Westwood College Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. A lot of great people work there, but executive management has no clue.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO

    I worked at Westwood College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, chance to help people move up in life.

    Cons

    Terrible benefits, no raises in 4 years, lots of layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Need to learn how to retain your good people. I'm sure executive management salaries are very bloated, need to restructure those.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Felt a little morally bankrupt as an Admissions Rep

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO

    I worked at Westwood College full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Payrate is decent Great co-workers who seem to believe in what they are doing My supervisor was respnisive and communicative...you knew where you stood. Sales experience (make no mistake...this is a SALES job)

    Cons

    You are actively participating in bankrupting students who really have not business/ need to pay $40,000+ for an education that probably will not result in a position that will allow them to payback that loan They say your pay is not based on enrollments....but it most assuredly is. Looking back...I feel dirty and dishonest after working in admissions here. They are very good at cheerleading the school, the system and thier sales staff...and I bought it. Now I am ashamed that I did.

    Advice to Management

    There is a need for practical career education...there is not a need for the bachelor/ associates degrees associated with the career education you offer...students can get a cheaper, more recognized degree at the local community college. Concentrate on true career educational needs...move towards the Redstone model.


  3. Helpful (1)

    A School System Trying to Find Its Way

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campus Leadership
    Current Employee - Campus Leadership

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a number of long term and loyal employees trying to turn around the school. Some members of Executive and Director level management get it. There is a strong need for what the school does, as many folks look to start their careers.

    Cons

    The past five years in the for-profit sector have taken a toll on this organization. It has played it safe and tried to weather the storm but needs to refresh its value proposition to students and employees.

    Advice to Management

    A stronger strategic vision would unify the organization and unleash more synergies to move the school system forward. Definitive choices about customer segment, program offerings and student experience would drive needed internal process and brand opportunities. A market or niche approach would benefit growth.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Stay away

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment to make friends.

    Cons

    No sense of job security

    Advice to Management

    Keep your decent employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good money and no job security

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Westwood College (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The money is not bad. They give you pretty standard work hours. Everyone is pretty nice. Cubicle environment with lots of meetings

    Cons

    The industry is failing. You will never feel any sense of security if you are looking for something temporary this is the job for you


  7. Helpful (3)

    BEWARE

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online Admissions Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Online Admissions Representative in Denver, CO

    I worked at Westwood College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The Co-workers were the best part of the job. I meet and worked with a lot of really amazing people working at West wood.Co-workers were amazing, helpful and friendly. I am grateful for gaining valuable sales experience that will be needed for future work with a real company. Yes, you do have the opportunity to help students change their lives through education, however you end up hurting far more students, than actually helping, in the process. You are responsible for getting students into school that are not ready for school, don't have the computer skills for online classes, no time for for school or really don't have the ability or desire to make it through school.

    Cons

    The admissions positions at West wood college is a revolving door for employees.Most employee's are let go within the first year due to not meeting their goals( Number of students they enroll) The metrics and standards set by the school are so tough that only a few representatives are able to meet them. The main goal is to enroll as many students and have them start for classes so that the school can collect federal financial aid from the students. Then get those students to take out loans to cover the remainder potion for the extremely overpriced school. For-profits schools in general, including West wood, needs a complete top to bottom overhaul or needs to cease to exist altogether.

    Advice to Management

    Management should not have downsized to the point where only mediocre, lackluster and inexperienced people were moved into into senior management and executive positions- having no idea or ability on how to run a company. Also, It's a bad business practice to lay off over 100 people with absolutely no notice and no severance pay whatsoever.


  8. Helpful (2)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO

    I worked at Westwood College full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Great place to be

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to be, love the people

    Cons

    not a con, but very metric driven


  11. Helpful (2)

    Major Layoffs!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO

    I worked at Westwood College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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