Porter & Chester Institute

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Porter & Chester Institute Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company, but top heavy

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Westborough, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Westborough, MA

    I have been working at Porter & Chester Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, immediate supervisor wanted me to succeed, lots to learn

    Cons

    Benefits are not great, training program is non-existent, only hiring that ever seems to be done is for Managers and Executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training the staff you have, make them feel that they are involved, rather than just drones who do the same thing day in and out

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    For Profit School.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor in Rocky Hill, CT
    Current Employee - Instructor in Rocky Hill, CT

    I have been working at Porter & Chester Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can influence students and their career choices as well as life choices. Nice to have consistent vacation.

    Cons

    Low pay as instructors, inconsistency in management at different branches, focus is profit over education. Having no help in getting rid of bad students who are criminals. The instructors are not rewarded for their hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent with management practices and create a pride within staff and the school will succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Beware

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Rocky Hill, CT
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Rocky Hill, CT

    I have been working at Porter & Chester Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some people are nice, the location.

    Cons

    benefits, no pay raises, my supervisor is unprofessional and curses at me, ethics, workplace culture, Upper management is all about appearances and doesn't care about the people, we have run out of basic necessities such as toilet paper, soap and hand sanitizer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the online reviews and actually listen to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Underpaid, one tiny raise in last five years, mediocre benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Porter & Chester Institute

    Pros

    Great coworkers, physical working conditions are good, expenses policy is good, decent technology, most campuses are nice, the actual staff who work with students care about them

    Cons

    The pay is pathetic, not even basic cost of living raises yet benefits cost more each year, staff is so disgusted with this but smile through all of it for fear of losing their jobs. PCI needs to start appreciating their staff by giving at least BASIC raises, CEO needs to recognize how must people here are suffering financially due to lack of pay. Enough with the verbal appreciation start showing it. Lost great staff because of this. Benefits are poor - bare bones holidays, crappy but expensive insurance, long hours, 4 weeks off if you teach but must be taken certain weeks, 2 weeks off for non teachers, poor 401k match. Worst company in terms of pay and benefits I have worked for. So good staff leave or are looking to leave. If you apply here, make sure you get the pay you want to make for years and years it won't change. The CEO has no idea how miserable people are with the corporate side of this company. There are always people who complain at a company but I've never experienced so many staff so discouraged with their situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most managers are good. It's the corporate people making a lot if money that expect those who aren't to work as if they are. My advice to corporate: give at least the 3% cost of living raises, add some better paid time off, improve other benefits, allow some work from home time where possible, and stop thinking your staff isn't disgusted by the lack of the above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Employees are Important too

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Porter & Chester Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great People to work with.

    Cons

    Poor communication, they don't really care about employee satisfaction, horrible benefits and they haven't given raises in YEARS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps you will hold onto good employees if you show you care about them. No one cares about a once a year outing, try offering decent benefits and giving raises. You spend a lot of money on stupid things where you could do things to make working at PCI better, upgrading old computers, reviewing processes that are inefficient etc...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Completely unorganized in every way.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Management in Rocky Hill, CT
    Former Employee - Financial Management in Rocky Hill, CT

    I worked at Porter & Chester Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I honestly cannot say one positive word about working for this organization or even attending classes there. They are so disorganized and inconsistent with their practices that they should be monitored for fraud.

    Cons

    Worked for P&C on assignment at the headquarters in Rocky Hill, CT for about four months with an option to be hired, and it's the worse company you can work for. The physical location is so tight that you will find your office in a storage room. Since I worked there 4 people quit because of lack of organization. There is no consistency and you will find yourself feeling incompetent due to the ongoing changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your CFO.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long hours but well compensated, Is it worth it?

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    Former Employee - Career Program Specialist in Branford, CT
    Former Employee - Career Program Specialist in Branford, CT

    I worked at Porter & Chester Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Working at Porter & Chester Institute was very fulfilling on many levels. You got to help students find a potential career in a trade of their choice. Unlike a traditional education that takes 2-4 or more years to complete you can complete your education in as little as 9 months here. Great feeling to help students find their passions. Plenty of overtime available when needed to complete your sales goals and you are well compensated for your efforts.

    Cons

    Long work hours and an extremely unbalanced work/life schedule. Although the pay is great it does not make up for the fact that you have no life outside of work. The pressure put on you to complete your sales goals is no heavier than any other position but they want you to become a sheep and follow their way much more so than any other sales position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't force upon your sales team a method that works for some and not for others. Everyone has their own way of selling and reaching their goals and forcing them to do things your way and not giving them a chance to complete their goals the way they would like does not spell success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fulfilling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Financial Aid in Westborough, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Financial Aid in Westborough, MA

    I have been working at Porter & Chester Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible and have a great goal set as well as job security

    Cons

    Pay could be a little more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of inner company promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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