ELS Educational Services Reviews

Updated Jun 28, 2020

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Curt Uehlein
4 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits for an ESL school (used to work for 2 other companies that didn't give any benefits)(in 24 reviews)

  • "Health Benefits, great international students(in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Inconsistent hours because hours are dependent on enrollment and(in 23 reviews)

  • "Low pay like most teaching position(in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Loved the work, students, and staff."

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic Director in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great staff, flexible boss, and loved the students.

    Cons

    Wish the pay were a bit higher.

  2. "Nice Company"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Registrar in Fort Wayne, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at ELS Educational Services part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good health insurance especially for dental work

    Cons

    No potential for growth with the company

  3. Helpful (1)

    "The company is a dinosaur"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ESL Instructor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay was often on time

    Cons

    Facilities, curriculum, and philosophy are obsolete

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  4. "Good but could be better"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Instructor 

    I worked at ELS Educational Services full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and great staff

    Cons

    Salary is way too low

  5. "Good company, bad industry"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Health benefits, coworkers, and leadership

    Cons

    Company is still trying to find its identity post-merger. Low compensation for workload, and the higher education industry is unstable.

  6. COVID-19
    Helpful (4)

    ""At Will Employment = Disposable Commodity""

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Bulk of the employees, who perform the day to day work, hold the company up and stabilize the foundation are an incredible team of professional colleagues. They are incredible and the network of professionals that have crossed through ELS are an invaluable resource to one another. But, literally that is the only positive takeaway from the entire organization.

    Cons

    Zero professional consideration; zero commitment from management; zero thanks and a big fat zero has they temporarily laid off nearly everyone during a world health pandemic yet Curt and all upper management remains. Upper management could have cut their salaries and perks, but they didn't. Upper management could have even posted a "teacher thank you" during national teacher appreciation week; but the didn't. The motivation appears to be to drain what little resources could further exploited for their own personal benefit and ego. Let's not forgot how the company remains committed to holding now former -employees PTO hostage during a "temporary lay off" just to meet some cruel financial goal. It's a shining example of how to appreciate staff who have given years of productive work to the organization. Saying the management is crippled and should be replaced is the understatement of the decade.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Decent"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Instructor in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly people, interesting students population

    Cons

    Corporate culture, lack of job security

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Amazing centers, terrible corporate office"

    3.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work is rewarding, management is super supportive. It's a really fun career.

    Cons

    Corporate does not care about employees at all. There's no support for management so centers are left to figure things out for themselves. Instructors aren't paid at all for planning or grading which takes hours now that class sizes have increased. Updates to curriculum and online platforms are run out without proper development or troubleshooting, and centers are left to defend themselves against students' disappointment even though they have no control over these high-level decisions.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "PASS THE BUCK"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ELS Educational Services part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    An interesting multicultural experience

    Cons

    Inept new management values their new positions more than caring equally about their staff. Local center management’s two new administrators threw themselves big expensive parties when they got promoted, even with budget cuts and closures throughout the company. In contrast, dedicated employees’ long term anniversaries were ignored; yet, a one year anniversary of another staff member was celebrated with a cake. The new management definitely played favorites with both staff and students. The center had a steady drop of enrollment which management partly attributed to employees behavior and poor teaching methods. Now that the majority of the staff has been replaced, who is left to blame for the lowest enrollment in years? In addition, staff members complained about the managements’ unfair grading practices. Staff protested when a select group of students were allowed to take part of their masters final again which left only one devastated master’s Japanese student failing. It wasn’t uncommon for students who were “squeaky wheels” to have their grades manipulated so they could pass. Knowledge, technology, care, and staff retention are qualities of successful companies. These attributes are woefully lacking with management.

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  10. Helpful (4)

    "No job security"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    50+ years of legacy

    Cons

    no job security and lack focus on business priority

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