Tutor (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – July 20, 2016
I began working at Sylvan as a temporary summer job, however, I have fallen in love! I very much enjoy implementing the curriculum, the length of time I have to work with the students and the flexibility of my schedule.
Instructor (Current Employee) – Burnsville, MN – July 11, 2016
I work with students who need help with a variety of subjects, focusing on literacy and composition. I have taught the Advanced Reading Skills course for a year and a half, and students always show strong improvement with wpm and comprehension.
I also teach the English/Reading sections of the ACT prep course. Most students begin the class dissatisfied with their test scores and after the course they frequently improve their scores.
Center Director (Former Employee) – Maryland – July 26, 2016
You will work 50 - 60 salaried weeks. Non stop billing, teacher and patient issues. Slow student growth do to high pricing. No company training for staff and teachers. Can not ever get a clear answer to questions from management. All communication is done though emailing. Management does not help train even when asked for help. Had to answer phone calls and take appointments on my third day of work. Management does not make good business decisions for the staff or the company to grow. Center left with terrible customer service issues from previous center directors. High staff turn around do to firing. Would not recommend Sylvan to work at or have a student addend tutoring.
No training or management support. Long work hours.
Teacher (Current Employee) – Orlando, FL – May 24, 2016
A typical day at work includes assisting students with homework support. I've learned new teaching methods to adjust to the new school system. Management is very off hands but they're there when necessary. My colleagues are very helpful. The most difficult part of the job is juggling between three different students while working on three different subjects within one hour. The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing the students' happiness when they comprehend the material.
Tutor/Teacher (Current Employee) – Trussville, AL – July 18, 2016
I teach/tutor up to 3 students at a time. Often we work on ipads using Sylvan's programs to teach skills that are lacking. Sometimes I help students with homework or study skills, including studying for the ACT. I would absolutely love this job if it provided more hours. It's a great supplemental job but I would really like to do this full-time.
Unspecified (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – May 7, 2016
The business model is designed for the Franchisee to run the business unfortunately if the franchisee hires you to run the business there is not enough left in the business plan to pay both of you what you need so the employee gets a low wage. The only way I would work at a Sylvan again would be as the owner/operator.
Working with the teachers, the kids and the families
I enjoy Sylvan because, although I have been teaching 25 years, I always learn something new every day. The amount of respect the teachers receive is substantial to the pay, however it is a joy to be teaching different children with different abilities at the same time and be successful.
Math and Reading Teacher (Current Employee) – Oklahoma City, OK – April 6, 2016
I enjoy working at Sylvan and helping students to learn and unlock potential. In the nearly 5 years I have worked at Sylvan, I have seen the center transform and progress with the learning styles of children. We now use ipads for nearly all instruction and the curriculum is a touch away for the students. It monitors their progress and provides assessment while also allowing the teacher to select lessons according to the students' needs. We also provide homework support and ACT prep. I love working at Sylvan because I feel we are addressing important skills that students need.
Teacher Assistant/Secretary (Former Employee) – Wake Forest, NC – July 17, 2016
Teachers/tutors typically make $10-$13/hour but its only 2-3 hours a day max. Good for those already employed in a school and who want to make a couple more bucks before the day ends. Most teachers/tutors are going to get 2-8 hours a week and you are tutoring 2-4 kids at ONCE. Yes at once. Parents pay around $40-$60/hour per kid. So the center is making roughly $150 per table per hour and you get $10-$13 of it....
All lessons are planned for you but you only get like 15 minutes to review things before "class" begins. You might have a kindergartner, a third grader, and an SAT student all at the same table. You hardly ever get a pay raise. Granted, a lot of it depends on who owns the center. Sometimes our checks would bounce, the lady who ran the center was very financially unwise.
Center Directors make around $30k though so that's a good option
Center Assistant (Former Employee) – Jacksonville, FL – March 7, 2016
I absolutely love children, to be able to work with them and watch them thrive in an environment like sylvan was a pleasure! The environment was relaxed, professional and kind. There was never any drama or even the slightest bit of tension among any of the employees. I'm really sorry that the school district cut funding for that particular program. I loved being there.
Pressure, hyper controlled lessons, sneaky deceptive treatment of workers
Tutor students (Former Employee) – Henderson, Nv – April 13, 2016
I worked for Sylvan for almost 10 years. By all accounts, I was one of their best instructors. We had to regularly pass confusing computer classes- constantly jumping through hoops to keep our miserable part-time jobs. Our pay was mediocre, our benefits didn't exist, and our hours weren't much. I was fired for refusing to teach Common Core lessons. Nichole-the asst. Director_ reported me to Corporate for something she heard me say to a fellow employee. Treacherous, sneaky, and awful lady. It broke my heart to !eave Sylvan. I tried so hard to do my best, and the parents, students, and staff loved me. I just didn't kiss the ring of the administration, and that's why they let me go. Awful place. Demeaning .
Computerized lessons, well organized and good materials
Pay, hours, stress and negative atmosphere if you are not absolutely compliant
Very gratifying work with children that want to learn.
Regional Director of Sales and Community Outreach (Former Employee) – Georgia – February 18, 2016
Every day was different in that I traveled store to store so the geography and personnel was always changing. The mornings were typical of most sales organizations. Early work is for prospecting and organization for enrollment meetings and testing of children. The afternoons are mostly meetings and meet the parents at pick up/dropoff. Overall, I loved the job and was fulfilled emotionally. Pay was not great and owner was always raising sales goals to keep from having to pay bonus $$.
Tutor (Current Employee) – Twinsburg, OH – February 16, 2016
Great way to assist students with building confidence in certain subject matters. I like that students are taught skills to empower his/her learning. The hour instruction is set up to assist students with organization, reflecting on what they have learned as well as actively participate in the learning environment.
Teacher and Tutor (Former Employee) – New York, NY – July 23, 2016
Sylvan wasn't the worst place to work for. However they can perhaps hiring people who have a passion for teaching. A lot of the people I worked with were eager for the contract to end to run away from the company.
Director (Current Employee) – Illinois – May 31, 2016
Overall pretty good. Great to see kids succeed, and build relationships with families. Hours are different and not great if you have kids of your own. Depending on the owner, you might have a better experiences that another location
Certified Tutor (Former Employee) – Jackson, MS – May 18, 2016
I enjoyed my time at Sylvan. The staff is so loving, and friendly. They are very much willing to work with you and your schedule. You pretty much set your own schedule. The pay could have been more for certified teachers, though.
Tutor (Current Employee) – San Antonio, TX – January 22, 2016
Each class is set up for about 8-9 kids. They are placed into groups depending on their skill level. There is a scripted curriculum each teacher is given to ensure all students are being taught the same material. Co workers are very friendly and helpful. The hardest part of the job is maintaining focus of the children. They are coming from school, so it is difficult to keep their attention when they want to be playing. The most enjoyable part is seeing the children learn and enjoy what is being taught.
Tutor (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – February 18, 2016
There's an upper level to the amount of organization you can get, since every school has different rules about what they want from tutors. You should also expect to work primarily with high-risk students. However, a lot of them are very earnest and hardworking - they just struggle due to either difficult home situations or learning English.
My coworkers were always fun and energetic, as were both my manager and the owner. Everyone was more than willing to pitch in to help with difficult students or overpopulated classes. The only difficulties were with the contacts in the schools themselves. The contacts often did not have a good idea of what they wanted us to do, or would constantly reorganize the classes unnecessarily.
Helping students, good coworkers and management, school holidays
Early start times, seasonal with school year, difficult clients