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37 English questions out of 37

January 29, 2021

What are perks and other benefits like at Huntington Learning Centers?

Pros

Flexible hour and enjoyable wok

Cons

No benefits for part time teachers

No benefits for part time teachers

January 29, 2021

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September 3, 2020

What is health insurance like at Huntington Learning Centers?

Pros

flexible schedule, rewarding feeling, and remote opportunities

Cons

mischievous students retained way too long no meaningful corrections of parents to the bad behavior no guarantee of hours no guarantee of student type/ pay no health insurance no chance of fulltime work

no health insurance

September 3, 2020

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November 5, 2021

Does Huntington Learning Centers offer tuition reimbursement?

Pros

The best part will always be working with students and families. The tutoring part of the job is always very engaging. Seeing students make progress is truly heartwarming. The parents are (almost) always a pleasure to work with as well.

Cons

TL;DR You will not have a personal life if you work here full-time. Neither the stress nor the pay is worth it if you actually care about education and helping people. Do not let anyone convince you that this is a good career opportunity for you; they will ruin your life and blame you for it. 1. There is absolutely NO work-life balance with this job. The tutors actually have it better than everyone else, since they are only part-time. I loved this job as a part-time tutor, and now I absolutely HATE it because I am full-time. 2. Do not work for Huntington Learning Center or any franchises full-time if you actually care about education. They train all full-time employees the same way because everything is about sales and marketing. The individual franchisees are allowed to rename the positions for recruiting, but you will be given a Huntington-official title, which always requires sales, marketing, and administrative responsibilities. The company aims to operate as a traditional school with approximately 1/16th of the staff, so every full-time employee will always have to do several jobs at once. There is absolutely no downtime and it is actually impossible to get everything done. It doesn't help that families are always canceling and asking for rescheduled sessions, or when they decide to stop their enrollment and you have to account for this in the business plan on a monthly basis. 3. Huntington Learning Center does not truly care about students, teachers, or education at all. They have invested the fewest amount of resources into the education (student performance outcomes) side of their company. The student success stats they tout are from some data they pulled from 2014. Much of their curriculum is from the 1980s, and several of their curricular programs are out-of-print. The curriculum is not bad, but there should be more variety. They mislead families and the public with their stats on student growth and improvement; they only measure grade-level readiness by what level of a textbook the student is in (just because the student progressed to a "third-grade level book", doesn't mean their reading level is third-grade). Gaps in the assessment often lead to foundational skills being excluded from a student's academic program. I have witnessed students in "grade-level" books, but their foundational skills are far below where they should be; I've seen 5th graders with atrocious handwriting and spelling skills, although the computer program (eCenter) says they are on grade-level. Bringing this up doesn't change anything, because HLC doesn't measure skill proficiency as much as they measure tutoring hours attended. It's more important to say that a student has completed 120 of 136 prescribed hours than it is to say that that student has learned to spell proficiently. HLC doesn't care about educating lower-income families. If HLC actually cared about students and families, their tuition wouldn't be so expensive, or they'd operate as a non-profit or not-for-profit. They encourage centers to ask financially-illiterate parents to move money from their pensions to afford overpriced tutoring; they encourage centers to manipulate parents into taking out loans that they'll never be able to pay off (they already couldn't afford the tuition; the ones that can afford it pay out of pocket) and to ask their families to take out the loans for them if they get denied due to their credit. Huntington always tells families that their child should be completing 6-8 hours of tutoring weekly; they don't like to see centers spending fewer than 6 hours a week; they will tell centers outright that this is a waste of time because the child will not make progress (and because they're not making a lot of money off them). Huntington Learning Center has no shame in admitting that they are a business and that profit is their #1 priority. They are on camera admitting this since all of their training sessions are recorded now due to COVID. 4. Huntington Learning Center has every part of their business mapped out, but the students' learning programs are on autopilot. There is a video of a Huntington Learning Center corporate employee admitting that the computer is doing all the work when it comes to a student's "individualized academic plan", as she explains why HLC prefers hiring and franchising with business people rather than with teachers. HLC requires franchisees and each location to have Center Daily Meetings that focus on revenue and profits. They have coaches that teach you to change the tone of your voice at certain points of the Initial Conference to manipulate parents into paying tuition because their child's future is at stake. But nobody EVER receives this much training on how to help students be successful. In fact, when you call them out about their curriculum, questionable assessments, and interpretation of student results, they will flat-out ignore you and move on to a different subject. 5. HLC hates teachers. Don't be fooled by corporate saying that pay rates are determined by individual franchises; they have a formula for determining tutor pay rates based on the hourly tutoring rate for each student. They purposely keep the labor costs low by aiming to pay tutors no more than 20% of the hourly rate that they charge families. This is why they aim to have tutors teaching 4 students at a time. Students above 4th grade do not receive their own private tutoring. Their tutor is working with 1-3 other students at the same time. HLC provides training sessions on this because they know there aren't enough tutors to provide each student with their own tutor. HLC likes to tell parents and the public that all tutors are "certified" (they cannot legally use the term "licensed", because that would mean tutors have state teaching licensure), which is not the case at all. It's really sad that they tell this lie, because when you look at the job postings for the tutor positions, they always have in the description "teaching experience preferred, but not required". HLC likes to brag about being accredited, but this doesn't mean anything at all when all their tutors are only part-time; the majority of centers cannot function properly because they don't have enough college-educated people who are willing to work for extremely low-wages. Yet, HLC requires that tutors have at least a Bachelor's degree (in any subject, which is more proof that they are misleading people about tutors being "certified"). Because there are never enough tutors nor full-time staff, it will always be extremely difficult (if not impossible) for the individual centers to truly flourish (which could be accomplished if corporate allowed centers to be flexible; but corporate cares more about forcing centers to adhere to Brand Standards, while offering no support at all whatsoever).

Advice to Management

There is no hope for Huntington Learning Center or its franchises. HLC is unwilling to change. They would rather brag about how successful they are because they've "been in existence for __ years" (this is a talking point that clearly every corporate employee has been told to reiterate ad nauseam, because they all say it all the time and it is very, very annoying and cult-like). You cannot improve or innovate when you are focused on staying the same and proud of doing nothing more than what you've always been doing. Employee reviews from over a decade ago serve as proof that this company is unsalvageable.

They have coaches that teach you to change the tone of your voice at certain points of the Initial Conference to manipulate parents into paying tuition because their child's future is at stake.

November 5, 2021

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August 16, 2021

Does Huntington Learning Centers offer unlimited time off?

Pros

I enjoyed working closely with parents and students and felt supported by my coach and franchisee

Cons

Definitely not a 9-5 position, I took the job under the impression I would get vacation days but we were so busy and under staffed I never really took time off

5 position, I took the job under the impression I would get vacation days but we were so busy and under staffed I never really took time off

August 16, 2021

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June 28, 2021

Does Huntington Learning Centers offer health savings accounts?

Pros

It's good teaching experience and a good way to build your resume. The exam prep kids are usually pretty good to work with and are usually hard-working. This is really only a job for a stay-at-home mom or someone who has just graduated from college. The support staff is really good and understanding, and basically the support staff runs the show. Management is not seen very much, or if you do see them, they're in a meeting.

Cons

The pay is very low. They start you at $13.26 an hour, and this is where you stay. I guess they don't believe in raises. Not only that, but they expect you to have a college degree and want people with teaching certificates. You could literally go work at a Whole Foods or an Aldi and make more money. This is pathetic considering how much they charge parents for their services. They are charging between $5,000 and $15,000 per kid. The management all has high salaries and great benefits, but anybody working here hourly as a teacher probably qualifies for food stamps or has another job. This is a huge company that makes millions of dollars, but their underpaid workers do all the work. Management also does not want you to move up in the company. If you are a good teacher, they want you to stay where you are. I applied for a management job at my location, and I only met with the center director, and my "interview" was basically him telling me how he didn't think I was right for the job. He didn't even know what I did there nor did he know what I did for my other job. All he could say about me was I was one of their best teachers and I came on time. That was all he had to say about the matter. He hadn't even looked at my resume and I assume he hadn't read my personal statement. He had a whole stack of resumes printed out that were sitting in front of him and he hadn't even bothered to print out mine. They only "interviewed" me to make sure that WHEN they didn't give me the job that I didn't get mad and quit because they needed me to teach so they could make more $$$$$$$ off of me. I cut my hours way back and got more at my other job (plus my other job pays me about $5 more an hour), and I am transitioning out of there. Don't think by working here and working hard you are going to move up the ranks. Ever. Then they hired this girl with a bachelor's (I have an MA) and fewer years of teaching experience than me to do this job. Because reasons. Scheduling is haphazard. They are slow during summer and won't put anyone on your schedule for a couple of weeks, and then all of a sudden, you have students. I only recommend this to someone who doesn't need to make very much money and who is maybe bored or who is just out of college and needs to build up a resume.

Advice to Management

Pay more and give your teachers some kind of option for health insurance. Huntington could afford a cheap one like Aetna. This is what Kaplan offers its employees.

The management all has high salaries and great benefits, but anybody working here hourly as a teacher probably qualifies for food stamps or has another job.

June 28, 2021

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