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"The worst experience i've ever had"

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Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in San Diego, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

I have been working at Ashford University full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

the end of your shift and your pay check

Cons

I cant say enough about how ridiculous this immature company is. first of all they coned me into quickly leaving my job of 3 years to come be apart of training (which is still apart of the hiring process because fyi you have to pass an assesement at the end of training in order to continue with the company) that i supposedly would have missed come to find out there was another training class right after mine. and then lay me and 400+ people off 5 months later with out explanation other then it was based on our start date. they are a joke and lie like dogs I don't know what went wrong but they made it seem like they wanted us to be employed there for years and years and wanted to figure out why people just up and leave after 2 months of working there. ITS BECAUSE YOUR COMPANY IS AS MATURE AS A 3RD GRADE RECESS PLAY GROUND....... DON'T GET ME WRONG their school is actual quality just behind the scenes is the nightmare. There is no quota but people run around like there is. I've never seen people get written up so fast in my life within 5 months or less people were written up and basically because they weren't performing, aka enrolling enough students.... but keep in mind there is no quota! the managers are immature and disrespect their team they wont teach or show you anything they expect you to know everything after training... when all training was was 3 weeks of what not to say on the phone. they just simply don't know what they are doing where they are going or what they need. they are a terrible mess and have ruined peoples lives

Advice to Management

NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO BE MANAGER you need to train them so they can train their "teams"

Other Employee Reviews for Ashford University

  1. Helpful (7)

    "Check your morals, integrity and self-respect at the door."

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    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ashford University full-time

    Pros

    The pay is decent and the company has good benefits. Major holidays off with pay and has a pretty liberal dress code.

    Cons

    As I said in the title, you really must check your integrity and morals at the door. I want to preface this by saying its not like I was in for a shock when I hit the floor and was dialing upwards of 300 numbers a day. They emphasize in their interview process and I acknowleded I understood this would be the case. I also was told to expect to be hung up on and cursed at while on the job. Got it-and I did not take that part personally while on the job. However, In this position, I was making hundreds of calls daily to students who made it more than abundantly clear they were not interested in attending college. It's ironic because in the training manual we receive it states that we are not to call students excessively. They never give a number to the word 'excessively", but I can tell you in my case I was expected to call new leads 3 to 4 sometimes even 5 times a day! Does that seem excessive? I doubt if collection agencies phone their clients that often.
    This is a numbers driven game; while I was there, I actually produced a decent number of enrollments and had never been talked to or disciplined for a lack of productivity. As far as the numbers driven part, they will tell you the opposite, that AU is about the student and changing their lives for the better. Selling them the idea that their lives will be so much better in four years when they attain their Bachelors degree. I honestly beleived that I would be in the business of helping people. Not so much. Enrollments and how many you can attain in the week is the name of the game. One day when my manager was particularly frustrated at us actually told us 'you can pretend its not a numbers driven game all you want, but it is!' I was instructed that in the course of talking to a prospective student, if they in any way indicated they may have a prior default on a loan to end the call as soon as posssible-"dont' waste your time on them." I was made to call individuals who had previously, explicitely stated 'take me off of your call list'. Talking indigent students--people who could barely put food on the table, people who could not even afford their own computer--into a $50,000 online education is, in my opinion unethical and unconscionable.
    In addition, my experience with management was dismal. Poor, inadequete coaching and teaching methods was what I endured throughout my tenure there.
    I really could go on with specific stories of unethical, hostile, intimidating stories of what I and others experienced there, but it would take up too much space here. I'll end with this--I really did make a decent wage there and had excellent benefits--those things could not even come close to making up for the sick sinking feeling I had everyday while on their 'sales' floor. Many times I could not shake it even after I got home--I made the decision to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to issues and concerns listed on websites like this.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great opportunity for professional development--terrible work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Admissions Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Admissions Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working at Ashford is similar to going high school. It's easy. You can go to work, sit at your desk, have conversations with people all day and build some great relationships with co-workers. Once you have proven that you have the chops to succeed as an Admissions Counselor, you can be promoted to manangement. At this level you will receive a tremendous opportunity to learn and develop both personally and professionally. The pay is a lot better as an Admissions Manager.

    Cons

    The work/life balance of the Admissions Counselor is not too bad. However, they do ask you to work a lot of Saturdays. Once you are in management, you can say goodbye to any life you have outside of Ashford walls. You are a slave to them. If you don't commit everything to your position, you will suffer in your role. If you give everything to the position, your other relationships will be jeapordized. If you are married or in a serious relationship before you go into management, please make sure that they are fully aware that all your time will be devoted to Ashford (if you want to be successful). All in all, it's not terrible. Use it as a career move to get management experience. Be forewarned--most other companies/industries think that for-profit education is a joke. They do not respect what you will have learned or performed at Ashford.

    Advice to Management

    Stop selling the Admissions Counselor position as something other than a sales position. There is no denying that this is consultative sales. You are attracting the wrong type of people to work at Ashford. Social workers and school teachers are not designed for sales.

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