Sylvan Learning Centers

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Sylvan Learning Centers Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
184 Reviews
3.3
184 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • working with students and families (in 8 reviews)

  • The director of education and the administrators were extremely accommodating and helpful (in 7 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 10 reviews)

  • If you are working as a part time teacher at Sylvan, your hours are in the hands of the parents (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company to work for.

    Former Employee - Center Director  in  Wasilla, AK
    Former Employee - Center Director in Wasilla, AK

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

    Pros

    I started as a tutor and was promoted to Director of Education and then Center Director. The center was a small one located in Wasilla, Alaska. Great staff and owner.

    Cons

    Hours were hard on family life.

  2.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director  in  Sioux Falls, SD
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Sioux Falls, SD

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    We make a difference in children's lives.

    Cons

    Sometimes we can help all children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize responsibilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It's a franchise so...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers

    Pros

    What's good about working at Slyvan is getting to interact with kids and network with other teachers.

    Cons

    What can be bad is the actual experience (& pay rate) at Sylvan since they're each individually owned (franchised).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact more with each franchise. Make an effort to come out physically or pay for employees to fly to HQ for seminars/training/etc.

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  5.  

    Great Product for learning but poor Corp management and organization

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    Current Employee - Center Director  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Center Director in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    flexible schedule, helping kids that struggle in school, focus on individual child, get to use business and education skills in one job, work independently, The sylvan programs are great but the pressure of sales and high demands become tiring

    Cons

    constant fear of losing job or closing center, pressure to make the sale, high turnover in management, complicated bonus system that is unattainable, evening and weekend hours, single director means only one full time person in center-- no feel for teamwork, isolated and lonely work environment

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The Sylvan advantage works when properly implemented.

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    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Marketing in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Sylvan Learning Center can change the lives of students and families. For the most part the culture is upbeat and nurturing.

    Cons

    Although there are corporate and franchise standards, quality varies widely by center and teacher. It was a better company before the parent became Educate Inc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the pieces of Educate Inc. back together as one integrated Sylvan Learning. Former colleagues are now competitors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't value teachers enough

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, fun to work with children, all the coworkers worked together well. There were also a lot of resources, and the SAT/ACT prep materials were excellent and well-organized

    Cons

    The hourly pay for teachers compared to what they are charging parents is abysmal. Their system was too stringent and didn't allow for freedom of teachers to tweak the curriculum

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less top-down management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Tutor  in  Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Tutor in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Pay, Great hoursx and Great kids. I loved tutoring

    Cons

    There is not one on one training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think there should be some one on one training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Off-Site Part-Time Teacher

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    Current Employee - Part-Time Teacher  in  Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Part-Time Teacher in Newark, CA

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    - Good pay, for the position
    - Positions close to my area.
    - Good curriculum to work with
    - Training easy and useful
    - Small class sizes

    Cons

    - Had issues with communication between the home office and the schools we were contracting with.
    - Only 4-5 hours a week, with very little opportunity to add hours.
    - No opportunity to transfer to different programs at the end of contract.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    As rewarding as it is exhausting!

    Current Employee - Director of Education
    Current Employee - Director of Education

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I love working with the kids and seeing them learn and grow. The teachers are amazing. Great experience.

    Cons

    Horrible work/life balance. Long hours. Low pay for teachers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Didn't fit their ideal employee

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Teacher in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great program and kids of all ages and backgrounds! I loved helpinh kids in aresa they struggled in and learned a lot myself. IPad teaching so helpful

    Cons

    The hrs are horrible you may work 30 in a. Month if you're lucky. Even when I told them it was my only job they cut my hrs. Then I was told I wasnt doing what they wanted and if I didn't teach better I was going to have to leave. I am a state certified teacher so I know what I'm doing. They were rude and never had paper when it was needed. You can't work for any tutoring place after or while you are there. I asked multiple times to be trained more in reading subjects since English is my specialty and I was ignored. Even after a year the new people were getting promoted and I felt I was being reprimanded. Brogjt to the attention of multiple managers and was told I was doing well until I was blind sided later. I could go on. It felt like a clique. Horrible place to work unless you just want fun money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a good educator to your employees. Don't be the bully. I have never hated my field of work until I worked for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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