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Sylvan Learning Centers Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
185 Reviews
3.3
185 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • I started as a tutor and was promoted to Director of Education and then Center Director (in 8 reviews)

  • working with students and families (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • When they claim that you'll be working "full-time" you should inquire about exactly how many hours you'll be getting (in 11 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. 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worth it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Great building block

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Part-Time Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    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.

  8.  

    Good company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Afternoon Schedule, so easy to have another job

    Cons

    Max was 12 hours a week that I could work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    At the franchise level, very rewarding, hands-on work in education dealing with families and students.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dual Center Director  in  Greensburg, PA
    Current Employee - Dual Center Director in Greensburg, PA

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

    Pros

    Our center was composed of like-minded teachers and directors. The executive director had unique and excellent leadership skills. Very little conflict in this office, just results for families.

    Cons

    Compensation could be low especially in geographic areas where the economy is taking a hit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate management is generally out of touch with franchised centers. Very poor flow of communication between the two. As a result, many corporate decisions are made without regard for the franchises and it is usually to the detriment of the franchised centers and their employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Everyone at Sylvan really cares about helping the students.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher's Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Making a difference in children's lives and instilling a love of learning in them. We love making school easier for them and boosting their confidence.

    Cons

    There is a lot of behind the scenes work done to get personalized lessons ready for the students and some students are poorly behaved and we are not really allowed to discipline them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every once in a while things seem a little disorganized and the teachers seem lazy some times, making the teachers assistants do everything for them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for . Helps alot of children though adults

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Helping all of the students to learn to find there confidence again.

    Cons

    none that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on keeping the prices controlled to attract more parents

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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