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Updated February 21, 2017
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  • management micro management no work-life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • Inconsistent directives from upper management hinders a positive student experience (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "International Office Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Coordinator in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Office Coordinator in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - International Company with a strong network
    - Internal professional mobility
    - Largest higher education company in the world
    - Vision and Strategic plan well defined
    - Good reputation among other employers, govern and partners
    - Healthy enviroment to work
    - Trainning and Education opportunities

    Cons

    - Budgetting Challenges
    - Big demands with short team members

    Advice to Management

    - Stronger communication with the leadership team in other o understand the areas/department needs;


  2. "Great for Growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Marketing in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Laureate Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a ton of opportunity to learn and grow, especially within the marketing team which is always pushing the envelope and exploring what's new in digital marketing.

    Cons

    The same stuff you'll find at any organization of this size - basic company politics, long working hours, etc.


  3. "Enrollment advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time

    Pros

    General good working enviroment. Real effort in training and develop employees aptitudes and knowledge. Possibility of working at home once a day

    Cons

    Although bonus structure seems to be good, it is very difficult to reach targets. They are adjusted every quarter in the way that only few employees can reach them, over time
    targets do not motivate any morel. Frequent dismissals and renounces from management members gives the impression of lack of clear business goals and strategy and incapacity to attach to commitments. Difficult further develope career... all ends with talented people leaving.

    Advice to Management

    This company makes profit yearly. Change the way that targets are defined to motivate your employees, react soon when you find a talent in your company and try to retain management members. I have seen soo many good managers leaving in just 10 months!.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Too many chiefs, no real strategy, lacking stability"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Laureate Education full-time

    Pros

    At the worker level there is great intent and enthusiasm to do a great job.

    There is potential for the organisation to really kick goals if they focussed on getting the fundamentals right and put energy into building capacity to deliver.

    Cons

    Too many chiefs... this is a very silo'd organisation that doesnt have any cohesion at senior levels. In fact few senior managers actually report to the CEO - instead reporting to regional executive management non of which are in Australia.

    Organisation lacks any real strategy. Strategy on a page is not something staff aspire to or even understand.

    ~40% turnover is the norm... consequently there is little depth of knowledge and experience in some core areas, and a highly reactionary and short-sighted approach. This reflects at all levels - change is too frequent to result in sustainable outcomes.
    Culture is bad, motivation and commitment to organisation is lowest I've ever experienced. Major work needed to address this including better change management.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to be a real contender in the market you need to focus on getting the basics right, delivering a quality service and product, and singing from the same song sheet. A strategy staff understand and can aspire too would go a long way.


  6. "Fun & furious"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ability to get involved in many different projects.
    Great people. Great product. Exciting opportunities for company development. Good salary and bonus package. Opportunities for community activities and involvement.

    Cons

    Senior management has changed around quite a bit in the past and this has led to changing strategies and instability. Seems to be on the right track now though. Very results focused which is not a con, but can be stressful if you have a weak disposition.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better technology


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Low Pay, Human Resources has Unethical and unprofessional practices"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Laureate Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location, ability to telework, some colleagues are great,

    Cons

    Parking, mediocre benefits, no room for growth, inept management, they donate your "bonus" to a charity of their choice

    Advice to Management

    Develop staff, provide professional development opportunities, HR needs to focus on being fair and ethical vs dismissive and divisive.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Aid"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time

    Pros

    Directors / Associate Directors strive to create a welcoming and open atmosphere
    Colleagues are knowledgeable and wiling to share their knowledge
    Decent benefits including 90% off college courses; paid holidays/vacation/sick; Telework is available
    Good place to work if you don't have other options or marketable skills because they will train

    Cons

    Absolutely no room for advancement
    Employees who have been with company 3 years+ seem to be suffering burn out and are unhappy
    There seems to antiquated processes in place and ALOT of duplication of processes without rhyme or reason
    Managers micromanage
    Low Pay

    Advice to Management

    Offer clear pathway for advancement; offer more training opportunities


  9. "HR"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Global Higher Education and continuous business growth. Diversified working environment to learn multicultural aspects. Flexible and encourage adding value to the society.

    Cons

    long processes, the corporate is too far from local businesses


  10. "Education Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic, growing company, multinational, good benefits, professional development oriented

    Cons

    non-stable positions, long time demanding positions, many turn over positions

    Advice to Management

    Corporate management is very professional, local management needs to be more qualified


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Run as FAST as you can!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Laureate Education full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Multicultural workforce, but that's about it. Large company without a clue how to manage a large workforce. So there's not much more to say here.

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations
    Very UNHEALTHY behavior, mostly at the top
    Management is untrained in how to deal with people
    Stop using healthy and innovation as buzz words!
    HR is a joke
    The company could not care less about its employees
    The only thing that matters is growth of the company, at any cost to the people working to make that growth happen

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and realize your people are your biggest asset. If you don't start treating your employees with respect, all you work so hard to achieve won't be enough to keep you afloat for the long run.



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