Westwood College Reviews

Updated August 14, 2015
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  1. Ok to work here

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Whittier, CA
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Whittier, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    you will enjoy working with the students

    Cons

    staff needs to work on professionalism

    Advice to Management

    take better care of your campuses


  2. Helpful (1)

    Scam from top to bottom

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no pros working for Westwood College...

    Cons

    This is a sales environment PERIOD. It is a for profit organization and it is ran as such. They push the Admissions Representatives to enroll students...mind you they charge the student 30K for a Medical Assistants certificate that the student can get at a community college for 6k. 40K for an associates degree. They really only care about the student for the first 14 days because for the sales team that is when the school closes the books on the enrollment. They are the students best friends until the start. They have ok Instructors....its not their fault the have to work for the scum of the earth. If you want to test the waters go ahead....they will use the 30 day commitment sales pitch. They have this one goof at their Ohara Campus that will call you and pressure you into staying enrolled. He refers to the students as "these people." He mirrors the Executive Management Team. They found a way to bilk the people who want education and over charge them for an education you can get a community college which is better. Be cautious of the demon that shows you everything in the presentation. Ask them how would their tuition affect your aggregate limits and who accepts their credits... The wont answer that question they have a pre-scripted response. Westwood College credits re unlikely to transfer...blah blah blah....

    Advice to Management

    They don't care....they make money because they do not have stock holders to answer to, only the Executives in Denver. Meaning they are raking in money at the top.


  3. Constantly fighting an uphill battle against the media scrutiny....senior leaders reactive instead of proactive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Westwood College full-time

    Pros

    liked people i worked with has some good educational programs pay was good

    Cons

    reactionary when dealing with media scrutiny changed vision of company constantly "do more with less" mantra makes good people want to leave


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  5. A lot of great people work there, but executive management has no clue.

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Felt a little morally bankrupt as an Admissions Rep

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    A School System Trying to Find Its Way

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Campus Leadership
    Current Employee - Campus Leadership
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Stay away

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice environment to make friends.

    Cons

    No sense of job security

    Advice to Management

    Keep your decent employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good money and no job security

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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


  10. Helpful (3)

    BEWARE

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online Admissions Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Online Admissions Representative in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    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.


  11. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westwood College full-time (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 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.



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