Princeton Review Reviews

Updated April 1, 2015
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Princeton Review CEO Mandy Ginsberg
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Pros
  • Taking time off as a part-time office worker was not very difficult (in 15 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, thorough training, rewarding experience to teach (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Underpaid, No room for growth, Poor Management, False promises (in 6 reviews)

  • You have to fight for hours with a large pool of other trainers, so if you think of it as your full-time job you may have issues getting enough hours (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Good opportunity, not the easiest

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    Current Employee - SAT Instructor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - SAT Instructor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Princeton Review

    Pros

    Flexible schedule; short time commitment as each class spans about 10 weeks; higher salary than most hourly jobs; can be fun if you get good kids; opportunity for promotion.

    Cons

    Training is thorough on the teaching method, but doesn't go over the entire class curriculums to the extent that it should. It gets easier the more classes you teach, but in the beginning there's a lot of prep you have to do on your own time that you won't always get paid for (there's an $8/hour admin rate that you bill for, but the amount of time you spend prepping is capped).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In training, make sure the administrative aspects of the course are thoroughly covered and go through the entire syllabus / teacher expectations. A shadowing program, in which new teachers could observe seasoned ones, would be really helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. positive and supportive place to work great atmosphere

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    Current Employee - SAT Teacher in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - SAT Teacher in Phila, PA

    I have been working at Princeton Review

    Pros

    good pay great people great kids

    Cons

    sporatic employment based on test dates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    always keep student in mind

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great for pre-med students looking for flexible, part time work

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    Current Employee - MCAT Instructor in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - MCAT Instructor in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Princeton Review (less than a year)

    Pros

    Training is extensive and staff is easily accessible for support.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to get staffed on a course. Not enough students sign up or there are too many teachers that want to be staffed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. TPR teaching positions are great for someone that is looking to make some extra money and enjoys working with students.

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    Current Employee - SAT Instructor in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - SAT Instructor in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Princeton Review

    Pros

    I really like the flexibility that comes with working for TPR. Many of the tutoring positions are great for people working another job or for students that are free on nights and weekends.

    Cons

    The technology for payroll and online teaching materials is a bit difficult to navigate at first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The training in the technology systems could be better if it was covered more completely during the training weekends instead of sending links to watch videos or read documents to figure it out on your own at home. Also, a better outline of who to contact for specific issues should be provided to new hires to ensure more efficient communication and resolution of any issues that come up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Teaching college test prep in a laid-back environment

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    Former Employee - SAT/GRE Instructor in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - SAT/GRE Instructor in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Princeton Review part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Make your own schedule. Course material is fun, Having fun with students is encouraged. Convenient hours. Management is pretty laid back and flexible with course assignments.

    Cons

    Sometimes there isn't enough work to go around for all the instructors to get a class to teach. In private tutoring scheduling appointments with high school students can be difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Great part-time job.

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    Former Employee - MCAT Teacher
    Former Employee - MCAT Teacher

    I worked at Princeton Review part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay per hour.
    Get paid drive time and mileage for travel.
    Can work as much or as little as you want.

    Cons

    High turnover rates (three supervisors in three years)
    Never got a raise despite three years teaching and consistently great student reviews.
    Consistently cut teacher perks (used to get paid to arrive 30 minutes early for class, but changed to required to be 15 minutes early without pay!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value teachers more (increase rather than cut perks). They are the direct representatives of your company.

    Put in place a performance based compensation system. I doubt this will happen because teacher turnover is so high.

    Cut back on office staff. The company struggles to be profitable and has almost ten full-time people in an office. It's not that hard to schedule and coordinate classes that this many people are required.

    Seems like the goal of the company is to keep management employed rather than provide a good product. This is evident by the attitudes and policies towards teachers who are the ones actually delivering the product.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Great family-like environment

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager

    I have been working at Princeton Review full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company is wonderfully supportive of its employees. There is a great level of interaction between operations and marketing. The company also has a strong education ethos that it strives to maintain despite being a for profit entity.

    Cons

    For the level of work required, the salary is a bit low (but not uncomfortable). There is also very limited room for advancement unless you don't care about moving to another state.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great part-time job during undergrad

    Former Employee - MCAT Instructor: Organic Chemistry in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - MCAT Instructor: Organic Chemistry in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Princeton Review

    Pros

    Flexible hours and location, comfortable setting.

    Cons

    Teachers were not not given many hours per subject

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great to have a better access to a letter of rec for teachers

  10. Executive Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Princeton Review

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent time-off policies.

    Cons

    Lack of clear direction from management. Lower pay (for more work hours) than other similar jobs at other companies. High turnover. Company changes hands (and thus the message) multiple times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Independent College Pay

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    Former Employee - Campus Marketing Representative in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Campus Marketing Representative in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Princeton Review part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Work on your own schedule, must be honest and trustworthy as you bill remotely, people were nice

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to manage events on your own

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training or help

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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