Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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  1. Very fast paced, ever changing, matrix organization.

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Love the work, students, people and mission. Opportunity to advance if open to relocation.

    Cons

    Fast paced always. Work/life imbalance. Need better systems and processes to improve administrative efficiencies.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Turning the ship around.

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

    Pros

    EDMC has turned the ship around and started aligning business practices with mission, values and beliefs. The future for the company should be more stably after recent layoffs and restructuring.

    Cons

    Formal organization that uses formal processes to create change and innovation. For profit education is under scrutiny thus creating a difficult climate and unpredictable environment to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership must display emotional intelligence and focus on behavior and professional development for a productive and committed workforce regardless of the challenges in the industry.


  3. Academics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Chair in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Department Chair in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The opportunity to help others change their lives through education is awesome. Not everyone enrolled will be successful but those that are have a chance at a brighter future and opportunities they may not have had.

    Cons

    My opinion is that satisfaction for EDMC is dependent on the academic dean and current president, less to do with corporate. I have had over five presidents and eight deans in my time span and my satisfaction has been a roller coaster with ups and downs with each change in leadership and their level of ethics. Open enrollment means any one with a high school diploma or GED can enter. This permits admissions to enroll students that are below educational standards for college. The rift between admissions and academics is constant as admissions enrolls and academics must keep. Ideally both departments should work together, but it appears as if corporate pins the departments against each other through the numbers people are expected to reach. Work life balance is difficult to find depending on your position.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate needs to spend money on advertising to a better qualified student, provide current software and lab equipment, and increase the salary of adjuncts to provide better qualified instructors. When admissions must meet their enrollment numbers and then academics has to retain the students that they had no say in enrolling in order to meet their numbers, it makes a negative environment on the campus. Corporate needs to restructure the "numbers" so people work as teams instead of enemies.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    EDMC as an employer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Company 401K matching plan up to 6% at the time

    Cons

    Pressure to appease students rather than support faculty


  6. Helpful (2)

    A ship without a rudder

    • 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 (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    provides good educational outcomes schools have dedicated people - both teaching and staff

    Cons

    Investor controlled so profitability is more important than quality


  7. Helpful (1)

    Need for improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation part-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The students and instructors are great I love working with them. The staff work closely to assure students are getting an effect educations.

    Cons

    Management could understand that their employees are there to assist with the development of the school and not cut their wages or positions. No real interaction for higher administration with students or staff.


  8. Student Worker

    • 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 part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Convenience of working where I also went to school, looked good on a resume. My supervisors were all extremely nice but the turnover was very high.

    Cons

    Pay was really low, disorganized at times and dramatic restructuring seemed to be taking place all the time.


  9. Good place to work overall

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good company to work good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Most have a college degree for any promotions. The company seems shakey a lot of things in the news about poor company performance.


  10. Neutral Student Worker

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

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I always suggest this option to fellow students, especially those that have a hard time with scheduling. It's very great for a student looking for fair work/life balance without worrying about reporting to their employer every little thing that changes in their school schedule. I have two work study jobs at the school, and I definitely enjoy working with other students.

    Cons

    Can only work 20 hours a week. Pay is average, and at only 20 hours a week isn't enough to keep a student afloat when faced with real world responsibilities such as housing and bills from the school. Especially when looking at how much a student has to pay to be a part of this average school system. More perks would be nice, "free copies" isn't very ground breaking.

    Advice to Management

    Filter through who is employed as a teacher more regularly, many more passionate faculty is cut for not working at the company as long as their less-than-enthusiastic peers. Have a more clear outlook on classes and policies, they change way too frequently. Look into offering student workers more perks since pay is average.


  11. Helpful (1)

    It started out great; however, the company is always making changes and not consistent with their mission in decisions

    • 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 full-time

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

    Pros

    Good people work here. Compensation is pretty good.

    Cons

    Always cutting benefits, not consistent with company decisions, vision isn't the same across the board which causes disgruntled employees. No work/life balance - always asked to work on the weekends for events and they are always changing the dates of the events, so no one has any organization of what is really going to happen.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and things could turn around. Stop cutting benefits and making everyone work harder. Keep it simple and allow the individual campus locations to have more independence to know what works in their particular market vs. micromanaging from corporate level assuming every school is the same.



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