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Porter & Chester Institute Reviews

Updated November 14, 2018
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Pros
  • "The frontline staff, mostly great people that work very hard to make a difference for the students" (in 3 reviews)

  • "The staff and faculty work hand in hand to really see the students make the best of their education" (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "No raises and benefits are horrible" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Upper management does not value the staff that works on the campus level" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Admin"

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    • 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 Porter & Chester Institute full-time

    Pros

    Porter and Chester is highly respected in the CT and MA markets. We provide highly skilled training to our students in all of the programs that we offer. It is a privilege to be part of their success everyday. Porter and Chester has afforded me opportunities in my professional growth, that I feel I would not have learned or been exposed to at another company or school. They truly care about their employees.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a great job, aligning our schools and our company for growth in the future. They make decision based on what is best for our continued success.


  2. "Company needs major improvement"

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

    I have been working at Porter & Chester Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Coworkers are amazing
    - In-house management is awesome
    - Meeting new students

    Cons

    - No pay increase
    - Top management sucks
    - No vacation for admins and admissions
    - Health benefits are too costly so employees do without
    - Company stop matching 401k, promised to bring it back but as usual, nothing happens
    - Top management not paying bills and landlords are threatening to close doors
    - Teachers need to be trained and to behave professionally
    - Students are constantly leaving because they are not being taught anything.
    - Fraternization between coworkers.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to remember that they need their employees and without them, there is no business. We need a wage increase there hasn't been one in over 7 years and the cost of living keeps going up. We need affordable benefits. Teachers need to be better equipt to teach students.

  3. "Run Away!"

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

    I have been working at Porter & Chester Institute part-time (More than a year)

    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.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lining your greedy pockets and take a look at the bigger picture. You can be a for- profit school and still treat your employees with dignity and respect. We are not an expense we are assets to your dwindling company. Students enroll and stay because of your employees not because this school is 'top notch' which it will never be with your deteriorating buildings and duct taped carpet. Rid yourselves of all upper management and your school will flourish.


  4. "Dishonest people and Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Was a learning opportunity to see how each student was just a number, some CPS didn’t care if the student was going to make it or not. They wanted to reach there enrollment goal.

    Cons

    Nasty culture, coworkers will stab you in the back to reach the goal of applicants. Feel bad for students who are being set up to promises for a future career/ opportunity to only end up jobless and in major financial debt.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest. Stop lying to everyone and about everything. Stop making your employees lie. The school is a joke- and your accreditation has been notified about your lack of following the rules . I’m sure more campuses will be closing soon.


  5. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Student in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Student in Woburn, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge debt no skills (sarcasm)

    Cons

    Get a job changing tires if you want to work on cars you can learn and earn. You will have huge debt and min wage pay. They will give easy tests so you can have a grade to allow you to keep taking loans. You can do an income driven repayment plan that forgives the loan after 25 years, but they tax you on the amount forgiven. So simply put say 15k loan plus interest in 25 years @ 40k at a moderate tax of 25% 10k almost the original note! DONT DO IT IT WILL F UP YOUR LIFE!!!!


  6. "Financially Driven Institute"

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    Former Employee - Instructor, College Or University in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Instructor, College Or University in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to help sculpt Adult Learners who can have a life changing experience.

    Cons

    Pay for instructors and safety. All about numbers and not about quality.

    Advice to Management

    Make the mission about the tools you provide not just the dollars associated with the goods. Humans are not to be a for profit business where the $ out ways the hierarchy of needs.


  7. "Great place!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent staff and faculty to work with

    Cons

    We need raises on a more consistent basis

    Advice to Management

    Give the employees a better salary

  8. "LPN Nursing Instructor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse Instructor in Waterbury, CT
    Former Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse Instructor in Waterbury, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Like teaching students about nursing

    Cons

    there are none at this time

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Greed Company doesnt care about its staff"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Co workers who all feel used and abused

    Cons

    Greedy CEO who only cares about his pocket. He is so far from reality. Thinks the culture is great. He obviously is in his own world. Forces staff to take mandatory time off so he can get a bonus. Tells those struggling due to not getting paid that they should manage their money better. He is a joke and had run this company into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management is a joke and should all be fired. The have run this company into the ground. Bills are not being paid at campuses. Rent is behind, vendors are upset campus are being closed due to money mismanagment. CEO should be fired.


  10. "Fair and People Focused Company"

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    • Senior Management
    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.