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Southern Careers Institute Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Pay; co-workers; commute; helping students; Great to work at if you're not Admissions or Teaching Staff; (in 5 reviews)

  • Career school that helps lower income individuals get necessary skills to secure full time employment (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Drama filled upper management style (in 4 reviews)

  • This is a fast paced environment and unfortunately not the right environment for everyone (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Administration"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Education Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Director of Education Assistant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Careers Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Equal with all employees
    Happy and fun place to work
    Change lives
    Students and employees come first
    Great new campus

    Cons

    Have no complaints
    Everyone works hard as a team and all departments are motivated to help each other . Hope one day they get automotive

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work !


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing place to work if the management team likes you."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Recruiter in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Student Recruiter in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Careers Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management provides a lot of great training. The campus is beautiful inside and out. The instructors are amazing and really work hard to support the sales team and students.

    Cons

    When you first start in admissions it takes a while to prove yourself to get on lead rotation. The management team really has to like you in order to succeed. It's almost like being high school where it's a popularity contest. One thing I despised is always working on paid holidays and working almost every Saturday. The company should really reevaluate the balance of work and personal time.

    Advice to Management

    Give everyone an opportunity to succeed by distributing leads fairly. Make employees feel welcome by providing a caring and supportive environment right when new employees start. The management team needs to fight harder to let employees take paid holidays off.

  3. "A Workplace with Integrity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Careers Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This career school is truly committed to its students. Every decision made and direction taken is based on what is in the best interest of the students. It also does many things for its employees, including conducting an opinion survey every year. The company then selects the top 3-4 items to focus on improving in the coming year.

    Cons

    This is a fast paced environment and unfortunately not the right environment for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  4. "Southern Careers cares about their students"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Careers Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    At the Austin campus you can feel in the air the care and commitment the faculty and staff have for the students. I believe both the students and employees enjoy being at the campus

    Cons

    I can't think of any at this time

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work team Austin!


  5. "My New Life at SCI"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Welding Instructor in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Welding Instructor in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Careers Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    SCI treats their staff with respect and appreciation. They value our input and are more than willing to make changes that will benefit the students. The structure here makes this the least stressful job I've had in years. It is a pleasure to come into work everyday.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say at this point.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the safety for all the trades that you deal with daily. You are the example.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Admissions Rep"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Corpus Christi, TX
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Corpus Christi, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Southern Careers Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    pay and full time benefits

    Cons

    everything. they motivate employees by threatening to fire you. a what can you do for me now environment. crappy work life balance, work basically every Saturday and even on holidays they are supposed to give you off. no room to grow within the company. upper management doesn't care about their employees. Let's call a spade a spade and at the end of the day the job is to call unmotivated people get them $10,000 in debt to make $10 an hour and in a career field that is not the food industry or manual labor.

    Advice to Management

    dont motivate with threats. Learn work-life balance.

    Southern Careers Institute Response

    Jun 13, 2017 – VP, Human Resources

    We regret to hear that you had this experience with us. Please reach out to us at your earliest convenience so we may further assist you in working towards a resolution. Southern Careers Institute... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Instructor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Instructor in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Careers Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Being given the opportunity to help someone change their careers and lives through education is very rewarding.

    Cons

    Drama filled upper management style. Upper management that lose their tempers and say things that I wouldn't even say to my kids. Really sad to see such a long established Texas career school be run so poorly. Insurance benefits are only good if you are single. Being threatened to be fired as opposed to trained.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, train them, ensure they are happy instead of threatening them with their jobs. Promote from within instead of hiring out of state people that you knew from a previously failed school.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "condition"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in South Padre Isl E, TX
    Current Employee - Cashier in South Padre Isl E, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Southern Careers Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good, if you want to get your certificate quickly as possible.

    Cons

    Not good at all, awful I would rather go to a actual college and get my degree there, they make you pay a payment top of that extra payment when your done, and they promise to help you find a job, but they really don't at all. I wouldn't waste my time unless you wanna be stuck with a bill at the end and not get a Job why bother.

    Advice to Management

    Promise what you preach.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Another Campus Director Gone"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissions in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Admissions in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Southern Careers Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Students ..... that's about it!

    Cons

    If they can find someone to accept the position .......that will make 3 this year alone. That may be a new record! Pitiful even by SCI starndards.

    Advice to Management

    The "boys" need to get it together!


  10. "Great People"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brownsville, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brownsville, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Southern Careers Institute full-time

    Pros

    Leadership team that has transformed SCI into a place of new ideas and vision in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    Some employees that don't work hard and want to just get a paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Additional development opportunities to grow upward in the company.


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