ELS Educational Services Reviews

Updated 10 Aug 2020

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2.7
42%
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34%
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ELS Educational Services CEO   Curt Uehlein (no image)
Curt Uehlein
6 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits for an ESL school (used to work for 2 other companies that didn't give any benefits)(in 24 reviews)

  • "Health Benefits, great international students(in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "Inconsistent hours because hours are dependent on enrollment and(in 23 reviews)

  • "Low pay like most teaching position(in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Good to Grow"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth at centers.

    Cons

    Higher level/executive leadership is not always in touch with workforce.

  2. COVID-19

    "Failing Company Trying to Stay Afloat on the Backs of Employees"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Interaction with students who are excited to be in the US & learn. Dedicated and intelligent colleagues who have been with the company for years/decades. There used to be many more benefits but unfortunately they have been chipped away the past few years.

    Cons

    INCREDIBLY unstable. Hours have always been based on enrollment but enrollment will plummet and then shoot back up with special groups. Only 2-3 people on center staff really feel like they have stable income. Everyone else is in flux month by month. Communication is top-down from upper management. They will add on to center workers' already full plates then come back saying they don't need the data anymore. The "training" is a powerpoint presentation for everyone + a week long training at HQ for center directors and academic directors. It's mostly for show as I don't remember learning anything I really needed on-the-ground. Speaking out against upper management will lead to cold shoulders and job disappearances. Unless your idea is good, then it will be repackaged as someone else's. Benefits used to be a selling point but are now being cut in an obvious attempt to save money. They attempted to cut benefits of PT employees (then changed their minds, all via email, without informing managers first). They changed the vacation policy knowing many people had a lot of time saved up which they ultimately lost. This vacation time was banked by most because the work/life balance here is non-existent. They laid off all employees during COVID-19 but are holding onto PTO payout and not paying health insurance. Their re-opening plan went purely by host universities rather than safety. Employees not brought back in the first wave still in limbo.

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  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (3)

    "Struggling Company"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developerand FTE in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at ELS Educational Services full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The team and the people I worked with.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs. The business model seems ancient. We were on the right track until Covid-19, but I doubt this company can recover from this. They seem to just be buying time in order to not payout the over 2 million dollars they owe to employees in vacation hours, hence the reason why they placed most staff on temporary layoff. If the company decides to file for bankruptcy then they don't have to pay a dingle dime of this.

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  4. COVID-19
    Helpful (2)

    "Sorry, not Sorry!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Incredibly attuned colleagues who always gave their all in an attempt to repair irreparable damage caused by the lack of leadership. Benesse needs to WAKE UP and remove the last piece of the puzzle that has not yet been removed as it should have been the first one instead of the last; then everyone's collective effort might have left something worth saving.

    Cons

    The entire business model and operation is one massive con at the moment. The current management is a joke who literally care only about lining their bank accounts with the remaining pennies thousands of dedicated individuals toiled for over the decades. With Covid-19 as a cover the company is skirting all moral and human responsibility to everyone they have carelessly pushed out the door. How can an organization who claims everyone is part of a larger family treat employees as disposable commodities? Hundreds of us who have not worked now for 4+ months and who have been told we're not needed for the remainder of 2020 are still listed as active staff in their systems as it's evident ELS received a paycheck protection loan they are aiming to have rolled over to a grant. Wasn't the purpose of these loans to keep staff on the payroll? Not the case at ELS, they extinguished their entire workforce and "temporarily laid off" 90% of the full time employees. Games are being played now more than ever and this business has never had any best interest at heart other than profits. Just know you are an "at will" employee who will be asked to turn the other cheek and accept the fodder when told, but your loyalty is worth nothing to them - absolutely nothing!

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  5. Helpful (4)

    "The company is a dinosaur"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ESL Instructor 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay was often on time

    Cons

    Facilities, curriculum, and philosophy are obsolete

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  6. "Nice Company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Registrar in Fort Wayne, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at ELS Educational Services part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good health insurance especially for dental work

    Cons

    No potential for growth with the company

  7. "Good but could be better"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Instructor 

    I worked at ELS Educational Services full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and great staff

    Cons

    Salary is way too low

  8. "Good company, bad industry"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Health benefits, coworkers, and leadership

    Cons

    Company is still trying to find its identity post-merger. Low compensation for workload, and the higher education industry is unstable.

  9. "Loved the work, students, and staff."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic Director in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ELS Educational Services full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great staff, flexible boss, and loved the students.

    Cons

    Wish the pay were a bit higher.

  10. "Great people"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Education Coordinator in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at ELS Educational Services full-time

    Pros

    Lots of great people there.

    Cons

    Distance to commute from home.

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