Bridgepoint Education

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Bridgepoint Education Reviews

Updated 17 December, 2014
Updated 17 December, 2014
107 Reviews
2.6
107 Reviews
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    Interesting work and great people, but incompetent upper management.

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

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

    Pros

    Perks were pretty good - free coffee/tea, causal work environment, discounted tuition for employees and spouse. Really nice coworkers. Interesting work assignments.

    Cons

    Priorities kept changing, It was always the flavor of the month, so it seemed like there were no long term strategy and planning, at least from the individual contributor level. In terms of promotions, it wasn't about whether you were a strong performer. There was a lot of politics and playing favorites, so that resulted in very incompetent people at very high levels of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be more transparent about strategic plan and road map. If you don't trust your employees enough to share it with them, then you don't trust them to be able to carry you through difficult times.

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

    Heavy focus on pushing students into class

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Enrollment Advisor in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The sales staff/Enrollment Advisors are hard working, intelligent, fun, upcoming young professionals. Earning potential can be very good.

    Cons

    Bridgepoint accreditation has been called into question because they are targeting financially challenged students that want financial aid possibly more than a degree. The focus is to sign up students and sign up student loans. Retention is an issue, and one that in 2013 called into question the school's WASC accreditation. WASC was looking at retention and the percentage of students using student loans to fund their education. A Student Retention team was created in 2013 to assist in keeping students in class. Once WASC accreditation was reinstated, 95% of the team was fired. This seems short sited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a more collaborative approach to engaging your team in goals. The more you treat your counselors as colleagues that can help you solve your revenue goals, the more success you will have. Have senior members work more directly with newer members. Management using tactics like advising counselors Saturdays are mandatory overtime, when in reality are completely voluntary is insulting. Incorporate the idea of work life balance. Employees that feel like only labor laws are saving them from working 24 hour shifts are not happy employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Scam!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    College-feel environment which is great for younger employees when it comes to making friends and enjoying coworkers' company.

    Cons

    Lies all over. Managers are afraid to lose their jobs, counselors do not know how to cheat the system, turnover is crazy, etc..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    INTEGRITY!

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

    Understanding what the job is

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Inquiry Coordinator in Poway, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Student Inquiry Coordinator in Poway, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers.
    Some very reasonable management.
    An environment that says they are listening from the bottom up.

    Cons

    Lots of phone calls and meetings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Honor & Integrity - w/ company since 2007

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    Current Employee - Institutional Research in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Institutional Research in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Free or discounted tuition offered to employees, spouses, and dependents who attend Ashford University or University of the Rockies. Casual dress and work environment.

    Cons

    Education and for-profit are huge contradictions. The focus is not on empowering and engaging students, its increasing enrollment and the amount of government financial aid paid to your institution. The struggling enrollment numbers have created layoffs every six months since 2012.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization is too fr gone for advice. Things are not going to change. It is up to the employees to recognize the organization does not have the students or employees best interest at heart. Collect your paycheck, learn as much as you can, get your diploma, and move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Learning and Development Specialist in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Learning and Development Specialist in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Many learning opportunities, supportive management. This is a great way to learn everything about your industry and grow as a professional. If you are a go get-er you can create amazing opportunities for yourself here.

    Cons

    Upper management is not great at communicating. Many projects and initiatives contradict. This is getting better.
    If you are not a self starter, you will not get far here. Company values leadership and ability to follow through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please learn to all get on the same page.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Database administrator

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    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
  10.  

    Definitely profit driven.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Great pay with great benefits.

    Cons

    It's a call center that makes you dial hundreds of phone numbers a day in hopes that you can convince someone to enroll in Ashford University's online number. Most of these end in hang ups, harassment complaints, and no answers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really liked the team I was placed on, and my leads and manager, but above them, it just feels like your not doing enough to get a hold of better leads.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great ideas, lack of vision in realizing them

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people in my division. Most sites have gym and cafeteria. Great life/work balance in my dept. Challenging and fulfilling work.

    Cons

    Cult-like executive worship. Lack of clear vision/mission, except to turn a profit. Rampant nepotism, HR does not seem to exist for employees, but to protect management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten out the organization structure and do away with the rock star executive status. Get creative when it comes to laying people off. You would do better to find positions for some of the talented people who are let go b/c their positions were eliminated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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