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Chicago School of Professional Psychology Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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Pros
  • There are great people to work with in some departments (in 4 reviews)

  • Good benefits, including seven percent 401k contribution regardless of your own contribution (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • They don't pay employees (not including upper management) enough for all they ask them to do (in 5 reviews)

  • This school is a cash cow for TCS Education, and is treated as such (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Extensive list of Psychology Programs in a Fast Growing Institution"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chicago School of Professional Psychology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary is stable and benefits are very good. The school allows for academic freedom and input from the faculty on a variety of issues that affect the progress of the institution. The engaged-practitioner model is upheld and most faculty and staff include opportunities to work in the community through service projects as a component in their annual review. Diversity initiatives are continually solid and progressing to meet 21st century demographics and socio-economic issues.

    Cons

    Somewhat unstable upper management as the school has many VPs that have come and gone over the years. Dean positions also do not have longevity. The school is still very young and needs to iron out some institutional policies regarding workload, diversity, shared governance, and other job satisfaction factors. Merit pay is typically offered, but not guaranteed every year. Although faculty have some say regarding the institution, the school has a very top-down mentality when instituting new and mandatory policy.

    Advice to Management

    Consider a shift in the current department chair roles. Most universities switch them out to give other faculty opportunities to lead their department and provide a fresh perspective. Stop hiring high lever administration who are disconnected from the institution's goals and come with an exorbitant salary. Acknowledge high producing faculty and staff with opportunities to advance and/or other incentives to support and continue their work.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Stay Away"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Chicago School of Professional Psychology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Sporadic free pizzas
    Good location in the city

    Cons

    Constant change in:
    Programs
    Policies
    Management
    High Turnover Rate in management and staff
    Favoritism and Gossip at every corner
    Hostile environment which promotes a lot of negativity

    Advice to Management

    Stop turning this place into a Degree Mill. Have respect for the education and values vs number of students enrolled.
    Understand your policies first before enforcing extreme micromanagement to the point of discrimination.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Admission Counselor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Chicago School of Professional Psychology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people at the Chicago campus, quality of instruction, and mission and values are great!

    Cons

    Admissions is micro-managed and the focus seems to be on growing online programs

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on quality, reputation, and sustainability over quantity and growth


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  5. "Good job, low pay"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly and generally supportive environment, convenient location, interesting and varied work. Students are great and eager to learn. Excellent benefits, vacation time, sick time, insurance options, 403(b) matching, summer hours. Part-time employees get some benefits. Monthly company socials with alcohol and free food. Campus leadership is fairly connected and visible to the campus, but school-wide leadership is very disconnected.

    Cons

    VERY low pay (think 10%-20% below market value in Chicago). Laughably huge and pretty insulting disconnect between leadership and daily ops. Huge staff/faculty divide. Demands of the job much higher than the pay. Cutting many benefits like no more bonuses but merit increases capped at 3%, and nobody gets a 3% merit increase. Getting less non-profit and more for-profit and becoming more bureaucratic every semester. Communication within departments is spotty and inter-departmental communication almost nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to daily operations. You keep putting more and more demands on everybody and not compensating them appropriately.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "TA Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Chicago School of Professional Psychology part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Organizational structure needs work

    Advice to Management

    Fix the technology and has your resources more efficiently


  7. "Admissions"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Has a grest and Fun team environment

    Cons

    There are No opportunities for advancement


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fast Paced, Top Heavy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There is good moral amongst staff. It's easy to make friends there. You can come in late and leave early on most days as long as you are getting your work done on time.

    Cons

    Administration works out of the LA branch and does not take into account the needs of the Chicago campus which is supporting the other branches financially. Staff vs faculty. Faculty are allowed to double dip (get paid twice) by seeing personal clients during normal working house. Administration is slow to move and does not consult with those people on ground when making decisions. Some bosses keep good employees to take credit for their work.

    Advice to Management

    Identify those managers that are bringing things down and don't actually provide any benefit to the institution. Promote staff into positions that you've reserved for those with doctorate degrees that don't actually need a doctorate to run the department. Provide support to those departments that would sink the institution if they all left.


  9. "I/O Student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Student in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Experienced Competent Professors. Plenty of study abroad opporttunities

    Cons

    Cohort. Not able to select preferred courses. The courses are preset or voted on y classmates. Sometimes you end up having to courses that you don't need and miss out on the ones you do for your selected career path.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Faculty"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Chicago School of Professional Psychology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I started out as an adjunct and moved to full time core faculty. The school has incredible benefits and pays substantially higher than other institutions.

    Cons

    Some faculty have been here for a long time and do not know what it really is like at other institutions. This place rocks!

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Which is making a true impact in our communities.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Positive and innovative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fair compensation for higher ed, plenty of professional development opportunities, friendly work environment, great benefits!

    Cons

    --Poor technology. Their IT team is solid but they need to have the funding to update and improve systems.
    --Disorganized reporting system. Need clearer departments and reporting structures.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritize better service to the students (improved technology, improved customer service--students want in person service). Improve relations between staff and faculty.


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