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Updated September 21, 2017
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2U Co-Founder & CEO Chip Paucek
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Pros
  • If you have the right manager/director who respect work & life balance this is a great place to work (in 16 reviews)

  • Truly work hard play hard which I'm sure most people can appreciate (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is dependent on who your boss is (in 24 reviews)

  • It often does feel like a cliquey high school that aren't very welcoming to new comers - going from lower to upper management (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Admissions Counselor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 2U full-time

    Pros

    Company culture is very high energy. Lots of laughs. CEO Chip is awesome.

    Cons

    Gets repetitive. Work-life balance is dependent on who your boss is.

    Advice to Management

    Many promotions are done from within. Can be a positive, but HR overlooks valuable experience outside the company. Often overlooking employees with advanced degrees and promoting employees who have been at 2U longer, with no advanced degree. Ironically, it is as if the Masters degree you gained beforehand wasn't factored into the decision at all.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 2U part-time

    Pros

    It's a great company culture, with a fun office environment and great people.

    Cons

    Salary isn't the most competitive, but I honestly think the culture makes up for a large part of it.

    Advice to Management

    More companies are starting to adapt similar, fun cultures. I think salary has to be adjusted to compete.

  3. "Amazing place to be overall, despite growing pains"

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    Current Employee - Student Support Manager
    Current Employee - Student Support Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 2U full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn, fast paced, fun, smart people, tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Growing fast, need to staff up to accommodate it


  4. "Great place to learn, develop and grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lanham, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 2U full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    2U has an incredible culture where everyone can be exactly who they are at work. People are passionate, driven and care about the outcomes of their job. This is a wonderful place for young people to start their career. Get your foot in the door and make your way to your dream career by learning from some of the most world class team members. Opportunities abound and best of all, they work just as hard as they play.

    Cons

    With so many young people at 2U, there is limited opportunity for mentorship from experienced experts, but if you seek them out you will gain a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to expand the gender, race and age distribution of your executive leadership.


  5. "Great workplace"

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    Current Employee - SSA in Lanham, MD
    Current Employee - SSA in Lanham, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 2U full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    An amazing workplace with an idea to change the world of education. Young and driven individuals aspiring to be leaders.

    Cons

    Individuals are young at times that are managers and higher but doesn't have enough real world corporate training in leadership skills and structure. Therefore causing a lot of poor structure and talent development.

    Advice to Management

    Take more training to become a more successful leaders. More snacks please :)


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Admissions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing CEO! Great new HQ, free snacks, dress code and annual meetings. Company is growing fast, opportunities for growth will come for the "right people".

    Cons

    Very poor leadership, bully/harassment is pervasive. Nothing in place to enforce no ahole policy. Avoid company if you want to be treated well.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers, hold them accountable, you will lose talent due to poor leadership, bullying, etc. Solely focusing on numbers and not ethics is detrimental in the long run.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support in Lanham, MD
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Lanham, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 2U full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people, the technology, the innovation

    Cons

    None I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Its a great place to work.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Pretty Solid Workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    When I joined 2U in 2010 there were tons of perks. Free food, lavish parties, all sorts of fun activities all of the time. Over the years they decreased but 2U still made an effort to make their employees feel valued. The CEO is really great. There was always overtime to be worked.

    Cons

    There's a very 'young and fun' culture so if you can't stay late due to family constraints, it's your problem not theirs. HR is TERRIBLE and there is a good bit of gossip, especially among the who's who.

    Advice to Management

    Replace higher ups inside HR


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Admissions Counselor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 2U full-time

    Pros

    A lot of focus is put into the culture and environment

    Cons

    A lot of young leadership.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible and inexperienced management across the entire organization."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 2U full-time

    Pros

    Snacks
    Some people are nice
    Parking is free
    Gym
    Cafeteria
    Time off around the holidays
    The facility is clean and bright

    Cons

    Inexperienced management
    Pay isn't competitive or at market value
    Promotions aren't merit based
    No growth opportunities
    Lanham is far from Baltimore and D.C.
    Egotistical middle management

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Pay your people market rates and they might stay, but the current system of underpaying and over working isn't going to lead to future success. Make decisions that will better the company for the future, not based on what's best for the company in the past. Invest in your people and they will invest in you.


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