Laureate Education Reviews

Updated July 27, 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. Mixed

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Laureate Education full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    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


  2. Helpful (3)

    Executive Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Laureate Education

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    OK

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    Former Employee - Director in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Baltimore, MD

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Enrollment Manager

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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (8)

    Out of control

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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    One of the better companies in Baltimore

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    • 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.


  8. Helpful (8)

    Run away as fast as you can. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    None. Seriously. The best thing about working there was leaving - and casual dress days - and free food.

    Cons

    Back-stabbing coworkers, inconsistent leadership, multiple layers of people who do busy work and create problems so they can keep their jobs. There is a lot of talk about caring about employees and wanting to innovate, but it's all talk.

    Advice to Management

    None. I hope they keep on like they're doing and sink the company.


  9. Helpful (2)

    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


  10. Helpful (3)

    It's a relief I left....

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    • 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 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location, one or two coworkers, you ca can walk to whole foods.

    Cons

    It's likely you'll be hired for one position than a year or so into that position they will move you into a completely different position expect you to be great at it and not pay you for all the additional responsibilities. Worklife balance is low to poor. Depending on who your manager is, it's possible your manager will and can raise their voice at you without any repercussions.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees when you move them to a new position not two years later. Keep better track of your management, stop promoting people with erratic behavior just because they like to work 80 hours a week. Take a look around the morale is terrible, do something to fix it or even more people are going to leave.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Ok

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Laureate Education

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

    Pros

    Its a good environment to work

    Cons

    No growth in respective in career



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