Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
290 Reviews

2.4
290 Reviews
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Edward H. West
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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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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Started out as a great work environment.

    Cons

    Corporate leadership has deteriorated over the last several years. Insecure future for the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop concentrating on profits only.

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

    Company in Transition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Very talented workforce; driven to do the right thing; great work ethic; good pay; company mission is something that is easy to champion

    Cons

    Benefits have quickly deteriorated (used to be very good); corporate culture changing - used to be collaborative but now everyone is trying to protect themselves; company has been short-sighted in looking for ways to become more efficient - only looking at layoffs; much larger savings could be realized by hiring the RIGHT staff and diving into major process change. C-Suite has ballooned with very high-priced people and high-priced consultants at the expense of rest of the company - major change is needed in management. Need to bring in true business process leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really listen to your staff. They understand better than anyone what needs to be done to right this ship - you are woefully underestimating your own staff's strengths and capabilities. Own up to your bad decisions and work to correct them - not repeat them...it is IMPOSSIBLE to cut your way back to profitability!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent pay and benefits, difficult job.

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    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay is excellent and not working from paycheck to paycheck is ideal. Overtime is voluntary but encouraged often. The paid time off and holidays off are excellent.

    Cons

    The job is overly redundant. After some time one's conscience prohibits from being able to actually perform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moral needs to be raised, encourage growth for the team members, and allow cell phones and internet browsing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Love the goal to service an at risk population of non-traditional students

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Education is the way to help this country and the world solve its problems. It is not necessarily all about the knowledge one learns at college but about the professional development, leadership and confidence that is gained when you complete a college education. This is one of the goals of EDMC, and it is a noble one. Help non traditional students that can not be successful at traditional and not for profit institutions. These students need to know how to solve problems such as a place to sleep and how to feed their children. EDMC understands this and has partnership with the community to assist this at risk population. Their graduates reduce welfare roles and homelessness for future generations. Very rewarding.

    Cons

    The disconnect between corporate and campus leadership is wide. Corporate leadership is all about the numbers (the money). Campus leadership is about the student. This creates a horrible work environment for local campuses. They are required to give their all (no work-life balance) and give of their own resources to help make these at risk student successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send all of corporate leadership back to the campus level. This would put the corporation back in touch with its values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not bad, while it lasted.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Surrounded by great people. Enjoyed the students.

    Cons

    All about the bottom line. Work around rules to keep students. NOT transparent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share and take suggestions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Going downhill fast

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

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    located in Pittsburgh, continued education IF you are employed

    Cons

    CEO, all departments are getting cut

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It opened many doors for me as far as growth in my professional career.

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    Current Employee - Financial Aid Officer  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    It's laid back fun atmosphere is why I'm on the brink of reaching my 10 year milestone with the company.

    Cons

    One of the biggest challenges with the company like with most the decision maker chooses his/her best friend instead of the best candidate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use some logic.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience at EDMC has been a learning experience

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

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Downtown location it nice, Business Casual Atmosphere, opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Current Operating Environment is subpar, little stability within groups,communication from executives could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EDMC is a bad media darling. Let employees know about all aspects of what is going on within organization good or bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    many years of employment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    working with creative college students will keep you young

    Cons

    college seems to operate in spite of itself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell off bad investments, stop opening schools in obscure locations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Dissatisfied employee.

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

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I have developed great friendships with coworkers.

    Cons

    No raises, negative environment with little communication from management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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