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What Employees Say
I worked at 2U full-time for more than a year
Unlimited PTO, young/progressive culture, work/life balance
I had the opportunity to work at 2U for over 2 years within the Admissions realm. I noticed someone had written a review with the headline "Stay Away" and I can't stress enough how eerily similar to... my experience the review was. This past June, we had our all expense paid company meeting in Las Vegas’ Caesar's Palace. It seemed like no expense was spared although our stock had just plummeted in the market from a $90/share valuation to about $12/share. That should have probably been the first sign to the company that they needed to reevaluate how money was being spent. In the midst of all of this, 2U was hit with major civil action lawsuits as it became clear our CEO had shadily not told our investors that we were going to rescale and not roll out as many programs as we had intended. As a result, Wall Street shafted us and everyone who has common sense decided to pull out of the stock. I wish I had never made the decision to opt into our stock purchase plan as a lost over a k myself. The CEO tried to reassure us that this wasn't an issue and that business would be moving forward as usual (MASSIVE RED FLAG as things needed to change). During the company meeting, a lot of frustration was aired by employees towards management. During one of the Q&A sessions with our C-Suite leadership, one of the questions that was upvoted the most was "why do incompetent people get promoted within the company?" This was an omen of things to come because a few months later, 70+ employees within the Admissions middle management were fired. This was a result of our leadership realizing that most of these people had few tangible skills that differed from the Admissions Counselors they were overviewing and that much of the hiring practices in getting these people into these positions was based mainly on nepotism and not merit. If I had a dollar for every time a qualified employee was passed over for a promotion because ‘x’ director or hiring manager spent time outside of work with ‘x’ person, I would have a lot more money in my savings right now. One tangible way to represent this is the fact that the majority of Admissions in HQ (Lanham, MD) is PoC but there is only one(!!) out of a dozen or so people who represent Admissions at the top layer who is a PoC. This company clearly does not understand how to spend money, develop or promote talent, and is not sustainable moving into the future. I am taking the time to write up this review as someone who left the company of their own free will and felt a massive burden come off their shoulders as a result. It seems that 2U’s solution these last few years in the market has been to buy our competitors at every turn but what happens when you don’t have the assets to acquire competition? You either adapt and become sustainable or get stepped all over and become obsolete. I see the latter as the most likely as Chip, the CEO, is just an average white dude and not a visionary. The reason that 2U is still viable is because of the tech platform that it provides to institutions but, as competition in this industry continues to grow, 2U will ultimately will fall by the wayside. I would give it 5-10 years MAX before Chip sells this company. If you are looking for an entry level job where you won’t have to struggle too much in terms of a work / life balance, get paid $50K per year, and don’t mind dealing with incompetence, this might be a great job for you. However, if you are passionate about Admissions, please know that Ed Tech is a growing industry and you can find competitive offers elsewhere that might also pay commission. And no 2U, I will not give you the time of day to contact your feedback department.
Advice to Management
You might not think it but you're working for a corporation and they cut ties with no remorse. Would recommend looking externally.
I worked at WeddingWire full-time for less than a year
Great compensation for your efforts. The remote work environment was wonderful and always felt connected to staff. Went through 2 platform changes in the 10 months I worked there and was laid off due... to merger with The Knot but experienced decent management and quality of product was great for sales.
The company is going through a major transition. In the 10 months I worked there I had 3 managers, went through 2 platform changes, and was ultimately laid off because of a merger with The Knot.