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Colorado Technical University Reviews

Updated March 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Great staff and class criteria, plus a great place to work (in 9 reviews)

  • decent pay alot of overtime available (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Slow to advance and high turnover in support departments (in 12 reviews)

  • Forget about work/life balance, because there is none here (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Good university"

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    Current Employee - Student in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Student in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Colorado Technical University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to study. Absolutely love it.

    Cons

    Need to increase the staff size. But they still get our work done no matter how small they are so it's not actually a problem.


  2. "Good Intentions - Poor Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Colorado Technical University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company has a solid mission statement and is focused on making advanced degrees possible for busy professionals, individuals looking to make career changes, and military/veterans. Offers tuition reimbursement for degree programs relevant to job responsibilities. Acceptable work/life balance.

    Cons

    Individuals holding leadership roles lack the ability to lead people. Significant lack of trust within organization. Significant favoritism at a detriment to the development of employees. Promotions, though rare, aren't always earned but coerced - to the benefit of no one. The company has admirable values but does not live by them and any sense of culture is limited to pockets within the organization. Working from home isn't an option for the CTU Marketing department in Illinois except when it is a last resort due to weather or other unavoidable, temporary conditions. This determination is at odds with the fact that both physical campuses are in Colorado and the majority of the student base is enrolled in the online campus. Micromanagement is a standard practice in the Marketing department and condoned by senior leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Poor leadership can destroy good employees, causing the best to leave while demotivating those who stay. The cost to find and hire new employees can be more than offset by investing in onboarding. Acknowledging there's no onboarding and adding "that's just the way it is and it isn't going to change" sets people up for failure. The "block & tackle" theory is akin to routinely drinking from a fire hose. It's senseless, lacks strategy and direction, and enables individuals who believe they have all the answers to blindly stumble along hoping for success all the while ignoring their ineptness and lack of willingness to change for the overall good of the organization. Treat employees like professionals and adults rather than "building" teams comprised of temporary contract workers. This approach will enable the organization to retain knowledgeable experience and foster loyalty.


  3. "Senior Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Colorado Technical University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, developing employee success plans, fantastic benefits, and strong management team.

    Cons

    Slow to advance and high turnover in support departments

    Advice to Management

    Find new and improved ways to show gratitude for your more successful employees and develop a new promotion process.


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  5. "Adjunct Professor"

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

    I worked at Colorado Technical University part-time

    Pros

    Great local people but the campus was closed.

    Cons

    Senior management is clueless and does not have the best interests of the student at heart.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink the quality of all online programs.


  6. "So, so"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Professionalism, career based goals, possibly changing people's lives.

    Cons

    Busy, busy, busy and fast paced. Micromanaging can over whelming.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Run away and don't look back!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Colorado Technical University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits after 30 days...that's about it. HR didn't even give us a benefits presentation.

    Cons

    Horrendous micromanaging!!! Totally disparaging behavior from "Directors" who are nothing more than call center overseers. I knew during training that this was the WRONG position for anyone with a degree from a respectable university. You are transferred calls from a department whose job is to only do outbound dials. I was transferred students who have severe disabilities and even drunk students. How this school remains open is beyond me! The carpets at the location are dirty and all of the employees look like zombies. This is one of the most depressing, monotonous, and robotic jobs I have ever seen! They even map out your schedule for the day as if you're a brainless minion! How sad for employees who are forced to stay in this negative and depressing abyss?!

    Advice to Management

    Watch your Directors! If you hire someone who is negative, evil and micromanaging, what type of employees will sit around for 9 hours to be abused? If you're looking for downtrodden employees, you have achieved your goal. CEC should be ashamed for the direction that CTU has taken. This is NOT education. Instead, it's nothing more than miseducation and a boiler room call center with unqualified employees who have their lives. Open your eyes. DOE needs to do a re-investigation!!


  8. "Many roles"

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    Former Employee - Many Roles
    Former Employee - Many Roles

    I worked at Colorado Technical University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Dress code defines freedom

    Cons

    CTU's culture practice is to hire for experience but rather discriminate hires for age and ethically

    Advice to Management

    Never apply a entry level or mid-level job if you're over 50 and have dark skin


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Instructor"

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

    I worked at Colorado Technical University part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Students from across the country

    Cons

    Horrible place to work. Too much work to do - too little pay and too many requirements with enormous course sizes. Impossible to grade effectively with too many students in the classroom. Students run the show - if they complain about their grade, admin jumps and blames the instructor with no chance to explain. Very rude.

    Advice to Management

    Students are not prepared for the work world after a degree at the undergrad level. You can't possible learn enough by writing papers and posting on discussion boards. Time to get back to a real education. Value your instructors more... class sizes are ridiculous. It's not possible to teach a course and give enough feedback when there are 35 students and grades need to be turned around in 72 hours. Unrealistic requirements... Many students not prepared for this level work and belong in a classroom learning the basics.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Re-Entry Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Re-entry Specialist in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Re-entry Specialist in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Colorado Technical University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Possibility to advance. Great group of people to work with.

    Cons

    The company is trying to get rid of the senior employees and finds the littlest things to use as an excuse to fire. I saw a 15 year employee get fired for missing a mark by .01%. The management is hard to get along with. If you have a disagreement and try to discuss or express your opinion they will reprimand you. It it there way or no way.

    Questionable business practices. I had one student that was fresh out of jail and did not know how to use a computer. I was told to walk him though the steps and get him to enroll. It is all about getting them enrolled to get their money. There is no care at all if they finish.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to value your senior employees. You use them to help train younger employees, however if you continue on the trend you will have no senior employees left to help train younger employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Admissions Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Admissions Advisor in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Colorado Technical University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The only pro is that the pay is decent.

    Cons

    Poor management, and high turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Managers could use some basic training in regards to professionalism and diversity.



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