Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews in Pittsburgh, PA

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
345 Reviews
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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.  

    Not worth the trouble

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is good for entry level, work hours are consistent (They'll guilt trip you into coming in on Saturdays on occasion but at least it's time and a half)

    Cons

    Training is ok but definitely needs to go through some changes. The fear of being fired or laid off is constantly lingering over everyone's head like a dark, ominous cloud. About 90% of your coworkers are people who fit under one of the following 2 categories: 1. People who were popular in high school and were too stupid to accomplish anything significant in life, other than spending 6+ years getting a bachelor's degree in sociology from a mediocre, no-name college in backcountry Pennsylvania -or- 2. People who wished they were popular in high school and now have the opportunity to finally fit into that group. Management will definitely pick their favorites and completely ignore others, similar to a middle school student. If you are a natural salesman and do exceptionally well, you will be praised. If you aren't a salesman and don't do very well, but you show that you are trying your hardest, it will not matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enough with the childish favoritism and unnecessary intimidation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No ethics, no client care, poor business model.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Office complex in downtown Pittsburgh is modern and well maintained.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Despite what they tell new hires, EDMC cares about nothing but profit. They treat their employees like cattle and their students even worse. Employees in admissions are routinely told to pressure prospective students into applying for school even if they are clearly unqualified. Then, they are given a high-pressure sales pitch to accept extensive financial aid for a sub-par education that usually exceeds $50,000. This company is devious, ruthless and a borderline scam. Avoid them at all costs! The schools they represent are often legitimate, but EDMC is nothing short of a snake-oil salesman hawking online pipe dreams that rarely if ever satisfy students aspirations or even governmental standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. There is really nothing to say to people who engage in such unethical business practices while treating their employees like expendable, and not particularly valued assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible, toxic environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    The only pros to working here are the people you work with. At least the bottom level employees are cool. It used to be a fun place to be and you could make money from the matrix. Managers literally have no management skills.

    Cons

    Everything. Literally RUN away from this place unless you are desperate for a job. Everyone either gets fired or laid off. This ship is sinking and I'm currently trying to find another job so I can get out of here before it happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are a bunch of jokes.

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

    Horrible

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Met a lot of awesome people
    Insurance (it's the worst in the area however)

    Cons

    Company values
    Leadership
    Training
    Pay - although decent, not worth the stress
    No work-life balance
    No job security
    Lots of layoffs
    Unrealistic goals
    High pressured sales job
    Everything else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This really doesn't matter because they wouldn't listen...

    I worked in the Pittsburgh office for 2 years. I promise you, I have never worked for a company that caused me so much anxiety. When you are hired you are made to believe that you are going to be working in admissions and calling, interviewing, and recruiting potential interested students. NOT THE CASE. You call hundreds of people that did not even request information! Many of them are illiterate and can't even put a sentence together and somehow you have to sell that individual a 67k degree. It's merely a high pressured sales position and I predict they'll close their doors by early next year. I morally could not go on....I felt so bad about all the students that I deceived into going to college knowing they weren't "college material." Now they have dropped out and have large amounts of debt. If you are considering working here, don't. Move on....

    There's no advice to management....just get out because the damage has been done. All the evil that has been sown has come back up to bite you. Education and business don't mix because something will go lacking...If you would have always focused on student success you might be in a different situation and people working there might actually enjoy their job. I have never felt such regret. Working there was a huge mistake and I pray that God can forgive the evil that I sown out of desperation of keeping my job. I finally up and quit because of conscious was not clean.

    Avoid this place.

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

    Admissions Representative

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The only good thing about working for this company was the people, if you're lucky you will be placed on a team with fun, positive people, and a manger who actually cares about you. Salary is decent but when you factor in parking and benefits it's nothing spectacular.

    Cons

    Where to start? This place fills their employees with plenty of false hope. This is a glorified telemarketing job. All the schools represented by EDMC have a terrible reputation. With the exception of a very small handful, the majority of people in a leadership role here are a JOKE. Zero professionalism, no concern for people who have families, it's all about recruiting students for the financial gain of the company. Everyone is out for themselves. You will make 400 dials in a day or go crazy from pure boredom. If you don't meet your monthly goals you have to worry about job security. Plan on working overtime and giving up Saturdays if you find yourself in the hole when it comes to meeting goals, and not having a life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, but money hungry company...

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    Former Employee - Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the people I worked with. They were amazing people that I keep in contact with. Work life was good, time off was good, and benefits were great.

    Cons

    I don't understand why this company hires any people when they just lay everyone off. My whole department was wiped out. It was always about the sale, the numbers, never a pat on the back from management because they only focused on numbers. Many times goals were unattainable, but they didn't care. It was exhausting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring if you are going to lay off people!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, awful leadership

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    Former Employee - Director in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Director in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    The people that do the day to day work are good, hard working people. They do pay more than traditional higher education but the culture is atrocious and leadership doesn't appreciate their staff.

    Cons

    Horrible culture, benefits have been slashed (no more 401k), can't roll over vacation, cutting jobs and dumping more work on employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You preach transparency but you don't do it. Vice Presidents lie to staff to try and get them to leave so they don't have to pay severance. The employee surveys are a joke. Why do you keep doing them when you're not changing anything. Either be honest or just stop talking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    The most ethically and morally bankrupt company bar none!

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    Former Employee - Associate Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Hand full of EEs with integrity, but there few and far between.

    Cons

    The most ethically and morally bankrupt company that I 've ever had the misfortune to work for. Opportunities are 100% based on who you're friends with. Management is blind to legitimate accomplishment in favor of personal agenda.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Purge the immature grade school management style.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Want to hate your life? Work for EDMC.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation, the work itself wasn't difficult, room for lateral movement (no way you're going up though).

    Cons

    You'll have to interact with terrible people both in the work place and on the phone. You will be given goals (and micromanaged daily on those goals) that you won't be able to complete due to the incompetent student body you are forced to interact with, and you will probably begin to have a crisis of conscience as you understand that EDMC is solely meant to siphon Federal Title IV funding from the federal government by using students who should NOT be in college in the first place as the proxy. Literally a joke - and I can't believe it's still allowed to operate.

     It's a despicable place, and I'm glad I'm gone. As it stands, the Department of Education is working to shut it down, and if you check its stock performance the last 18 months...well, you can see they're succeeding. I left on my own terms, and it's the best professional decision I've ever made.

    However if you want to be in a work environment where everyone is basically a snake-oil salesman seeking only profit in the education world AND you have absolutely no job security (and you won't hit your goals 75% of the time) - AND you want to rip off disadvantaged people by putting them tens upon tens of thousands into debt for a degree that may be worth less than toilet paper - EDMC is the place for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The middle management needs to go due to how bloated their salaries are in exchange for the lack of production they provide. Also, get those resumes ready - the day of reckoning is coming. Get out while you still can. Me? I'm getting my popcorn ready.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship - can't be saved.... Run away screaming.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Avoid this employer, at all costs. Before even accepting an interview, speak candidly with current or former employees about their thoughts and personal experience.

    Cons

    Company has cut benefits, did not payout on bonuses, has frozen merit increases, and downsized significantly in 2014. Although an Education Institution, EDMC doesn't train it's employees. There are no perks - downtown parking is at full cost to the employees, Aetna insurance is very expensive with poor coverage and many local providers are out of network, vacation is use it or lose it and there is pressure not to take it or to work during it due to understaffing issues, 401k match was cut, life insurance was cut, and work from home is only in the event of an emergency or special circumstance.
    The whole employment program is geared towards bleeding the employee dry until they leave or are laid off. Severance package is very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create new products and distribution channels to keep revenue flowing, as student pool is drying up due to scandals, reputation, and governmental hatred for you.

    Learn to treat employes as assets vs collateral damage/dispensable liabilities.

    Fire your entire leadership staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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