Westwood College

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Westwood College Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
104 Reviews
2.8
104 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Major Layoffs!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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 for 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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  5.  

    Its spinning around the drain.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you like people, many are friendly and kind. A few of the students are dedicated to learning and will try very hard.

    Cons

    IT infrastructure designed in the 1990, with a similarly antiquated security and data flow model. The technology courses are old and managed by academics with zero working knowledge of industry best practices. Many of the students are not serious, or mature enough to hand college and the administration seems to cater to their whims and excuse making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture if you are serious. If you are not just sell off the company/resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    No room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westwood College

    Pros

    I love working here, the students are the primary focus!

    Cons

    I have been offered no opportunity for advancement, despite receiving higher degrees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more training, stop hiring from outside and offer an advancement path for your existing employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to be

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to be, love the people

    Cons

    not a con, but very metric driven

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Admissions department.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    A fun place to work, with no advancement

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    Current Employee - Student Finance  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Student Finance in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Staff is very friendly and welcoming. Always feeding the staff food. Fun activities

    Cons

    Low Pay, Turnover, benefits, leadership, management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Westwood College Employment Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Westwood College as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    You're allowed to teach from the syllabus and incorporate your own life skills with your lesson plans.

    Cons

    I don't like the adjunct teacher rules of only work 27 hrs a week. That's means it's no room to make money substituting other classes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight for contact pay increases. Instructors do a lot of work for the amount of part per contract.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    An organization in need of change

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues dedicated to making a difference in people's lives

    Cons

    Culture and benefits not comparable to like-organizations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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