FilterHoffman Est, IL
Middle-management often pulls together when times are tough (they are). Beautiful new offices with many amenities. Compensation is competitive.
Poor reputation; questionable ethics; hands-off, non-communicative upper management. Politics frequently at play; cronyism is full-force.
Coworkers were a pleasure to work with
Faculty- The faculty is great and underpaid. They do have great backgrounds and are probably the best part of the school.
READ THIS BEFORE WORKING OR ENROLLING AT HARRINGTON COLLEGE!!!!!!!
I worked at HCD for a number of years and would like to take this review to provide you some behind the scenes information that is not normally made public.
Financial Aid- They no longer have a FA office or representatives on campus. They were all laid off and now it is being handled by a centralized office through its parent company CEC(Career Education Corporation). Don't expect to get hands on service regarding your tuition and FA questions. Have you ever heard of a campus that doesn't have a FA office?!
CEC- Career Education Corp. is really the school you are working at or going to. That is who pays the salaries and processes your FA loans. It is not Harrington College. They try to make it seems likestudents are going to a unique school, but they are not. One school it owns is Brooks Institute which has had tons of lawsuits against them from students claiming they were provided false information. Check out this forum.
Admission- Harrington College is a For-profit school. It makes its money from enrolling as many students as possible and getting them to start. The goal is to get the student to sit in class for more than two weeks because then they have to pay tuition. Admission representatives' performance is based on the number of students they get to start each year. For those that don't hit their target they are fired. Because of this reason many representatives were caught forging documents and saying anything to the student to get them to enroll. When you speak with a representative you are just a number. The only way to move up in the department is to enroll more students. They even used to give additional compensation to admission reps that enrolled more students past their targeted goal. These individuals would then go to a “conference” at an exotic location, but this has since stopped. It also says something that the graduation, employment and tuition rates are all hidden on a small link on the bottom of the webpage.
Leads- The school purchases leads from outside vendors and then will call each person no more than three times a day. It is expected that each representative will make 100 dials or more. They want students to fill out an application and pay the application fee within 24 hours. Keep in mind that they hold this information for years and will go back to it several times a year until the person asks to not be called again.
Bottom-line is the school had a great reputation and then was bought out by CEC, which has since over charged its students and created a stressful and unprofessional environment at the school. If you have tons of money to blow and want to go there than fine, but if you have to take out loans then I would choose another school. Keep in mind that Harrington College makes a profit the longer you are there. Don’t give them your phone number or email address unless you want to be blasted with information for years to come.
I wish you luck in your professional and education endeavors and hope you go to a great school.
Advice to Management
Not everything is about profit.
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