Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
293 Reviews

2.4
293 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people to work with and there are opportunities to move up here and there (in 13 reviews)

  • They compensate you fairly and have good benefits for employees, 401K match, insurance, wellness programs (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance for this company is not ideal for people with a family (in 14 reviews)

  • There is no job security there and you would be stupid to take a job there at this point in time (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    A difficult place to work and be happy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Challenging environment lends itself to employees that are constantly learning and evolving; 401K match; ok time off benefits.

    Cons

    Incredibly unhappy workforce; no raises; thankless work environment;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience just the company is doing awful right now

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

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay, use to be better before they got rid of the matrix that gave you commission, fun people to work with, solid benefits like 6% company match and health insurance.

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime if you are stuck on the phone with a student, 300 dial days, mass layoffs. There is no job security there and you would be stupid to take a job there at this point in time. The school just sold its Art Institute of Pittsburgh building for extra money and is leasing it out, not to mention its stock price has dropped a ton because of the recent government regulations. Also lots of lying to students to get them to enroll. I remember my manager once talking to a student and told him he understands the students situation because he himself has 2 kids, even though he had none. When I confronted him on it he called it "relating to the student."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better people to run your company at the higher up level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Going downhill

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ventura, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ventura, CA (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    All operations under one roof, good materials, competent workshop instructors

    Cons

    Outdated inefficient IT department, lack of Senior Management and HR, inability to change and adapt to new technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A Student of AI

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    Former Employee - Student Tutor  in  Costa Mesa, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Student Tutor in Costa Mesa, CA (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Education was mediocre. Only stayed because of some esteemed teachers and how interested they PERSONALLY were with their students. If it wasn't for them-- there is no reason I would have stayed.

    Cons

    I was a tutor at this place. Work was alright but I think the reflection upon my own financial state is of more importance here.

    Education Management Corporation is exactly as others have said: completely unethical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Definitely add a portfolio requirement and accept only students who have a CHANCE of doing something with the education they receive at the Art Institutes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    EDMC

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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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Potential to return to the values the company was founded on.

    Cons

    Executive Management has not taken the time to personally know the greatest assets EDMC is divesting itself of; the many employees who have worked so hard to keep the company afloat.

    When Rif's happen, HR and management say it's just business, not personal. Perhaps this is the larger problem EDMC needs to address, it should be as personal to management as it is to that employee that their decision has just affected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step out of your office, get to know the people who are working to ensure the company's success - your lack of visibility contributes negatively to the gossip and environment. Try hiring Executive Management that actually have an Education background.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good corporation to work for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Great benefits - insurance, paid time off, holidays

    Cons

    Government scrutinizes for-profit schools so our work can get bogged down in red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to stop paying the lobbyists to change the government's mind. Put the money back into the students and reform

  8.  

    Great place to learn and advance your skill set

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    With such a wide range of products / projects being worked on at any given moment, there is so much to learn. You'll be a better person just 6 months into working here if you are motivated and willing to learn.

    I will and have recommended friends and family to work here, as I see first hand just what experience can be gained from this business.

    Cons

    With the current political administration's attacks on for profit education, it's hard to say where we are going currently and where we will stand in the next coming years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more engaged with employees in keeping them in the loop at where the company projects are going and how it'll benefit the company. All to often projects happen with no understanding of what and why it's happening.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Neutral

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Management is great and tries their best to keep the team satisfied.

    Cons

    Company focuses on and places more value into enrollment/admissions as opposed to Academic Counseling/Advising so that we can retain our best employees as well as see our students persist.

    Upper management seems disconnected, at times I feel that the people making the decisions at the top really need to consult with employees for best practices.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Corporate Support and Friendly Work Environment

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

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Ethical and talented group of employees. Time-off policies are employee friendly. Compensation was very competitive. The training was outstanding.

    Cons

    Work-life balance not ideal. Declining enrollment and increased competition from less-expensive online universities created widespread workforce reductions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    True transparency throughout the organization should be key to employee engagement and talent management!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Worst decision of my life was taking a position here.

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    Former Employee - The Center  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - The Center in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Salary above average for the higher education field.

    Cons

    They don't understand who their students are or what student success really means. Health benefits are awful. If you aren't management you are restricted as to what you work. They don't understand work/life balance. People do not understand how higher education works. You never get positive feedback. Nobody wants your resume with EDMC on it. It's nothing but a call center operation. They admit students who are not qualified just to receive title IV funding. Students enroll only to get stipends and EDMC doesn't care as long as they get the student loan funds. They break Title IX law on a regular basis. It's a shame the students don't understand their rights. Should be more lawsuits filed against them. They take advantage of underrepresented groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get an understanding of who your students are and understand that employees need a work/life balance. The Center should be eliminated as the majority of people managing it have no clue about student needs or higher education law.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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