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Sylvan Learning Centers Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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  • Not a full time job, can be hard to balance three kids at once, sometimes kids aren't motivated to be there (in 22 reviews)

  • It's really a part-part time job, 6-12 hours a week (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A Mixed Bag"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Math Tutor
    Former Employee - Math Tutor
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Relatively good hourly wage (compared to state minimum)
    -Center director and other teachers were very supportive

    Cons

    -Sylvan expects teachers to do too much during their 1 hour with kids
    -3:1 student-teacher ratio is only manageable if all three students are well-behaved and don't require a lot of help (very rare)

    Advice to Management

    Sylvan as a company seems to care more about profits than kids. If they truly cared about students, they would get rid of the 3:1 student-teacher ratio.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great boss to work for!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time

    Pros

    Management offers autonomy to develop curriculum for each student based on their learning styles and strengths. An incredibly positive environment to work in!

    Cons

    Franchise location that I worked for was too far away after relocation, so I had to give up my position. Management and hiring process varies from location to location.

    Advice to Management

    .

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid if possible"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience to list on a resume for a future teacher, flexible hours, relaxed bosses, opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    The worst part of Sylvan is its seeming disregard for the education of its clients. It was more important that students progress through the approved software than it was that students learn.

    The contract is very restrictive. You are prohibited from tutoring anywhere else during or up to a year after your employment ends. The contract also stipulates that you are not allowed to use "know-how" gained at Sylvan in future positions. I consider this requirement both entirely unenforceable and a silly position for an educator.

    Sylvan provided minimal, and ineffective training. The training focused not on how to teach or how to use the software, but on the minute routines of the day and explained how the software works. To make the training more irrelevant, the routines outlined in the training were not used by any on site staff.

    Management gave me no indication that they knew what they were doing. Despite filing a W-4 with the company, they took out a single $20.00 for taxes from one paycheck for the entire year I worked for them. The company recklessly promoted a staff member to run the center without sufficient training or vetting. This resulted in the company losing tens of thousands of dollars when the staff member forgot to charge clients for services.

    The company also recklessly promoted me, a college student with no formal education experience, to operate the center and communicate with and sell to clients. Again, this promotion came with zero training.

    Advice to Management

    For an education service, you should focus more on training your employees and staff. Student outcomes and staff satisfaction would be far improved if you provided sufficient information to your teachers. I had students with IEPs that I was not informed of. I could have adapted education and helped a lot more if I was allowed to know the content of my students IEPs.

    Provide more oversight. Your managers should watch and critique your teachers and should themselves be watched and critiqued. A lot of people here don't know what they're doing and since you don't monitor any position, its going to stay that way.

    You need an accountant on staff.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good program for the students but not great for employees"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tutor
    Current Employee - Tutor
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    No lesson plans
    Training program is helpful
    Good place to make some extra money after work or on weekends

    Cons

    Poor communication is the main issue
    Sometimes they will change the schedule on you at last minute and you'll be forced to cancel any plans you had
    Low pay
    No opportunities for promotion


  5. "Excellent place to work."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic Tutor in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Academic Tutor in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    Calm atmosphere, leaders truly care about the students, and they constantly reflect and improve.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    None!


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Director of Education"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Education in Weymouth, MA
    Former Employee - Director of Education in Weymouth, MA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sylvan has three positives. The children, the families, and the hardworking, compassionate and committed teachers who are not involved in the politics of their organization.

    Cons

    This company is only about making money. Employees are expected to manipulate parents into buying services their children don't need. Extremely unethical-the turnover rate of employees is incredibly high because once qualified, talented individuals who truly care about education and children realize who they're working for, they run.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO needs to pay attention to why centers are failing. It's not your product, it's your management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Unorganized but overall a good experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teahers Assistant in Killeen, TX
    Former Employee - Teahers Assistant in Killeen, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice teachers and managers who were full advice for a high schooler. The work was pretty easy and didn't take much training.

    Cons

    It was pretty unorganized when it came to the management and teachers communicating. They would all have different rules that would conflict.

  8. "Good Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of hours every week

    Cons

    There were no pay increases


  9. "Teacher"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time

    Pros

    Hours are flexible, you can pick days you want to work

    Cons

    Not enough hours, office politics, wage, don't care about the employees


  10. "Loved it here"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great CEO, company culture, and lots of fun employee activities. Lots of room for growth, fair pay, really friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    N/a. I only left because I had to relocate for my spouses job

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


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