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Kaplan International Colleges Reviews

Updated September 12, 2017
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  • Very little chance to become a full time employee (in 8 reviews)

  • Most employees are purposefully kept at part-time (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Fairly Good Experience but they have a long way to go"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kaplan International Colleges full-time

    Pros

    The space and facilities are beautiful. The students tended to be friendly and were truly invested in their experience. Supervisors did their best to meet the needs of employees however with pressure from the top that seemed hard to accomplish. There are tons of passionate teachers and staff members here as well.

    Cons

    Pay is extremely low, way below market. Course materials are dated. Innovation seems to be at a standstill at the company. Does not have a 21st century feel.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Roll out course material and curriculum that are up to date and really reflect and take advantage of the new advances in technology.


  2. "Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kaplan International Colleges full-time

    Pros

    The company really cares about educating international students. They are ethical and concerned about the needs of the students and staff that they work with each day.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can feel like the goals are moving targets. Enrollment targets, diversity, increasing the number of partnerships, location of partnerships...it can be overwhelming at times.

  3. "They avoid giving full time work"

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    Former Employee - ESL Instructor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - ESL Instructor in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kaplan International Colleges part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers, fun job, interesting students

    Cons

    They avoid hiring full-timers because they don't want to pay out benefits

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees


  4. "Accommodation Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kaplan International Colleges full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    really low pay, and not many benefits.

    Advice to Management

    work with HR to make your employee happier. Try not to have this much of a turnover.


  5. "Instructor ESL"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kaplan International Colleges part-time

    Pros

    Good experience for your resume.

    Cons

    Horrible management, horrible pay, horrible materials, the dollar is clearly more important to the company than educating students.

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone and hire actual educators, like you have at a university or college. You cant have one foot in the for-profit world and one foot in the not-for-profit world and expect to see satisfied students and/or faculty. Hire only those with some sort of degree from an accredited university, stop hiring those who have merely spent a semester teaching english for those "shops" who don't require anything but an english mouth. All the instructors should be required to have a masters degree--but that means you would have to pay them accordingly. Short lesson: you get what you pay for, management.


  6. "A job, not a career"

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    Current Employee - Instructor II
    Current Employee - Instructor II

    I have been working at Kaplan International Colleges part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Decent materials overall and nice classroom resources including smartboards and K+ tools
    - Nice facilities
    - Managers and co-instructors are generally agreeable and pleasant to work with
    - Flexible, easy to get a day off as long as you can find a sub
    - Fun to meet and interact with students from all over the world
    - Paid for prep time, can prep and assess from home
    - Get paid to lead activities which are fun and optional

    Cons

    - Lack of job security - a drop in student enrollment can cost instructors their jobs
    - Too much emphasis placed on student evaluations of instructors, not enough emphasis placed on manager observations of instructors
    - Customer-service emphasis makes it very difficult to be strict with students or enforce rules
    - Although many students are great, an equal number students are overly privileged, entitled, and don't think that they should have to follow the rules
    - Many (not all) students are unmotivated and only attend classes so they can keep their visa, they have no desire to really learn English
    - No benefits

    Advice to Management

    Place more emphasis on manager observations of instructors and less on student evaluations. Provide more paid training opportunities for professional development.


  7. "Former Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kaplan International Colleges full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Kaplan International is actually a great place to work - there is a continued focus on fostering a friendly and respectful environment; there are resources made available for staff you do not really get in other companies in the ESL industry; there are continuous professional development opportunities and overall, the job in itself is very enjoyable. Salaries are not the best but not below the average in the market. There are other benefits associated to it and there is a lot of flexibility, something you do not find in other employers in the market.

    Cons

    Information is sometimes not managed the best way, which may create an occasional disconnection between management and staff

    Advice to Management

    There should be more and better ways to connect with staff in all positions. As of now, the connection relies too much on the School Directors onl.

  8. "English Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great team at the campus I worked at, students were very fun to work with/teach, pay is high compared to other part-time jobs

    Cons

    Pay could be higher for a job that requires a Bachelors, more opportunities for full-time work


  9. "The worst that can happen to you"

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    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kaplan International Colleges full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is not life and and worst work environment and the most frustrated the salary.

    Cons

    The salary is a misery but they continue to grow and how can if they are paying at 15 and 16 dollars an hour to the teachers as well using internships for the positions that they should pay.

    Advice to Management

    No more intern and hire real people. Labor department will know


  10. "Academic Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaplan International Colleges full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues and relative independence on the job.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of opportunities for advancement and turn over is quite high.


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