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Bridgepoint Education Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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Bridgepoint Education CEO and Director Andrew S. Clark
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Pros
  • Good people; learn to use good tools; good benefits; comfortable job (in 21 reviews)

  • Great people to work with on individual level (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • The CEO really cares but is isolated from the reality of being on the front lines and only informed by people who are in upper management (in 13 reviews)

  • Too many managers and directors (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Student advisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education full-time

    Pros

    Great people, environment, good benefits.

    Cons

    Needs to have more direction for improvements


  2. "Not worth it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay, days off, compensation package

    Cons

    Micro-managed, over-promise and under-deliver, constant changes and fluctuations


  3. "Bridgepoint Education Experience"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Palm Springs, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Palm Springs, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgepoint Education full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed Helping counsel students on different career paths options.

    Cons

    I didn't like the sales aspect of the job.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Has never proven to be anything but a sham"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgepoint Education full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people; learn to use good tools; good benefits; comfortable job

    Cons

    In a highly-regulated industry that would threaten job security at any moment; questionable ethics; does not move fast, too corporate-minded; most core values are just a ploy

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the business, honestly. This isn't an ethical place to be.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Unorganized"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education part-time

    Pros

    Small business, fun people to work with.

    Cons

    Disorganized management is hard to work with.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Once was a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - IT Director in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - IT Director in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance and compensation are above average.

    Cons

    8 layoffs in 4 years with no signs of improving. Executive team seems to have no plan to save the company and continues to try and cut Their way to growth.


  8. "Esa role"

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

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education full-time

    Pros

    Lots of fun, great environment to work in, flexible hours and stuff, able to do what you want

    Cons

    Very strict on stats, sometimes you want to pound your head into the wall because not many people you call want to actually go to school

    Advice to Management

    Maybe set realistic goals instead of basing success on how much money you make? You can't force people to go to school online, and those you have to force will fail


  9. "Getting better"

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    Current Employee - Legal in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Legal in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has gotten much smarter, more strategic and transparent in their business moves. They've tightened up a lot of areas that needed it. Decent enough pay and benefits.

    Cons

    They want to become a great place to work but in many ways stay in the dark ages. Unless you're job title already had flexibility in it, very unlikely to gain it after the fact. Working from home, flexible schedules are said to be options but it is not even across the board. That goes for pay, budgets and benefits as well, some departments are much more "important' than others and get more perks.

    Advice to Management

    On the right track in many ways but can still improve. Look at other great places and be more flexible in what a modern workplace can be.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Lacking Pride"

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    Current Employee - Operations Compliance Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Compliance Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Initially, this company gave employees great incentives for their 5 year tenure, but these are no longer offered. Not sure there are any pros anymore...

    Cons

    Everything comes from the top down and here seems to be very little collaboration within this company. With consistent layoffs throughout the year, employees are often left feeling very unsure and often anxious about whether or not they will still have a job the next day.

    Advice to Management

    Stop having money as the main focus.


  11. "Appearance versus reality: cliques & cronyism."

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

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The healthcare benefits feature decent choices, considering how expensive insurance has become; the pay is average for the field, & some of the teams have great chemistry & camaraderie.

    Cons

    The "Leadership" is so full of itself, it's deplorable. They know nothing about leads or lead development & management, & their continual struggles to keep great employees shows: there's a terrible "brain drain" & talent depletion constantly here, as people who can often move on!
    Morale is another issue which upper management is oblivious to---how can a company who wants to make the "Great Places to Work" List offer jobs to outsiders, but not to veteran employees of the company who are qualified?! Makes no sense, like another policy here: Only those with salaried positions are allowed to teach online for the university---regardless of prior experience. Ridiculous.
    Recently, someone promoted to a VP position took 1.5 hours to explain who they were, & their philosophy. Talk about a blowhard! Many of us cringed as this person went on and on about their life on our time, an unwilling captive audience. Some fidgeted out of boredom, frustrated about how they were going to make up that lost time.
    Management has too many layers here, and most of the positions are the most boring administrative tasks imaginable. It's like being stuck in a factory farm, like being in a chicken coop day after day.
    I don't believe they have any idea of the depth of talent working here, & it's annoying to see people "repositioned" into jobs they don't want with no pay increases!

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue how to build people from the bottom up. You are missing out on a tremendous pool of talented people, & morale is more about better pay along with recognition, rather than cupcakes & candy bars a few times a year. Have a Christmas Party, for crying out loud---stop being so cheap with those in the trenches who make this place run!



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