Laureate Education

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Laureate Education Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
144 Reviews
2.4
144 Reviews
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Laureate Education Founder, Chairman and CEO Doug Becker
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Review Highlights

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

  • The pros are good: excellent location (Harbor East); operations in over 30 countries, and on all six inhabited continents - how cool is that (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • There is very little downtime and a work/life balance is nearly impossible to achieve (in 16 reviews)

  • No work life balance since people work from 8 AM to 8 PM (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Change just for change's sake

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    Current Employee - Multimedia Specialist  in  Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Multimedia Specialist in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    not very stressfull, one day a week to Work from home, flexible schedule, decent pay, excellent benefits, great equipment

    Cons

    no training, the senior leadership is a mess they want to improve the situation but they don't commit to any of the changes they make they change something get bored and in a month there's a new organizational change, they org chart is reorganized every month, the morale has been really low since the layoffs almost tow years ago and nothing has been don to improve it, also the decor inside the building it's depressing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Constant Change

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Sales in Columbia, MD

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

    Pros

    flexible work hours
    great people

    Cons

    below cost of living pay raises
    limited opportunity for growth if you join the company at the entry level
    some micromanagement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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 for 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
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  5. 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 for 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
  6.  

    Great Company & Great Staff

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    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 for less than a 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
  7. 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 for more than a 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very Unhealthy Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Salary is good, benefits are good.

    Cons

    All politics and confusion. Is going through a "healthy organization" revamping and failing miserably. Senior management and leadership spend most of their time pointing fingers at each other. The turnover in leadership, management and employees is like nothing I've ever seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the cult of leadership personality and follow best business practices. You can't expect your employees to believe in a healthy, blame-free work environment when leadership spends all of their time trying to roll each other under the bus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion 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 for more than a 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 for 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    In no way are employees compensated enough to put up with the terrible work environment (at Corporate)

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

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

    Pros

    The pros are good: excellent location (Harbor East); operations in over 30 countries, and on all six inhabited continents - how cool is that?; and the best mission possible - providing education in (primarily) emerging middle class economies.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the cons totally outweigh the pros: base pay is good (not great), but bonuses are lucky to hit target, and long term incentives are effectively non-existent; there is no consideration of personal time with respect to work - weekends are fair game, conference calls at 9 pm followed by meetings at 9 am, vacations where you are expected to keep your blackberry turned on to respond to emails and to join in on conference calls, etc.. Also, despite the fact that Laureate is incredibly international and diverse, the company is run like a confederacy - loosely affiliated fiefdoms, with no concept of the benefits of centralized controls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach - if you say you are going to take control of the regions, do it; if you see a leader in one role failing, move them laterally to a new role or get rid of them - do not promote them! Also, institute a "no new work after 5 pm" policy - if you forgot to assign something before that time, wait until the next day (and by that I mean next business day). Unless you are talking about student or employee physical safety, there is no way it can be that important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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