Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
286 Reviews

2.3
286 Reviews
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Edward H. West
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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.  

    Good company to work for most of the time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Interactions with students and dedicated staff members

    Cons

    Layoffs happen frequently and unexpectedly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone should all be on the same page

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    An "ok" place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Health benefits are good. Employees are nice. Company is minimizing cost for college student and trying to increase employee satisfaction.

    Cons

    Schedules vary. Not a lot of room to move up in many departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EDMC needs to be more family oriented.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The overall stated mission and ethic of the company is good, but they don't put their money where their mouth is.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people...good folks! The students....great variety. The school provides an opportunity for any student to attend and succeed, regardless of their background....which ends up increasing access for under-represented groups.

    Cons

    The for-profit mission gets in the way of doing what is best for students, academic quality as the priority, and valuing of staff and faculty. Basically, they are cheapskates, paying people terribly, no appreciation for loyalty, and no consideration of how their decisions badly affect many students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start hiring your adjuncts into real positions, particularly those who have proven themselves. Pay people at least the going rate within that state, in order to keep good quality faculty (both full time and adjunct part-time). In Minnesota, the going rate for teaching a 3 credit course at a community college as an Adjunct is at least $3,600. Within private schools in Minnesota, the average Adjunct is paid from $4,200 - $6,600 per course. EDMC (Argosy University) pays Adjuncts only $2,200 per course. This means that the best faculty are leaving Argosy after they gain some experience and figure out that their hard work is not compensated. After two years of loyal service, hire them on the team if at all possible, and insure they are paid at least $4,000 per course if they have a Master's degree, and more if they have a PhD.

    Prioritize students in actions, rather than words. The way this would look is to listen to student problems and comments and to incorporate this input seriously into the decisions being made at the highest levels. Students confide that they are highly dissatisfied with the changes that have been made to their programs in recent years, forcing them into 5-week blended or online courses even though they first enrolled in the school with the expectation of having 15-week courses available. Students feel their learning is decreasing in these compressed courses, unless they are able to take them one at a time. Students in 2 year programs are forced to take as many as 4 - 5 courses at a time, including a 5-week intensive course that requires about 4 hours a day of study/involvement. This is a set up for failure. The compressed 5-week courses only work for students who can take them one at a time, or two at most, and with no other 15-week courses or labs.

    There are many ways to increase the success of this school, that are not being capitalized on. First, the school has a niche market with students who do not get accepted into more prestigious places. This means that the help services should be vastly increased and entrance testing should assist every student to gain the writing and study background needed to succeed BEFORE they are thrown into college courses that require extensive study and papers. For example, a basic writing course should be required of all students, at their particular level, and for at least 15-weeks in-person, for all students whose testing shows serious writing issues. The students with these serious writing deficits should not be put into a class until they successfully test at an acceptable level. This would then set them up for SUCCESS. Right now, many are set up to fail.

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

    Great job under the right department and manager.

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    Former Employee - Recovery Specialist  in  Greentree, PA
    Former Employee - Recovery Specialist in Greentree, PA

    Pros

    Great pay, great co-workers, generous paid holidays. high earning potential by reaching collecting goal each month.

    Cons

    Dishonest management, too many frequent layoffs, lack of respect for non managerial employees time and previous accomplishments. They only allow 10 mins breaks, demands nearly 200 calls a day in an 8 hour work shift, with a monthly goal of collecting larger amounts of money ranging from 15k-100k. They have a system where if you do not hit you monthly goal in four months they will terminate your employment, stating your not meeting thiere performance goals. In addition at any point in your journey whether your a long time successful employee or not they can tell you they have to terminate your employment due to "things not working out" "budget cuts" and also "combination termination". Its a very unstable workplace to try to build a family or . You can only really financially plan your future 3 months at a time working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like people not robots.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    EDMC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Teammates, Academic Counseling and Advising Managers and Directors.

    Cons

    Salary for Academic Counselors and Advisors are lower than the salaries for Admission Advisors while more employees that are a part of the Academic staff have obtained or are working on graduate degrees. Layoffs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Good employer despite poor public image

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good coworkers
    Good base compensation plans for senior resources
    Great bonus package for senior resources and management
    Great technology footprint

    Cons

    Work load can be crazy and expectations are not always rooted in reality.
    Some departments are micro managed
    Ongoing legal troubles

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be sure to understand for-profit education

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Working with prospective students and families and helping them to achieve school/career goals was very rewarding. The admissions team was a dynamic mixture of people that I will likely never find anywhere else. I worked specifically for the art institutes and loved the degree programs and felt good about the education that was being offered to the students I was enrolling.

    Cons

    application and student enrollment goals put a lot of pressure of supervisors and president. I sometimes felt that it was all about numbers and not really about the students. the tuition is ridiculously high and in most cases students will leave school with mounds of debt. career statics are disclosed but in my opinion the averages were too low. although many students got jobs after graduation, the average salary was about $26 while program tuition was above $86. the company also hires third party vendors to give contact information for ADAs to call. These "inquires" are often not really interested in the school they were merly applying for jobs and their information was forwarded to the school. these kinds of inquires can be difficult to deal with and can be discouraging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on longterm goals not just making the next months start goal. keep the quality of education the top priority and the applications will come.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not bad if you are in the right department

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good starting salary

    Cons

    Constant layoffs, big brother atmostphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A company with lots of heart and lots of room for growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Student success. Great faculty with amazing experience to share. Surrounded by art.

    Cons

    Difficult and competitive administration operatives. Little transparency. Leadership still in forming stages. It is definitely not right for everyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the student's success in mind and let's have a little fun once in a while!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    This is a tough company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The compensation is above average

    Cons

    The work life balance for this company is not ideal for people with a family

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