Education Management Corporation

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Updated Jul 21, 2014

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2.3 276 reviews

22% Approve of the CEO

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Edward H. West

(51 ratings)

28% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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)

  • Management, hours, job security(in 12 reviews)

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    Do not apply to them

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

    ProsNone, they do not care about employees

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

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

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    Going downhill fast

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    Proslocated in Pittsburgh, continued education IF you are employed

    ConsCEO, all departments are getting cut

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a new CEO

    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 job has been interesting and rewarding at times but overall is enough to give you a nervous breakdown!

    Systems Analyst (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    ProsInteresting projects, opportunities to develop solutions that make coworkers tasks more efficient and less challenging, opportunities to work with cutting edge technologies and innovative business process improvements.

    ConsWork-life balance is pathetic. More and more positions are being cut because the company has financial issues. However, the demand continues to grow as upper management pretends that we are not in trouble and continues investments in new products and services.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease choose one road or the other. Either we are downsizing in which case we need to stop all investments and implementations and just keep up with what we have, OR, we are going all in to turn this company around and get back to profits. You cannot continue to cut IT groups in half while INCREASING the workload. This philosophy is simply burning out the great employees and we can only do this for so long without giving up.

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

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    A company in major transition

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    ProsThis company does provide a decent salary with a good amount of PTO. The 401K match is also the highest that I have seen.

    ConsThere are going to be more layoffs this year. The environment is not stable and there is no growth.

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

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    Good and Bad

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStarted out as a great work environment.

    ConsCorporate leadership has deteriorated over the last several years. Insecure future for the employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop concentrating on profits only.

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

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    Time to Move On

    Student Finance Counselor (Current Employee)

    ProsStaff at local campuses are awesome. Highly motivated and truly loyal and dedicated to the mission of the company and helping students get a solid education.

    ConsCorporate has hired outside groups to run almost every aspect of the local campus. What used to be a thriving educational system has quickly deteriorated at the hands of centralizing almost every aspect of the enrollment, financial aid, advising and business departments. Local staff are no longer able to fully support and help students as necessary because these outside groups and corporate themselves want to have their hands in everything. Salaries are low in comparison to what the job requires. an estimated 90% of employees at the local campuses, including top executives and department directors/chairs are constantly job searching and bragging about making it to second and third round interviews. "Everyone" wants out, but there seems to be no place to go so morale slowly drains.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire CRC and stop this centralization non-sense. The local campus is completely capable of managing the buisness and day to day acitivitie in a professional and efficient manner. Increase everyone's salary to what they deserve, not just admission representatives some of whom receive twice what other department chairs earn. Listen to your employees. Don't just hear the words, but truly work to understand the meaning and then implement their strategies. We work on the floor every day. We are not in an office 200 miles away. What looks good in a board meeting does not always translate into practical aplication. CEO, go on undercover boss and see what it is actually like to work each department; you would be amazed at the deficiencies the policies and proceedures management has installed has brought to a once thriving company.

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

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    Upper management needs to be letgo and true leaders need to be brought in to replace.

    Admissions Representative/Academics (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    ProsSalary rewarded on matrix free bachelors degree

    ConsManagement, hours, job security. Unethical practices. Guilty of what they are accused of.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop favortism. Do your jobs and

    Work with people to help train and develop them. Stop hiring friends as managers it's not working.

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

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    Excellent pay and benefits, difficult job.

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

    ProsThe pay is excellent and not working from paycheck to paycheck is ideal. Overtime is voluntary but encouraged often. The paid time off and holidays off are excellent.

    ConsThe job is overly redundant. After some time one's conscience prohibits from being able to actually perform.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMoral needs to be raised, encourage growth for the team members, and allow cell phones and internet browsing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Love the goal to service an at risk population of non-traditional students

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEducation is the way to help this country and the world solve its problems. It is not necessarily all about the knowledge one learns at college but about the professional development, leadership and confidence that is gained when you complete a college education. This is one of the goals of EDMC, and it is a noble one. Help non traditional students that can not be successful at traditional and not for profit institutions. These students need to know how to solve problems such as a place to sleep and how to feed their children. EDMC understands this and has partnership with the community to assist this at risk population. Their graduates reduce welfare roles and homelessness for future generations. Very rewarding.

    ConsThe disconnect between corporate and campus leadership is wide. Corporate leadership is all about the numbers (the money). Campus leadership is about the student. This creates a horrible work environment for local campuses. They are required to give their all (no work-life balance) and give of their own resources to help make these at risk student successful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSend all of corporate leadership back to the campus level. This would put the corporation back in touch with its values.

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

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    Not bad, while it lasted.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL (US)

    ProsSurrounded by great people. Enjoyed the students.

    ConsAll about the bottom line. Work around rules to keep students. NOT transparent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare and take suggestions.

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

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