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  1. instructor

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    Current Employee – Instructor in Chicago, IL

    Current Employee – Instructor in Chicago, IL

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coyne College part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and smart people.

    Cons

    None that I can comment on.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a great job with faculty, staff, and students.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Its a Business

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    Former Employee – Instructor in Chicago, IL

    Former Employee – Instructor in Chicago, IL

    Doesn’t Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Coyne College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility of how to teach your classes.
    Most co-workers were pleasant & helpful to new employees. Some very nice staff in other departments.
    Many students start with high hopes and are eager to learn.
    If youve never taught before, it can be a TRULY rewarding experience.
    My experience is limited to the now-closed Green Street campus. It truly was a beautiful building.

    Cons

    Former Director (dont see him listed as part of the staff any longer) was a military school graduate. Students shirts had to be tucked in, or you were not doing your job.
    Could be very disrespectful to staff. Majority of instructors at the now closed (2016) Green Street campus were union. Union members were treated with less respect.
    Its a for-profit school, so its in their best interest to hire cheaply ($17.00 an hour for technical instructors with 5 or more years experience in the field, but can be negotiated), and they keep classroom supplies to a minimum.
    I personally witnessed the aftermath of several people being let go, and escorted out of the building by the armed off-duty police officers they employ as guards. These are non-violent TEACHERS that in some cases were let go because of their program was being discontinued.
    Student population is a bit rough. Fights were not frequent, but happened. Thefts were more common. Right off of my desk sometimes. Everyone deserves a second chance. More than few (convicted felons with no chance of passing a background check for their chosen course) were on their 3rd or 4th.
    Graduation rates very low. Of students that enrolled, only 58% (according to Google) actually graduate. Of those that graduate, ask the Career Services Department, and get an answer, as to how many get employed in their chosen field. They try to hide these numbers, but trust me, are tracked very closely.
    Split shifts are hard. Morning class, off all afternoon, then teach an evening class.
    Virtually all schools in the Chicago area, public & private, will be closed due to severe weather, cold/snow. Not Coyne. A day closed, is less money. Its a business.
    Tours (high school groups or prospective students) were carefully timed to not happen during class breaks. Common sense would tell you to make it easier for the tours to progress. Actually it was so disgruntled students stuck in a program that they were already heavily financially invested in, could not talk to them And God help the instructor if a pretty girl was in the tour looking through the carefully placed windows looking into the classroom. The heavily male class population would behave as badly (or worse) as you think they would.

    Advice to Management

    The owner of the school, Russel Wicker Freeman is an overall nice guy, but he is a business man, and not an educator. He displays empathy when taking to him, but ultimately this is a business that provides a service at a high price to the students. Work with your instructors to make the classroom better, not just profitable.

    Get rid of the obsolete technology that some of your instructors used in the field 20+ years ago. Try continuing education to keep them up to date. I witnessed an instructor in a shared classroom tell his students these are not used anymore, but let me show you this… Then go on to talk about it for hours.

    I see there were some very hard business choices for you in recent years. I truly hope you bring this school back to the greatness it once had.

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  4. Solid Employment

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    Current Employee – Anonymous Employee

    Current Employee – Anonymous Employee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Coyne College full-time

    Pros

    Great Diverse Student Body, located in Downtown Chicago, Excellent Instructors, Fridays and Weekends Free

    Cons

    Pay, Weird Hours, No Camaraderie with All staff

    Advice to Management

    End night class at 9, more benefits for instructors


  5. Could be better.

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    Current Employee – Instructor in Chicago, IL

    Current Employee – Instructor in Chicago, IL

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Coyne College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They give you some room to conduct your class as you see fit. Classes can be fun.

    Cons

    Problems hiring and keeping a solid group of legitimate teachers. high turnaround. Split shifts for full-time are a huge turnoff.

    Advice to Management

    pay more to compensate the schedule of night classes.


  6. craziness

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    Current Employee – Medical Billing Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    Current Employee – Medical Billing Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    Doesn’t Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Coyne College (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good pay starting out…ending..thank God for union

    Cons

    owner is a maniac….this is truth

    Advice to Management

    no advice cant tell him nothing

    Coyne College Response

    Mar 15, 2017 – Director

    Coyne College only has a location in Chicago. I am not sure this review is from a current employee. Coyne College does not have any employees who live in Indianapolis.


  7. Good school with a solid structure

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    Former Employee – Externship Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    Former Employee – Externship Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Coyne College full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work if you want a steady job, no surprices. Company takes care of the employees.

    Cons

    Internal employees are rarely promoted

    Coyne College Response

    Oct 10, 2017 – President

    Four employees have been promoted from within in the past 18 months. This is not bad for a small company. Two of the employees were promoted to management positions.


  8. Ok Company

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    Pros

    Free hour lunch
    Flexible hours
    Free assigned parking

    Cons

    Very strict environment
    Heavy staff turnaround

    Advice to Management

    Show appreciation to dedicated staff

  9. Helpful (1)

    Churning out more turnovers than a German bakery

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    Former Employee – Anonymous Employee

    Former Employee – Anonymous Employee

    Doesn’t Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Coyne College full-time

    Pros

    You get to help students realize their educational and career goals. Its a shame that management doesnt provide that same sense of assistance and career nurturing and development to its employees.

    Cons

    The turnover rate here, most especially for a school its size (quite small), is borderline illegal. Clearly, its alarming. The foreboding tone is set by upper management, and they weave an air of fear, intimidation and give everyone a sense of unease, lack of care, lack of direction and lack of thoughtfulness. All the #WinningWednesdays, which are actually directed at the students anyway, and weekly Staff Summits, often an exercise in management hubris and arrogance, wont make up for the veneer of professionalism and true lack of esprit de corps.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps you should hire all employees as contractors rather than full employees. Or, more realistically, you should probably be up front with your hiring process: You know, the chances of you being here for more than a few months is uncommon; for more than year, despite several who have been, is extraordinarily remote. Spill out, in detail and in honesty, all of the good, bad and ugly you should promote to candidates during the hiring process. Dont mislead, especially with sins of omission about how its gonna be. Too many folks have been shown the door before theyve really been given an honest chance to show what they can do. Nip it in the bud early, during the hiring process, management; be up front with candidates on what they should expect – including being witness to, and perhaps one of the large and quick number of turnovers – as employees of the school.

    Coyne College Response

    Mar 15, 2017 – Director

    The CEO took over as Director in September 2015 and has put in a Team First attitude.


  10. A good experience in proprietary education

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    Current Employee – Management in Chicago, IL

    Current Employee – Management in Chicago, IL

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coyne College full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ethical. Owner is hands on and means well. A respected leader. Training is good quality and affordable. Most teachers are vested.

    Cons

    The industry has changed, many external stresses make it very difficult to do your job. Proprietary schools are in one big barrel and thanks to some schools that are unethical and only motivated by money, all for profit schools have a target on their back.

    Advice to Management

    Add a new program, CNC training would be a good one.


  11. Love my job and school!

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    Current Employee – Anonymous Employee

    Current Employee – Anonymous Employee

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coyne College full-time

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, dont have to worry about being watched by Supervisor trusted to do your work, strives for excellence, its rewarding to see students graduate, get employment and come back thanking us for all the help and advice that was given to them. Hard workers get rewarded

    Cons

    Slackers that dont want to do their job, complain to others about their work load and want someone else to do the work for them.

    Advice to Management

    No need to change anything


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