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"These are just franchise owners trying to make a buck! No way to know who are the good ones!"

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Former Employee - Center Director in Port Orange, FL
Former Employee - Center Director in Port Orange, FL
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The KIDS, for sure! Loved working with the kids, the parents were generally great too!
Sometimes had quiet time when tutoring sessions weren't going on.
Kinda liked decorating bulletin boards and cleaning up the center a little.
Nice to see the kids improve. I believed in the system.
The tutors were great. Hard to believe so many highly educated and able teachers actually WANTED to make some extra bucks tutoring (especially for the low hourly pay they got)!

Cons

Vacation/time off - what time off? No work/life balance. Usually had to work Saturdays. Such a small center (which most are) that it's hard to leave the building. We literally never went to lunch. I had to bring my lunch or order in. Usually only two to three employees working at each center (besides tutors) so you can't leave your post and they won't allow you to delegate. As Center Director, you're basically just the recruiter. Not really managing much and it really doesn't help your resume like I thought it would. Anyone can own a Sylvan if they have the dough so it's had to know who makes a good owner to work for. Mine were terrible! They micro-managed like crazy and made working there unbearable. The only time I liked it was when they weren't there, but they'd still call a lot! The actual job wasn't bad at all and the system really does work for these kids. You have to keep the seats full, which is sometimes hard, but even if they are full, it's never enough. They will try to find new ways to make a buck and keep you busy! So again, you really aren't managing anything.

Advice to Management

Can't give advice to mgmt, they decided to just up and sell their locations and cash in. They gave ZERO notice to employees or students/parents. They took pre-paid contracts all the way up to when they closed their doors. They simply left a note on the door about how they're sorry but had to close permanently due to financial struggles. People are suing now! Glad I got out!

Other Employee Reviews for Sylvan Learning Centers

  1. "Was a great place to work before the economy died"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Manager in Baltimore, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good hours, good people, good pay

    Cons

    Lack of chance to learn new technologies

    Advice to Management

    be honest with employees about company performance


  2. "Flexibility in balancing school and work life, but pay is low and little room for professional advancement."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Education in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Education in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of activities to complete on a daily basis
    Working with students and seeing their educational growth is inspirational
    Ability to work in the field of education without the pressures of a school district
    Name brand recognition

    Cons

    Low pay
    Management is distant and not in touch with daily operations
    Few opportunities for advancement
    Work year-round (no summer vacations)
    High turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    If you pay your employees that do a good job based on their talent and abilities, they may stay longer.

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