Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Director of Admissions

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    A place to go in the morning! Thats about it! There are frequent layoffs so the idea of getting a package and moving on is a nice perk.

    Cons

    The opportunity for growth for a working professional is unheard of here. Its a bait and switch from the first meeting with HR. They tell you about growth opportunities but the real deal is if your not in the Pittsburgh or phoenix Kool aid club of popularity lets hang out at the local bar: it wont happen! This is just a social club and not meant for serious management and educated professionals.

    Advice to Management

    Work ethically within the government regulations to reduce the lawsuits so we can be trusted as working professionals in education.


  2. Helpful (1)

    EDMC - OHE

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, HR works with you regarding issues, training will help in future positions, some management is excellent at their job and work to help you succeed.

    Cons

    Upper management promotes change frequently. Company is beingi nvestigated by Department of Education and has lost credibility. The programs are expensive and few students have success matriculating. Representative talk about changing students lives but are actually increasing their debt and career services only helps to find low paying jobs for graduates.

    Advice to Management

    Follw business ethics and don't have people that are in relationships reporting to each other. this company is about sleeping your way to the top.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Unless you want to sell your soul and be sucked dry of any life run away

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

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

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

    Pros

    Used to be pay but now it is structured and not negotiable

    Cons

    People harping on you daily. No ability to express any opinions. More worried about what Goldman Sachs thinks than anyone else since they own 40% of the company stocks. Employees are numbers- regardless of contributions made over any period of time. Do not listen to any review on here but the completely negative. After many years there I was poached due to my pay when I more than hit my numbers.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Sales, not education

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

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Not much. You'll learn a lot about sales and how to overcome typical excuses from students. You also learn a lot about the education business.

    Cons

    Ethics are sketchy at best. It's all about numbers and talking students into certain programs. It's more of a telemarketing and high pressure sales job than anything. To make numbers, management pressures you to put students who are destined to fail then owe a bunch of loan money into college anyway. There's a huge gap between admissions and academics.

    Advice to Management

    You've forgotten that graduation rates and students being successful matters. It's about more than just numbers and the pressure to perform guarantees our bad reputation will stick around.


  6. Upper Management is terrible.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

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

    Pros

    There really aren't any pros.

    Cons

    Micromanaged from the top down Do not value their employees Unstable work environment Extremely Political No work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee retention.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Asst. Director of Admissions

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

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

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

    Pros

    Its a check. Every now and then you have a good student experience that restores hope.

    Cons

    Management local and senior are unresponsive. No collaboration. Work hard and find students.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to care. It shows you don't.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Unethical Tactics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    The only thing that I can say is positive about working at EDMC is that the rigorous training hoops that one must jump through to be in Admissions.It definitely tests your personal strength and skills.

    Cons

    Once you pass the training , which by the way used unethical high pressure tactics , you are then subjected to meeting admission quotas and pressured to do whatever is necessary to start a student into class whether they are ready to do so or not..often targeting those who have little chance for success( i.e. No computer to use for online classes, or unaware of their financial obligation when taking out thousands in student loans).

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your records of the thousands of students who were admitted under the fraudulent practices and failed in their first semester due to the fact they were lied to and pay off their loans so they may have a fresh start with a reputable institution one day.


  9. This used to be a very good college for subjects not generally offered at traditional colleges; however since the Gainful Employment legislations, its excellence has diminished and its reputation quite low.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The students and most of my fellow colleagues!

    Cons

    Poor Management, duplicitous tactics in management, dubious Financial planning for students; curriculum not cutting edge or on par with Industry Standards.

    Advice to Management

    Walk in the shoes of those below you, clean out from the TOP, not the bottom, eliminate the masculine dominance in upper Management. Redesign the identity of the College and end the age discrimination in Admissions.


  10. Helpful (2)

    No ethics, no client care, poor business model.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Use you and lose you.

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

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

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

    Pros

    If you're an executive you don't have anything to worry about. Pay is great and you have pretty decent job security (if you're at that level). Other than that, there aren't really pro's. The people are nice for the most part.

    Cons

    No job security. Not compensated fairly for work, I did not receive a raise for 2 years, know of others who have not received a raise or promotion in 3 years or more. Company does not care about the students, no matter what they say. It's a business, business is about money, not about students. 401K was cut, so that is not even a benefit anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Pack it in. Unless you change something quick, the ship is sinking. Priorities need to shift toward the employees more. While the business aspect is crucial, it's tough to run a business without employees.



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