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Bridgepoint Education Reviews

Updated 14 November 2014
Updated 14 November 2014
102 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good benefits, decent wage for the area, San Diego has a higher cost of living (in 7 reviews)

  • positive working environment, work life balance is positive (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Too many managers and directors (in 4 reviews)

  • The upper management just keeps getting richer on the backs of those below them (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Titanic with music band and all.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good hardworking employees who enjoy teamwork.

    Cons

    Andrew Clark only cares about himself and not the employees
    Benefit plans are substandard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjust your staff numbers accordingly sooner rather than bit by bit. You are slowly killing your staff's loyalty because of the fear of rolling heads!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Realistic view of BPI and Ashford U

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    Current Employee - Training in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Training in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, the ones that are left

    Cons

    In many ways, the organization represents what is worst about for-profit education. It is more concerned about profit then actually teaching students. As I have mentioned to current employees, it is time to get out. The for-profit sector is in trouble due to a negative public perception and heavy competition This institution in particular is very ruthless and cutthroat as it relates to its employees, as evidenced by the multiple layoffs and low morale of those who are left over

    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bridgepoint Education

    Pros

    *Appears* to be an exciting environment full of opportunities for growth and efficiency
    Somewhat progressive adopting newer technologies

    Cons

    "Business as usual" approach to problems
    Reactive to issues but no traction to devise solutions
    Barriers between teams within the same dept
    Management hides the issues within each each group to avoid the spotlight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look closely at the communication and readiness among teams to work towards a common goal in improving the customer experience. There is more focus on keeping things out of the spotlight than there is cooperation between the various teams to grow the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company is an unpleasant one to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free coffee. Sometimes kind co workers who all wanna get out. Free tea. NEar downtown of San Diego

    Cons

    Everyhthing else. Micro management. Weekly meeting to talk about how many students you've gotten because each student is %50,000 in the schools pocket. Meetings senior people talk about who got fired. Or they threaten you so you think you'll be getting fired next. Its a mess. Focused on money and numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run for your life!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Rather Not Say in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Rather Not Say in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Bridgepoint Education full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Medical, dental, and vision are reasonable. If you work overtime, they pay you.

    Cons

    You are just a resource. You are not valued as a person. You have to deal with managers that are not trained on how to manage. You have to look a certain way to 'fit in'. People are stressed out and on edge all of the time. Very low morale and employees feel unappreciated. Layoffs are common. They even let people go that just had babies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't say things in meetings like, "We are bringing sexy back." This is what one of your Vice President's said in a team meeting of 30 people. Do simple things like say, " Hello. Good Morning.", instead of walking right by your teams silently. When you have team events, don't say things outloud like, "I don't want to go and be around these people." Remember that your 'people' can hear you and watch everything you do. Get rid of the 'Love Contract'. It will stop the nonsense of so many people dating each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A shady un-ethical company that treats their employees poorly.

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Bridgepoint Education full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They motivate their employees using fear tactics.

    Cons

    Low moral. Horrible HR practices. Employee churn and burn mill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect your employees and motivate them with incentives rather than fear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    100% sales job disguised as an advisor position. Very dysfunctional company.

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    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Bridgepoint Education full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The ONLY benefit of working at Ashford University/Bridgepoint education was the people you meet and work with. You feel as if you are at war to save your job and you learn to make friends with others knowing that at any point in time they will fire you or your friends for little to no reason. It's only a matter of time it's not if, it's when.

    Cons

    They basically hire people knowing that they will either quit or they will lay them off for no apparently reason. There is no job stability here and management is done with a stick, the only carrot is you get to keep your job. There is no Reward for doing a good job or exceeding expectations other than keeping your job. This is 100% a sales job where you will be ground down to get numbers yet there is no additional compensation no matter how well you do. I was hired in a group of 50 people in one hiring session and within six months there were three of us left. There are a dozen reasons why this is the case but for the most part it is just a miserable place to work. If you are thinking about working for this company consider it a short-term opportunity as they are completely schizophrenic in they're hiring processes and they are basically a sinking ship as they cannot compete with the real colleges out there for now offering online educations. Don't let the starting pay fool you it is not worth it you will be miserable and depressed looking for new job within three months guaranteed... I was in your shoes looking at these posts 10 months ago and wish I took the more seriously. Do not work for this company if you cherish your sanity. I am now stuck looking for new job having wasted 10 months at Ashford University and after knowing what that place is all about I am embarrassed to put them on my resume.This company is based upon scamming people into educational programs which are very seldomly completed because they get NO HELP from over worked teachers and burdened the students with Thousands of dollars in debt. The upper management just keeps getting richer on the backs of those below them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is clueless, they have no idea what is really going on within the company and if they did I don't think they are capable of changing any of the problems which are systemic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Phone sales nightmare

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in San Diego, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in San Diego, TX (US)

    I worked at Bridgepoint Education full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They pay you, team atmosphere is fun

    Cons

    You have to sell degrees to people that don't need them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hand out leads more evenly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A great experience on company politics, adding 'spin' to your email replies and testing your patience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Your surrounding coworkers aren't blinded by the obstacles - they get it and can definitely empathize. You can get tuition reimbursement if electing to do your education through Bridgepoint products.

    Cons

    The lack of product ownership, planning/roadmapping and busy work really takes a toll. The amount of technical debt can be addressed but stakeholders don't push that effort as a top priority. It's a very reactionary environment, so take note of that. Real work and forward thinking approaches are overlooked for the 'ASAP' or 'shoot now ask questions later' strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create next year's roadmap. Get resources. Maintain resources. Rinse. Repeat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Database administrator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, I have to recognize that most people at BTS . We're good employees to work with. Free education opportunities and some training.

    Cons

    No leadership ,the CEO main focus is only on profit and his bonus check. Every 6 months the company laid off employees across the board. Most Systems are now been outsource.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn leadership skills and to The CEO "Please control your greed and learn how to live with Only 5 million dollars a year"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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