Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated 27 October 2014
Updated 27 October 2014
318 Reviews
2.4
318 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, but money hungry company...

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

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the people I worked with. They were amazing people that I keep in contact with. Work life was good, time off was good, and benefits were great.

    Cons

    I don't understand why this company hires any people when they just lay everyone off. My whole department was wiped out. It was always about the sale, the numbers, never a pat on the back from management because they only focused on numbers. Many times goals were unattainable, but they didn't care. It was exhausting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring if you are going to lay off people!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Take advantage of their employees

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    Current Employee - Faculty
    Current Employee - Faculty

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working with students is always rewarding.

    Cons

    No raises in three years. Took away the 401k match. Health insurance is terrible. Company requires 30 hours on site for faculty as well as they must maintain their status as a working professional in their field. Companies ethics are some times questionable. Faculty are teaching classes for their bosses because they don't have enough time and not being compensated for the extra work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees fairly for the work that they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good people, awful leadership

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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

    The people that do the day to day work are good, hard working people. They do pay more than traditional higher education but the culture is atrocious and leadership doesn't appreciate their staff.

    Cons

    Horrible culture, benefits have been slashed (no more 401k), can't roll over vacation, cutting jobs and dumping more work on employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You preach transparency but you don't do it. Vice Presidents lie to staff to try and get them to leave so they don't have to pay severance. The employee surveys are a joke. Why do you keep doing them when you're not changing anything. Either be honest or just stop talking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Admissions Representative

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    co-workers, cafe, compensation, my manager, veterans

    Cons

    dialing, mundane work, boredom, compliance

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Goodbye 401k match!

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    Former Employee - General Accountant in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - General Accountant in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good people and highly proficient controllership department. Deficient IT and infrastructure investments have hampered and complicated the ongoing efforts to streamline and centralize processes and procedures. Extremely tough regulatory and economic environment for this type of business, and they've done reasonably well given these adverse conditions.

    Cons

    Their 401k match was reduced to 4% of as june/july 2014 And then, in August 2014, they completely eliminated the match! This change may accelerate the exodus of employees, and make it more unlikely that they will attract highly talented individuals in the future. I understand the business rationale, and it's a very tough decision - may prove to be a short term change for them to avoid another default. In a year or two, things may change and they may become a profitable company again. It's a no win situation in the short term despite having great people on board. I don't doubt that they will emerge intact from this tough time period, but it will take a few years for them to start realizing growth again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best of luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Admissions

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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

    Great job, very good company to work for with a great life/work balance.

    Cons

    Just found out company is doing very poorly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    shape up or you may not be in business much longer

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    There are no consequences for bad behavior.

    Benefits are decent as of today (salary, medical, FSA). Managers have discretion to allow occasional work from home. Colleagues are mostly well-meaning, competent, intelligent. There's considerable encouragement and opportunity to learn about the organization and academic processes, to truly know the business operations.

    Cons

    There are no consequences for bad behavior.

    There's really no employee development, management either doesn't care or doesn't know how to help staff to be successful and grow / move up the ladder. PTO is unimpressive. Poor business performance and enrollment result in layoffs, pay freezes, low morale, paranoia. Crippled finances, and unreasonable oversight and layers of process control result in no progress. There's no forward movement. It's like we're all watching the ship sink while standing on it because 30 people need to approve the expense of patching the hole where the water is rushing in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to actually manage. Management here is more like an example of what NOT to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company grew too fast

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    Former Employee - High School Representative in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - High School Representative in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Loved the family work balance and the team.

    Cons

    Grew to fast. Unfortunately there will be more layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people the option to move at their expense. Take into consideration employee performance not just where they live.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Competitive salary and nice co-workers

    Cons

    Depends on which office you are working in. Some offices are more laid back than others

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away or you'll regret it!

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    This company started out with great benefits and, good pay. The location is a easy commute from all points of our highway systems and interstates. Great working hours overtime available depending on corporate availability. Can't go early to get Overtime have to stay late or work Sat. .

    Cons

    Poor management they are in financial trouble job security is weak don't put yourself in a position to find yourself without a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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