Tutor (Former Employee) – Sterling, VA – March 2, 2018
Good experience working as a tutor. Enjoyed working with students with their reading, math and writing. I enjoyed the experience of tutoring. I enjoyed working with students in multi grade levels with the combinations of their learning skills and multi subjects being taught.
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (Current Employee) – Sandy, UT – September 18, 2018
Hours at Sylvan are very flexible and easy to work with my school schedule. The job is fun and the kids are great to work with. Coworkers are great and reliable, everyone works together well and helps each other to get everything done.
Vice President of Technology, eSylvan (Former Employee) – Baltimore, MD – September 18, 2018
I enjoyed working with the children as we were developing a new online tutoring program; the first in the nation. the management was very supportive, but very conservative, making it difficult for a new spin-off venture.
Solid management backing and leadership
Too conservative to grow the business effectively through online channels
Teacher (Former Employee) – Indiana – September 15, 2018
Paid once a month with no direct deposit. Pay is extremely low, especially for teachers and the expectations are extremely high for such low pay.This makes it difficult to enjoy the small group experience if this is all you are relying on for a job. Terrible hours which are subject to change in the middle of your scheduled time, so you could actually lose money if you have to drive a distance to get there. Yet they prefer teachers with actual certification.
Lead Instructor (Former Employee) – Brandon, FL – September 14, 2018
I loved my job at Sylvan and the satisfaction of helping see struggling students make tremendous gains in short time. The director was not honest with me, told me they needed to cut teachers due to Hurricane Irma. The truth was she wanted to promote a far less experienced employee who was not a certified teacher to take her place upon her retirement. It was easier for her to terminate me than work things out honorably. The younger employee was offered the position I had been offered and then had it recinded due to "finances".
A typical day entailed working with 1-3 students of various grades in reading and math, as well as the occasional GED, ACT or SAT student preparing for a test. I developed strong bonds with my students and truly enjoyed them.
Center Director (Former Employee) – Loves Park, IL – September 13, 2018
Sylvan is a great environment for providing employees to strengthen their opportunities in teaching as well as parent-teacher relationships. For Center Directors, it is an absolutely invaluable chance to develop sales, marketing, and interpersonal skills that will be very useful on the open market!
Math, Reading and Writing Tutor (Current Employee) – Encinitas, CA – September 7, 2018
Sylvan is a fantastic tutoring company. It is a very relaxed environment with lots of help and assistance. I found the management literally would not let you fail. Not only that, the support and training was excellent. Not only did they help me be the best I could be, but I learned many new things that have helped me as a teacher. My only negative opinion about Sylvan was that the pay is rather low; however, this is quite normal in most tutoring centers. It is a shame I cannot turn my part time job here in to full time work. I would say that it is mostly a place for teachers to earn extra income. The management are really easy going, relaxed and supportive. It is a very positive environment with a high morale.
High morale, plenty of support, great training
Low pay, not many benefits, mostly a part time gig for full time teachers
Overall fantastic place to work, just no real room for growth if not focused on education. Part time work for a majority of staff means cooperation isn't stressed to hard but helps the center run smoothly none the less.
Math Tutor (Former Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – September 1, 2018
Sylvan has a great system for diagnosing student weaknesses in math and reading, and then tutoring to remedy those areas. My supervisor was very professional, and good to me personally. The only problem was that the hours per week were too few.
It has been awhile since I have worked there. From what I remember it was a good place to work. When parents are paying for students to receive extra help it makes a difference. Students want to learn.
My time at Sylvan learning center was wonderful. I gained experience from teachers who worked with students after school. Although I chose a different career path, I was able to learn how to help children and families in the future with being a counselor. One lady in particular helped me out tremendously and helped me shape my future and what path to walk in the future.
A ten-hour job Monday-Thursday, and Saturday mornings
Director of Education for ages 5-18 (Former Employee) – Winston-Salem, NC – August 14, 2018
As an afterschool instructor tutoring three students for an hour session is a good part-time job. Directors, on the other hand, work ten hour days, Monday through Thursdays, and rotate Saturday mornings. Ten hours days, arriving at 9:00 AM and leaving after 7 PM can be challenging, and eliminate a quality and balanced life.
Marketing Representative (Former Employee) – Bakersfield, CA – August 14, 2018
The walls was my favorite part of the day when i would work for Sylvan Learning Center even when it was freezing cold but just knocking at peoples doors & explaining what we would do would interest them.