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Bridgepoint Education Reviews

Updated June 3, 2017
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Bridgepoint Education CEO and Director Andrew S. Clark
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Pros
  • good benefits , they give you decent training (in 24 reviews)

  • Great people to work with on individual level (in 14 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 12 reviews)

  • Ashford University is a FOR PROFIT school and employees are rated solely cased on number and how good a sales person you are (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Frenetic, chaotic work environment lacking any semblance of an enterprise"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of intelligent, driven and focused engineers.
    Fairly exciting product line to work in with regards to the online/continuing education market
    Company spends money on hardware/software as needed
    Engineers get to pick Mac's or PC's as their workstations
    Fast paced work environment

    Cons

    Complete lack of enterprise standards
    Lots of interdepartmental politics
    A lot of arrogant engineers that are extremely difficult to work with
    Bizarre management layers - certain individuals are deemed as supervisors with 1 or 2 direct reports.
    Incompetent upper management tier
    Fast paced work environment

    Advice to Management

    Hire engineers that understand what it means to work at an enterprise and take the company to the next level.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "In one word I would describe the experience as dismal."

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good starting compensation, that is about it.

    Cons

    Reference check process is an online survey, rather than just calling
    Recruiters/hiring managers are incompetent
    You are hounded to attract people who are already in poor situations
    The management level believe they have earned their way into a noteworthy position
    The advancement depends on how many suckers you can get to sign on and stay on.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "another enron waiting to happen"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    salary was very competitive, fairly young employees

    Cons

    unethical behavior abound, management is completely clueless and do not care about providing a quality education. it's a complete numbers game to get people through the door.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of paid holidays. Average vacation and sick time. Decent health benefits.

    Cons

    Horrible management. Several managers advanced to their position with little management experience. Very disorganized. The company grew too fast and internal structure and organization did not evolve with it. The company let go of 10% of the company all at once (a mass fire, not a layoff). I would not recommend working here.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more direction and feedback for employees.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Joke of a University"

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    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent starting salary and benefits package
    Enjoyed my coworkers

    Cons

    Everything else
    The pay and benefits have to be good because nearly everyone hates working there.
    Management was hilariously inept. I had 3 managers in 8 months and didn't learn a thing from any of them. Directors are only about the bottom line and will overlook employees breaking federal laws as long as their enrolling "students".
    Admissions Counselor is the most misleading title ever. They use sales tactics and teach you how to guilt people into enrolling into a school that is going to fail them.
    I was repeatedly asked if I was interested in moving up to management, then inexplicably laid off in their last "10% cut" without any concrete reason.

    Advice to Management

    Get out before the DoE shuts down the school and prosecutes for breaking federal regulations.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Pushing Ethics"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-wokers were mostly fun, there is a certain level of professional development here though it plateaus quickly.

    Cons

    This company is under constant pressure now from the Congress to change its practices, and is being investigated by the department of justice. They essentially lied to me about the job I would be doing when I signed up. They have no idea what they're doing now. This place is a dead end.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your ENTIRE executive team and start over. Terrible.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "NIGHTMARE, boiler room tactics, managers that are 22 years old and have no idea what to do but abuse people, terrible!"

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

    I worked at Bridgepoint Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    NONE, working here will stress you out so bad you will need up needing meds just to watch their commercials.

    Cons

    if you want to be abused daily and then fired without cause, work here

    Advice to Management

    you are scum


  8. Helpful (5)

    "The worst/most stressful job I ever had."

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

    I worked at Bridgepoint Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My co-workers were fun, friendly and smart despite the overall negative vibe created by leads and managers.

    Cons

    Inexperienced managers who did not practice what they preached.
    Highest turnover rate of any employer I have ever known.
    Outing employees in group meetings for job performance -- who trained these people?
    Harassment of employees and open discrimination.
    There is no salary that can compensate for being treated as sub-human.
    Salary in my department was low.

    Advice to Management

    Get some leaders who have leadership skills and experience.
    Treat employees as people and not machines.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Garbage Place to Work For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor/Student Advisor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor/Student Advisor in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bridgepoint Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The environment and the people you work with can be great.

    Cons

    Some managers suck at their job. Upper management never knows what they're doing. Constant change and inconsistency with policies can add stress to the job.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up because you are losing valuable employees. Andrew Clark stop being so greedy and give back to your employees who work hard to fill your pockets.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Database administrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Database Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, I have to recognize that most people at BTS . We're good employees to work with. Free education opportunities and some training.

    Cons

    No leadership ,the CEO main focus is only on profit and his bonus check. Every 6 months the company laid off employees across the board. Most Systems are now been outsource.

    Advice to Management

    Learn leadership skills and to The CEO "Please control your greed and learn how to live with Only 5 million dollars a year"


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