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Porter & Chester Institute Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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  1. "Fair and People Focused Company"

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

    I have been working at Porter & Chester Institute full-time

    Pros

    Company is attempting to stand out in a much-maligned education sector. Good work hours, fair salary, and cares about the people who work there.

    Cons

    Benefits for healthcare are not what I am used to, but might be the status quo in today's healthcare market. Culture varies by campus- some are more pleasant than others.


  2. "Not a good place to work"

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

    I have been working at Porter & Chester Institute full-time

    Pros

    -Helping the students that truly want to go to school and change their lives
    -The frontline staff, mostly great people that work very hard to make a difference for the students

    Cons

    -No raises
    -Constant uncertainty of whether or not you will have a job the next day
    -Upper management does not value the staff that works on the campus level
    -No benefits, healthcare is expensive
    -No appreciation for the amount of work that you put in
    -Revolving door of employees, people searching for jobs constantly

    Advice to Management

    Need to be transparent with the staff, bring back the 401k match and better healthcare. Care more about the constant revolving door of employees, it is important for the staff to feel valued. There are really no benefits to working here except for the fact that you are employed.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "instructor"

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

    I have been working at Porter & Chester Institute full-time

    Pros

    Helping students achieve goals, the staff I have the pleasure to work with

    Cons

    Constant cuts to employee benefits, constant layoffs, no raise in eight years, a CEO who claims that these cuts and layoffs are to restore financial stability within the company but keeps buying more schools. He has promised his employees that we are going to get better yet we keep getting worse. He sends staff emails that say we are going to get through this downward spiral to closing but offers no proof of this. It's all about corporate greed and employee morale is worse than ever.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your current employees instead of filling the pockets of your investors and fellow corporate table. Give back benefits such as 401K match and periodic salary increases.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Company Driven By The Bottom Line"

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    Former Employee - Educational Funding Specialist in Waterbury, CT
    Former Employee - Educational Funding Specialist in Waterbury, CT
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Porter & Chester Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced and dynamic environment with lots of interaction with potential applicants, students and other employees.

    Cons

    Disorganized management and cold culture delivers very apparent feeling that company ownership only cares about profits and not their employees.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Needs improvement."

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

    I worked at Porter & Chester Institute full-time

    Pros

    Nice people on campus. Helping students.

    Cons

    Management makes knee jerk reactions. Poor communications and planning. High stress and numbers based. Too much middle-management causes decision bloat.

    Advice to Management

    Ask on-campus staff for input.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "PLEASE DON'T CONSIDER WORKING HERE!"

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    Former Employee - Director of Education in Rocky Hill, CT
    Former Employee - Director of Education in Rocky Hill, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Porter & Chester Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The only pro is the students. They are truly trying to get an education to improve their lives.

    Cons

    They do not care about their employees, bottom line. The CEO spends only the very least he can on everything from employee benefits to paper clips. Students are not getting what they are borrowing thousands to get. The only thing this company cares about is the profit margin and they do not care what they have to do to employees or students to get that profit. It is shameful.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot cut your way to profitability. Stop sacrificing student and employees to look good to the board of directors. This company is heading to financial ruin.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible company to work for- stay away!"

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

    Pros

    The students and staff members who actually care. There are a lot of employees who work hard everyday and do the right thing. Some really good instructors who are passionate about educating their students.

    Cons

    Company doesn't care about their employees. CEO only cares about getting his executive bonus. Terrible company to work for. Senior level management has no idea what is going on at the campus level. Awful communication throughout. No accountability. Terrible benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the entire senior management team, starting with the CEO. They have driven this organization to the ground.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Don't do it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Porter & Chester Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nothing about this company is really good. sometimes your co works are nice but no one really gets to know each other.

    Cons

    Awful benefits
    No raises
    Higher ups only care about getting money and not about their employees
    No communication between departments

    Advice to Management

    Train your people correctly
    Stop only caring about yourselves and not the students and employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    "From Good to Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Porter & Chester Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The students, colleagues and connection oppurtunities in field.

    Cons

    extremely high turnover and they don't replace positions, just expect more work from current employees within change to compensation.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Stay Away!"

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

    I worked at Porter & Chester Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The education team and support staff are great people.

    Cons

    The person in charge, Jim Bologa is a selfish, greedy man who cares only about himself. The company does not match 401k, they do not give person days, they have not given raises in over 7 years. There are no holiday parties during the month of December. Its strictly business as usual. There is a large turnover and frequent layoffs. No training is ever provided. Get ready for a crash course.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to take care of your people and they will stay with the company.


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