Think Education Group Reviews

Updated 12 Sep 2019

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "More like a corporate deception cult than a real company"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Pyrmont
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Think Education Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lecturers are dedicated to their students and disciplines.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is obscene. Middle management are forced to take on horrendous workloads, and decisions from higher management are erratic and cause even greater workload. A never ending cycle of "improvement" projects which are poorly conceived and managed, and result in multiple steps backwards in terms of staff and student satisfaction and engagement. Higher management do not listen to or trust their staff. The company talks big but fails to deliver on promises of academic standards, staff and student support, and corporate transparency and honesty.

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  2. Helpful (4)

    "A company in Transition"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Think Education Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people at college level with passion, knowledge and skill. As a result, the teaching and learning is relevant, engaging and worthwhile.

    Cons

    Transition of ownership has created uncertainty and job security is minimal. Head office is far removed from the practicalities and challenges of teaching. Work load is extreme and Queen Bee syndrome exists in the executive ranks. HR is organisational management only with little empathy for staff.

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "Very limited opportunity for personal growth but overall a reasonable experience"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Think Education Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * Very close to North Sydney station, convenient location * Friendly and helpful team members * Various perks, free breakfast/coffee/fruit, annual team building day * Xbox/Wii game nights

    Cons

    * Some mid-senior management have own side-business running * Too many useless time-consuming meetings * Management rather outsource work to 3rd party who do an indifferent job, than entrusting internal staff for jobs they are hired to do * Very limited career progression opportunity * Incompetent HR team, large team but outsource recruitment to agency. * Long interview process, 5 rounds of meeting different people who end up asking the same questions over and over.

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  4. Helpful (6)

    "Horrendous workloads. Toxic culture. Boys club."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Manager in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Some good senior managers. Colleges still have some soul new campuses under development sound fantastic innovative and student centered

    Cons

    Massive workloads. Poorly managed org restructure. Jobs for boys. No leadership. Micromanagement, bullying, unreasonable expectations. Students and staff unhappy, badly treated and ignored.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Undervalued, overworked staff wearing too many hats"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Think Education Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice offices and lovely people to work with at a college level.

    Cons

    When I started at Think I absolutely loved it, but in the last year things have gone downhill. Staff being shifted around and new higher roles being created has left a lot of gaps with no-one looking after important issues and staff had been lumped with more work and uneven work loads across positions. HR seem to be a bit delusional about how staff are feeling - unsafe in their jobs, and that many of the people in management positions don't deserve to be there. The turnover in the last year of administrative staff has been appalling - and no one is solving the problems that they have all brought up in exit interviews. It's a shame, the CEO's visions are fantastic and the company would be great to work for without the issues but there's only so long you can put up with the stress and unfair conditions.

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  6. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be good but no longer cares about students or staff. No one is valued."

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Academic in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some very good staff, but anyone who can find a job elsewhere is leaving. Turnover hovers around 20%, but all those left just talk about finding jobs elsewhere. Those that remain do their best to help students. Coffee is good, but $3 a cup for staff.

    Cons

    Pay is around 50% to 65% of market level. Management has gone downhill at a very fast rate. There is no care for students anymore, and the basics are no longer provided. Moral is in the toilet and everyone is miserable and complaining. Zero job security. Stress is causing increased levels of work place bullying, but anyone who complains gets fired. Not allowed to call it firing, though, they get 'realigned' or 'rightsized' or their contract is simply not picked up. Bullies often get promoted as a way to remove them from interactions with their staff.

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  7. Helpful (5)

    "No clear ideas about the future"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Manager in North Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Free breakfast, nice offices, good team

    Cons

    no business ideas whatsoever. 8 colleges aggregated into 1 entity and no soul It inherits the lack of vision of the Seek group Too many nice looking girls painting their nails during business hours Salaries below average

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  8. Helpful (6)

    "Not the Greatest Culture & Unsupportive Management"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Course and Career Coordinator in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Think Education Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Could be a good stepping stone for those wanting to get into the education company

    Cons

    Not very supportive and encouraging management. The company has lots of visions,promises, values listed however these are not filtered through the levels of the organisation.

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  9. Helpful (2)

    "Teething Issues"

    3.0
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Think Education Group for more than a year

    Pros

    A lovely group of hard-working colleagues! May provide an entry-point from industry into a teaching career.

    Cons

    Think Education has undergone a number of ownership and CEO changes and as a result there is not a strong feeling of stability. A lot of staff are doing more than should be expected of them and are receiving poor pay in relation to equivalent roles in other education institutions. Many employees are keeping their eyes on seek.com to find other jobs... which is ironic considering that company currently owns Think Education Group.

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  10. "Don’t do it"

    1.0
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    Program Manager in Melbourne, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Think Education Group for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Dedicated hard working staff who strive to deliver the best education possible for their students. Always seem to be working against senior management and campus management.

    Cons

    Senior management say they care about staff and students, but everything seems driven by bottom line to the detriment of staff and students

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