Westwood College

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Westwood College Reviews in Denver, CO

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
105 Reviews
2.9
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Dean Gouin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Got to know some good people who processed loans and such (in 5 reviews)

  • Also, the assistant deans who manage the instructors are great people (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Many students never see that salary upon graduation and default on their loans (in 6 reviews)

  • School has a bad reputation and just tries to shove it under the rug (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    You'll make great friends... but that's about it

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO

    I worked at Westwood College full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people that work there, pay is really good

    Cons

    it will suck your soul, the school cost WAY too much, managers have no idea what they are doing, they run off all good reps and just hire new ones, completely number focused even though it is illegal. Also, there is no room for advancement or lateral movement what so ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A director should not be allowed to be in that position unless they have been a rep before, stop focusing on quantity of students and focus more on quality, a graduate pays more than a student who never even starts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Major Layoffs!

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO

    I worked at Westwood College full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people! Smart, positive, and motivated individuals trying to help others. A nice balance of work/life, decent compensation, and the ability to go to school tuition-free.

    Cons

    Executives are greedy individuals who have very little regard for their employees. They just conducted a major lay-off with zero notice! Not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make promises you can't or don't expect to keep.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Major layoffs recently of their best people! Ashamed I worked there for so long.

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO

    I worked at Westwood College full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people hands down. By far have made some lifelong relationships with some incredibly decent, hardworking individuals.

    Cons

    I worked for Westwood for several years. As one of the consistently top performers I fought for a raise for almost 12 months and never saw it. They continuously told me they could not give raises based on performance, yet oddly enough they fire you if you do NOT perform to a specific metric; so you cannot be compensated based on performance but be FIRED based on performance. They wouldn't do the right thing by finding another "non performance" reason to give myself and other people the pay they deserved.

    Even if money were not a factor, they refused to give me any other kind of valid recognition for my hard work- the only person who gave me even verbal accolades was my immediate supervisor. They created a culture of fear, stress and ZERO incentive other than to (fingers crossed) keep your job for another school term.

    In addition there were other individuals making significantly more money than me who performed at a far lower level than myself- yet again what incentive was I given to do well? None, but I continued to work hard because that's simply who I am. And I am not alone in this- many other people still did work hard because somehow this company, however undeserving they are, was lucky enough to have some amazing employees with incredible work ethic. Aaaand then they just laid off those who worked the hardest and brought in the most business for them, including a large amount of tenured representatives...instead keeping employees in what has been the lowest performing center in Westwood online for several years.

    Whatever financial crisis Westwood seems to be in, their big wigs seem to have no short of cash, they are simply greedy and shortsighted. This company is a sinking ship, and the best thing they could have done for me in the long run (certainly I was never going to see that pay raise) was to let me go. Onto bigger and better opportunities to work for a company that actually appreciates and recognizes hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My heart breaks for all of the amazing people you just laid off. This was the only source of income for many talented people. For whatever decent people you do have left, my advice would be to hold onto them for dear life. Also think about using some of your Christmas bonuses to give even a small raise to people who actually deserve them. Your compensation plan needs a lot of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Admissions department.

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO

    I worked at Westwood College full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The salary and benefits were good.

    Cons

    As a Admissions representative you had to lie to get people to attend a school where the degree was not recognized, the cost for the programs outside of computers was not worth the money as the ROI was not there. You don't need a degree for a career that will only pay you $12.00 an hour and have over $60K in debt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide solid creditable programs and get regional accreditation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Management doesn't care about employees

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    Current Employee - Instructor  in  Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Instructor in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Westwood College full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great co workers, working with students.

    Cons

    Really don't want people to stay a long time, Took away long term benefits. Student numbers is all they care about. not the quality of the students, Admissions people lie about wages and jobs. No raises for last 4 years. Money from one program goes to other programs not back into one that's making it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better benefits, Better wages Listen to people when they try to tell them about problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Revolving door

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    Former Employee - Instructor  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Instructor in Denver, CO

    I worked at Westwood College part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedules
    Good peers
    Some really great students

    Cons

    Revolving door for management and peers, no continuity, management out-of-touch with classroom realities, no loyalty to staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The students come for the teachers and staff. Value them accordingly.

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

    Fun place to have spent my time!

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    Former Employee - Student Finance  in  Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Student Finance in Westminster, CO

    I worked at Westwood College full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I built amazing relationships with staff.
    Had great hours and a flexible schedule.
    Was able to build on my skills by working with talented groups of people.

    Cons

    Income limitations.
    No 401K Matching.
    Benefits were only ok.

    Approves of CEO
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    Been here for 7 years and it's been a very good experience

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    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Marketing in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Westwood College full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The organization has a great mission and has helped thousands of students get the skills and training to find meaningful work. It is a collaborative environment and there is an openness to trying out new ideas.

    Cons

    The organization has gone trough a lot of regulatory and legal issues and at times has lost focus. This has also impacted the culture and we've seen a lot of great people leave the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Different

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    Current Employee - Admissions Representative  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Westwood College full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to obtain degree at a discounted price.

    Cons

    High turn-over. Little job stability.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I worked in admissions and as a trainer for over 3 years

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO

    I worked at Westwood College full-time

    Pros

    Really excellent training department when I was there. They really make sure their employees know the job. Also, this is one of the funnest places I ever worked, in terms of working with great co-workers.

    Cons

    It's a nationally accredited university which means the education does little to nothing for the students we were enrolling. It's hard to stomach at the end of the day. There are also aggressive sales tactics and clever ways we are taught to not tell students about the detriment of going to a nationally accredited college.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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