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Updated June 22, 2017
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Pros
  • This firm has flexible hours and very little pressure (in 8 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, one-on-one contact with families/children, good pay (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • The paper work is tedious, but I was familiar with it from other tutoring jobs (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Tutor Review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Academic Advantage part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Helping under-served, lower socioeconomic communities.

    Cons

    Not enough steady and consistent work.


  2. "Marketing Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and hourly pay including travel times. Bosses tried best to encourage growth and were easy to work with.

    Cons

    Difficult to travel to job sites sometimes.

  3. "Tutor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tutor
    Former Employee - Tutor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Hours
    Great Pay
    Rewarding Experience
    Exciting when student improves

    Cons

    Most students I received did not live close to my area.
    Paid on Contract


  4. "Canvasser"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Canvasser/Site Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Canvasser/Site Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Academic Advantage part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool company to work for.

    Cons

    Longer time frame of employment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  5. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    got to teach kids who needed help in their schoolwork.
    satisfying when they improved in their class work
    students assigned to tutors

    Cons

    they lost my paper work, if I did not photocopy them
    I would not have been paid.
    no one assigned to you at the office that you could resolve any problems with


  6. "Decent but a true challenge"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Has a nice starting wage and when you get in the groove the job becomes second nature.

    Cons

    Start up is brutal. You have to pretty much cold call a list of clients (student parents.) Most follow through others don't.

    The biggest problem was payment management. Eventually, I stopped caring as along as I lost at least ten bucks. The slightest mistake would lead to a penalty or fine from your salary, and they were pretty last a week or two when paying on time.

    Advice to Management

    Another department that contacts the parents would be nice.

    Payment on time.

    Inform employee to make correction a week prior. NOT WITHIN TWO DAY WHEN WE HAVE TO STILL MAIL STUFF.


  7. "Contract Tutor -- Good practice, too little training, poor pay"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - English & Math Tutor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - English & Math Tutor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule, if managed well. You communicate mostly with parents in setting up a schedule. If you want to see more student, you can make that request. You are expected to adhere strictly to LAUSD standards, but since students are often much further behind than their grade level objectives, you are left with the opportunity to organize the lessons as you see fit.

    Cons

    It was difficult to justify being payed so little -- only the hours when you meet the student -- when I was crossing LA, trying to meet with capricious students that could cancel on you, and who were generally unmotivated to learn. As I mentioned, there was a lot of traveling, a fair amount of preparation for each lesson, and some paperwork filling and mailing, which was all unpaid labor. The average wage was probably below $8.

    Overall, the management was next to inexistent.

  8. "Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Tutor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Tutor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Academic Advantage part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This firm has flexible hours and very little pressure. They give plenty of students and a list of topics that should be covered.

    Cons

    There is very little guidance and very little monitoring. The company can't really tell if you are doing a great job, or a terrible job. There is no direction given of what to teach, only a list which is generalized and not specific.

    Advice to Management

    Monitor the progress of the students. Students may have been getting a poor level of instruction without management being aware of it. Give the tutors more direction in how to teach.


  9. "It's a steady paycheck"

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    Former Employee - Invoice and Payment Department Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Invoice and Payment Department Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Academic Advantage full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Steady paycheck, halfway decent pay, easy and quick hiring and interview process, bosses don't care, so you can probably just slide by without anyone knowing you aren't working, if you are in certain departments (invoice and payment)

    Cons

    Parking is inconvenient, no leadership/guidance, bosses don't care about your tasks, etc. (only in invoice and payment), if you are in paperwork processing, you have to do a certain amount per hour so beware. If you are a tutor, run for the hills. They will delay your payments if you have not turned in perfect paperwork every time. Some of these issues may have already been fixed. If not, beware!!

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to care about your employees and spend some time on actual training and training structure.


  10. "Wonderful"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Academic Advantage (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work part time

    Cons

    Not enough hours for tutors


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