Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated 17 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Constant layoffs - no job security

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the people are great to work with

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Communication needed desperately

  2. Helpful (1)

    Overall review of a failing company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Academic Counselor in Chandler, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Academic Counselor in Chandler, AZ (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

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

    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 Management

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

  3. Helpful (1)

    Default Prevention

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to be creative and allows for career development

    Cons

    low salary and not a lot of opportunity for advancement

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Sales masked as bettering student lives

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    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

  7. Helpful (1)

    I love this place!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Chair in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Program Chair in Tampa, FL (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoy the Commrodary at this work place.

    Cons

    Can not think of any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your employees

  8. Sales, not education

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Upper Management is terrible.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There really aren't any pros.

    Cons

    Micromanaged from the top down
    Do not value their employees
    Unstable work environment
    Extremely Political
    No work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee retention.

  10. Asst. Director of Admissions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Its a check. Every now and then you have a good student experience that restores hope.

    Cons

    Management local and senior are unresponsive. No collaboration. Work hard and find students.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to care. It shows you don't.

  11. Unethical Tactics

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The only thing that I can say is positive about working at EDMC is that the rigorous training hoops that one must jump through to be in Admissions.It definitely tests your personal strength and skills.

    Cons

    Once you pass the training , which by the way used unethical high pressure tactics , you are then subjected to meeting admission quotas and pressured to do whatever is necessary to start a student into class whether they are ready to do so or not..often targeting those who have little chance for success( i.e. No computer to use for online classes, or unaware of their financial obligation when taking out thousands in student loans).

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your records of the thousands of students who were admitted under the fraudulent practices and failed in their first semester due to the fact they were lied to and pay off their loans so they may have a fresh start with a reputable institution one day.

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