Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Great people to work with and there are opportunities to move up here and there (in 16 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is comfortable unless you have a family; you will work Saturdays (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance for this company is not ideal for people with a family (in 19 reviews)

  • There is no job security there and you would be stupid to take a job there at this point in time (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    Financial aid officer

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    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Santa Ana, CA

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

    Pros

    Coworkers and my students were great. Supportive direct supervisors and interdepartmental teamwork given current work conditions.

    Cons

    Too many to count. This job was like financial aid and admissions boot camp to get students to sign up for overpriced degrees. Enrollment and campus morale is at an all time low. Admissions seems to always be in a panic state about signing up non-committal students. Increasing evenings and weekend work with events, and i routinely worked 10 day stretches of days with only 1 day off flex or 1/2 day flex toward the end of my employment. Thankfully I got out of there and found a great job, away from edmc and a horrible school president. This job had me in a near-constant state of anxiety and I was given Xanax by my dr until I could get out of there. No joke, you are pushed that hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Edmc higher management is ridiculously out of touch with their recent centralization efforts. That is what broke me permanently about this company. They really do not care about what we needed at the campus, just the bottom line. Stop the CEO bonuses and gov't lobbying - just a waste of money - and fix what is broken...the campuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Pick a different option

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Location, benefits, not much else

    Cons

    Pay, hours, ethical standards, management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Media Services Analyst

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    Former Employee - Media Services Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Media Services Analyst in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Most of the people you work with are great. Real people. Obviously you have your good managers and your bad ones. I've seen a few good ones in my time there and a few bad ones.
    You try to do what you can, working in an educational institution.

    Cons

    Ultimately, this for profit school is mostly about profit. As is the case in recent years, there wasn't a profit. The bottom line becomes more important. Cutting staff is seen as the best option. This leads to the detriment of the educational experience of the students.
    Your hard work may be appreciated, but it really doesn't mean much at the end of the day. It does not guarantee your position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Run you ragged

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    Former Employee - Academic Counselor in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Academic Counselor in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    The pay and the benefits are good if you can stand the culture and the pace. You can get a free education - but you have to be working full time while you get the free education.

    Cons

    Managment does not know which way is up. They change their minds about everything everyday. It is all about who you know. They don't train you very well and then the expect you to know how to do the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    The most stressful work place EVER

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

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

    Pros

    The was good and my co workers were amazing.

    Cons

    The money was there to be made however you had to hit a very high goal and collect a lot of money to obtain your goal. The money is only made if you exceed the goal that was set for you. The stress there is through the roof because you come in everyday wondering if your the next "white box" that's gonna walk through the revolving door. Nobody that I worked with had spent several years with the company because they fire you after throwing you to the wolves. They have no official training. You get a huge binder loaded with instructions and laws and you sit with another rep for two days. Then your off to the races regardless of how you feel about it. I was fired for not reaching my goal that was set for a month. However the month previous I hit my goal and exceeded it. The following month is the month I didn't hit, nobody on my brand hit their goal but I was the lucky one to get the white box and be escorted out the door. Now policy had read that if you do no hit your goal for 3 consecutive months then you would be let go. So all in all. They do whatever they want whenever they want. Absolutely the worst place I have ever worked in my life. Ive never felt more stressed going to work everyday and wondering how long I would work there. It's stressful knowing I was let go but it's honestly a blessing. My advice, do not work there. You will hate it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Somebody needs to do something. There is no ethics in this company. Absolutely disgusting how this company is ran and I don't give it too many more years before it tanks if there isn't huge changes made!!!!!!!

  7.  

    All work and no play

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    At least you have a job

    Cons

    Stressful work environment, nothing is ever good enough, terrible leads, pressure to work overtime and weekends, managers with little to no authority to make decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to include employees in the decisions that directly impact them and their job responsibities; learn to listen to employee ideas. Then you will get buy-in and people won't be completely miserable there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Managers were untrustworthy. Training was horrendous. Work here as an absolute last resort.

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    I have a lot of respect for some of my former coworkers. There is a lot to keep you busy, but unfortunately you won't be trained very well about processes, so you'll have to figure out your own way.

    Cons

    My biggest gripe with EDMC is the lack of trust that I had in my managers. They made rules up as they went along and I never really knew what to follow. I do not believe they cared or wanted the best for me or anyone else in the department. The company is struggling, so I wouldn't have held that against the lower level managers and supervisors if they had been honest with my department, but they weren't. It seemed like someone somewhere on the chain of command told them to act a certain way and the managers did. It felt like they were only looking out for themselves.

    Many of the employees from my department are extremely discontent with their new workload. The staff has dwindled in size since the hiring freeze began in 2012 and most of the knowledge held by previous employees was not passed on. The current employees in my former department are either younger college grads or older people who don't want to start over. They are not well positioned to make improvements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying to your employees. Do not bad mouth current/former employees behind their backs to their coworkers. That is childish and your employees do not trust you, they will tell the people you are talking about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Is this place still operating?

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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

    Salary, 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

    Cons

    Upper management was horrible, recruiting tactics were unethical,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shut this place down!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    After many years, left that disastrous mess

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    Former Employee - Mid Management in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Mid Management in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    people in the trenches mean well, work hard, but can't compensate for poor leadership

    Cons

    lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    quickly undo the poor hiring & promotion decisions you've made lately

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 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

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