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Princeton Review Reviews

Updated April 8, 2017
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Pros
  • This is an amazing part time job (in 29 reviews)

  • The job provides flexible hours, a very competitive salary, specially considering the shortness of the classes (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • There are not enough opportunities to make it a full-time job as an instructor (in 18 reviews)

  • The only real con was being part time (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "I enjoyed working with students to help prepare them for college entrance exams."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ACT Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - ACT Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Princeton Review part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good hourly rate for the type of work I did. The availability of classes to teach was impressive. Some of my classes were small so I had the ability to give more focused attention to individual areas of concern for students.

    Cons

    You are trained on their particular method of doing well on the test, which is not quite the same thing as actually being good at the material. For students who were in advanced math, I was very little (if any) help.


  2. "Good part time while in college"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - ACT Insructr/Tutor in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - ACT Insructr/Tutor in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Princeton Review part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can set your own schedule

    Cons

    not a ton of work if you want consistent hours.


  3. "Company that is as pretentious as its name, and as phony as its insinuation of being affiliated with Princeton"

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    Current Employee - Educational Sales Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Educational Sales Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Princeton Review full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Construction site party atmosphere, more like a construction or adult entertainment company than anything close to education. laid back minimum wage careless attitudes who are focused on having a good time. Lots of access to alcohol, and other stimulants in a peer pressuring setting. Great for people who are content with making low wages and continuing the I don't give a crap let's just hangout college lifestyle in their 50s. Biggest problem you will encounter is fixing a printer or hiding stuff once a month from managers who are absent and not answering calls or emails for weeks on end without any repercussions or alibis other than being in "meetings".

    Cons

    "We are not an affiliate of Princeton University" reads the small print that echoes the company's phony deceptive essence and the spineless culture. If you want to toil away for over a decade and earn as much as your Time Warner cable tv installer while working with underpaid undesirables then go ahead and take a sales role here where you will be joined by other people who do not anything. You'd see more action in a retirement home, the company culture Is let's play solitaire and fly under the radar together. You will likely even get punished by your manager and shunned by your teammates for completing your work in a timely manner and delivering on objectives. Also lots of morality lacking here among the married people and interoffice affairs most of this company I would not feel comfortable bringing my wife and kids around.

    Advice to Management

    Continue in the direction you are going in with firing 99 percent of your work force and disseminating the company like you do all other failing companies at IAC


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  5. "Instructor and Teacher at Princeton Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Princeton Review (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great resources, great students, good location

    Cons

    There is limited online material for teachers compared to peer companies


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly awful for FT corporate positions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Princeton Review full-time

    Pros

    Not much in the way of supervision or management oversight, which means you'll sometimes get the freedom to create your own projects as long as they cost nothing. In this way you might be able to turn TPR into a stepping stone to something better.

    Cons

    - Ridiculously high turnover at every level
    - Low starting salary, no raises of any kind (no annual bump up, nothing for merit, etc)
    - Minimal opportunities for advancement
    - No matter your job title or function the company treats you as a glorified salesperson
    - Unsustainable workload, most managers admit that churn and burn is the accepted way of doing things


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Instructor/Tutor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Princeton Review part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and schedule. Plenty of opportunities to train for different test types, different areas of the business and different geographic locations.

    Cons

    Pay rate is well below industry average. Company does not pay mileage. Salary increases are not done annually so the hourly wage remains flat.

    Advice to Management

    The company charges a fortune for tutoring; yet, instructors receive a very small fraction of that amount in salary. Customers falsely assume that the tutors are well paid and expect a great deal from them. Since tutors are the front line, compensation should be commensurate.


  8. "You will be recognized for being good at your job"

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    Current Employee - Operations Administrative Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Operations Administrative Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Princeton Review part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, positive environment. Doing work with meaning and contributing to the next generation. You will get credit for your work, people will recognize your potential. It's never boring and you will get to be creative.

    Cons

    Most trainings are online, can be difficult to understand the roles expected of you.


  9. "Princeton Review"

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    Former Employee - GRE Teacher in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - GRE Teacher in Ann Arbor, MI
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Princeton Review part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, friendly staff, reasonable introductory pay rates.

    Cons

    Hard to get enough hours, high turnover, time-consuming and tedious entry of information into multiple systems on a regular basis, rarely get to meet other teachers and build relationships within the company aside from office staff.

    Advice to Management

    I recommend that management allows for the unionization of workers and, thus, a collective bargaining agreement. This would increase worker empowerment and satisfaction.


  10. "Apply at your own risk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Olympia, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Princeton Review (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Minimal office supervision due to the location of where I was located.

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility within the company and department

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to listen to employees


  11. "Environment"

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    Current Employee - Tutoring Manager in McKinney, TX
    Current Employee - Tutoring Manager in McKinney, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Princeton Review (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers! Enjoy working with a team.

    Cons

    Company seems to have constant change in management and processes.



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