Bridgepoint Education

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Bridgepoint Education Reviews

Updated 21 November 2014
Updated 21 November 2014
102 Reviews
2.5
102 Reviews
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Bridgepoint Education CEO and Director Andrew S. Clark
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Review Highlights

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  

    positive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education

    Pros

    positive working environment, work life balance is positive

    Cons

    struggles with career growth for individual employees, brings in outside employees versus promoting from within

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

    Avoid

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    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
  3.  

    I love my work environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Management is always seeking out ways to create a work culture that exceeds the norm. The people I work with are great. There is hardly a dull moment.

    Cons

    The only con, which can be viewed as a pro, is that there is always change. Any company not adapting is sure to fall. So while adjusting can be annoying, it also helps the longevity of my employment!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enrollment counselor

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    Current Employee - Enrollment Advisor in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Enrollment Advisor in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, hours and coworkers

    Cons

    the pressure to sell, mangement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    re-think how you are getting leads, make education more affordable, appreciate employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not a bad company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Had a good environment at first but went kind of downhill. I had great managers while I was there and I knew they were on my side.

    Cons

    Numbers are super important to the company overall and the organization is constantly adding people and then laying them off. No real analysis of what they need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some people in that can project more accurately so that you can grow and not have so many turn-overs.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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
  8.  

    Slowly maturing in the last couple of years.

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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

    Pros

    Has a decent budget to work with enterprise solutions.
    Lots of great problems to solve.

    Cons

    Too many engineering teams with different goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the silos!!!
    Upper management communication seems to be lacking.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run for your life!

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    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
  10.  

    Not as good since the company went public (from what I hear)

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    We get a good balance of assignments to achieve a 40-hour work week and our hours are flexible. We have good teamwork and collaboration within the (BTS) department and the enterprise. We have fun company, department, and team events. We get technical training opportunities, the location and facilities are great, and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    There is a constant looming threat of reorganization (i.e., layoffs), usually every three months. We also get less and less perks each quarter, including losing our training budgets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Multiple layoffs in one year wasn't good for morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor, unprofessional first-line management and little regard for employees.

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    Former Employee - Student Services in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Student Services in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Bridgepoint Education full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good pay, and OK benefits.
    Good work-life balance.
    Free tuition benefit.

    Cons

    Management is often more concerned with their own advancement (Empire Building).
    Employees are NOT treated well (Repeated mass layoffs, favoritism by managers and directors is rampant).
    Management is often not held accountable outside of hitting "numbers".
    The wrong people are promoted up into the ranks of middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a major shake-up in the management ranks, and yes, starting with the CEO. Look back at the last six years and note the company's performance, the numerous (and quite avoidable) lawsuits, failed "Best-in-Class" initiatives (laying off the "bottom 10%" of all employees each year), and near disastrous failure to achieve WASC accreditation on the first attempt, and most recently, the company missing a required 10K filing and having to re-state several years of earnings statements. Management is hired by the shareholders to successfully manage the enterprise. This requires that the right people be selected and put in place. To a significant degree, I don't think that this has happened at Bridgepoint Education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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