Laureate Education Reviews

Updated August 25, 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. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Laureate Education full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great place to work especially if you have children. flexible hours and some positions allow you to work from home. Management was easy to work with.

    Cons

    not enough room for growth in management positions.

    Advice to Management

    move more departments to the Los Angeles area for others to grow.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good at first...

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    Former Employee - Editor in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Editor in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some very talented people work there. Opportunities for advancement. In my position, I was allowed to work from home frequently.

    Cons

    Frequent "reorganizations" that led to many people getting laid off (not me, but many people I worked with regularly in other job titles/departments). Frequent talk of investments in other universities, etc., and how well the company is doing, but very small pay increases.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with your employees. Stop "reorganizing" so often--it creates an atmosphere of fear and mistrust.


  3. Enrollment Advisor

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Lynwood, CA
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Lynwood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Laureate Education (More than a year)

    Pros

    Family environment, genuine care for student success.

    Cons

    I would recommend that management pay more attention to employee feedback in the decision making process.

    Advice to Management

    Consider employee feedback in the decision making process.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Doesn't care about the students

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great location. Great benefits. Nice coworkers. Appears to have good advancement opportunities. Fantastic starting salary.

    Cons

    Listless company goals/leadership. More than 4 major organizations changes since I've been there. The company pays a lot of lip service to being "Here for good" and student focused, but they do not back it up. If you work on the sales side, your life might be peachy. But if you're interested at all in working for the student side, expect minimal resources, broken technology, and a lot of hot air. You'll be apologizing to students A LOT for things that are fixable but the company doesn't care enough to give the money or time. There are a lot of people that care, even up to the Executive level (although many of them have now left), but it has yet to result in positive change. A lot of politics. Inconsistent management across teams. Very discouraging to see some teams consistently going to happy hour, leaving early, going to the gym for an hour when you have so much work to do that you're not sure you can even leave on time that day. They are bringing in a lot of external people lately and not saying much about future structure.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending. Stop chasing after the customers you don't yet have and focus on the ones you do. The students who are actually PAYING for an education even though you've done the bait and switch on them.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Multiple hats

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice location, good co-workers, dedicated people.

    Cons

    Administration sucks. Poor management is shifted around to different departments further plaguing various areas of the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the bad seeds, this will help boost moral.


  7. ok, but not great

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    Current Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    downtown office, reasonable benefits, MAC gym in building

    Cons

    very little ability to advance, typical rigid corporate structure.


  8. Mixed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Laureate Education full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic environment, good tuition benefit and other benefits, strong organizational mission, possibility for advancement opportunities, consistently strong culture of internal promotion for hard work

    Cons

    Very fast-paced environment, shifting priorities, hiring consistently lags workflow, workflow consistently high, some low staff morale, differences among departments


  9. Helpful (4)

    Executive Director

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

    Pros

    Exciting growth business operating all around the world. Qualified people. Opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional culture. Abusive/disrespectful managers tolerated/promoted as long as deliver results. Little respect for personal life.


  10. Helpful (2)

    OK

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    Former Employee - Director in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great folks to work with at staff level; Opportunity to be a part of social change and progressive education.

    Cons

    Executives live in the clouds and don't understand the massive amount of work being done at management and staff levels to keep organization moving forward in a positive direction.

    Advice to Management

    Layoff of key personnel and reorganization may save money but moves the company backwards not forwards and only burdens those left with trying to figure out how and what to do to stay afloat. Many who were laid off were the companies go-getters and work horses. It's a shame the company keeps moving backwards.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Enrollment Manager

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Leadership in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Enrollment Leadership in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.



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