Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
349 Reviews
2.4
349 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)

  • Work/life balance is comfortable unless you have a family; you will work Saturdays (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance for this company is not ideal for people with a family (in 19 reviews)

  • There is no job security there and you would be stupid to take a job there at this point in time (in 18 reviews)

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    Assistant director of admission

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, plenty of leads

    Cons

    Horrible hours, horrible old leads, unprofessional management, extreme micromanagement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Great employees, bad management

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    Former Employee - Career Services in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Career Services in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    The company is not profiting at the moment so there really are no pros.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not great/flexible. Services provided by the company are not relevant in today's market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to restructure the service provided from ground up. Evaluate staff and processes from top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Default Prevention

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Freedom to be creative and allows for career development

    Cons

    low salary and not a lot of opportunity for advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    EDMC as an employer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Company 401K matching plan up to 6% at the time

    Cons

    Pressure to appease students rather than support faculty

  8.  

    Sales, not education

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    Current Employee - Admissions Representative
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constant layoffs - no job security

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

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people are great to work with

    Cons

    Constant changes - continued layoffs no job security - company in financial crisis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication needed desperately

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall review of a failing company

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    Former Employee - Academic Counselor in Chandler, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Academic Counselor in Chandler, AZ (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    I worked at two of the school (Argosy and South online). The pros were good benefits and good co-workers

    Cons

    All that matters is persistence and percentages of students who stay in school. It's unfortunate that the goal of the company is quantity of students rather than quality of students/a quality educational experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing strong programs with a strong backing and then the students will come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales masked as bettering student lives

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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 a year)

    Pros

    In terms of personal growth, this place challenged me in a lot of ways that shaped the success I'm having today. It wasn't always pretty - there were a few mass layoffs during my tenure, and there was a lot of pressure from upper management to hit your enrollment quotas. While I hated it at times, I look back at my EDMC experiences as positive for how they helped me grow stronger.

    Prior to the legal trouble - the pay was insanely high, but ultimately unsustainable. Some Admissions Reps were making well above 6-figures for recruiting students. Once that bubble broke, salaries were still pretty good for starting out of school.

    Cons

    The public mission about changing student lives is all a front. The sole internal motivator is to get as much money as you can out of prospective students. Trainings and performance metrics are all numbers and revenue based. There was no performance metric related to student happiness/experience - just how many students you enrolled and how much money you made the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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