Mission: Create and facilitate opportunities for academic achievement, global competence and personal growth through quality international education.
I have been working at CEA Study Abroad full-time (Less than a year)
Everyone seems to be passionate about the mission to provide students with a life changing study/internship abroad experience. Great coworkers and fun environment. Also they are family friendly and good about work-life balance. Opportunity to work remote on occasion depending on your role. Good job of creating a culture based on well defined values. Management is open to new ideas and easily approachable. Definitely one of the better companies that I've worked for in my long career.
Fast pace and constant change means dealing with some ambiguity but that's true in most organizations these days.
I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at CEA Study Abroad (Phoenix, AZ) in June 2015.
The first interview was a phone interview. It lasted about 30 minutes and they asked about what kind of work environment I was looking for, my current job/skills, my study abroad experience, etc. The second interview was a skype interview with 2 interviewers. They would ask you a question and then flip it around. For example they would ask you what you were most excited for and then what you think you would struggle with, etc. The reason why I would say my experience was negative was the utter lack of follow up after the interview. I asked them at the end of the interview if they had any reservations about moving forward with me and they said no. Then I heard nothing back. Even after 2 separate follow up and thank you e-mails I still was not dignified with a response. I find this extremely unprofessional. One of the company values is "promises kept" so when they say someone will follow up with me within a week and I send them 2 e-mails to follow up I think it is a little hypocritical. A simple 30 second rejection e-mail would have been appreciated considering I am pursuing other opportunities. I read these other reviews and I am now kind of relieved I didn't hear back because it sounds like CEA is busy dealing with massive turmoil and turnover caused by poor leadership. I would advise CEA to keep in mind that people spend a lot of time preparing for interviews and take time off from their current jobs to speak with them. It is common courtesy to recognize that and at least let them know they are no longer in consideration. I was very excited to work for CEA and I was willing to disregard the negative reviews. However, blowing off their prospective employees and not being honest when I asked if there was any reason they would not move forward with me are huge red flags. I truly hope this company is able to turn things around and that this review saves some anxiety for future candidates.
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