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Chicago School of Professional Psychology Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  • Work/Life Balance Very Dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neutral ("OK") Satisfied Very Satisfied (in 3 reviews)

  • There are great people to work with in some departments (in 4 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. "Be Ready for an Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Advancement opportunities tailored to the individual. If you were one that wasn't afraid to roll up your sleeves, the opportunities come exponentially.

    - Fast paced environment, entrepreneurial mindset that allows one to continuously explore and invent/improve systems and processes.

    - Great benefits including min. 7% 403b contribution, summer/winter recess and educational/professional development.
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    - Flexible schedule as long as the work was done.

    Cons

    If you're not looking for an accelerated career advancement, widespread career exposure and a place where you can constantly put your skills to the test, this may not be the place for you. I had a mentor that really put me through bootcamp, but as I reflect over the years, I am so thankful of how far and how fast I've grown.

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  2. "Internal consultant and Business Partner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chicago School of Professional Psychology full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and work environment

    Cons

    Growth opportunities and development challenges

    Advice to Management

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Stay Away"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible - Stay Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Chicago School of Professional Psychology full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance, they offer summer hours, and located in the heart of Chicago.

    Cons

    They have had several layoffs, upper management is horrible and not supportive, and there are better place to work in the city than this dump!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Admission Counselor"

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    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


  6. Helpful (4)

    "A For-Profit School Masquerading as a Nonprofit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Campuses are well located in the heart of their respective cities. Decent benefits including a pretty generous 403B contribution/match. Some good people and quality faculty members who do care about students.

    Cons

    Poorly managed organization from the top down with little autonomy from the school's holding company, TCS education system, which recently changed its acronym to reduce suspicion that it is indeed the holding company calling the shots. The work environment is toxic and fiercely political. Favoritism runs rampant and business practices are questionable if not unethical, ranging from accreditation issues to terrible HR practices. I also had a moral issue working for a school that pretends to be a mission based nonprofit, while operating as a for profit enterprise that saddled students (many of whom are minority) with crushing debt for programs that led to sometimes bleak employment prospects. The school's president has no idea how to run a school, but collects generous pay that would make president's of more legitimate institutions envious. The fact that this organization maintains tax exempt status is baffling, but I guess I should give it credit for being savvy enough to fool the IRS.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house before the ship completely sinks. Stop emulating the poor business practices of for profit competitors that have gone nearly bankrupt. Respect and acknowledge the staff that actually keep the school running and provide them with the resources they need to do their jobs effectively. Start promoting people who have business acumen as opposed to those who toe the company line.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Stay Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Chicago School of Professional Psychology (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location. It's really close to the L, so one could escape easily at the end of the day.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything else. Incredibly high turnover. Nepotism, favoritism. Promotion based on personal relationships, not on skills, education, or experience. Unbelievably hostile co-workers. The school prides itself on teaching students to be "professional", but is unable to support this behavior in its staff and faculty.

    By increasing the number of degree programs without corresponding job opportunities, the school takes money from students with empty promises. Lies about licensure requirements and degree viability. Purchases failing schools to add to their collection of disparate degree programs. Well on their way to becoming the next University of Phoenix, a shady, for-profit house of lies.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on admitting, educating, and graduating the highest level of students. Stop padding your enrollment numbers with fake degrees, like the non-licensure forensic program, the EdD school psychology program, and all of the online programs. Hire administrators that have management experience. Take a close look at departments and positions with high turnover. Treat your employees with respect. Act like a higher education institution, not a degree hoarding house. Get it together, or keep getting sued.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Don't appreciate their employees or pay them what they're worth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Chicago School of Professional Psychology (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the people are really great at the Los Angeles campus. They have a 403B and invest 7% for you, which is great!

    Cons

    They don't pay employees (not including upper management) enough for all they ask them to do. Upper management does not have a strong leader that trusts the employees under them. The policies change weekly it seems. I was told numerous times that certain things would happen to increase my salary, none of which ever happened.

    I did the work of probably 3 people and was not compensated appropriately, or appreciated quite frankly. My salary was around $15K lower than what people in my position make at other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs a leader that trusts them to do their jobs correctly. Having a lot of important meetings doesn't matter if the people don't have time to complete what they've been assigned to do. This is the norm unfortunately. Need to streamline the work load and have less micromanaging.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Needs A Lot of Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Chicago School of Professional Psychology full-time

    Pros

    There are some great people that work here. The benefits package is decent as well.

    Cons

    This School needs a lot of work in how they deal with both their employees and their students. Unfortunately there has been a lot of turn over in upper management, and as such policies have been changed time and time again.

    There also seems to be a lack of respect for employees and everyday needs. Nothing is supplied for them, not even plates or plasticware in the kitchen area.

    There are some great people working here, but unfortunately the bad ones take over.

    Advice to Management

    Get things in line and stop trying to change them again and again.


  10. "good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Noida (India)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Noida (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Chicago School of Professional Psychology full-time

    Pros

    nice company .good environment really loved it

    Cons

    no cons all are good .good management


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