Sylvan Learning Centers

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Sylvan Learning Centers Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
196 Reviews
3.3
196 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.  

    Great experience.

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    • 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
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    Making a difference in people's lives.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor in Lake Mary, FL
    Current Employee - Instructor in Lake Mary, FL

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility in your schedule, everyone is really nice and appreciative.

    Cons

    Not a lot of hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, but no where to go once you are a director

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

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers full-time

    Pros

    You work for a franchisee

    Cons

    You work for a franchisee and are at their discretion

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sylvan Learning Center - Hammond

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructor in Hammond, IN
    Former Employee - Instructor in Hammond, IN

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked at the Sylvan in Hammond. I don't even think it's open anymore. I loved my boss. He was very laid back. My co-workers were easy to work with. The students were open for growth.

    Cons

    The pay is not great, and the overall style of teaching at Sylvan isn't either. For a struggling student, I would definitely recommend one-on-one tutoring. At Sylvan, they do three-on-one and the students don't get the individualized attention they need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is good, but the program needs to be re-worked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Perhaps it would be better to work for another company

    Former Employee - Tutor in Corona, CA
    Former Employee - Tutor in Corona, CA

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with the students knowing that I was helping them, but that was pretty much it. Working with students is always fulfilling. Decent base pay with a good online tutoring platform.

    Cons

    I don't agree with their group tutoring format and sometimes the hours were not convinient

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to hire more staff to help with scheduling and recruiting students.

  8.  

    Great Coworkers insufficient salary

    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time

    Pros

    My coworkers were terrific to work with and helpful with tips. I found their attitudes were positive overall and appreciated this.

    Cons

    Communication was not always clear and training was vague at best. Salary was insufficient and time-off policies were a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clear expectations and training along with better pay.

  9.  

    Teacher assistant

    Former Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I liked the people, the teachers are so nice... The management was awesome and genuinely loves to help people

    Cons

    I did not get trained well at all. They did not make sure I knew how to perform all tasks and a lot of time I was lost and had to ask for help for the 6 months I was there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a training program for new people

    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great part time teaching job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I teach at one of the Centers. The supervisors and staff are friendly and professional, and rapport with the students is great. It has been no problem to take a day (or week) off when I've wanted it.

    Cons

    Sometimes hours get curtailed due to student cancellations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Adrian, MI
    Former Employee - Math Teacher in Adrian, MI

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Low stress high fun interaction with young people. No lesson planning and little evaluation time. Able to go "off script" when needed. Several positions to add to primary discipline.

    Cons

    There is little room for advancement. Hours are limited and are dependent on community needs which fluctuate during the school year. There is very little work during the summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

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