Princeton Review Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Uncertain Future

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Princeton Review full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Company and product can make a real difference in people's lives
    - Strong growth potential if we can fix some key problems

    Cons

    - Since sale to IAC, virtually all of senior management has left, leaving some significant knowledge and culture gaps
    - Taking longer for online integration than anyone expected (or was promised)
    - Despite commentary, actions suggest Natick is not home for long. More and more positions and teams are being shifted to NY

    Advice to Management

    - spend time in Natick
    - finding a date is different than shopping for a test prep course


  2. Great for pre-med students looking for flexible, part time work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  3. Tutor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Princeton Review part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay. Curriculum is standardized and easy to teach.

    Cons

    Unreliable - classes were scheduled months in advance and then canceled due to low student enrollment. Poor communication with supervisory and administrative staff in resolving issues, scheduling work hours, and answering other questions. Recruiting events were poorly organized and managed.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication. Find ways to ensure scheduling reliability.


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  5. They are a mess organizationally.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher/Tutor
    Former Employee - Teacher/Tutor

    I worked at Princeton Review

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You can be sloppy and not held accountable for it.

    Cons

    What can I say? Marketing-wise they are great, and that's how they survive. I'm not sure growth really happens here, at least on an educational services level. They spend a ton of money and hours in marketing and not developing their services, products, or employees. Most customers turn to them because of their name and relative affordability. I can't count how many parents of students would ask me how the company is affiliated with Princeton University.

    Advice to Management

    Incentivize and reward stellar performance from your teachers. Invest more in teacher and product development. Although management is largely disorganized, most of TPR's problems lie with the restrictiveness of the board of directors. Though at times well-intentioned, management's hands are usually tied.


  6. Its okay....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY

    I have been working at Princeton Review

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment. Flexibility. Unlimited snacks.

    Cons

    Workload. Hard to advance in career.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more help


  7. Good Part Time Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -flexible hours
    -good pay (for part time)
    -laid back

    Cons

    -the full-time employees were "superior"


  8. TPR teaching positions are great for someone that is looking to make some extra money and enjoys working with students.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAT Instructor in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - SAT Instructor in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Princeton Review

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Teaching college test prep in a laid-back environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  10. Great family-like environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  11. Great part-time job.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MCAT Teacher
    Former Employee - MCAT Teacher

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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