Laureate Education Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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Laureate Education Founder, Chairman and CEO Doug Becker
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Pros
  • The company is growing rapidly and has a great mission to expand education around the world (in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits, great colleagues, great location (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • The work-life balance is manageable if you enforce it for yourself (in 22 reviews)

  • Upper management cares more about numbers than staff well-being (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Enrollment Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enrollment Leadership in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Enrollment Leadership in San Antonio, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced, chance to affect lives in a positive way, Great Benefits

    Cons

    Lack of Communication, Changing direction quickly, lack of higher education experience by management, paranoid management

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees and mean it. Start promoting and hiring based on talent and not based on who will conform.


  2. Helpful (1)

    One of the better companies in Baltimore

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company maintains a positive work atmosphere and flexibility. Benefits and pay are some of the best in Baltimore. Lots of opportunity to travel internationally.

    Cons

    The hours can be demanding at time and the issues are highly complex and technical. A very large organization with lots of management layers.

    Advice to Management

    The IPO has been a long time goal for the company and management has still a lot of work to do prior to going public. Many international locations do not have the necessary oversight.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Out of control

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Laureate Education

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Some people are ok, most are afraid for their jobs and paralyzed, though.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, turf wars, and infighting among employees. Org charts change weekly. The management knows that the increased regulations are going to sink their cash cow, Walden, so they are scrambling to expand more overseas. They tried to "go legit" in the US by acquiring Thunderbird, but the accreditors blew that deal. Now, the plan is to go back to being publicly traded via IPO. Good luck with that. Who in their right mind is going to buy stock in a for profit higher education company?

    Advice to Management

    Make up your mind with what you want to do and stick with it.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    BA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Laureate Education

    Pros

    diversity, ambience, culture, management, strcuture

    Cons

    alienation, flexibility, pay, hours, less job functions


  6. Overall Good Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Laureate Education full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Company with a lot of complexities which allows you to learn a lot. Co-workers were fun to work with. And although there is some overtime, they are up front and honest in letting you know that is the case.

    Cons

    Shifting priorities made it difficult to meet deadlines.


  7. Very Employee Minded

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Laureate is very technology-based so most of the equipment and technology we have is up to date and works well. There is reasonably good communication within the organization and our opinions are solicited. My immediate supervisor is great- the perfect balance of reasonable and expectant of good quality work product. Our benefits package is top notch.

    Cons

    The pay is not as competitive as I would like. I think to get the best, most qualified people, you have to pay them the best but that isn't necessarily the case here.

    Advice to Management

    Be mindful when hiring people that they are really the best candidate. I'd also like to see more team-building activities and more professional development offerings.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Internship - BEWARE

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Laureate Education (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Location was kind of nice.

    Cons

    Unorganized. Didn't learn much of anything. Boss was very unpleasant.

    Advice to Management

    Organize the internship program better! It has so much potential, but I was given so much busy work and nothing meaningful to do.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Course Developer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Course Developer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Course Developer in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Laureate Education (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Smes to work with. Students seems to like the courses. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Don't listen to staff. Lack
    Of morale and trust.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff. They have great ideas. Live up to your desire of being a healthy environment.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Enrollment Advisor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Laureate Education

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good people
    - Good benefits
    - Great location

    Cons

    - Management thrives off of buzzwords
    - Lack of direction


  11. Helpful (8)

    Enter at your own risk

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Marketing in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Laureate Education

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart People
    Focus on innovation
    Opportunities for travel

    Cons

    No focus on practicality or what has to actually work for ideas to come to fruition
    Terrible Work/Life Balance
    Low Pay
    Very Political
    You are working for your director and their bosses. No mistakes about that
    Values the bottom line at the sacrifice of everything else
    Landed on the government's watchlist because of some very shady enrollment practices

    Advice to Management

    Live up to your values and stop working people until you break them.



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