Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated 28 January, 2015
Updated 28 January, 2015
346 Reviews
2.5
346 Reviews
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Edward H. West
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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.  

    Ok place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Enjoyed the people. Great location

    Cons

    No room for growth. No sense of leadership or direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Assistant director of admission

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great pay, plenty of leads

    Cons

    Horrible hours, horrible old leads, unprofessional management, extreme micromanagement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Great employees, bad management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Career Services in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Career Services in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    The company is not profiting at the moment so there really are no pros.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not great/flexible. Services provided by the company are not relevant in today's market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to restructure the service provided from ground up. Evaluate staff and processes from top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constant layoffs - no job security

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    • 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)

    Pros

    Some of the people are great to work with

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication needed desperately

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall review of a failing company

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    Former Employee - Academic Counselor in Chandler, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Academic Counselor in Chandler, AZ (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales masked as bettering student lives

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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)

    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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be great

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    • 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
  9.  

    Great Learning Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissoins Advisor
    Former Employee - Admissoins Advisor

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (more than a 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
  10.  

    Once a great company, now in ruins.

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    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 a 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
  11.  

    Declining in morale, day by day,

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    • 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

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