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Career Education Reviews

Updated September 25, 2017
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  • Roll-out of changes by upper management can be overwhelming (in 14 reviews)

  • Very little room for advancement, those that move up are "Management Favorites/Buddies" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Working for Career Education"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

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

    Pros

    Salary commensurate with experience, a place to move up.

    Cons

    I worked for Le Cordon Bleu part of the business which ended up closing down which caused me to look for employment elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    At the time, a lot of us didn't get pay increases while others received bonuses. Another reason why I left. I'm not sure what it is like there today and it may have gotten better.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "VP of Admissions and Marketing"

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

    I worked at Career Education full-time

    Pros

    under Jack Larson (CEO) leadership it was a good company to work for. Jack was fair and loyal. once he stepped down, the company started its decline

    Cons

    I would not work for CEC with the current leadership. They have lost the majority of there campuses due to bad management and negligence.

  3. "Overall good company"

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    Current Employee - Financial Aid Advisor in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Advisor in Schaumburg, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Career Education full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pretty laid back environment everyone is easy going good company culture upper management does a good job of making sure employees feel valued lots of company events I really enjoyed my time at cec

    Cons

    My manager goes against company policy and just does what he wants to in regard to the already absurd point system if it wasn't for him i wouldn't mind staying at cec

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees fairly and dont let managers just pick and choose when and how they want to give points


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Caring people, great HR, good benefits, great pay.

    Cons

    Business is downsizing quite a bit.


  5. "Student Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced and challenging. The students make the job worthwhile.

    Cons

    Management does not appreciate how hard employees work to meet deadlines and expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Say thank you! People will work harder if they feel appreciated and valued.


  6. "It was good. I met some pretty nice people."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Career Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture. Business casual environment. There is opportunity for growth. Very diverse group. Ability to help others invasion their education.

    Cons

    May have you work odd hours and on the weekend. The company has experienced some struggles, but they're still going strong.


  7. "Department Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Rewarding career assisting those realize their dreams through education.

    Cons

    Need a better work/life balance

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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

    I worked at Career Education full-time

    Pros

    when I started in 2009 the Company was committed to growth and a strategic outlook. Colleagues were bright, strategic, and motivated.

    Cons

    Multiple and frequent changes in executive leadership led to a nose dive in quality of the thinking an turned a forward thinking organization into a reactive organization.


  9. "Great benefits, but corporate environment"

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    Former Employee - Career Services Advisor in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Career Services Advisor in Skokie, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health insurance, decent salary, enjoyed helping students in Career Services

    Cons

    Very numbers focused, schools also closed down in large after hiring new staff, so it seems there was a lack of planning with higher management, which unfortunately impacted a lot of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of employee and student needs


  10. "Employees Under-Valued"

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    Current Employee - Online Content Editor in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Online Content Editor in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work itself is interesting. Hours are flexible, the corporate building is nice, and the culture can be relaxed at times. We are allowed to wear jeans, and there are ping-pong and foosball tables in the building for employee use. Telecommunication is available for some positions. The company strives to find new, more efficient systems and processes to improve its product, and I like being able to see how my work directly affects the students.

    Cons

    I no longer feel valued by management. Despite my two degrees, I do not make enough to support myself on just this one job, and even though I have received consistently high ratings during my performance reviews, I have received only two 2% raises in my 4 years here, which is better than nothing, but not enough. Management claims to have done research to make sure wages are consistent with industry standards, but according to my own research, I'm making 24% less than the industry standard. They recently changed my position from exempt to non-exempt, which included taking away the telecommuting option for no reason. I do not feel my ideas are being heard or valued. There is no communication among senior management and front-line employees. I can only speak with the two managers directly above me, neither of which seem to have any power to change anything.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a living wage to all of your employees, not just the senior managers. Change the hourly pay system so that employees are allowed to fill out a time sheet rather than physically clocking in and out. When you send out an employee satisfaction survey, have a place for employees to leave comments rather than just asking multiple-choice questions.


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