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Sylvan Learning Centers Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  • Hours can be long for full-time staff, but time management is key (in 19 reviews)

  • It's really a part-part time job, 6-12 hours a week (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Executive"

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

    Pros

    Sound purpose and objective to educate children. Not much more to say about this other than a great bunch of franchise owners trying to do their best with what markets they're given and the resources provided by corporate.

    Cons

    A political organization. Too many climbers at corporate that are out to find their way to the top regardless of the method. The bottom line seems to have more weight than the customer and the franchise owners. Not much patience with complex projects, they are often over simplified and not given enough time or budget.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your fellow executives. Listen to your franchise owners. Listen to your customers. Be aware of the political climbers in the organization that have their own interest in mind above all else.


  2. "Tutor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Tutor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Tutor in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, great relationships with students and parents, materials provided, directors and fellow tutors always ready and willing to help.

    Cons

    Not enough hours, and inconsistent hours from week to week. You never know before a shift what you'll be teaching or how many students you will have -- could be as few as 1 or as many as 4 or 5. Tutors sometimes had to teach subjects they weren't comfortable with (I was an English tutor but occasionally had to teach elementary or middle school math.)

    Advice to Management

    None really; the cons were minor and I understand a lot of it is out of management's control. It's a roll-with-the-punches kind of job. In general management was great.


  3. "Office Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers! Great people to work with! It was a pleasant environment and so nice seeing kids receive tutoring throughout the year and even better when they came in to show improved grades in school!!#

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of. Helping kids and seeing them succeed in a positive environment is always good.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Undertrained and underpaid"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time

    Pros

    Working with students, flexible hours

    Cons

    Low pay rate, minimal hours, almost no real training (just outdated online material), student-teacher ratio not ideal

    Advice to Management

    Improve pay rate and training to reduce employee turnover & create a more productive learning environment. Do not group pre-K students in sets of 3 with others as they require nearly constant attention & cannot yet work independently


  6. "Ace-It! Tutor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Nanny in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Nanny in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Excellent training and staff, rewarding after-school program

    Cons

    not enough hours, low pay relative to having an MAT degree


  7. "Reading Intervention"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent opportunity to impact risk students reading ability and self-esteem.

    Cons

    Subject to budget cuts when working as contract vendors in public schools


  8. "Great Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Highly skilled & caring staff.

    Cons

    Large focus on profitability of company

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep the success of the children at the heart of all your decisions


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I don't have anything good to write. Worst place I've ever worked.

    Cons

    1. Paid teachers $10 an hour. I was teaching four students at a time who were each charged $35 to $50 an hour, and they paid us, certified teachers with degrees and graduate courses, $10.

    2. They didn't hire full-time, so only a few hours a day.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people more. Pay them better. We can see that the executives are making the most on the backs of the workers.


  10. "Teacher's Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sylvan Learning Centers part-time

    Pros

    - Flexible working hours that were great for a high school student.
    - Wonderful staff that was helpful and supportive
    - Opportunities to work more hours if able

    Cons

    No cons. This job was perfect for a junior and senior in high school. The hours were manageable and the staff cared greatly about my success. It was a great first job.

    Advice to Management

    Your staff is amazing! Giving them proper recognition can go a long way. I have never met such dedicated teachers and managers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Student tutoring"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Tutor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Tutor in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    7hr days with relatively easy work, tutoring middle school students. Small incentives to document and enter payroll hours. Friendly school officials and Sylvan management.

    Cons

    Short term contract, lasted only a few months. Sometimes difficult working with certain students being disruptive or distracting. No paid holidays or time off.



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