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Sylvan Learning Centers Reviews

Updated March 7, 2019
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  • "Not full time, hourly pay is capped" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Poverty wages, no benefits, you get paid to "tutor", but really, you're teaching classrooms full of kids with behavioral problems" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent and satisfying work environment"

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    Current Employee - Tutor in Lake Charles, LA
    Current Employee - Tutor in Lake Charles, LA

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Aiding troubled students and furthering a student's ability to succeed academically.
    - Providing S.T.E.M. fundamentals to engage students in the technical side of their education, while promoting innovation and creativity

    Cons

    To be honest, I could not think of any aspect that I would consider a con to being an employee for Sylvan Learning


  2. "Very comforting and uplifting environment"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Education in Bedford, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Education in Bedford, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Relaxed environment
    - helpful staff
    - great ownership

    Cons

    - None that I have noted

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the great job you're doing

  3. "Great introduction to potential teachers"

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    Former Employee - Math Tutor in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Math Tutor in Skokie, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great interaction with co-workers, flexible hours, and great opportunity to teach students.

    Cons

    They don't provide tutoring in higher level courses. There is a lack of pay in regards to the skill set of employees.


  4. "Making a difference for kids is awesome"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers full-time

    Pros

    Working with students and seeing them progress is amazing; its awesome to have a job and know that you've made a difference in a kid's life!

    Cons

    Most Sylvan's are franchised owned, so you never know what kind of boss you're going to get! Also, the business is very seasonal and there are very few full time opportunities.


  5. "Expensive Babysitting"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with students to help them succeed.

    Cons

    No hours and passive aggressive management that just let's good teachers fade away by not scheduling them.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your instructors about about what you expect from them and stop putting them in lose/lose situations. That's why good teacherd don't stay.


  6. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling
    Supportive management
    Comfortable company culture

    Cons

    No pay raises
    Not much opportunity for upward momentum
    Only part time hours available for teaching


  7. "Teacher at Sylvan"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - great hours, mainly worked in the afternoons
    - great students
    - working with people who cared about equity and education

    Cons

    - commute to campuses was not reimbursed
    - not a clear plan for professional development

  8. "Good with a good owner"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Mililani, HI
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Mililani, HI
    Recommends

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with families, lots of corporate tools

    Cons

    Business is not always steady


  9. "No Training. No Tools To Do The Job"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - N/A in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Telecommuting. Management is relaxed.

    Cons

    No tools to assist Centers. Little to no training on new technologies. No opportunities for advancement. No opportunities to join in on Corporate all hands activities

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. "Love working with families!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very rewarding seeing the children successed.

    Cons

    Long hours, not enough pay for what is expected of you!

    Advice to Management

    Should pay teachers and others staff more. And use the training provided by Sylvan.