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Kendall College Reviews

Updated June 5, 2017
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  1. "Events Department"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Captain in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Captain in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kendall College (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced and learn a lot about the events/hospitality industry.

    Cons

    Stressful, have to work with people from all over the world so language barrier can get frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Needs more training for newer staff.


  2. "Part Time Events Sous Chef"

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    Former Employee - Events Junior Sous Chef in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Events Junior Sous Chef in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Kendall College (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Accommodating managers, willing to work with student's schedules

    Cons

    lack of organization in the kitchen, too much for one chef to handle

    Advice to Management

    Create a system for inventory and scheduling

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Academic"

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    Former Employee - Academic in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Academic in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Kendall College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The students were amazing! Some co-workers were engaged and served the students, others were narcissistic and only tried to advance themselves at the expense of the community.

    Cons

    Laureate Education Inc ruined the noble institution.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Laureate management and Paula Singer.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Culinary staff member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kendall College full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Overall, working with the students is great and the team of coworkers is wonderful. This could be a great role for a young and hungry chef that wants to get established in Chicago. Great campus and really good participation in downtown Chicago culinary events like NRA and Chicago Gourmet.

    Cons

    Hours of the job are very demanding with early mornings, late nights, and week-ends. Doing complex upscale service with inexperienced students that rotate in and out every 3 months makes progressive management and development very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Re-structure the operation to include 1 to 2 non-student full time staff members. This will create more stability and higher quality of life for all team members. Additionally, it will allow for increased quality and consistency of product over time.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "FT Employee - Student Services"

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    Former Employee - Student Services in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Student Services in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kendall College (More than a year)

    Pros

    Kendall has some great people, awesome students and unique perks, like 3 delicious meals a day made by our students for a minimal monthly cost (like, really cheap!). Theres also a great parking perk and tuition reduction rates. Although not many dev opportunities were presented to all staff, I was involved in many and they were quite useful. Theres been improvement, though.

    Cons

    Although my compensation was to market, I felt the annual merit increases could have been meatier. Kendall is owned by Laureate, which causes barriers in terms of financial freedom.

    Advice to Management

    Work with your teams and colleagues to be more collaborative! There are a lot of initiatives being done in silos; it would be a better use of time to cross-collaborate. Also, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE provide continuous and formal feedback.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Student Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kendall College part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The school works with students and schedules them around their classes. Pay is decent and you get maximum hours allowed..

    Cons

    The staff can be somewhat political and unfortunately it spills over to the students.

    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified staff that the student workers do not have to train.


  7. "Great Opportunity to gain experience while in school!"

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    Former Employee - Private Dining Server & Bartender in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Private Dining Server & Bartender in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kendall College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Events Department is a fantastic option for those who are studying either Hospitality or Culinary Arts at Kendall. The management works closely with the majority of professors and do not let work interfere with student worker's academic performance.

    Cons

    Low pay rate is a major downside. If the amount of workers was cut by 33%, the labor could be reallocated to paying the hardest workers, instead of compensating all equally, regardless of skills set.

    Advice to Management

    The management needs to be more strict with the staff when it comes to standards, rules and guidelines.

  8. "Great place and full support"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Adjunct in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kendall College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great open encouraging place to work.

    Cons

    Little out of the way, but that is what makes it a great campus.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "On the right track but needs help...HELP!"

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    Current Employee - Student Services in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Student Services in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kendall College full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The creativity, entrepreneurial spirit persists despite oppressive and schizophrenic executive leadership. Ultimately, the President has managed to really lead some efforts to get rid of dead weight and get the organization on track but it has gone too far.

    Cons

    It's owned by Laureate, and Laureate has a philosophy of centralizing everything, even when they themselves are ill-equipped to come to the table with resources and supportive solutions. The result is a high spirited and eager team of colleagues that can't do anything to change the red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Allow Kendall to run itself and please stop the "survivor" politics and games. There are not enough people to manage the work. Stop cutting jobs and instead focus on upgrading your resources. Hold yourself and other leaders more accountable for the development of those of us that remain. We are all walking on eggshells.


  10. "Continuous disappointment."

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    Former Employee - Student in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Student in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Kendall College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    International, extremely, over 70%
    Networking events
    Potential
    Dress Code

    Cons

    Rules are only enforced for a few, including dress code slacking. Over the years I attended Kendall I felt as if professionalism, innovation, drive, and knowledge were becoming less and less important to new big screen televisions, press and other social media, and lounging furniture.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your students and better interview new professors/instructors; revisit curriculum, and further push innovation and entrepreneurial experiences including within Capstone.


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