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Good place to work for experience in teaching
Tutor (Former Employee) –  Minnetonka, MNApril 17, 2018
My time at Sylvan was good. The lesson plans were easy to navigate and the atmosphere was very nice. The teachers were very helpful too. The only problems I had with Sylvan was the pay and the hours. But it was a great opportunity for experience with teaching.
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The people make the organization.
Operations Support (Former Employee) –  Baltimore, MDApril 12, 2018
The life long relationships formed during my tenure were the most enjoyable part of the job. It was great to work for an organization that builds the confidence of children in the classroom and beyond.
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Nice place to learn
Teacher's Assistant (Former Employee) –  Homewood, ILApril 12, 2018
A typical day is the norm at place where children are being tutored. It is very quiet. There is not a lot of things to do there. I started off working 3 day s a week and ended working 1 day a week.
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VERY low pay
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Johnston, IAApril 6, 2018
This company needs to reevaluate their structure. Teachers are expected to have a teaching degree (rightfully so). Most are classroom teachers looking for a side gig, so the crazy low pay is just irritating and a huge morale problem. Students pay more than $50 an hour to be there. Teachers make $11 and are expected to have three students at a time.

I have brought up my concern about compensation with management and was met with shrugs and excuses about overhead and sending a large percentage of profits to corporate,

Sylvan, you need to reevaluate your business model or your business is going to fail.
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Good Job
Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) –  Homewood, ILApril 5, 2018
Great part time job. Spent several years there and always felt appreciated. Would suggest to others if they were curious about being a teaching assistant at Sylvan.
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Positive and fun place to work.
Beginning and Academic Reading Tutorial Instructor (Current Employee) –  Bronxville, N.Y (Yonkers)April 4, 2018
A typical day at Sylvan Learning Center is mostly based on the individual. If you enjoy working with people, especially children you will enjoy it. It is a low stress environment with helpful and supportive staff. Paid training sessions are done online and veteran tutors model a successful every aspect of a session. Tutors arrive early to set up for the session and review previous comments and notes inreference to the students' performance and achievements. . Successes are celebrated but struggling students are not ignored or forgotten. Their hard word and efforts are rewarded also. A session lasts for one hour with the last fifteen minutes incorporating academic reflection, a game and a reward. The philosophy is to develop a positive outlook towards learning.
Pros
Self selected schedule.
Cons
No benefits or perks
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Little job security
Teacher - writing emphasis (Former Employee) –  Lake Worth, FLApril 2, 2018
Good work environment. The hours are very convenient. The workload is quite manageable. Teacher to student ratio is 3:1. Reasonable pay. I received $15 per hour. I loved working there. Sadly, I was fired without reason or notice via email. This occurred after I asked for a small raise and Saturdays off for religious reasons.
Pros
Work environment, work load
Cons
Little job security, no benefits
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Very friendly place
Secretary/Receptionist (Former Employee) –  Victorville, CAMarch 27, 2018
Every one is very nice and the open environment makes it easy to learn about the company and how to work as a team. You have the opportunity to speak directly with everyone your working with so needs are easier to meet with less mis-communication.
Pros
Feels very warm and welcoming
Cons
Repetitive
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DECEPTIVE job posting. If job title is "Test Center Administrator" then you'll actually work in Prometric, NOT in Sylvan. MONTHLY PAYCHECKS only.
Test Center Administrator (TCA) (Former Employee) –  Grand Rapids, MIMarch 26, 2018
DECEPTIVE job posting. If job title is "Test Center Administrator" or "TCA" then you'll actually work in Prometric, NOT in Sylvan (but it's in the same building). Prometric does NOT offer tutoring services. The management company owns two types of franchises and they interview people to tutor children and then they’ll have you work at Prometric Testing where you'll sit and stare at adults taking accounting exams all day and you'll sharpen their pencils. Whether you work at Prometric or Sylvan, in either case, you'll get MONTHLY PAYCHECKS only (which is difficult with a low wage), no benefits, no time off, no breaks for employees allowed, ever, no lunch-breaks allowed, ever, and people generally hate the management here. It’s a rotating door, at all levels, employees and middle-management alike. After employees are hired, they are then informed only afterwards about the monthly paychecks, and then they feel mad, and then they look for another job, and then they leave within 2 months…always. The management refuses to change this, even tho they've been informed. The workers tend to resent the management because the management has a closed-door policy and refuses to talk to employees directly, so you must contact them through a proxy. They show up around 11 am Monday thru Thursday, and leave around 4 pm, and for Christmas, they will give you a single piece of chocolate for your bonus. The management treats employees like they are unworthy, both in Sylvan and in Prometric (it's the same set of problems in both places), and the employees hate the management for this, and the management  more... keeps on doing the same things of course. 80% of all the employees and managers who have worked here within the last 3 months have left!!! 80% in 3 months?!?! Something is wrong, this place is a burning ship!

Normally I’d say that a job doing nothing or even tutoring is an alright thing, but it’s so terrible here (IN BOTH PLACES) that I am absolutely done with this nonsense. It just stinks rotten like a place with extremely poor management and it doesn't care. And even if you do work at Sylvan tutoring, you can be sure that you'll encounter all the same exact problems as with Prometric, because the leadership is exactly the same. They hide behind fake smiles and then give you mean behaviors and monthly paychecks.
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Pros
They are always needing workers.
Cons
MONTHLY paychecks only, No breaks allowed, No benefits, No time off, Low Pay, Management treats employees like they just don't care, They have a closed-door policy, They refuse to change the monthly paycheck situation, It's a rotating door here
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Teacher Assitant is rewarding but pay is terrible
Teacher Assistant (Former Employee) –  Katy, TXMarch 21, 2018
Management is very nice. Helping kids learn is awesome. Workplace is clean, and very relaxed. School like environment. There was no benefits and it was minimum wage
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These guys are a ripoff
Sales & Test Administrator (Former Employee) –  Centennial, COMarch 20, 2018
They treat their employees horribly just like their customers. Its a rip-off. Materials are old. Teachers are dedicated. Individual managers only want the profits. They will wear you down and take all the money from the parents.
Pros
nothing
Cons
its a ripoff
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A great place to work.
Tutor/ Assistant Lead Teacher (Former Employee) –  Richland, WAMarch 19, 2018
The friendliest people and management. Work was enjoyable and you can tell the owner cares about his employees as much as his students. Work is fun and enjoyable to attend.
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Ability to meet and help youth who are struggling with academics.
Teacher (Current Employee) –  McAllen, TXMarch 16, 2018
Sylvan is a great place to work and the diversity in subject matter is exciting. Sylvan is very structured in their approach to helping children do better in school and has a very good plan in place. They are very good people to work for.
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Good place to work
INSTRUCTOR (Former Employee) –  Pleasanton, CAMarch 14, 2018
part time work interacting with a variety of students.
co-workers are wonderful and helpful
working with kids is very rewarding
limited hours (after school and weekends)
Pros
great co-workers, nice environment
Cons
limited and sporadic hours
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Fulfilling and Flexible
Head Teacher (Current Employee) –  Kissimmee, FLMarch 12, 2018
While tutoring is generally an after school job, my managers have worked hard to get me the extra work I needed to augment my families regular income.
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Fun and proactive learning environment
Tutor (Current Employee) –  Hillsdale, NJMarch 9, 2018
Students receive individual attention with academic and life skills needs. Tutors are dedicated and provide effective instruction to every student no matter the grade level or background.
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I enjoy coming to work
Teacher (Current Employee) –  Maple Grove, MNMarch 9, 2018
Comfortable and collaborative work environment, but for requiring a teaching license, the hourly wage is significantly low. Management is great and it's so fun to help students grow!
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Great Place
Director of Education, Instructor (Former Employee) –  Poughkeepsie, NYMarch 9, 2018
I learned about the after school and summer activities that parents and students have at their finger tips. The Sylvan Method is extremely successful with getting students up to grade level in all subjects.
Pros
Great Students
Cons
No advancement
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Wonderful after school program
Teacher (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMarch 5, 2018
Sylvan is a great place to work after school. They strive to meet the needs of every student who walks through the door which became my own mission as a teacher.
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Family oriented environment
Director of Education (Former Employee) –  Corpus Christi, TXMarch 5, 2018
My time at Sylvan was wonderful. I was able to build many relationships with families and staff. On average I worked 40, plus hours however the work was enjoyable. It is a fast paced environment and requires some sales however if you love to help children and provide advising, the sales aspect will come naturally.
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