LSBF full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Due to the lack of organisation/transperency between departments, and depending on your proactivity levels, any role between lower managment/customer facing will allow you to experience various positions. Ultamitely becoming a well rounded individual within a very short period of time. Location of chancery lane is great place to meet other potentials employers. A sociable group of employees.

    Cons

    Procedures are consistantely changing, baring in mind this is the education sector and criterias should not be changing every day/week, there should be strict guidelines. Communication breakdowns are a regular occurance, leading to a failed service provision, which is rather stressfull. A blame culture is evident, where leadership is required management tend to shy away. Nepotism, senior roles are shared amongst friends/relatives, hence incompetence amongst the visionaries. Staff retention is an absolute shock, on a regular basis employees resign or are asked to leave at the end of their contract. In addition, the facility from office spcae, computer (hardware & Software) are all out of date.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Creat a clear communication platform between departments, that will naturaly make roles more manageable. Outline clear responsibilities for staff in order to moniter their performance, disciplining untrained staff is unheard of. Develop a structured blueprint of the organisation, as this will provide new/old employees a greater understanding of the business and its objectives. Be loyal to your staff, provide them with training that is beneficial to their career, allow for opportunities of growth and encourage them to do so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Avoid working here or associating yourself with this company in any way

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at LSBF

    Pros

    Easy to get a job even if it's not in the role you initially applied for (they're very desperate). Some people are not corrupt and inadequate and are pleasant to socialise with

    Cons

    The company does not run well as departments and individuals do not communicate successfully.

    They do not care about their employees and there are no perks or benefits to working here.

    You are not paid on time. Many employees have to chase payroll and HR to find out why they have not been paid. Both departments are very unhelpful and useless.

    A lot of inadequate people in important positions. They do not hire talented people who will elevate the company. It's often who you know not what you know.

    Rats, mice and cockroaches in the building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of people need firing and you need to hire people who have experience and talent

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

    Opportunities for experience, but not a nice company to work for

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at LSBF

    Pros

    If you are willing, it is possible to be involved in a lot of different projects/activities which will enhance your own experience.

    Cons

    Clearly a family run business where people are given roles based on being close to the right people. You are expected to do huge amounts of work with nothing in return (salaries and benefits are poor). It is just assumed that you will be happy and grateful to get the work (and spend long hours doing it). Communication is extremely poor so that neither positive or constructive feedback is given to staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication and general business ethics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Would not recommend!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Challenging but competitive environment, interesting people, opportunity to learn a life lesson.

    Cons

    Unapropiate people in management, low salaries, low morale, one big joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is know that this is business, not education institution, but at leat listen and respect your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. Massive learning curve

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at LSBF

    Pros

    I think everyone who works for LSBF would agree it’s a really fast-paced environment and there is always something to do. You definitely will never be bored. I’ve been working there for nearly four years, having started at an entry level role and worked my way up to a managerial position. It’s been a massive learning curve. I worked on some really exciting projects, but also had to deal with some real challenges, which I see as a positive thing in my career.
    There are a lot of young people and everyone seems to be keen to do well, which is great as it creates a nice, exciting, innovative workplace. It’s a place with lots of ideas…

    Main pros:
    - fast-paced environment;
    - cool people;
    - good opportunities for progression for those who go for it.

    Cons

    Working in the private education sector is really challenging in the UK - the sector suffers a lot of unfair prejudice. I feel that, due to its size, LSBF has, unfairly, been the target of many critics who are against the private sector. As in any other company, there is always room for improvement, but I think LSBF is definitely in the right direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has grown considerably in the last few years, but some teams haven't grown at the same pace. So my suggestion would be to ensure that all teams have enough man and brain power to keep up and make the most of all the exciting developments that are in the pipeline.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    A hideous, hideous company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LSBF

    Pros

    Most of the staff are good, hard-working people, and it's not their fault that LSBF frequently features in the news (visa scams, financial dodginess, sex trafficking - you know, the usual activities for an educational establishment)

    Cons

    Senior management - a family business. In fairness, the founder seems to be pretty good at what he does (making money with no regard to academic quality or staff contentment). Unfortunately, most of his extended family seem pretty useless, but have inviolable positions of power. The remainder are on the payroll but don't actually do anything.

    Management - many managers are sycophantic bullies and charlatans. They get where they are by brown-nosing the right people and stepping on anyone who might get in their way.

    Culture - as I said earlier, they are there to make money. They concentrate on the short term, and regularly have (or threaten) purges of staff to cut costs and keep people cowed.

    Your CV - their name is toxic in education circles, and having the letters LSBF on your CV is not exactly a key to future employment.

    Oh, and did I mention the visa scams, financial dodginess and sex trafficking?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where to start?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Going to fail if you don't speak to employers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    personal growth, staff are really nice

    Cons

    a lot of con including benefits, promotions, perks, general appreciation from management, unachievable targets, lack of communication or clear direction of company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate with staff and appreciate your staff force

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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