Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
299 Reviews
2.4
299 Reviews
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Edward H. West
64 Ratings

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.  

    It was good while it lasted.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed being part of enthusiastic teams who clearly saw the benefits of the education offered at the EDMC family of schools. Benefits were good and salaries were above average.

    Cons

    Changes made in the past few years to the benefits package actually punished their more loyal, long-term employees. It was like a slap in the face. Then you get laid off with not even a hint of warning. After 15+ years of service, I feel very disrespected. The severance package was decent but it doesn't help you deal with the emotional effects of losing a job at which you spent the majority of your adult life.

    The company has become too unstable. You never know when the ax is going to fall. The atmosphere has become very tense. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes, we should be primarily about the students. But you also need to treat your employees with more respect and care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sadly, a sinking ship

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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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The amazing work the students created - they had such talent and passion. Certain teams had great people, a lot were there 10+ years for good reason. Benefits were great. Continuing education opportunities for employees and their immediate family.

    Cons

    Slow adoption to new technologies. Closed minded to new process improvements. Morale was bad and the culture didn't foster the creative education we were supporting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember why you are there - for the students - and focus on them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    My experience was a positive growing and learning experience.

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    Current Employee - National Admissions Advisor  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - National Admissions Advisor in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    It is a position you can be proud of. You will be changing lives for a living, and there is no job beyond that in which is satisfying.

    Cons

    Meeting Expectations, sometimes can be a little nerve-racking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Goodbye 401k match!

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    Former Employee - General Accountant  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - General Accountant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people and highly proficient controllership department. Deficient IT and infrastructure investments have hampered and complicated the ongoing efforts to streamline and centralize processes and procedures. Extremely tough regulatory and economic environment for this type of business, and they've done reasonably well given these adverse conditions.

    Cons

    Their 401k match was reduced to 4% of as june/july 2014 And then, in August 2014, they completely eliminated the match! This change may accelerate the exodus of employees, and make it more unlikely that they will attract highly talented individuals in the future. I understand the business rationale, and it's a very tough decision - may prove to be a short term change for them to avoid another default. In a year or two, things may change and they may become a profitable company again. It's a no win situation in the short term despite having great people on board. I don't doubt that they will emerge intact from this tough time period, but it will take a few years for them to start realizing growth again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best of luck!

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

    Company grew too fast

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    Former Employee - High School Representative  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - High School Representative in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Loved the family work balance and the team.

    Cons

    Grew to fast. Unfortunately there will be more layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people the option to move at their expense. Take into consideration employee performance not just where they live.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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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

    Pros

    There are no consequences for bad behavior.

    Benefits are decent as of today (salary, medical, FSA). Managers have discretion to allow occasional work from home. Colleagues are mostly well-meaning, competent, intelligent. There's considerable encouragement and opportunity to learn about the organization and academic processes, to truly know the business operations.

    Cons

    There are no consequences for bad behavior.

    There's really no employee development, management either doesn't care or doesn't know how to help staff to be successful and grow / move up the ladder. PTO is unimpressive. Poor business performance and enrollment result in layoffs, pay freezes, low morale, paranoia. Crippled finances, and unreasonable oversight and layers of process control result in no progress. There's no forward movement. It's like we're all watching the ship sink while standing on it because 30 people need to approve the expense of patching the hole where the water is rushing in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to actually manage. Management here is more like an example of what NOT to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Review of BMC, which is under EDMC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed all the perks that this company offers, such as tuition assistants, EDMC Perks website, and PTO. For the most part I enjoyed working here, I was given opportunity to make myself worthy and challenged day in and day out.

    Cons

    Employees were overworked for what they got paid. I was in a smaller school setting with about 250 students and my job was cut, Records Assistant, and so my boss had to take over all the duties which she is already doing Registrar and HR duties. It was unfortunate that my job was cut but if management actually looked at what was being done it was a stupid move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop over working your employee, this is one reason why there is a high turnover rate.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good student job positions

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    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.

  11.  

    Neutral

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    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

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