Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated 18 December, 2014
Updated 18 December, 2014
334 Reviews
2.5
334 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great people to work with and there are opportunities to move up here and there (in 16 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is comfortable unless you have a family; you will work Saturdays (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance for this company is not ideal for people with a family (in 19 reviews)

  • There is no job security there and you would be stupid to take a job there at this point in time (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    Sales masked as bettering student lives

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an year)

    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.

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

    Used to be great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    I was with the company for quite a while working for The Art Institutes. It used to be a great company to work for with very smart people, a good product and very ethical for the For-Profit world.

    Cons

    Everything went downhill when Goldman Sachs bought EDMC. New leadership was put in and the "Profit" part of For-Profit Education became more important than anything else. Admissions standards dropped and the important thing was getting people (whether they could afford to or not, whether they were even qualified or not, etc.) enrolled. Everything went downhill from there. Good people have left to do better things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to what you used to be and I bet you will find profits returning again as well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Learning Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissoins Advisor
    Former Employee - Admissoins Advisor

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

    Pros

    The team is very committed to the success of the student and helping them be successful in school and achieving their career/education goals. The compensation is fair.

    Cons

    Not a good work/life balance. Sometimes the values/mission of the organization comes into conflict with having a positive impact on the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for employees to develop and grow professionally. Also, be open to new ideas and trying new things. Be willing to challenge policies and not go along with the status quo.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Once a great company, now in ruins.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tutor in Fort Lauderdale, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Tutor in Fort Lauderdale, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    Fast paced. A lot of diversity at my particular site.

    Cons

    For-profit college's only want to admit students to meet a sales quota regardless of the student's talent and ability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Declining in morale, day by day,

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in San Jose, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Giving students who might not otherwise be able to afford a traditional college the opportunity to earn a post-secondary degree is one of the best aspects of this job, despite the harsh light of Congress on for-profit schools within the last few years. Locally, the faculty that teach at the schools are giving 100% to student success.

    Cons

    Public perception and corporate management make the portfolio of schools under this company’s umbrella, uninviting places to work. Local faculty know better what works for their students but are consulted after the fact when policies are made, with little chance for change. E.g., Policies that might be appropriate for low-cost states in the heartland, may be impractical in coastal states with denser populations, but nonetheless, senior management aims to push the policies through nationally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be upfront and non-obtuse with your correspondence to employees and they’ll appreciate you for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I would not recommend this work environment to my Worst Enemy

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company Used to have great benefits then started reducing them with higher cost out of the employee pocket with less coverage overall.

    Cons

    Team Managers play favorites and do more playing and horsing around than work. Look out!! Company consistently cutting back costs on everything,,, Stay away High Stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More extensive and clarification of training on changes and time to adjust before penalizing the employee.. Team managers need to be more professional and stop acting like children. They should be an example and be more willing to assist . Be flexible if lifestyle changes for the employee if needs changed to different shifts and hours to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Telemarketing

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

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Bonded with many of my co-workers.

    Cons

    Felt like I was selling insurance half the time.

  10.  

    Not a great working environment or experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    There were some people that were lovely to work with. Compensation could be very good, depending on your performance. Decent benefits as well, including health, vacation, etc. They did make an effort to train you prior to working in a fairly extensive training program.

    Cons

    No vision at all by leadership, which changed constantly. Not really the most professional environment I've been exposed to either; it was basically like being in college (most employees were right out of college and fraternized a lot).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A work environment like this needs supportive, consistent leadership. I would consider working on that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A difficult place to work and be happy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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