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Career Education Reviews

Updated January 21, 2018
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  • Upper Management revolving door and lost of quality employees (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid if you can.."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisor
    Former Employee - Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Career Education (More than a year)

    Pros

    The only good thing about working at CEC is the great coworkers you encounter. They really made my experience a little more bearable while employed there.

    Cons

    There is a very narrow path for promotion, regardless of your skill or education level. One doesn't need a bachelors or master's degree to sit and answer phones, and that is all you are basically doing in this role. If you need to take time off, good luck if you don't have seniority. The environment is quite toxic, which was disturbing especially when new hire classes start everyone feigns excitement and camaraderie that quickly fades.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect, don't micromanage them and try to develop them instead of looking for reasons to draw up corrective actions.


  2. "Ok..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Career Education full-time

    Pros

    nice pay and great location.

    Cons

    All about favoritism to move up and even be looked at, no moral and toxic work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and see what people really do.. Instead of picking you favorites!

  3. "Admissions Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Advancement opportunity, great training environment

    Cons

    Inconsistencies, lack of consistency between leadership

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent


  4. "CEC"

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

    Pros

    Autonomous work environment, training available
    Flexible work schedules for all employees

    Cons

    Less than optimal benefits package
    No clear path for career growth


  5. "Admission Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and made great friends

    Cons

    This is a SALES job!

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about the responsibilities upfront


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Closed Door Conversations are Different than Open Door Expectations"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay in this type of environment. TA/TR benefits. Great Technology. Loyal Employees

    Cons

    Politics drive employee opportunities for career advancement, not skill, knowledge or profitable results. Many of the leaders that make substantial salaries in the Admissions department have relative or marital relationships within the organization. Front line employees with substantial education and experience are not allowed to interview for certain positions. The rules for applying for leadership roles change as necessary to bring in new employees that have no experience or proven track record in order to place them in specific leadership roles. Unrealistic performance goals for frontline employees due to the facts that the goals are not established based on previous performance or information gathered to support the targets as well as the training on new processes are rarely done effectively, but instead is done efficiently in order to minimize time away from phone queue.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to Executive Board,
    Take time out of your extremely busy schedule periodically to look at the people frontline staff that has truly led to CEC success year after year and offer a meeting to get them to a level of deserved leadership. As a business leader, it's natural to trust the people that report directly to you and allow them the opportunity to recruit and higher the leaders they want to report to them. However, in an industry that is struggling to stay relevant and profitable you have to ask yourself. Why are my people promoting people that have not been able to attain profitable results over potential leaders who have and expecting them to be profitable with even more responsibility? That shows poor judgement and a lack of objectivity when it comes to putting leaders in place that would help CEC thrive again. There is a correlation between leadership/managers and underperforming employees. Great performance and lack of performance of employees is usually a direct reflection of their direct leaders influence.


  7. "Nothing impressive"

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

    Pros

    Promotions through Admissions are possible

    Cons

    Top executives are not that strong, company has had many campuses close

    Advice to Management

    New talent acquisition

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Aid Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Career Education full-time

    Pros

    Co workers are friendly. pay is entry level. benefits are decent.

    Cons

    very high turnover, company can not keep talent. Raises are few, company has been unprofitable for a few years and teaching out schools.

    Advice to Management

    Too much emphasis on overall numbers and not quality. employee development opportunities are scarce, ethics lacking in the industry. high turnover should be a priority to reverse.


  9. "Financial Aid"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Student Finance Processor in Schaumburg, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Student Finance Processor in Schaumburg, IL

    Pros

    Vacation Time/Sick Time/Personal Days for Tenures is beneficial because you get 4 weeks vacation after 9 years

    Cons

    I have no complaints and no cons on the company itself I would not be where I am today without the company i been with for the past 7 years


  10. "Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great Salary and human resources staff.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for advancement.


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