Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
289 Reviews

2.3
289 Reviews
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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)

  • There is no job security there and you would be stupid to take a job there at this point in time (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Admissions

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great job, very good company to work for with a great life/work balance.

    Cons

    Just found out company is doing very poorly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    shape up or you may not be in business much longer

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Competitive salary and nice co-workers

    Cons

    Depends on which office you are working in. Some offices are more laid back than others

  3.  

    Seeking Stability

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

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Employees do care about the students, and helping them with a successful start through to graduation.
    Benefits are at par with many companies.

    Cons

    The company grew quickly and now it is trying to maintain its growth - there have been periodic layoffs already.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Announcements about new executives being hired seems to be a regular occurrence. The organization seems top-heavy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Stepping Stone

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

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    work-life balance good, flex schedule

    Cons

    low ceiling for potential growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good student job positions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Librarian (Student Worker)  in  North Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Librarian (Student Worker) in North Hollywood, CA

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation part-time

    Pros

    If you are a student at Ai, its helps alot by having an on campus job at your school. Its extra finances that could help you and since you are there for long hours anyways. Helps you recognize faculty and staff, directors, and even students

    Cons

    its an average salary job just to help you get by. Not that many positions and you have to prove that you financially is within a range that needs the source of income.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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
  8.  

    Great place to learn and advance your skill set

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

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    With such a wide range of products / projects being worked on at any given moment, there is so much to learn. You'll be a better person just 6 months into working here if you are motivated and willing to learn.

    I will and have recommended friends and family to work here, as I see first hand just what experience can be gained from this business.

    Cons

    With the current political administration's attacks on for profit education, it's hard to say where we are going currently and where we will stand in the next coming years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more engaged with employees in keeping them in the loop at where the company projects are going and how it'll benefit the company. All to often projects happen with no understanding of what and why it's happening.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A difficult place to work and be happy

    • 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

    Pros

    Challenging environment lends itself to employees that are constantly learning and evolving; 401K match; ok time off benefits.

    Cons

    Incredibly unhappy workforce; no raises; thankless work environment;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Neutral

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Management is great and tries their best to keep the team satisfied.

    Cons

    Company focuses on and places more value into enrollment/admissions as opposed to Academic Counseling/Advising so that we can retain our best employees as well as see our students persist.

    Upper management seems disconnected, at times I feel that the people making the decisions at the top really need to consult with employees for best practices.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Business Analyst - Bottom up review.

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

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company is a much better place to work than I expected. People are smart and care about the educational mission. There is significant opportunity at EDMC for those driven and willing to accept responsibility. The company desperately needs people who can execute and are committed to seeing things through. If that's you, there your options are vast.

    Cons

    Limited collaboration across business units or functional areas. There are strong personalities in senior/middle management who 'know what's best and to hell with the rest'. The company is moving toward data-driven decision making but needs strong advocates to push this along.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be successful the company needs to break down silos and encourage collaboration. There are too many line drawn between functional groups (IT and 'The Business') as well as the individual ed systems ('The Brands').

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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