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.  

    Former veteran employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers who support each other.

    Cons

    Poor compensation for very hard work. No incentive to be your best. No opportunities for upward mobility. Frozen management. Recent mass layoffs got rid of some good people, but kept the flotsam, the people who have adhered to the Peter Principle and survive purely on longevity, not excellence. Absolutely no respect or reward for successful veterans. EDMC has had many lawsuits and is a human resource nightmare. The company is struggling to survive as it twists in the wind, a result of the exposure of For Profit colleges and their lack of ethics. They will accept anyone ( 2.00 qualifies ) take their very high tuition payment and then abandon them very quickly with no support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at how the enormous growth, from 18 colleges to over 50 in less than 11 years has damaged the future. Get rid of incompetent middle management and provide opportunities for your good, hard working, loyal workers to move up the ladder. Compensation sucks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Unreasonable goals, poor lead, flow , by any means nessesary mentality.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions  in  Detroit, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Detroit, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, title and HOPE at first. Some colleagues were great. New campus

    Cons

    Revolving door , sell, sell, sell or be fired. The sales process is cleverly disguised as consultative counseling. The education is WAY over priced. 100k+ for a degree from a for profit art school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so greedy. Reduce tuition, reduce your pay. Focus on student outcomes and debt or your company will continue to loose. Wake up! You can't turn people over as a way to show you are making progress. Wrong business model.

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

    Great entry level company

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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

    It is a great group of people that you are on the floor with. They truly do care with helping students.

    Cons

    Upper level management is nothing but number crunchers. I witnessed one of the biggest floor wipeouts, including upper level management the whole way down. Then two weeks later those positions are filled again. They clean house like that every year or so to keep it new and fresh once people start to figure it out. Not meant for those who have morals and ethics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship - can't be saved.... Run away screaming.

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

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

    Pros

    Avoid this employer, at all costs. Before even accepting an interview, speak candidly with current or former employees about their thoughts and personal experience.

    Cons

    Company has cut benefits, did not payout on bonuses, has frozen merit increases, and downsized significantly in 2014. Although an Education Institution, EDMC doesn't train it's employees. There are no perks - downtown parking is at full cost to the employees, Aetna insurance is very expensive with poor coverage and many local providers are out of network, vacation is use it or lose it and there is pressure not to take it or to work during it due to understaffing issues, 401k match was cut, life insurance was cut, and work from home is only in the event of an emergency or special circumstance.
    The whole employment program is geared towards bleeding the employee dry until they leave or are laid off. Severance package is very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create new products and distribution channels to keep revenue flowing, as student pool is drying up due to scandals, reputation, and governmental hatred for you.

    Learn to treat employes as assets vs collateral damage/dispensable liabilities.

    Fire your entire leadership staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    This job consisted of selling $60,000 psychology degrees to people who could not afford them and would never use them.

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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 less than a year

    Pros

    The chance to meet lots of different people. The money can be good if your great at phone sales.

    Cons

    Tedious job of calling people all day long who do not want to talk to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It put food on the table

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    Current Employee - Admissions Representative  in  Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Phoenix, AZ (US)

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

    Pros

    -Friendly Coworkers
    -Great pay for the kind of job
    -Decent training

    Cons

    -No room for creativity
    -Boring robotic work after you're molded into the kind of machine EDMC-OHE wants you to be
    -slimey sales tactics - for example their (EDMC'S) biggest practice hammered into employees, is to overcome objections. Thats fine, but when a student who is telling me they cant enroll right now because their mom is in the hospital I was reprimanded for not saying to the potential student, "great! Sounds like you'll have alot of time to do classwork while at the hospital." Sorry, I wont take on the cold calculated aspect of what a poor corporation can be. I'm a human too. Needless to say I up and left, without having a backup job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a heart. Don't be numbers driven, if your biggest concern is having a quality conversation with potential students, rate the employee on that. Don't treat students as a cash cow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Made a great salary on the "matrix" which they say never existed. Decent benefit package

    Cons

    Enough pressure for a nervous breakdown, they want you to say or do whatever to get a student to enroll. Once a student "posts" in an online classroom they owe money. They suggest students attend an online school who don't even have a computer or who can barely pass a basic reading assessment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with all of the pressure and try to do the right thing. Also, smirking in the midst of group layoffs is completely inappropriate!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Do not apply to them

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative  in  Kansas City, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Kansas City, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    None, they do not care about employees

    Cons

    They do not care about the employees, only how much money they make

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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