Laureate Education Reviews in Baltimore, MD

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
148 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is growing very, very fast (in 7 reviews)

  • Great benefits, great colleagues, great location (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Horrible work life balance, poor technology for staff, sloppy development practices (in 18 reviews)

  • Terrible upper management, low employee morale, micromanagment, inconsistency within (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Miss the Old Days... Things stopped Improving

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Laureate Education full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, great location, working in Higher Education is rewarding. was an amazing cuklture 5 years ago, has been declining.

    Cons

    Innovation is not welcome, they like to do things the same way. Hire unnecessary people who are impressive on paper and kill the culture. Senior Leadership has lost the pulse of what the average employee wants or needs. Morale suffers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come out of your executive offices and meet your people who are doing the work, not just the mid level managers who only tell you what they want you to know.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pretty Good Intern Program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Laureate Education as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -great benefits (free Orioles game, lunches, etc.)
    -a large internship program with a lot of other college students you can connect to
    -a lot of great and helpful people working there
    -great pay
    -great facilities and it is located in the beautiful Harbor East

    Cons

    -I know a lot of interns who were bored because their managers were not very involved with them
    -however, there were some who were overwhelmed with the fast-paced work environment, but I would disagree with them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very limited IT promotions, unless you are friends with an executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time

    Pros

    Great location, great business. I think online education will continue to growth.

    Cons

    The company does a poor job of communicating internal opportunities with its employees. You look up and someone has new promotion and title. No internal notice; management just promoted the person they wanted to. Top heavy in executive management, but rarely are IT staff employees replaced. Budget constraint is the excuse, but the company is constantly hiring other executives. The company makes simple things difficult. Business and IT departments are cordial but often don't work as partners. A lot of mis-trust for some reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop blaming project teams and developers for exceeding the budget when you requested an estimate before all of the requirements were known.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    No progress No future

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    Former Employee - Helpdesk in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Helpdesk in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    -International environment
    -You can find lots of interesting people

    Cons

    - lack of carrier progress
    -company is not investing in employees
    -no enthusiasm and support from managers
    -lack of external training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    What You Would Expect from For-Profit Education

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    Former Employee - Degree Audit Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Degree Audit Coordinator in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Baltimore office location, subsidized parking, work from home opportunities

    Cons

    Zero training, constant reorgs with upper management, raises below 1%, constantly acquiring new business it can't support, management states they're not looking to cut jobs but every job is filled in Poland, co-workers abuse student loan programs, registrar has zero experience and the Registrations manager paid employees to do her Walden class work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a vision and stick to it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not Unless It's The Only Job In Town

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    Current Employee - Enrollment in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Enrollment in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salaries are not bad. Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Culture is "Do your job and shut up." Turnover is extremely high. Working 60+ hours a week for exempt positions is expected. Employees typically work until they burn out and leave as fast as they can. Company recruiters will openly tell you that departments under staff by 50% compared to other companies and they are told not to hire until they have no choice. No staffing plans. 3 restructures in the past 3 years, people are hired, trained, let go, more people are hired, trained, let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you really want to know how you are doing, send a survey to the spouses, domestic partners, boyfriends, girlfriends and kids of the people who work for you. Every spouse, etc. I've ever met despises this place for the way it treats the people they love.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company & Great Staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant (C Level) in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant (C Level) in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Laureate Education as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent pay, excellent leaders, great remote help if needed, respect work life balance.

    Cons

    Heavy workload - the pay does match this well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    This experience was going great until 3 reorgs happened in one year, and I had to take FMLA for medical reasons.

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    Current Employee - Web Content Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Web Content Specialist in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly, and group atmosphere is fine. Raises are good as long as you don't have medical issues.

    Cons

    They screw you over and are age discriminatory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take pride in your employees health and safety. Coming to work when there are 5 inches of snow on the ground is ridiculous. Especially when its considered a state of emergency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Without perspective

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    Former Employee - IT Department in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - IT Department in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Company have strange strategy to not develop employee. After some time you will start to think "What I'm doing here and why I'm wasting my time" Micro Managing plus huge HR programs which should develop are working in opposite way! I saw like many amazing hard working people left because there is no future here.

    Cons

    Place where you find good people. Probably this misery feeling is making strong bounds. For sure you will gain experience how it is to work in corporation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen people, Do not create empty HR systems. Maybe some directors are not where they should be...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sr. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Laureate Education full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    International, lots of career opportunities within the company, especially outside of the US. International friendly work environments. The Harbor East location is great.

    Cons

    Lack of career development, Decentralized organization which who you reports to matter the most, your performance are highly influenced by your supervisor's leadership and style. turnover is higher than average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do a better job on standardizing the work process

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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