Southern Careers Institute

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Southern Careers Institute Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
6 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work.

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    Former Employee - Instructor in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Instructor in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Southern Careers Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hours are awesome. Monday thru Friday. All major holidays off.

    Cons

    too many smokers. dirty restrooms. insect problem on campus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    non smoking enviroment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Admissions

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    Former Employee - Admissions in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Admissions in Austin, TX

    I worked at Southern Careers Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Helping students secure a better future

    Cons

    Hostile work environment. No ethics or lead protection.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are their worse enemy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Badly in Need of New Owners

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Instructor in Austin, TX

    I worked at Southern Careers Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun place to work for people who love teaching

    Cons

    Terrible culture, but may have changed if there has been a change of ownership. The owners several years ago were concerned only with making money and not with truly preparing students for good careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    DO NOT WORK HERE!!!!! RUN AWAY!

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

    I worked at Southern Careers Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    NONE! The pay was decent but other than that NOT WORTH IT!!!!

    Cons

    Terrible, stressful work environment. They expect you to reach a certain quota which hardly anyone reaches, with leads that are sub par at best. The morale is extremely low, they make you work 7 days a week because they are always way behind in numbers/enrollments. The campus is run down. Not professional at all. High turnover rate. I was only there for about 5 months and they had fired 5 people and about as many quit during that short amount of time. And apparently there was a mass exodus before I got hired as well.

    Whatever you do - do not accept a job offer from this company. They do not care about their employers. They do not care about the students or the education. All they care about are the stats. Getting those enrollments. This is basically a telemarketing job - and you're expected to harass people to "convince" them to enroll even if it means ruining their lives. They don't care about making a difference. They talk the talk but they do NOT walk that walk!

    They are full of liars and manipulators. They even lied to me about how much they were going to pay me. If they offer you job here DO NOT ACCEPT IT!! Just keep looking - anything is better than this place.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    good in theory, bad in practice

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Brownsville, TX
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Brownsville, TX

    I worked at Southern Careers Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The best thing about working here was that it was assisting in getting people educated, and helping people who had no other opportunities to look forward to. I enjoyed most of my colleagues as they were all good, hardworking people.

    Cons

    I was an admissions representative and my admissions manager is one of the most unprofessional and overall worst person I have ever met. She was unethical and did "whatever it took" to meet the admissions numbers that were required to her by corporate; even if it meant not doing the best for an individual person. Besides being completely uneducated herself, she created a negative atmosphere with every person and department she worked with. She also liked to do personal business with other employees selling cosmetics and other items while on the clock to her subordinates. I left crying every day as I felt accosted but I really needed my job. She would spy on her subordinates and made it a practice to make you feel in danger of losing your job every day.
    The pay is ridiculously low and the stress is extreme as you had to meet your admissions numbers required by the company by doing over 100 cold calls a day to the same phone numbers of people who begged you to stop calling them. I am not sure if it is company policy or just the admissions manager's personal policy, to make sure that the admissions representative place each and every person who requests information into a program, even if we didn't have the program they wanted or were interested in another field. It was our job to sell them on a particular program the school offered- no matter what.
    The hours are not paid fairly as if you stayed overtime, you were told it was "your choice", however if you left, you were told that you weren't being responsible for your job- again not sure if this is company policy or just the admissions manager.
    When I put in my 2 weeks notice (in attempting to be mindful of the company's needs), I was told that they would "allow me to stay on" for the 2 weeks as they knew I was going to be ethical during the time I had left- pretty insulting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the pay to make it a competitive company. Hire educated people for management positions and keep close tabs on their work ethic. I would advise them to seek honest feedback from the low level employees in admissions and such because I was afraid to speak up on unethical behavior that I witnessed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Southern Careers Cares About Students

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    Current Employee - Instructor in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Instructor in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Southern Careers Institute as an intern

    Pros

    --instructors care about students
    --three different schedules for students to choose from
    --classes only last 15 days/most students can graduate within 9mo-1 year
    --offer career services to help find a job after graduation

    Cons

    --expensive for students
    --can't transfer credits to other colleges
    --no opportunities for advancement
    --instructors aren't compensated enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    --give instructors more of a voice to offer suggestions; be more flexible with students' scheduling (take one class in am and one class in pm); and offer bonuses for instructors with good reviews

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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