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Westwood College Reviews

Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
121 Reviews
2.6
121 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great co-workers who seem to believe in what they are doing (in 4 reviews)

  • Also, the assistant deans who manage the instructors are great people (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Many students never see that salary upon graduation and default on their loans (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great place to be

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to be, love the people

    Cons

    not a con, but very metric driven

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The entire experience was very rewarding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Library Aide in Woodridge, IL
    Former Employee - Library Aide in Woodridge, IL

    I worked at Westwood College part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The staff actually cares about each student and staff member as an individual and it feels more like a family than a work environment.

    Cons

    There are no cons for this business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    This is not a kiddy college

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Faculty in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Faculty in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Westwood has been a great place to apply my prior experience in teaching nontraditional students. I feel like the students that attend here really want to improve their lives and that the faculty is here to help make that happen. The training and community at Westwood is terrific.

    Cons

    I don't see a clear path for advancement with in the organization. There is no internal posting system for openings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to WORK

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

    I have been working at Westwood College

    Pros

    Positive atmosphere, Everyone is always nice, Great Boss

    Cons

    NO cons on my end

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very rewarding the experience was great.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westwood College

    Pros

    Felt supported, materials were always available and current, there was a good feeling among faculty members, and expectations from staff were always explained thoroughly. Never felt uncomfortable when I was uncertain, there was always resourceful guidance available from fellow faculty and administrators.

    Cons

    Job was only part time, many students had unrealistic entitlement issues, no benefits, and a few classes had a few too many students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job, when staff feels supported and resources for teaching are current and available teachers will produce a better product and students benefit. Good job Westwood!!!

  7.  

    My experience at Westwood College has been rewarding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Westwood College part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work at Westwood College is the fact you interact with a diverse and intelligent student body and the environment/atmosphere is inviting.

    Cons

    Some of the reasons for not working at Westwood College includes their marginal salaries and advancement may not come as quickly as one may desire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When vacant positions need to be filled, look more to your adjunct faculty staff to fill those positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    great place to work in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Work Study in Upland, CA
    Former Employee - Work Study in Upland, CA

    I worked at Westwood College part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    good hours for the stuidents
    the supervisors are great people

    Cons

    their where very little hours
    their where no real benifits for the work studies

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westwood College

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Glad for the experience, learned a lot. I was glad for the experience, but due to financial issues the company laid off many people.

    Cons

    Because of the pressure on all departments for enrollments and retention at times it was a difficult place to work. The tension often caused people to act unprofessionally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than have classes start 5 times per year change it to 4 starts. This will give everyone more time to work calmly and professionally with students and each other. The bottom line is always revenue, but remember how you make people feel will keep them coming back and bringing their friends. The fast paced tense environment is felt by everyone, including the students. Slow down and watch your profits grow with happy, satisfied, confident "clients".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great campus!

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

    I have been working at Westwood College full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The People! It is great working with such a great group of staff and students.

    Cons

    Long hours. In order to complete the needed actions it can take more than standard working hours and time outside or work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For corporate, listen to your employees at the campuses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you hit your metrics you will do great!

    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Westwood College full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation, Office environment with the ability to leave your office if need be, friendly staff members, Majority of employees are always looking out for the students and their best interests which provides success for the student and the school

    Cons

    Some members of management are two-faced and manipulative making it hard to withstand for a long time, Metrics are high even during a drought of a mindset that education is worth it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to change with the times and the mindsets of the demographic. Cannot continue using methods from 10 years ago because education was viewed differently then.

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