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Study Group Reviews

Updated November 23, 2017
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Pros
  • colleagues and projects around the world (in 3 reviews)

  • Some' hard working and friendly staff-get out now; save yourselves (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management is an old boys club run from non technical individuals from across the Atlantic who have no solid understanding about technology (in 16 reviews)

  • No benefits or work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Group Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Study Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Program is well organized and fun

    Cons

    Language can be a barrier


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Here internal managers enjoy benefits of study group give them"

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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 Study Group full-time

    Pros

    Study Group give product team staffs and sales team staffs benefits including corporate card! This benefit is so so good to some staffs actually!

    Cons

    Here internal managers enjoy benefits of study group gave them. Some of the product managers went on business travel to live the most posh hotel which exceed the expenses budget actually. However, they kept request team members not spend to live good hotel. In addition, the sales team enjoyed using corporate card to spend a lot. They totally enjoyed no matter what they are.

    Advice to Management

    To void corporate card for non-UK/US based staffs.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "The Yahoo of Education. Sad Failing Company!"

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

    I worked at Study Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The best mission of helping students

    Cons

    Steadily decline money losing
    Inexperienced high level executives
    Low energy marketing and sales strategies


  4. "Great Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Harrisonburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Study Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The staff is all very invested in the success of the students. Everyone is very professional and polite--but are funny and caring as well!

    Cons

    Since it's a year-round program, scheduling vacation time for instructors can sometimes be tricky, and it can be easy to get burned-out--especially between the spring and summer semesters.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  5. Helpful (14)

    "Pure Hell. Do. Not. Work. Here. You've been warned."

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

    Pros

    Mental health care coverage. Trust me, you will need it during your short stint at Study Group and after you get fired or quit.

    Cons

    Some time later, and with a new fantastic job, I am still traumatized by the experience of working for Study Group. Where to begin? 1) Illegal non-compete clauses in employment contracts which essentially say you can hold no job in education (whether school janitor or director of sales) for 1 year after you leave Study Group. Fortunately, the clause is so incredibly illegal globally that it's non-binding. For a less-informed education worker, this clause will instill the belief that they are virtually unemployable for 1 year after leaving Study Group. 2) No leadership with real education experience in a classroom or curriculum development. Pretty self-explanatory. 3) Threatening, accusing and yelling is the method of staff motivation. 4) Forcing traveling sales staff to travel to cash-based developing countries, and giving them no cash card for expenses. Staff must use their own cash until SG finance decides to reimburse them, usually months later. 5) The risk of ruin to your reputation by working for Study Group. Everyone in the industry knows that SG is a ruthless and value-less organization. You might be associated with that. 6) Terrible academic programs, with low success rate.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management. Please continue to self-destruct. Staff, please reach out within the industry to make friendly connections, and focus on maintaining your reputation. Take advantage of the mental health care coverage, and keep your chin up! Those of us who made it out of Study Group are waiting for you on the sidelines, ready to refer you to a new job, with a cold beer and a pat on the back.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Dissapointing year after year....."

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

    I have been working at Study Group (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Immediate colleagues great, location good,

    Cons

    There's really not much I can elaborate on which other reviews haven't mentioned. This company is consistent and hell bent on pursuing profit profit profit at the detriment of the students, their main clients and the staff. It is truly run like a big boys club, there are hardly any females in top higher roles, I beleive theyre viewed as second rate employees in my opinion and expereince. Employees at the lower end of the 'hierachy' are so capable and have so many ideas but managers dont care one bit. Staff turnover huge, HR useless, senior managers have no idea how things work on the ground, blah blah I could go on but the other reviews explain all really well.

    Advice to Management

    No advice, they would never listen anyway


  7. Helpful (4)

    "No wonder their numbers are so low....."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Study Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Meeting students from all over the world

    Cons

    Poor management
    No appreciation/Employees are undervalued

    Advice to Management

    Poor management and hunger for profit resulted in high employee turnover and low morale. Company is struggling to keep numbers up and there was a high number of layoffs and no salary increase in the near future. Some managers are so poorly trained and it definitely reflects the company.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Activity Leader"

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

    I worked at Study Group full-time

    Pros

    -Free trips
    -Worker Student bonds
    -Fun themed days during the week

    Cons

    -Basically a 24/7 job and you will not get paid for all the time you're actually working

    Advice to Management

    "Quick favors" on someone's day off is not acceptable.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "na"

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

    Pros

    Most schools are in great locations.

    Cons

    Senior management out of touch with lower level employees.

    Advice to Management

    na


  10. "Great, collaborative environment..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Study Group full-time

    Pros

    - Great, collaborative environment in the Finance Team
    - Flexible hours
    - No micromanagement

    Cons

    - Lots of manual accounting processes

    Study Group Response

    Oct 24, 2017 – Internal Communications and Engagement Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to leave some feedback. We are delighted that you had a positive experience during your time at Study Group, particularly your reference to the collaborative... More


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