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Strayer Education Reviews

Updated October 31, 2016
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  1. "Admissions Thousand Oaks"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Admissions in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Strayer Education full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Having a job as well as helping students is the best thing.

    Cons

    Too many cliques. Some one here is just too mad at the world. it just makes everyone else day bad.
    This bad attitude has something to say about everything. The hours suck. 7 days a week.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management on all levels.


  2. "Adjunct Professor at Strayer University"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Adjunct University Instructor in Coral Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Adjunct University Instructor in Coral Springs, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Strayer Education (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strayer sometimes gets a bit desperate to hire people, so it can be easy to get into this school as a teacher. They pay based on the class you teach, so from day 1 you'll be making the same amount as the 20 year veterans. They do have a lunchroom with (free) coffee and tea, and a sink, refrigerator and microwave, so there are a few perks. Of course, you'll have to get in there early because they lock this area up about 1 hour into your class.

    Cons

    I worked as an Adjunct Professor. No real career-wise future. They can release you at any time. If their internal politics mean they are scaling back on classes, you will be out of a job next quarter. They also don't pay enough to survive on, and the workload is fairly intense. You will have to not only prep for the 11 sessions (one per week) but you will also have to grade papers (tests are online so no grading) and follow their syllabus and grading rubrics, which often make little sense. Your students are of two categories: military veterans and those that basically couldn't get into a "good" school. The military veterans are your better students. The others, well, don't expect all of your students to submit papers that you can actually read. Many of them learned English as a second language. Also, Strayer charges their students quite a bit, so student expectations are high. They also expect you to provide 2 hours of office hours per class, per week, basically unpaid. I used to use this time to catch up on the grading.
    You are also required to give your students a break halfway through class and call all of the students that did not show up, and submit their reasons for skipping school to the dean every night. Also, they take attendance VERY seriously and you have to submit attendance about half an hour before your class is over. Then, when class is over, you have to rush out the door because they lock up the building basically simultaneously to the class ending time. So, while you are teaching, you somehow also have to do paperwork and make calls. Expect to stay up late for the two days after your class ends, because final grades are due and you likely did not grade everything.
    Students will NEVER read the book and you will be lucky to get them to submit their homework on time. And, when they do submit it, it will rarely pass the plagiarism test. Be prepared to fail everyone (which is a huge emotional toll on passionate teachers who actually care about educating others and making a difference).

    Advice to Management

    So many things... Offer classes that the students actually want to take, on site! Too many classes are REQUIRED to be online. Restructure your degrees to allow more students in a class so that you can actually have the class on-site. As it is, there are so many specialties for each degree that there is NO WAY any of these specialty classes will garner enough local students to justify having an on-ground (or on-site) class. Stop babysitting the students. Don't call them when they don't show up. Bring back the free coffee for students! (was available at select campuses). Have an incentive program for teachers. Treat your part-time teachers with more respect. Allow them to participate in the various benefits that you currently only award to your full-time staff. Leave the staff lunchroom accessible. Allow them time after their shift to do the paperwork you require. And, stop lying to the staff. Be frank and upfront, and be more positive! If you can't afford to keep all of your campuses open, then close a few down, instead of cutting staff and making deans work multiple campuses (for NO ADDITIONAL PAY!) Be FAIR with your staff. Treat them like people and you may find that your staff turnover comes down a bit.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "This is an unethical place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Campus Dean in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Campus Dean in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Strayer Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It was a great company to work for until the money ran out!!! Then they embraced Jack Welch and he encouraged them for stab their own employees in the back.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is very challenging since you are always understaffed. The company goes through different regimes. There is a rogue group from Texas running the company's academics department now. They legally stole my job due to the convenience of a layoff. However, everyone else from my for office was given a job or the option of having a job. I had a handicap, and I went to the hospital last year. They were able to discriminate against me legally.

    Advice to Management

    Run your company. Stop trying to run your company through reports. Just like all of these other overnight colleges; how can you hold people responsible for retention, when many of your students shouldn't be in college in the first place.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Zero personal growth, terrible office politics"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Strayer Education full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I had an abnormally high salary, especially given the fact that I had no experience in the industry or the occupation. Most others were not paid so well.

    Cons

    Was worked to the bone and treated poorly. Department "cleanouts" are almost a part of the culture at Strayer; they happen all the time. if your department gets new leadership during your time there, be wary. I've seen some very highly competent, accomplished, and charismatic managers who had been with the company for 15+ years get pushed out solely their new boss did not personally hire them.

    Advice to Management

    My story is similar to many others': I had a boss who always took credit for my (very significant) contributions for the company, and then tried to claim I did absolutely nothing during my time there. It was unbelievable. So, my advice, get rid of these leaders, fast! It is toxic to the work culture.


  6. "Exhausting."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Campus Dean in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Campus Dean in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Strayer Education full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots and Lots and lots of experience in change management.

    Cons

    Experience becomes a death wish.

    Advice to Management

    All top management from Disney and Goldman Sachs does not give you depth and understanding of the education process.


  7. "Great company"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Billing Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Billing Specialist in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits here are great, lots of room for advancement

    Cons

    Hours are not consistant for all employees


  8. "Not exciting"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    less commute, no politics within team members since you don't work with team

    Cons

    No formal new hire orientation, poor management vision, laid back, not challenging, hard to make friends, working here feels like you are seating in a class.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, not a bad place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Strayer Education full-time

    Pros

    Positive atmosphere, customer-focused, good facilities, culture changing for the better, reasonable salaries, execs are generally approachable and respectful

    Cons

    So-so benefits, major compensation difference between upper echelon and worker bees, stagnant revenues and stock price. Currently in a tough competitive environment.


  10. "Senior Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Senior Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Manager

    Pros

    Corporate office was in a good location

    Cons

    Employee morale was lacking throughout


  11. Helpful (4)

    "From bad to worse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Strayer Education full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being able to say you have a job. Of course, these days, that could change in an instant.

    Cons

    Those at the top are unethical, and they trickle down the unethical demands and want lower management to sell it as acceptable "in the best interest of the student." NOT. It is in the best interest of the bottom line and the continued vacations and dollar growth of the top 1%, however, and this seems to be the important thing.
    Layoffs are used to get rid of old-timers who remember how good things used to be, and their jobs are given to those who have no idea what they are getting into. Campuses are understaffed and overworked. Deans are glorified button pushers who might as well work for and not with the director. ……….. It goes on and on.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to the basics. Treat your employees like people instead of cattle.



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