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Updated Sep 26, 2022

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  • "Low pay and highly emotionally taxing(in 102 reviews)
  • "Poor management, lack of support, and absolutely no interest in the actual people doing the job.(in 40 reviews)
  • "Poor training, including using a one size fits all approach to underperforming public school students with myriad variety of problems; disorganization resulted in bad relationship between program and schools it was supposed to benefit; still waiting for the company to issue the W(in 26 reviews)
  • "He'll work you 38 + hours a week with no benefits just to save money.(in 24 reviews)
  • "Low salaries overall(in 16 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great part-time job

    Sep 25, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Wonderful group of people to work with! No lesson planning.

    Cons

    Later in the day hours.

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  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    So much wrong

    Sep 26, 2022 - Math Tutor in Kendall, FL
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great way to make a difference and help kids learn and gain confidence in their abilities.

    Cons

    Terrible hours and get sent home if kids don’t show sometimes even though Sylvan gets paid. Kids are allowed to be there while sick instead of being kept home.

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Flexible

    Sep 20, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    You can pick your own work hours, and the Sylvan method makes planning easier for me since I’m a full time student myself

    Cons

    Some parts of the website could be updated

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Solid Part-Time Resume Builder

    Apr 14, 2022 - Teacher/Tutor in Findlay, OH
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Minimal planning necessary for each student - Awesome personal connections with regular students - Management in location in Northeast Ohio was very accommodating - Fair compensation for work (I earned $13.75 an hour) - Most problems I had were with the style of group tutoring and effectiveness on students. Selfishly, the job is quite simple and kind if you do not give the students' goals a second thought (not my experience lol)

    Cons

    - Not sustainable as sole income - Occasionally, there are some extremely high expectations placed on student progress even when we only see them once a week for 2 hours. - Sometimes feels like daycare more than focused tutor work (expect a WIDE variety of skill levels) - Will be assigned students of skill levels/topics outside of comfort zone (You are mostly teaching math and reading. I do not teach these subjects, and was placed teaching things I was never VERY effective trained to teach, especially to struggling students, and that was tough) - teaching 2-4 students at a time can be more taxing than expected. Many students who need a LOT of help can be placed at tables together or with other moderately needy students who end up getting no help at all. You will become VERY good at multitasking. - Sometimes it felt like this style of tutoring/teaching only really worked for moderately needy students. It is a disservice to place a Junior who needs some Trigonometry help at a table with two 2nd graders who cannot read their "independent" work (a common issue)

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  5. 3.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Good job, less pay

    Sep 1, 2022 - Reading Tutor 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    I like that we can focus on targeting skills the kids need to work on and seeing the growth and progress throughout the week. The student teacher ratio is manageable (3:1). The people are cool to work with. I like how we don’t have to deal with lesson plans and talking with parents.

    Cons

    One big con is the pay. It is not enough especially with the inflation going on. Wish there were more resources and materials for the teachers to use with the kids. You have to be flexible when someone calls out and you have to take in another kid.

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    A nice place to work, depending on management

    Aug 20, 2022 - Tutor 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Small but diverse and very personable staff.

    Cons

    Sylvan seems more concerned with sakes than quality and integrity of educational experience. As a long standing brand that can easily rest in its laurels, innovation and quality UX experience have taken a hit.

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  7. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Enjoyed working with kids

    Sep 24, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Working with kids is rewarding

    Cons

    Compensation doesn’t reflect amount of work

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  8. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Micromanaging

    Aug 28, 2022 - Director 
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    Pros

    The schedule, tutors, and students were great.

    Cons

    The owner would disappear for weeks, and then come in to micromanage, telling you that everything you do is wrong. No positive feedback. Constant criticism. She placed all blame on current or former directors for any error or misunderstanding. She would not pay bills, and I had to field calls from collectors daily. This particular franchise has had a minimum of 10 directors. All leave for the same issues. Then she criticizes them to the tutors and next director.

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  9. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Terrible Management

    Jun 30, 2022 - Center Director in Maple Grove, MN
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    Pros

    Working with kids and families was fantastic. I loved seeing the students develop confidence as they made academic improvement. Sylvan has a quality program that works.

    Cons

    The owners of the franchise where I worked were purely business minded. Little attention was given to student progress and education. Instead, everything was about sales and squeezing as much money as possible from customers. The training was woefully inadequate. I was given all the tools one could hope for, but no context in how to use them. I was expected to figure it out on my own and then criticized for failing to meet revenue goals. The franchise has had a revolving door with center directors. Few last a year. Poor management, lack of support, and absolutely no interest in the actual people doing the job. That's what defines this franchise group.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    flexible hours

    Aug 28, 2022 - Tutor in Kahala, HI
    Recommend
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    Pros

    There is a great open door policy.

    Cons

    Stairs are faster than elevator.

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