Sylvan Learning Centers

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Sylvan Learning Centers Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
202 Reviews
3.3
202 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 place for teachers and students to come together and make a learning experience better.

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    Former Employee - Dual Center Director
    Former Employee - Dual Center Director

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

    Pros

    Great staff, great students. Corporate was very supportive and listened to what was happening in centers to make things more effective.

    Cons

    If you are working as a part time teacher at Sylvan, your hours are in the hands of the parents. If there are not enough students to teach, teachers hours get cut. Not fair to teachers, I understand but important to do as a Director.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Low pay, scripted teaching

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Sandusky, OH
    Former Employee - Teacher in Sandusky, OH

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

    Pros

    No planning involved. The teacher teaches only one to four students at a time. The small teacher to student ratio is nice.

    Cons

    Low pay, felt like a root teaching. Sylvan does not let you sway from their scripted teaching.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Work/life balance not good for office personnel.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time

    Pros

    On the tutoring side, Sylvan is excellent and they provide up to date technology for the students.

    As a teacher, If you're looking for a part-time tutoring position, this will probably be great for you as far as the hours.

    Co-workers are terrific! Teamwork is the norm here.

    Cons

    For the office personnel, you work long, hard hours, with no designated breaks or lunch...you take it when/if you can get it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update your computers and software. They are severely inhibiting production and customer satisfaction.

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  5.  

    Very fulfilling, long hours

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities and training programs. Ability to move up from with-in. Very fulfilling as students experience great success with programs.

    Cons

    Currently no 401-K option and long hours make burn out a strong possibility. There is not much time for training time when in upper management. Most needs to be done at home, after a 50 hour work week.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Directors longevity is a risk...lots of work and responsibility with no payroll

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    So rewarding to see children grow in confidence...just seeing their faces light up when their report cards reflect their improvement...nothing like it!

    Cons

    Expensive...Selling tuition at $55/ hr. Franchisees can't always be successful long term...advertising local vs national cost outlays...who benefits? No transportation to and from sessions after school. Most often no daytime programs offered to support children who are homeschooled. No food or beverages even if child attends longer than 2 hours. Many families can't qualify for financing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into why the southeast is always the lowest performing region of the country. Satellites alone cannot expand reach enough to make up for losing the schools contracts under no child left behind funding. Those funds carried many centers. Securing contracts is key, not charging parents more on top of what they already pay in taxes, private schools, and more.

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

    asked to do developmentally inappropriate things with children

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    Former Employee - Tutor in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Tutor in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    pretty decent pay per hour
    other teachers at center were friendly

    Cons

    not many hours, sometimes only would schedule you for 1 hour
    many children would be scheduled for 3 hour long sessions; it was developmentally inappropriate since 4 or 5 year old children should not have a 3 hour tutoring session
    center more concerned with profits than teaching children

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managers do not give teachers enough support when children at their table are not behaving-leave teachers to deal with behavior problems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great working with kids, however I would hate to own the place.

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    Former Employee - Center Director
    Former Employee - Center Director

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a great opportunity to work with children and help them succeed. The clients are really happy, although it is very expensive.

    Cons

    Not great pay, and inconsistent for teachers. For management it's a lot of work and not the best pay. Really motivated owners seem to do well but it is time intensive and a lot of luck is required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure if the company is going to stay together at its current trajectory. Seems that many franchisees are very dissatisfied with the way things are going.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good for temporary part-time work for college students

    Current Employee - Instructor
    Current Employee - Instructor

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

    Pros

    Very short hours where I worked, easy to focus on other priorities such as school

    Cons

    No real room for advancement

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth the headache

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    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

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

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible schedules, ability to move up quickly within the company, coworkers who really care about the kids

    Cons

    Disorganized management; treating education as a business instead of a way to really help kids; dishonest owners; horrible pay for what they charge families - even for licensed teachers; last-minute schedule changes and scrambling to "fill in the blanks"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The training for teachers should be QUALITY and should be something you are really concerned with. Don't hand this off to your program managers, who get burned out after three training sessions a week.

    When you offer a certain hourly rate to an employee, DON'T try to get around it by asking your program manager to "try to get him to accept less." Just don't play games, in general, and deal with things as they arise. Don't put things off until they are at a boiling point and then blame everyone else for your poor foresight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Inconsistent and no follow through

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Families and students were great, Has the potential to be a fun place to work.

    Cons

    Franchise was unorganized and had no follow through. Bottom line was the most important thing. No life/work balance. No regards to commitments made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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