Education Management Corporation

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Updated Jul 8, 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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    Run you ragged

    Academic Counselor (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsThe pay and the benefits are good if you can stand the culture and the pace. You can get a free education - but you have to be working full time while you get the free education.

    ConsManagment does not know which way is up. They change their minds about everything everyday. It is all about who you know. They don't train you very well and then the expect you to know how to do the job.

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

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    The most stressful work place EVER

    Recovery Specialist (Former Employee) Greentree, PA

    ProsThe was good and my co workers were amazing.

    ConsThe money was there to be made however you had to hit a very high goal and collect a lot of money to obtain your goal. The money is only made if you exceed the goal that was set for you. The stress there is through the roof because you come in everyday wondering if your the next "white box" that's gonna walk through the revolving door. Nobody that I worked with had spent several years with the company because they fire you after throwing you to the wolves. They have no official training. You get a huge binder loaded with instructions and laws and you sit with another rep for two days. Then your off to the races regardless of how you feel about it. I was fired for not reaching my goal that was set for a month. However the month previous I hit my goal and exceeded it. The following month is the month I didn't hit, nobody on my brand hit their goal but I was the lucky one to get the white box and be escorted out the door. Now policy had read that if you do no hit your goal for 3 consecutive months then you would be let go. So all in all. They do whatever they want whenever they want. Absolutely the worst place I have ever worked in my life. Ive never felt more stressed going to work everyday and wondering how long I would work there. It's stressful knowing I was let go but it's honestly a blessing. My advice, do not work there. You will hate it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSomebody needs to do something. There is no ethics in this company. Absolutely disgusting how this company is ran and I don't give it too many more years before it tanks if there isn't huge changes made!!!!!!!

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    All work and no play

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAt least you have a job

    ConsStressful work environment, nothing is ever good enough, terrible leads, pressure to work overtime and weekends, managers with little to no authority to make decisions

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to include employees in the decisions that directly impact them and their job responsibities; learn to listen to employee ideas. Then you will get buy-in and people won't be completely miserable there.

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

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

    Staff Accountant (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    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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    Is this place still operating?

    Admissions Representative (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    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

    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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    Leave your morals and values at the front door ....

    Admissions Representative (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsSome people here are very good people who care and truly believe they are helping potential students to get into college. However ... they need to stop drinking the coolaid that EDMC is pouring for them.

    ConsUse psychology skills to convince ( or push ) low income families to go to college and put themselves $63,000 in debt. There ya go ... an average day in the life of an EDMC Admissions Rep. They like to pretend that this is "all for a better life of these individuals". God knows these poor people ( and sometimes homeless people ) dont need more debt in their lives. ARGOSY, SOUTH, and Art Institute will charge the MAX amount they can to suck every penny of financial aid they can from each person.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out, before the numbers go south AGAIN and your canned.

    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

    FAO (Former Employee)

    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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    Wow...what a change

    Human Resources Manager (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsI don't work there anymore! That is definitely a pro! There are also some nice people that are stuck here because the job market hasn't allowed them to go elsewhere yet.

    ConsThis place used to be great --- and then the investors drove it into the ground through their greed. Questionable practices, unethical managers, greedy leadership. You name it!

    Advice to Senior ManagementSplit the company out -- let the Ai brand go back to a ground-only school and create your own online school. The online degrees are diluting the reputation that of the brick and mortar schools.

    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 a great place for Adjunct Professors!

    Adjunct Faculty (Former Employee) Oklahoma City, OK

    ProsI was given a lot of latitude in curriculum design. The pay was pretty good.

    ConsThey were poorly managed. They had a lot of management turnover and very poor communication. If you were staff you were included in meetings, but adjuncts were left in the dark on policy, policy changes, processes, performance evaluation and schedule plans.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to keep professional instructors on staff you need a standard review process and a lot of training in intrinsic and extrinsic motivation of senior people.

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

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