Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
314 Reviews
2.4
314 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great people to work with and there are opportunities to move up here and there (in 16 reviews)

  • They compensate you fairly and have good benefits for employees, 401K match, insurance, wellness programs (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance for this company is not ideal for people with a family (in 17 reviews)

  • There is no job security there and you would be stupid to take a job there at this point in time (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some 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.

    Cons

    Use 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get out, before the numbers go south AGAIN and your canned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Unethical business model

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    Former Employee - FAO
    Former Employee - FAO

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Casual business attire, friendly coworkers, meetings are few and far between.

    Cons

    Bad work-life balance, bad company values, low compensation, no overtime for working weekends. Forced to work weekends.

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

    Wow...what a change

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    Split 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Not a great place for Adjunct Professors!

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Oklahoma City, OK
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Education Management Corporation as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I was given a lot of latitude in curriculum design. The pay was pretty good.

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    If 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Constantly 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Evil Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    there 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

    Cons

    dishonesty 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    Former Employee - Graduate Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Graduate Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Think 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Worst job of my career.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Decent pay for entry level positions.

    Cons

    Focus 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).

  10.  

    Director of Admissions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    National company, good pay, building was nice

    Cons

    Management sucks, profits over people,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Stay away

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    Former Employee - Senior Director of Admissions
    Former Employee - Senior Director of Admissions

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    salary. really beyond that there was nothing that was good about the company. they did not care about the little guy, only the big dollar.

    Cons

    everything else. Upper management did not know what they wanted to do and put extreme amount of pressure on everyone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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