Laureate Education Reviews

Updated 1 Jul 2020

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3.3
61%
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67%
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Laureate Education CEO Eilif Serck-Hanssen
Eilif Serck-Hanssen
78 Ratings
Pros
  • "They alsa provide private parking, you have the opportunity to work from home to whenever you need(in 36 reviews)

  • "Flexible work environment with relatively good remuneration(in 33 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture - flexible working arrangements"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - HRBP in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overall the culture is really good, staff members are very passionate and motivated and Laureate's mission 'Here for Good' is entrenched in a lot of the company events, activities and behaviors.

    Cons

    Rapidly changing environment which can be a great challenge but also can result in some disruptions and people turnover

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Run for the hills"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Student Services 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Laureate Education part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people - many of whom genuinely care about the students; most of whom are very helpful and working under great amounts of stress

    Cons

    Have a read of the reviews. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but if I had to hazard a guess I'd say the vast majority of positive reviews were written by HR plants, attempting to raise aggregate scores. The few genuinely positive reviews were probably written by middle-to-upper management. These deluded clowns are so far removed from daily goings-on, so out-of-touch with ground staff, ever-increasing workloads, and basic company processes, that it really doesn't surprise me that they'd leave a positive review of this place. For anyone still interested, read the reviews. They all say the same thing. Work environment and (blame) culture is mostly toxic: VERY gossipy and catty. You'll hear about an inevitable restructure (they have one every year under a different buzz term) while making toast in the kitchen. Rumors will spread until everyone is sweating bullets wondering if they'll be unemployed come Christmas. Meanwhile management are fully aware of the dissent and say absolutely nothing. They LOVE that level of anxiety in their employees. They see it as motivation. CEO might as well live on the moon, she's so far out of touch. Middle management conspire to serve their own egos, knifing each other, running project after project into the ground under the banner of inventiveness, all the while with no concern for ground staff where the actual work is done. The level of resentment and dissatisfaction on most campuses is scary. Look elsewhere for employment. This place probably won't even exist in another five years, the rate it's going.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Too many chefs in that kitchen"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Lecturer in Sydney
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Laureate Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, students and beautiful campuses

    Cons

    Good intentions lost in a messy tangle of weird organisational structure, where conflicting interests overpower and confuse increasingly exhausted staff

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Divisive Culture"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Lecturer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Laureate Education part-time

    Pros

    Great new open plan city campus

    Cons

    Being a private University/College the academic culture is perpetually under cut by the unsupportive corporate office. The corporate staff their at the time were very unpleasant.

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Little support for lecturing staff from organisation"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Design Lecturer in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Laureate Education part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some good people but many have left due to poor working conditions, below pay scale and constant change in company structure/job roles.

    Cons

    Poor working conditions, below pay scale and constant change in company structure/job roles.

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "Carefully consider employment opportunities"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Administrative in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great colleagues who do their best to support each other in a stressful environment. There are opportunities to work from home which gives you a break from the office.

    Cons

    Stressful and difficult environment to work in with limited resources. Too much to do, not enough time to do it and salaries do not match high expectations. The moment you walk through the door you can feel the stress and anxiety of colleagues who are doing their best with minimal support. The company has a poor work place culture and moves so fast that there is no sence of achievement or job satisfaction because you're already moving on to the next thing. To anyone considering employment at Laureate, please read the many negative reviews as they are an accurate reflection of the company.

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "None"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Student Services Officer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working arrangements. Free parking

    Cons

    No fair progression opportunities. Poor management. Disengaged culture

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Advise staff to join National Tertiary Education Union"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Advisor in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Laureate Education part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is bread in the tea room. Local staff rally together at times even though they are under pressure. Lots of part time jobs.

    Cons

    People are worked out. I often approach desks and are given that look of dread of the overworked and often underpaid staff member. I know of a number who work on their own time to get work done. emails at ten pm anyone? They need to get unionised, join the National Tertiary Education Union guys. Google it!! By the way the other reviews are pretty right. I've seen people quit with no jobs to go, just to get out. sometimes due to burn out or illness from the pressures of overwork and expectations above the norm. My advice - stand your ground, do not work on your own time, they will eat you.

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "Atrocious management and staff care"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Laureate Education part-time

    Pros

    Friendly work colleagues Free food and drinks

    Cons

    Management is atrocious. Unfair work distribution - lecturers getting away with doing less than the bare minimum and others having to pick up the slack. Numerous complaints made over a number of years and absolutely zero was done about it. Not much interaction with manager, no support. The way the programs were run were absolutely laughable. Allowing students to enroll in later subjects without actually handing in any assessments for previous subjects. Being notified the day before or on the day of subjects that we were to teach for a trimester. Often times never having taught that subject before and having to learn and teach on the fly. Extraordinarily stressful! Numerous redundancies and letting go of various members and whole teams over a few years. E.g. IT contractors being called in the morning informing them that they had no more work. Other members and teams getting very little notice. Organisational structure continuously changing. Organisational identity is constantly changing. Salary is mediocre at best.

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Finance team"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Tax Accountant in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Laureate Education full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free breakfast, Sydney office is in a good location and the building offers free gym classes

    Cons

    Continuous restructuring makes it hard for employees to be able to plan ahead. Salaries are below market rates and computers are not the best. There is a fair amount of stress in the office and there is little training for new employees but due to budget cuts at a federal levels it is hard to be in this industry.

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