Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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  1. Admissions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice pay, friendly co-workers, nice students

    Cons

    Terrible management, long weeks, no work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    No more work on weekends please

  2. Have been here for 13 years and have seen alot of changes.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Do embrace technology, do embrace their overall mission statement, like to promote from within.

    Cons

    Very poor communication within the company, sometimes secretive, very biased towards one part of the company.

  3. It has been an emotional roller coaster to say the least.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you make it to your one year anniversary then you receive a $5,000 raise. The benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    The goals set by the company are unrealistic, management is terrible, and it's very stressful relying on unreliable people to meet your goals every month because if you don't then you'll be let go from the company.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic and give positive feedback to your teams.

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  5. Good Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Academic Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Academic Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. It is fast paced and high pressure. You must be adaptable to change. The people are professional and nice for the most part. Pay is decent.

    Cons

    Long hours. Located in the strip district. Parking stinks. Fast paced and high pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the lower level employees more. We are in the trenches and are in touch with what is really going on.

  6. Benefits, pay, and perks are better than other large employers in the area.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay seems to be slightly more at this company than others companies would pay for the same position

    12 paid holidays

    3 weeks vacation available for use right away (most places start you with 2 weeks which you need to accrue)

    Eligible for benefits after 30 days (they begin after 60 days)

    Free tuition to any of their schools after 90 days with no commitment to the company after graduation

    A lot of managers care about employee morale and their are a lot of personal development programs available

    Upper management does attempt to communicate the state of the company through meetings with question and answer sessions

    Work from home a few days a week for many positions

    Clean bathrooms; every hour on the hour

    Cons

    Poor company outlook; this is a good job for me because I only plan on being here for about two years, but I wouldn't bank on making it my career

    A lot of layoffs

    401k match was taken away

    The workload can be pretty heavy at times. If someone quits or there are layoffs in other cities, it does not seem like people are hired to fill the previous position

    You need to remain in a position for 1 year once you accept it (understandable to a degree if you are trying to change every 2 months, but it can be a little ridiculous)

    Advice to Management

    It seems there is a large effort right now to retain employees. If this is the case, give people a chance to advance. I missed an opportunity for a better position that I most likely would have gotten had HR approved my app just shy of a year. It would have been a year by the time I changed roles and I probably would have considered staying with the company considerably longer had I gotten that position.

  7. Management is petty and vindictive. Has favorites

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good but you really have to work hard and the management is unfair and makes unreasonable demands.

    Cons

    Leaders have agenda to advance does not really care about students or rmployers

    Advice to Management

    Promote the right people not the favorites

  8. Once a great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Recruiter in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Admissions Recruiter in Atlanta, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I cannot think of one legitimate pro!

    Cons

    Employee turnover, managers who care about nothing but numbers, nonexistent oportunities for promotion, misleading students

    Advice to Management

    I would give advice, but as usual; they'd never listen.

  9. Phone job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    relaxed work environment, employee relations

    Cons

    phone job, practically cold calling sales

  10. Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is that they show you how to progress from admissions to anywhere else in the company. Based on my experience here I was able to land great management roles.

    Cons

    There is some stress but that goes along with any job that has high expectations. I really believe at this company you get out what you put in. You have to be willing to take coaching and advice and that can be a negative for some people.

  11. This company has been great to me!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work, great co-workers, opportunity for advancement, decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Some upper level management like to micro-manage.

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