Penn Foster, Inc

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Penn Foster, Inc Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Okay place... slow to pay invoices

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Online Instructor in Scranton, PA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Online Instructor in Scranton, PA

    I worked at Penn Foster, Inc as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy work, good co-workers, remote workplace, started out a good job with plenty of hours but school lost a huge contract and there was not enough work for everyone.

    Cons

    late paychecks, no chance for advancement, no raises in over four years-I became so bored with work I would try to find extra things to do only to get told not to do "extra work". What job does not want you to go the extra mile?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your contractors, give them at least partial benefits and direct deposit-sending checks through the mail is just not secure anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I have loved working at Penn Foster, the people are wonderful.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn Foster, Inc full-time

    Pros

    The people are wonderful, understanding and helpful.

    Cons

    I never thought I would want to leave, power is given to those that abuse it and nothing is done about it. Condescending and belittling has become the norm...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wonderful place to work! Consider who you put in the position of power, some are not able to handle it and are completely condescending to others. The feeling of being part of a team was one that I loved when I started with Penn Foster and as of late I feel more like a slave than part of a team.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not too bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn Foster, Inc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great, and people that work there are amazing

    Cons

    Low pay, Not everyone is on the same page. Lots of employees who do a lot of talking and walking around rather than working. Not much growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get everyone working on the same page, so it is not so hard to complete projects and other tasks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Penn Foster College

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penn Foster, Inc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They allowed their employees to work from from.

    Cons

    The company was in process of constant change. When I was there, instructors were becoming call center reps instead of just being instructors... Also, student privacy rights were ignored.. Profit was more important than education. Also, most of the curriculum was outdated..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Penn Foster needs to strive to get regular accreditation. The leadership itself seemed to not know much about education; it knew more about the IT market. So, the leadership itself needed to be retained in the laws regarding education. Also, the curriculum needed to updated to benefit our students i the job market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Friendly but very busy atmosphere with little time to really make a mark on the company or have any other oppourtunities

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Scranton, PA
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Scranton, PA

    I worked at Penn Foster, Inc

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package including tuition assistance and reimbursement
    Friendly people
    Voted one of NEPA's best places to work
    Opportunity for advancement if you start in the enrollment department and are able to meet and exceed their strict sales quotas, otherwise you will be fired and walked to the door immediately with no real warning
    Very good training program

    Cons

    Upper Management is very busy and has no time for you if you have questions or need help with your job. The "Fact Book" that you are supposed to look up answers to questions about the school or specific programs on their Intranet is usually out of date and then you end up giving wrong information to potential students.

    Some employees need to keep something called a "time tracker," where you have to write down everything that you do and when you do it, even when you go to the bathroom.

    Inbound and Outbound calling with a dialer called "Nortel" which may or may not call the same person several times a day, thus angering them and then results in you getting screamed at by angry students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Call center environments are tough to manage. I understand why the policies and procedures that Penn Foster Enrollment needed to be in place, but the new sales environment where all they care about is if you meet your quotas was really sad. I know from first hand experience that many EA's that got let go were very friendly and super helpful and personable but that doesn't matter to Penn Foster, and it should!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Wish I had gone on gut instinct and avoided the company

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Scranton, PA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Scranton, PA

    I worked at Penn Foster, Inc

    Pros

    Benefits are good based on the area
    The people there are very friendly
    Depending on department, you can learn a lot in a short amount of time
    Flex time
    Can easily manage yourself

    Cons

    Bad reputation in area for Company name changes (due to acquisitions)
    A large number of employees have been with the company a long time (20+ years) they know everyone and talk about everyone
    Lack of resources causes very long hours (human capital)
    Some managers have little understand of the work their employees are doing
    Long term employees very set in ways
    The pay scale is very skewed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really look at what you're doing joining forces with The Princeton Review. The work necessary for the transition will take much longer - and cost more - to accomplish than you have planned on. Also look at your employees and use common sense. If you're not communicating with some of your employees you're not seeing the entire picture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Inbound Great Out Bound Repetitive

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Scranton, PA
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Scranton, PA

    I worked at Penn Foster, Inc

    Pros

    Solid Pay and Benefits, great work atmosphere if you have day shift

    Cons

    Out Bound calls are repetitive and the same people are repeatedly called.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leave the lights on when night shift is working.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company with an excellent product.

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    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Scranton, PA
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Scranton, PA

    I have been working at Penn Foster, Inc

    Pros

    the education programs we produce and sell are excellent. Our programs change lives at a very affordable price--less than $1,000. The work environment is pleasant.

    Cons

    Pay is too low for the experience and quality of work I perform. Company only pays the amount paid by other local employers, rather than reward excellence. Company doesn't care if they lose good employees to employers willing to pay more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the "call center" mentality. We're not selling long distance phone service or credit card offers. Representatives are 'sales counselors' and should be compensated higher. Get out of the employee "revolving door" mentality--pay good employees a good living wage.

  10.  

    For the most part enjoyable company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Penn Foster, Inc full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits and RRSP contributor.

    Cons

    High employee turnover due to unreasonable and aggresive manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those who are on the floor everyday.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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