Porter & Chester Institute Reviews

Updated Mar 21, 2022

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Pros
  • "Great People to work with.(in 7 reviews)
  • "Great coworkers and students Lower management ok(in 3 reviews)
Cons
  • "awful benefits(in 13 reviews)
  • "no training for new employees(in 4 reviews)
  • "The CEO has no idea how miserable people are with the corporate side of this company.(in 4 reviews)
  • "You will never get a raise unless you threaten to leave.(in 3 reviews)
  • "PCI needs to start appreciating their staff by giving at least BASIC raises, CEO needs to recognize how must people here are suffering financially due to lack of pay.(in 3 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Recruiter

    Sep 30, 2021 - Recruiter 
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    Pros

    This is a great place to work

    Cons

    There are very little cons

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Instructor

    Mar 12, 2022 - Instructor 
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    Pros

    Good learning environment to teach in

    Cons

    Long hours and work is needed from home

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  3. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    The CEO has no clue

    Mar 21, 2022 - Instructor 
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    Pros

    It's a Great Idea. Training students for a Trade is a wonderful concept.

    Cons

    Literally everything else. The CEO has NO IDEA what he is doing. A total restructure of staff and moving Programs ONLINE with no Hands on Labs is a waste of money for students. They can GOOGLE and get the same education for free. The equipment the students receive is sub-par. Most students can't complete what is required with their equipment. The purchasing dept is the biggest joke of the company. Items are not ordered in a timely manner resulting in a loss for the students. They need to remember the student has paid and it is not coming out of their pocket. If you are an employee: good luck. No raises: and the worst health benefits packages I have ever had.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  4. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great School...Fantastic reputation and puts Students first.

    Jun 16, 2021 - Corporate Director in Rocky Hill, CT
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    Pros

    Committed and dedicated Administration, Faculty and Staff...Student centered. Solid career programs that help prepare you for the real world. Nice environment...learn alot and have fun.

    Cons

    No cons with this school.

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  5. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Like being abused? Then work here!

    May 20, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Instructional staff is wonderful, doing what they can with the limited resources and respect they are given.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Benefits? They dwindle every year. Employee happiness? They don't care. Raises? No. Not in at least 8 years. Reviews? No. Respect? No. Everything good here was taken away little by little. The CEO and upper management have taken a good school and run it into the ground. Don't even get me started on the issues they have had with their nursing program and problems with the State Board of nursing.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  6. 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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    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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    2 people found this review helpful
  10. 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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    2 people found this review helpful
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Porter & Chester Institute has an overall rating of 2.5 out of 5, based on over 66 reviews left anonymously by employees. 26% of employees would recommend working at Porter & Chester Institute to a friend and 18% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 4% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Porter & Chester Institute employees rate their compensation and benefits as 2.0 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Porter & Chester Institute. This rating has improved by 7% over the last 12 months.

26% of Porter & Chester Institute employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Porter & Chester Institute 2.6 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.4 for culture and values and 2.2 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Porter & Chester Institute to be workplace, career development, coworkers and the cons to be management, senior leadership, benefits.

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