Sylvan Learning Centers

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Sylvan Learning Centers Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
207 Reviews
3.2
207 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working with students is always fulfilling (in 10 reviews)

  • Getting to work with other people who enjoy their subject matter and working with kids is very rewarding (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Full time meant that we ran on a school schedule for the school we worked for so we only averaged about 33 hours/week (in 11 reviews)

  • If you are working as a part time teacher at Sylvan, your hours are in the hands of the parents (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Tutoring Program

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers

    Pros

    As a part-time tutor, the program had many pros. This was a great organization and mission to help kids at Title 1 schools who couldn't normally afford Sylvan's programs.

    Cons

    The program was cut because of government funding.

  2.  

    Rewarding experience working with great teachers and helping students achieve...management not so much.

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

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Good program materials for students.
    -Sylvan is very focused on student growth and achievement.
    -Sylvan corporate has a dedicated team for technical and operations support.
    -There is a great deal of training available via web conferences and online to help you keep updated of content changes and improvements.
    -As a center director you have the opportunity to build a strong team of teachers and administrators.
    -You can grow your center as you would your own business.

    Cons

    -Sylvan centers are franchised and therefore individual experiences will vary depending on your relationship with the franchisee.
    -Insufficient salary for directors but this greatly varies from one franchise to another and bonuses are tied to the performance of the center.
    -Lots of corporate training but no follow through.
    -Program costs for Sylvan are still out of reach for many families that could benefit from the service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Sylvan corporate needs to find a way to make its programs available to a larger demographic.
    -Ease up on the corporate costs being funneled through the Franchisees.
    -Standardize the pay scale for teachers...they are integral to the success of your students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Sylvan

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers

    Pros

    Very good team.
    Good management.
    Good Boss.
    Good Hours.
    Flexible.

    Cons

    Pay.
    No full time
    Commute
    Service not affordable for many families.
    Saturday hours.

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  5.  

    They sell you a dream

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

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If your child gets a good, committed tutor then they have a chance. Unfortunately that's hard to come by paying $10 per hour to the tutor, especially when they charge a couple of thousand for the program.

    Cons

    EXTREMELY expensive
    Your child actually getting help is hit or miss

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the program as good as it can actually be and hold on to good tutors and employees, it makes all of the difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    It was ok for what it was

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

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers

    Pros

    They get students for you

    Cons

    Not many hours available because my center had slow business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great program for the students, not so much for employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Center Director in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Center Director in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working with the parents and kids was fun and very rewarding.

    Cons

    For the amount of work and responsibility, the pay was seriously lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more and have benefits for the full time employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with great students and families, teachers and supportive franchisees.

    Cons

    Can't help everyone that needs it due to cost.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fun and Energetic Place to Work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers

    Pros

    Flexible hours for tutors, work with students of all ages, programs are customized for students' specific needs, students use ipads to do their work

    Cons

    Doesn't pay well for the few hours you are able to work each evening. It can also be difficult to tutor students of varying age levels all at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If possible, try to pair students with the same teachers during each session because it helps teachers and students development a rapport and relationship. It will also allow the student to feel comfortable and the teacher to get to know the students strengths and areas that are needed for improvement.

  10.  

    Micro-management is not the answer

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

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Enjoyed this job for the first two years, but then new owners came in and destroyed it. Last two years have been awful.
    * Love the teachers I worked with.
    *Love the parents and students and watching the confidence blossom.

    Cons

    * Micro-management to the highest degree coming from Sylvan National and from the franchisee.

    * An owner who didn't know anything about the educational aspect of the business and was concerned only with profit, not students, not teachers, not directors.

    * Sylvansync (the new IPAD-based program) is riddled with technology problems and is not nearly as effective as the old paper-based program.

    * No room for growth from a career standpoint.

    *Very long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Lower the cost of programs.
    * Be sure to offer training BEFORE the implementation of new programs.
    * Understand that micro-management is not the answer to the Sylvan problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Not a good company to work for!

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

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are no Pros to working at this company

    Cons

    Underpaid, management/executive cliques. Stressful work environment, yearly RIF's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the employees that keep the company going.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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