Bridgepoint Education

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Must be Numbers Driven

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    Former Employee - Student Inquiry Coordinator in Poway, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Student Inquiry Coordinator in Poway, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    They do a good job of attempting to keep employee morale up. Good pay for what you actually do. Hard to find a job... actually nearly impossible to find a job that pays this well for something that doesn't take a lot of brain power. Fun co-workers. Free food every now and again. Free access to on-site gym. Excellent health coverage.

    Cons

    Very monotonous. Numbers are essentially all that matter. Even though your job may be to "help" and qualify prospective students, the goal is to make the company money even if your gut says no... they will tell you yes in order to hit numbers and attempt to make a profit. That part can kind of mess with your head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to see things from a subordinate perspective. Don't look at us as a means to an end in order to keep your cush salary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    No longer a good place to grow a career

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, and a culture that does not tend to work much overtime. Reasonable pay. Decent (though slightly expensive) cafeteria. If you need a degree, you can attend Ashford University for free (which will become worthless if they lose their WASC accreditation).

    Cons

    Bridgepoint has been going through rougher & rougher times lately. Over the past 2 years, there have been four rounds of layoffs, and the most recent one (11/2014) cut software teams to the absolute bone. Very waterfall-esque environment. Zero commitment to professional development... Even inexpensive ($130) webinars are denied. Communication problems between layers of management abound, and decisions are simply handed down... There is no discussion. Tech organization has a "mobile last, if at all" mentality, unlike the rest of the software industry that is going mobile first. Your "customer" as a developer is not considered to be the end user of the software you create... They think of their bosses as the "customer", leading to some extremely misguided decisions and processes. More focus on documentation and vanity metrics than on actual software quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to stop hemorrhaging developers, you need to modernize your approach to software development, and remember that developers need to keep learning all the time (so you should consider investing in professional development). Treating employees like cogs in a machine will not keep too many high quality people satisfied.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, poor strategic decisions and management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bridgepoint Education

    Pros

    The people who work at Bridgepoint are great.

    Cons

    Poor strategic direction and decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you want to meet exceptional people, then this is your company. However your professional self worth will suffer.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education

    Pros

    The people, benefits and facilities

    Cons

    Lack of communication, fear of ruffling feathers in order to improve process flow, zero transparency and lack luster employee appreciation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead, don't manage. Life is bigger than BPI.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not the best place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bridgepoint Education

    Pros

    Aesthetically nice work environment. Onsite cafeteria is handy - yet expensive. Central location. Parking is plentiful.

    Cons

    You do not feel valued or appreciated as an employee. You are micro-managed if you are a non-exempt employee, and you are not treated like a Professional Adult. Poor communication. There is a distinct hierarchy that exists at Bridgepoint. They have the worst medical insurance. No growth opportunities or training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Best Professional Career Crash Course

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    Former Employee - Learning and Development in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Learning and Development in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The company has good benefits, a matching 401k, a gym and many other perks like great buildings and technology to work with. In this company you can enter as a student fresh out of college , in turn gaining the most fantastic professional career training experience. If you have the drive, you will quickly move up rank in the company finding fantastic professional development opportunities. I started out entry level making hardly $30,000 but 7 years later I was making nearly $70,000. Along the way I met so many wonderful people. Seriously, the talent pool in this company is unreal and many of the people there are like minded young professionals. It is a high stress and high stakes job blended with the environment that young professionals can create that is fun. I am thankful for my time here and the people I met. As these people forever helped to shape me as a professional. I now feel like I can handle any situation that is thrown my way in my new career because at Bridgepoint changes and trouble shooting are part of the job. To sum it up-Bridgepoint is like professional bootcamp.

    Cons

    The con is the changes that always are happening but it also keeps it a dynamic environment. Talent people get burned out here because of the rapid work pace and the constant changes in process. It can be hard to watch talent people leave but that happens at every company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Of the 5 managers I had here 4 were fantastic. Keep up the great work managers I know what a hard job it is!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Top Heavy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education

    Pros

    Work with extremely smart, motivated developers.

    Cons

    Too many managers and directors.

  10. 2 people 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
  11.  

    Good company, great coworkers, needs to learn accountability

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bridgepoint Education full-time

    Pros

    I have been here about 7 years. I love working here, and have always liked my coworkers. I have found some life-long friends here. I also really enjoy the work I do, and have seen my professional career take huge leaps while I've been here.

    I have earned several promotions, and am happy with the pay. There were times where I felt underpaid, I put my head down... worked... and earned a better job with better pay. I will always recommend this company to the right person.

    Cons

    The training is a bit lax here. It hurts that the company is not doing great financially, but it should still invest in the people it has. Since layoffs have hit over the last year or two, moral has been negatively affected. And immediately following a layoff, a lot of the top talent leaves for other opportunities. I've seen a lot of smart, good people leave, and I believe it hurts the company in the long run.

    Reading a lot of the other reviews, the Admissions (recruiting/telemarketing) group seems to write most of the negative reviews. The culture in Admissions is not good. There is a lack of accountability to leadership, and in general poor management in the middle-management layer. People are cleaning the wrong house by letting lower level people go, and they seem afraid to let go of Directors and VPs in the Admissions group. Yet those are the people who seem to generate the culture of fear. Until that changes, I don't see a great future for Admissions. And since Admissions drives the revenue... the company as a whole...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be accountable to what you say. Offer a message we can believe in, and we will follow.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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