Argosy University Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. Not what you Expect

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argosy University

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance. You aren't required to come in on weekends.

    Cons

    You live in fear that you could be fired at any moment. Stressful environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible if someone makes a mistake because one slip up doesn't mean a person does it everytime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Not at all positive

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Argosy University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff and decent benefits. Hours were fairly predictable (i.e., no extra hours, or weekends) and therefore allowed for life outside of work.

    Cons

    High stress and burnout. Some days better than others.A times it appeared that there were conflicting directives to employees, which lead to a sense of fear and insecurity. We were expected to "sell" prospective students on the benefits of attending Argosy, DC (which is actually located in Arlington, VA) at "any cost". Thus, if our recruitment numbers did not meet our sales goals, we were lectured about potential consequences. The position very quickly became one of fear of reprisal, job insecurity, high stress, and burnout. To say that our recruitment tactics to prospective students was disingenuous is an understatement. I feel a tremendous amount of guilt about the students that I helped recruit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is important to value your staff and students and treat all with the respect they deserve. It is also a good idea not to frequently change rules, procedures, etc, without advanced notification and proper training. Thus, this type of organizational management - inconsistent - leads to poor morale, loss of a sense of security, fear of reprisal, and burnout and a feeling that it is time to leave.

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

    Argosy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argosy University

    Pros

    Good place to work but low pay

    Cons

    Not stable company but good place to work

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

    Expect the unexpected!@#$%^&*(

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Argosy University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They pay competitive salaries.

    The employees are multi-cultural.

    Cons

    I come to work one day and my supervisor called me to his office and said that EDMC is doing a reorganization/downsizing of our department.

    EDMC is thus eliminating some postions.

    Unfortunately, my position is one of them.

    So, in short, I was out of a job!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your most valuable assets - your people!!!

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

    Adjunct Faculty - no benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Argosy University

    Pros

    Nice facility, good location. Great cafeteria.

    Cons

    The other adjuncts at EDMC were wonderful, professional, and passionate instructors who gave more than the max allowed hours on payroll. The director does not fight for the adjunct faculty and lets talent slip through the cracks. Most leave within a year or two. Full-time faculty very demeaning and unwilling to associate with adjuncts. Students aware of how things are run, but feel that they have already started and should just press on through to get the degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for talent and do the best you can to keep it. Listen to adjunct faculty-they are in the real world, not holed-up in academia. How about an pay increase and/or a discount on classes? If you read your exit interviews, I know that the full-time faculty feel the same. Unless they have tenure-then they will not rock their high paying boat.

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

    Can't Summit a Mountain with Hands Tied (or: Hard to Soar with the Eagles Surrounded by Turkeys)

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    Former Employee - Faculty
    Former Employee - Faculty

    I worked at Argosy University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Passionate faculty; intelligent and teachable students; supportive of private practice; professional classrooms, excellent fringe benefits, dedicated chair-level and department-level leadership

    Cons

    inadequate (absent) administrative support; revolving door of campus-level leadership; inexperienced student services; inconsistent admissions support; double-messages from management concerning tensions between meeting anticipated expectations of accreditation bodies and expectations about enrollment and student performance; inability to align corporate (EDMC) goals, university (Argosy) goals, and local campus goals... always felt like the "folks at the top" either did not understand or did not care.

     The company frequently describes itself as "among the largest providers of private post-secondary education in North America ... with a total of 110 locations in 32 U.S. states and Canada." Moreover they add "Our educational institutions offer students the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees and certain specialized non-degree diplomas in a broad range of disciplines, including design, media arts, health sciences, psychology and behavioral sciences, culinary, fashion, business, education, legal and information technology." My sense over my tenure at Argosy was that EDMC was too big.... as a jack of all trades, they are masters of none.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Get out of the way... decision makers were isolated from the results of their decisions. Schools granting degrees leading to state-specific licensed-based career paths do not benefit from top-down "vision" and "mission" management... there are too many differences to have a "one size fits all" corporate culture.

    2) Read Collins' "Good to Great" If not the whole book at least read chapter 5 and find the company "hedgehog."

    3) Face the diseconomy of scale head on. While i am not an economist by any stretch, EDMC is facing a backlash on the back end of the benefits from an economy of scale gained as the company grew. As EDMC became larger it was more efficient and as long as students continued to enroll, it appeared poised to continue to grow. Nevertheless, as it grew it became increasingly costly to keep control of a its widespread corporate footprint and resulted in a bureaucracy as the top executives implemented more and more levels of management (administration). This required more students. As the executives introduced standards and controls in order to maintain enrollment this necessitated the hiring of more administrators to apply these standards and controls, and EDMC became too "top-heavy". Plummeting enrollment is not the cause of the current crisis. Students are a limited resource like trees are a limited resource. A lumber company can only harvest as many tress as regrowth makes sustainable. When EDMC had trouble finding more trees things became untenable.

    Typically, solutions to such top heavy companies is making it smaller. This can happen proactively, and involve breaking EDMC into one or more of its smaller educational units. if the management was willing, Argosy, South University, Brown Mackie, or the Art Institutes could be spun off as a separate entity. Another option could be for each local campus could be allowed to operate relatively autonomously from the company headquarters, with employee decisions (hiring, firing, promotions, wage scales, etc.) made by local administration, not dictated by EDMC. Facility, office space, design, and even purchasing decisions could also be made independently, with each location allowed to choose its own suppliers. Nevertheless, the desire for a unified market brand seemed to cloud this option. Moreover, even if they had made these difficult decisions, i doubt the changes would have resulted in a substantial reduction in EDMC leadership and headquarters staff.

    Unfortunately, with EDMC stock price plummeting to less than $1.00 today (it closed at $0.86), I think EDMC will downsize by default (pun intended) when a bankruptcy court will sell off the profitable components to pay creditors and shut down the rest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    So-So

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Argosy University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays Well & Offer Tuition Reimbursement to continue education

    Cons

    Not consistent, Management especially Atlanta campus is awful, work TOO many Saturdays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being Fake-NO WORK LIFE BALANCE at all

  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Successful from my own ability, not employer support.

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    Current Employee - Admissions Representative
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative

    I have been working at Argosy University full-time

    Pros

    Students were the wonderful part about the job!

    Cons

    Cliques, unexperienced managers who are threatened by your knowledge or success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people as you'd like to be treated and just because you might have been a decent rep doesn't mean you're qualified to manage!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    No room for growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor

    I have been working at Argosy University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Payroll is consistent and employees get along.

    Cons

    All HR duties are outsourced. Pay freeze for the last 4 years and when it was lifted, they did not notify the staff of their annual increase which was less than 2%. There are annual lay-off's in January and July so you never know if you next on the chopping block and they would prefer to hire outside people then promote from within. Medical benefits doubled in the last year and construction companies (where you can have a limb chopped off with more liability) have cheaper coverage than a university...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management can only do what corporate allows them to do which is minimal. Its best to work with functional departments to ensure efforts are not duplicated and promoting from within improves employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    A company on difficult times.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Argosy University

    Pros

    For the most part, people are dedicated, knowledgeable and extremely hard working. Campus personnel go through great lengths with limited resources to meet students' needs.

    Cons

    The company is struggling financially. There is a lot of fear of being laid off which creates a lot of stress and has people constantly looking over their shoulder or trying to read between the lines to see if they are "next." Constant sweeping changes also create a lot of stress and panic, making life very difficult for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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