Sylvan Learning Centers

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Sylvan Learning Centers Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
179 Reviews

3.2
179 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.  

    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
  2.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Worth it

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

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

    Pros

    The program is truly amazing and getting to see the difference in kids makes everything worth it. Flexible scheduling and opportunity for growth within the company. I started as a materials coordinator and moved to test administrator, teacher, program manager, and now Director of Education. Benefits for a corporate center were good with several options to choose from, franchise centers are different and my current benefits are not as good as when we were corporate owned. Every employee I hire say they learn a lot in their time at Sylvan that has better prepared them for a career as an educator. The only thing a teacher has to do after being trained on the programs is to come in and teach and go home. There is no lesson planning or testing or grading or finding clients or take home material.

    Cons

    There are a lot of responsibilities for a Director of Education, which is why (in my experience) they don't stay in the position very long. In my 6 years at Sylvan, I've worked under 4 DEs before becoming one myself. From sales to teaching to conferencing to testing to customer service to hiring and training and managing staff and schedules, it's a lot to be responsible for. Teachers don't typically stay very long either because of the somewhat low hourly wage and career development. This is just part time for a season for most teachers. Days are long for directors who open and close the center to keep other labor costs low. This is VERY important for Sylvan corporate and franchisees alike. The salary is comparable to a teacher's, not enough for what is demanded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some other low cost options for families so more people have access to this great service and relieve the DE of some stressful duties to keep them happy and around longer. Make the salary match the demands

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great building block

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Verona, NJ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Verona, NJ

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

    Pros

    friendly people, well organized and decent base pay. Management is very competent and the company itself is run well and has a good online tutoring in addition to on site teaching.

    Cons

    not busy enough, not challenging to teach. Needs better marketing to attract wider clientele and generate more business. There should be a person in charge of recruiting instead of just the owner recruiting students in addition to doing her job scheduling people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employ greater online recuiting of students and update SAT curriculum

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Part-Time Employee

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    Former Employee - Tutor
    Former Employee - Tutor

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility on choosing which days to work.

    Cons

    Only open in evenings and on weekends.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoyed my experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers

    Pros

    The management was very organized. The customers wanted the help that was provided. The staff was nice and always willing to help.

    Cons

    The center I worked for closed down. For certified teachers the pay at the instructors level was not nearly enough to keep them employed. I had to have another job to help supplement the income.

  11.  

    It wasn't great, but it wasn't horrible.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Getting to work with kids is great.
    The teachers working there are normally very cool people.
    It can be fun at time.

    Cons

    The management could of been better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more for employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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