Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated 12 April 2015
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  1. Once a great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Admissions Recruiter in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Admissions Recruiter in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I cannot think of one legitimate pro!

    Cons

    Employee turnover, managers who care about nothing but numbers, nonexistent oportunities for promotion, misleading students

    Advice to Management

    I would give advice, but as usual; they'd never listen.

  2. Helpful (1)

    One of the most shady for profit colleges that i know of.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I cant think of a single one.

    Cons

    Absolutely the most unethical and shady companies i have ever encountered.

    Advice to Management

    Pray for your souls.

  3. Poor

    Former Employee - Finance in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Finance in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Close to home short commute

    Cons

    Poor business model, poorly managed

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  5. Worst place I have ever worked.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Help Desk in Strip District, PA (US)
    Former Contractor - Help Desk in Strip District, PA (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Uhh free coffe and hot co co are all I can think of oh wait a paycheck. Casual Fridays are nice as well.

    Cons

    A call center where you are encouraged to lie to the potential students to get them into school. I had to help a woman who never had a pc before get registered for class. She told me she had just celebrated her 95th birthday.

    Advice to Management

    If you have to let employees go give them some warning. I was let go at the same time as 500 other people.

  6. Worst job ever!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Analyst in Chandler, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Analyst in Chandler, AZ (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good. There are some good people. Educational benefits as long as you go to one of EDMC's schools.

    Cons

    Corporate culture, uncaring management, some people work hard to make you look bad in an attempt to make themselves look good. A great deal of corporate politics.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your #1 asset: people!

  7. Worst company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Speedy hiring and onboarding process

    Cons

    recognition program not in place/communicated across all departments
    poor employee morale
    hi-turn over rate
    no employee engagement
    lack of communication between teams/departments
    some executive level leadership did not demonstrate professionalism
    inconsistencies in management
    all levels of staff are overworked not leaving time for streamlining processes and procedures for effiiciency

    Advice to Management

    Put employees first and value the students you serve. Your employees are on the front lines servicing the schools, students, and faculty you serve. Having worked for other organizations who make an effort to show their employees they are appreciated, it was an eye-opening experience to work for an employer who does not. The negative energy throughout the organization could be sensed in several departments (not just the CENTER, where I worked). I would caution anyone before seeking employment with Education Management Corporation.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Director of Admissions

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A place to go in the morning! Thats about it! There are frequent layoffs so the idea of getting a package and moving on is a nice perk.

    Cons

    The opportunity for growth for a working professional is unheard of here. Its a bait and switch from the first meeting with HR. They tell you about growth opportunities but the real deal is if your not in the Pittsburgh or phoenix Kool aid club of popularity lets hang out at the local bar: it wont happen!
    This is just a social club and not meant for serious management and educated professionals.

    Advice to Management

    Work ethically within the government regulations to reduce the lawsuits so we can be trusted as working professionals in education.

  9. EDMC - OHE

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    Former Employee - Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, HR works with you regarding issues, training will help in future positions, some management is excellent at their job and work to help you succeed.

    Cons

    Upper management promotes change frequently. Company is beingi nvestigated by Department of Education and has lost credibility. The programs are expensive and few students have success matriculating. Representative talk about changing students lives but are actually increasing their debt and career services only helps to find low paying jobs for graduates.

    Advice to Management

    Follw business ethics and don't have people that are in relationships reporting to each other. this company is about sleeping your way to the top.

  10. Unless you want to sell your soul and be sucked dry of any life run away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be pay but now it is structured and not negotiable

    Cons

    People harping on you daily. No ability to express any opinions. More worried about what Goldman Sachs thinks than anyone else since they own 40% of the company stocks. Employees are numbers- regardless of contributions made over any period of time. Do not listen to any review on here but the completely negative. After many years there I was poached due to my pay when I more than hit my numbers.

  11. Sales, not education

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not much. You'll learn a lot about sales and how to overcome typical excuses from students. You also learn a lot about the education business.

    Cons

    Ethics are sketchy at best. It's all about numbers and talking students into certain programs. It's more of a telemarketing and high pressure sales job than anything. To make numbers, management pressures you to put students who are destined to fail then owe a bunch of loan money into college anyway. There's a huge gap between admissions and academics.

    Advice to Management

    You've forgotten that graduation rates and students being successful matters. It's about more than just numbers and the pressure to perform guarantees our bad reputation will stick around.

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