Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School

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Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
26 Reviews
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26 Reviews
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Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School Vice President & Master Chef Edward G. Leonard
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Le Cordon Bleu offers a solid foundational culinary education

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    Current Employee - Professor in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Professor in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to teach students the arts and sciences of food and beverage is fulfilling...

    Cons

    Compensation and constant micromanaging from administrators in the school is quite frankly... annoying!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your faculty lead...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Demands loyalty, but gives none

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Faculty in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse , focused [for the most part] students. Great colleagues

    Cons

    No loyalty to Faculty or Admin. staff. I realize there's is a business to run but faculty and staff are what give soul and substance to ANY educational facility. Uncerimoniously layed off after 13+ award winning years at this institution. Now, more than 1/2 of the faculty at this location are graduates of the school. Le Cordon inbred-hillbilly' Bleu

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognize that the faculty are your strongest asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Admissions Representative

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    Current Employee - Admission Representative in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Admission Representative in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun, beautiful school. Culinary program and school sells itself. Pay is competitive.

    Cons

    Way too much pressure and micro managed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    so much pressure and micro managing only scared the good reps away and keeps reps that need to be babysat

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Shaky

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Curriculum is sound, as are dedicated instructors and well equipped professional kitchens and classrooms.

    Cons

    Corporate structure in flux, business model in question. Competition shutting down because of mismanagement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of work, no incentive, up and down rollercoaster of stress

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    Former Employee - Admissions Recruiter in Tukwila, WA
    Former Employee - Admissions Recruiter in Tukwila, WA

    I worked at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's a job for anyone in admissions recruiting field

    Cons

    No incentive, ridiculous expectations of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide some sort of incentive other than keeping your job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start sales career, don't expect longevity.

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    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits, free food.

    Cons

    High turnover, ever changing strategies, unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a more tangible way of rewarding top performers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work to help students realize their potential!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the most positive experiences that I had at Le Cordon Bleu was the SLT, they were supportive. There have been changes in the management team since I left, so I am not sure if that great support system is still in place.
    The Chefs are truly passionate about what they do!! Excellent Chef instructors!!

    Cons

    I feel that the biggest downside to working for Le Cordon Bleu was the compensation. I know that education does not usually pay well, but I believe we could have been compensated better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always remember to be an advocate for your employees and your students!

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    People were great to work with but...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucker, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucker, GA

    I worked at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The other employees were great
    Helping students was good
    facility was good

    Cons

    Corporate couldn't make up its mind. Always changing the courses taught.
    Management played favorites.
    Corporate HR is a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing things every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fell in love with Teaching!

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    Former Employee - Culinary Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Culinary Instructor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hands on work environment, Decent facilities, loved teaching about what I love. 4 weeks vacation each year. Location near Brown line was great.

    Cons

    Lacking support from management with "problem students" - At times felt like babysitter rather than Instructor. Vacation set by school calendar- no flexibility for days off. When time off was needed due to illness, difficulty to get a substitute. No time during work day for a break/ lunch. No parking provided for staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are other ways to communicate than email- especially as an instructor, I was not in front of a computer all day. I felt I spent way too much time looking through emails that had nothing to do with me or my job. Presence of management in the classrooms would be helpful. Also, understanding that just because I wasn't on campus grading papers- doesn't mean that I didn't spend my whole Saturday at home working. This was a demanding job- the focus on education was sometimes lost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great schedule, mediocre pay, lousy leadership

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    Current Employee - Chef Instructor
    Current Employee - Chef Instructor

    I have been working at Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School full-time

    Pros

    Getting 2 weeks off at Christmas (plus a week each in spring and summer) is unheard of in the culinary industry, as are weekends off and the opportunity to work the day shift about half the time.

    Teaching also gives chefs and opportunity to refine basic skills as you make the same item over and over again every day. Teaching different classes each 6-week term keeps things from getting too repetitive.

    Cons

    The corporation cares more about retention and money than actually producing good chefs. The application process is lax and they make it almost impossible to fail a student, even if that student makes no effort whatsoever.

    The people managing the school are not chefs and do not understand what it takes in the culinary industry. They seem more concerned with inconsequential administrative details than big picture issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refusing to weed out unsatisfactory students will ultimately damage the school's reputation, because our graduates will not survive in the restaurant world.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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