Sylvan Learning Centers

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Sylvan Learning Centers Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
201 Reviews
3.3
201 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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.

  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    You're just tutoring children part-time, nothing special

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers

    Pros

    You really get to enjoy working with kids and the setting is very casual, yet professional at the same time

    Cons

    It was only a part-time job, so there was not a lot in store in terms of personal growth or advancement within Sylvan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent place to work

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    • 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!

  7.  

    Great co-workers, boss...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, boss, families really want the best for their children.

    Cons

    Feeling bad when families can't afford the programs, lots of work for little pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work but can be frustrating

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Rewarding to help students achieve goals, friendly staff

    Cons

    lack of communication, employee turnover, constant shift in focus, lack of support from senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more support from senior management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    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 (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.

  10.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  11.  

    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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