Porter & Chester Institute Reviews

Updated Mar 2, 2021

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Pros
  • "If you care about helping students succeed and can ignore management it is a great place to be(in 7 reviews)

  • "The frontline staff, mostly great people that work very hard to make a difference for the students(in 3 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Not only no raises, but continually cutting benefits or drastically raising costs(in 12 reviews)

  • "benefits no(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place

      Nov 12, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great Place to work, very upbeat

      Cons

      Great Place to work, very supportive

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Porter and Chester Institute

      Feb 6, 2021 - CNT Instructor in Stamford, CT
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      Pros

      Ample time for training to a new position. Friendly co-workers.

      Cons

      As with other employers today the benefits are not that good. 2 high deductible plans. If enrollment drops look to change your shift or find a new job. Teachers don't make a lot of money.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      It's OK

      Mar 2, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      The students, most of the instructors, and my manager were all great!

      Cons

      Upper management, particularly the CEO, are tone deaf.

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      This one's beauty is only skin deep, swipe left.

      Oct 2, 2020 - Instructor 
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      Pros

      Most at campus level are wonderful, caring and hardworking people who truly care about the student and work really hard to give them the best possible experience with the limited resources and support. That said, some of the best instructors got fed up and have moved on unfortunately.

      Cons

      I’ll start by saying when I started 15 years ago it was a wonderful place to go to school and to work. It was a modest sized organization with an owner that truly cared about its students and staff. School has a very family orientated feel to it. When the owner passed away, it was bought by an investment firm and has progressively gone downhill from there. Covid 19 awoke the full onslaught of the Greed Monster. School “furloughed” a major portion of its staff and left the remaining few holding the bag to educate all the students with minimal student loss due to going to online learning. I always knew I could do much better elsewhere, but loved what I did so stuck around. 2020 was my breaking point…moving on. What’s wrong? I’ll just bullet point: • First! 13 years without a raise. That should be illegal. • Not only no raises, but continually cutting benefits or drastically raising costs. • CEO has nothing better to do than write stupid emails all day. Psst, hey Jim, we all delete anything that comes through from you. • Cooperate lies to their staff and wants staff to lie to students constantly. • Have 2 Professional Advisory Committee meeting with local businesses yearly that embarrassingly result in a complete lack of results from suggestions. • Entry level exams are a joke. Basically put a mirror under chin and look for fogging. • CPS’s are under extreme pressure to enroll so do so fully aware of inabilities. • Instructors under extreme pressure to graduate students at all costs, regardless of effort or abilities. • Now with much of the education online, their adjusting their education in an attempt to funnel students into an associates program so they can siphon more money from students. School management above campus level has a complete lack of moral compass and an egregious lack of concern for its staff or students. All are merely numbers. They have lost quality staff over the years, some really great people and are left with those who will put up with the BS. Now they’re coercing students to write positive reviews on Google. Hint: treat your staff and students with dignity and respect and no coercion is needed.

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    5. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Not a good place to work at all.

      May 7, 2020 - Instructor 
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      Pros

      Good people doing their best to educate their students. Helping students achieve their goals and get good paying jobs.

      Cons

      Owned by a hedge fund. CEO is a CPA not an educator. His number one goal is to maximize profits and give minimum to students and staff. They don't give any raises and keep cutting staff. Then the work is given to the people that are left. No department budgets and very difficult to get needed supplies. Extremely low moral.

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    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Horrible Climate

      Jul 17, 2020 - Instructor in Penn, PA
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      Pros

      None, not one good thing about this Institution.

      Cons

      They have no morals. It’s all about the Benjamins. Enrolled students that can’t even read or write English. Under paid, over worked, let’s not even discuss the harassment issues they possess. Had not received a raise in my 7 years and was told if I couldn’t afford to work there, go someplace else They don’t care about students

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Get what you put in

      Oct 14, 2019 - Career Services Advisor 
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      Pros

      Students and some of the staff

      Cons

      Not a lot of growth opportunities

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    8. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Run Away!

      Nov 5, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Direct staff at my location are amazing people and very hard workers. The students we enroll are charismatic and fun to talk to.

      Cons

      Far too many to list but let me summarize: you will never be more than an expense to the higher management. They DO NOT care about their employees at all. They are like a narcissistic ex that won't go away. Only education staff get paid vacation weeks while admissions and support staff have to still work. We haven't had a holiday party or any type of team building event since I started almost 2 years ago. I would have left after my first month if it wasn't for the people I met while working here. Don't waste your time being underpaid and under appreciated find a job somewhere else. Anywhere else.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      fun job

      Apr 18, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      very interesting meeting the students and the new students coming in

      Cons

      sometimes pace is very fast

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    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Don’t work here

      Sep 28, 2019 - Instructor in Boston, MA
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      Pros

      Great staff to work with.

      Cons

      No raises and work long days with no appreciation.

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