Education Management Corporation
2.3 of 5 232 reviews
www.edmc.edu Pittsburgh, PA 5000+ Employees

Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated Apr 20, 2014

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Edward H. West

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29% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "The Human Resource team is helpful and the employee benefits are great"
    in 7 reviews
  • "They compensate you fairly and have good benefits for employees, 401K match, insurance, wellness programs"
    in 12 reviews
Cons:
  • "The work life balance for this company is not ideal for people with a family"
    in 11 reviews
  • "high pressure sales to prospective college students"
    in 7 reviews
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Great goal but poor execution

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsThe best thing about working for EDMC is the opportunity to impact your local community through the education of adults. It is extremely personally rewarding.

ConsThere is little respect or appreciation for the hard work completed by the employees. This for-profit organization is all about the profit. Only the on ground employees care about the students.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease adjust your open enrollment policy so that students can succeed. A reading and writing level requirements along with basic math skills should be required before under taking college debt

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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This is a good company to work for!!!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Education Management Corporation

Pros-great training
-working environment is awesome
-helpful staff and faculity

Cons-High turnover in admission and other departments

Advice to Senior Management-Be open to try new techniques to attract potential student
-Always be honest in your success factor reviews and eliminate favoritism

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Admissions Coordinator (Former Employee)
Orange, CA (US)

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

ProsFast Pace environment with great co-workers

ConsLittle room for growth and pay increases are far and few between

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Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
Virginia Beach, VA (US)

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

ProsLots of interaction with internal and external customers

ConsFor Profit Education - not necessarily focused on quality of student body OR its employees

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on quality and less on quantity

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Was a great company, not so much anymore

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Education Management Corporation

ProsBenefits are good
Some of the managers really do care about their employees

ConsVPs and Company heads have changed the corporate culture
Entry level pay is terrible, and raises have been ceased for the past two years

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Managers were untrustworthy. Training was horrendous. Work here as an absolute last resort.

Staff Accountant (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

ProsI have a lot of respect for some of my former coworkers. There is a lot to keep you busy, but unfortunately you won't be trained very well about processes, so you'll have to figure out your own way.

ConsMy biggest gripe with EDMC is the lack of trust that I had in my managers. They made rules up as they went along and I never really knew what to follow. I do not believe they cared or wanted the best for me or anyone else in the department. The company is struggling, so I wouldn't have held that against the lower level managers and supervisors if they had been honest with my department, but they weren't. It seemed like someone somewhere on the chain of command told them to act a certain way and the managers did. It felt like they were only looking out for themselves.

Many of the employees from my department are extremely discontent with their new workload. The staff has dwindled in size since the hiring freeze began in 2012 and most of the knowledge held by previous employees was not passed on. The current employees in my former department are either younger college grads or older people who don't want to start over. They are not well positioned to make improvements.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop lying to your employees. Do not bad mouth current/former employees behind their backs to their coworkers. That is childish and your employees do not trust you, they will tell the people you are talking about.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Education Management Corporation

ProsCoworkers were great, worked with a lot of great individuals there. Most were honest and hard-working.

ConsLeadership decisions are questionable, at best. Goals are not well thought-out or communicated.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Is this place still operating?

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

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

ProsSalary, great people to work with, okay benefits --

Best decision of my life to leave that place behind! 1 year ago that company was a mess

ConsUpper management was horrible, recruiting tactics were unethical,

Advice to Senior ManagementShut this place down!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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After many years, left that disastrous mess

Mid Management (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

Prospeople in the trenches mean well, work hard, but can't compensate for poor leadership

Conslack of vision, poor leadership, ridiculous expectations, lack of acknowledging strong contributions from staff in favor of favoritism. allowing strong contributors to leave or be driven out while supporting failing leadership/management decisions.

Advice to Senior Managementquickly undo the poor hiring & promotion decisions you've made lately

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Unethical business model

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

ProsCasual business attire, friendly coworkers, meetings are few and far between.

ConsBad work-life balance, bad company values, low compensation, no overtime for working weekends. Forced to work weekends.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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