Education Management Corporation
2.3 of 5 227 reviews
www.edmc.edu Pittsburgh, PA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 14, 2014

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Edward H. West

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29% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Is this place still operating?

Admissions Representative (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

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

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

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

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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Unethical business model

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

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

Admissions Representative (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

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

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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Wow...what a change

Human Resources Manager (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

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

I worked at Education Management Corporation as a contractor for more than a year

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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Run away!!! Most dis-functional IT department ever!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time

ProsSome nice people to work with.
Decent building/facilities.

ConsConstantly changing directions/priorities prevent employees for being effective at their job.Poor communication between departments and between upper management and employees.
Several members of upper management in IT have their head in the sand about issues within the organization..
Low employee morale and poor employee survey results.
Small cubical/desk space with low walls.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to feedback from the employees.
Do a better job determining priority tasks for employees to work on.

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

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Evil Place

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Education Management Corporation

Prosthere are no pros to working here. whatsoever leave your morals at the door if you want to work here whatsoever leave your morals at the door if you want to work here

Consdishonesty is a way of life...not for the ethical person...nothing to do with education whatsoever leave your morals at the door if you want to work here

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

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Don't fool yourself into thinking that this is about education...

Graduate Admissions (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

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

ProsThey pay is certainly nothing to complain about but is it worth it when you could very well be without a job at any given moment? Is it worth it to stare at the walls of your cubicle and slowly die inside as you convince people who often times need an education (community college would be better suited for most) to enroll? Of course, when he or she fails a class, it's your fault... ridiculous.

ConsThere are too many to list. I've worked in education for many years, am a PhD candidate, and have taught college-level courses at various institutions. This is a mockery of education, a waste of tax dollars, a means of taking advantage of vulnerable populations, and has no right to call itself "education". It was very rare that I actually felt good for finding the right fit for a student (it's only good if they live in a rural area and need additional courses for certification, etc).

Advice to Senior ManagementThink long and hard about what an education should be and what it is at your institution and don't kid yourself with the fluff. You know the truth.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Worst job of my career.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Education Management Corporation

ProsDecent pay for entry level positions.

ConsFocus on sales and numbers. I worked for the "Art Institute" branch of EDMC. The Associate Directors of Admission positions were a total joke. While this is really a completely entry level sales position, the title is inflated in an effort to convince unsuspecting student targets that they're speaking to a higher up in the organization. There is a focus on getting NUMBERS of students enrolled and no focus whatsoever on the quality of those students. This is an online school, and ADAs are encouraged to convince people to enroll, even knowing that those individuals don't have (and can't afford computers).

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