Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated 24 November 2014
Updated 24 November 2014
329 Reviews
2.4
329 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people to work with and there are opportunities to move up here and there (in 16 reviews)

  • They compensate you fairly and have good benefits for employees, 401K match, insurance, wellness programs (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance for this company is not ideal for people with a family (in 18 reviews)

  • There is no job security there and you would be stupid to take a job there at this point in time (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Used to be great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    I was with the company for quite a while working for The Art Institutes. It used to be a great company to work for with very smart people, a good product and very ethical for the For-Profit world.

    Cons

    Everything went downhill when Goldman Sachs bought EDMC. New leadership was put in and the "Profit" part of For-Profit Education became more important than anything else. Admissions standards dropped and the important thing was getting people (whether they could afford to or not, whether they were even qualified or not, etc.) enrolled. Everything went downhill from there. Good people have left to do better things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to what you used to be and I bet you will find profits returning again as well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Learning Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissoins Advisor
    Former Employee - Admissoins Advisor

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The team is very committed to the success of the student and helping them be successful in school and achieving their career/education goals. The compensation is fair.

    Cons

    Not a good work/life balance. Sometimes the values/mission of the organization comes into conflict with having a positive impact on the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for employees to develop and grow professionally. Also, be open to new ideas and trying new things. Be willing to challenge policies and not go along with the status quo.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Once a great company, now in ruins.

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    Former Employee - Tutor in Fort Lauderdale, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Tutor in Fort Lauderdale, FL (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced. A lot of diversity at my particular site.

    Cons

    For-profit college's only want to admit students to meet a sales quota regardless of the student's talent and ability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    wonderful

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    great managers just an overall good work

    Cons

    no room to advance nywhere

  6.  

    Neutral Student Worker

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL (US)

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I always suggest this option to fellow students, especially those that have a hard time with scheduling. It's very great for a student looking for fair work/life balance without worrying about reporting to their employer every little thing that changes in their school schedule. I have two work study jobs at the school, and I definitely enjoy working with other students.

    Cons

    Can only work 20 hours a week. Pay is average, and at only 20 hours a week isn't enough to keep a student afloat when faced with real world responsibilities such as housing and bills from the school. Especially when looking at how much a student has to pay to be a part of this average school system. More perks would be nice, "free copies" isn't very ground breaking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Filter through who is employed as a teacher more regularly, many more passionate faculty is cut for not working at the company as long as their less-than-enthusiastic peers. Have a more clear outlook on classes and policies, they change way too frequently. Look into offering student workers more perks since pay is average.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It started out great; however, the company is always making changes and not consistent with their mission in decisions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Good people work here. Compensation is pretty good.

    Cons

    Always cutting benefits, not consistent with company decisions, vision isn't the same across the board which causes disgruntled employees. No work/life balance - always asked to work on the weekends for events and they are always changing the dates of the events, so no one has any organization of what is really going to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees and things could turn around. Stop cutting benefits and making everyone work harder. Keep it simple and allow the individual campus locations to have more independence to know what works in their particular market vs. micromanaging from corporate level assuming every school is the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people but poor management

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people on the "indian" level vs. "chief" level.

    Cons

    Management is not really focused, doesn't appropriately focus the troops. Management recently dropped the 401K match, a 6 % pay cut was not good news.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a reasonable number of objectives, quit chasing the next shiny object. I believe the pay is reasonable for what we do. The facilities are nice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    No ethics, no client care, poor business model.

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

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Office complex in downtown Pittsburgh is modern and well maintained.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Despite what they tell new hires, EDMC cares about nothing but profit. They treat their employees like cattle and their students even worse. Employees in admissions are routinely told to pressure prospective students into applying for school even if they are clearly unqualified. Then, they are given a high-pressure sales pitch to accept extensive financial aid for a sub-par education that usually exceeds $50,000. This company is devious, ruthless and a borderline scam. Avoid them at all costs! The schools they represent are often legitimate, but EDMC is nothing short of a snake-oil salesman hawking online pipe dreams that rarely if ever satisfy students aspirations or even governmental standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. There is really nothing to say to people who engage in such unethical business practices while treating their employees like expendable, and not particularly valued assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Use you and lose you.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    If you're an executive you don't have anything to worry about. Pay is great and you have pretty decent job security (if you're at that level). Other than that, there aren't really pro's. The people are nice for the most part.

    Cons

    No job security. Not compensated fairly for work, I did not receive a raise for 2 years, know of others who have not received a raise or promotion in 3 years or more. Company does not care about the students, no matter what they say. It's a business, business is about money, not about students. 401K was cut, so that is not even a benefit anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pack it in. Unless you change something quick, the ship is sinking. Priorities need to shift toward the employees more. While the business aspect is crucial, it's tough to run a business without employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Horrible, toxic environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    The only pros to working here are the people you work with. At least the bottom level employees are cool. It used to be a fun place to be and you could make money from the matrix. Managers literally have no management skills.

    Cons

    Everything. Literally RUN away from this place unless you are desperate for a job. Everyone either gets fired or laid off. This ship is sinking and I'm currently trying to find another job so I can get out of here before it happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are a bunch of jokes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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