Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
345 Reviews
2.5
345 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    For Profit Schools May be Going Away

    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, and good reimbursement for money spent.

    Cons

    The whole Business Development Dept was laid off at the Art Institutes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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    Current Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    There are great people who care about what they do

    Cons

    There is an unknown future

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administrative Assistant for 15+ people

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Virginia Beach, VA

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

    Pros

    Lots of interaction with internal and external customers

    Cons

    For Profit Education - not necessarily focused on quality of student body OR its employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on quality and less on quantity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a great company, not so much anymore

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Benefits are good
    Some of the managers really do care about their employees

    Cons

    VPs and Company heads have changed the corporate culture
    Entry level pay is terrible, and raises have been ceased for the past two years

  6.  

    I have a had a fair experience due to extensive turnover

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There is great work life balance at EDMC as long as you are meeting your goals. They compensate you fairly and have good benefits for employees, 401K match, insurance, wellness programs

    Cons

    Unfortunate turnover at the local and corporate level, you are pushed hard to meet your goals but with no compensation for doing so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great in the beginning

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, working with students

    Cons

    Work weekends, company under scrutiny

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for most of the time

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    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Edmc is a national treasure in the great state of New York.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    great benefits excellent incentives motivational and encouraging supportive in the know

    Cons

    disorganized poor leadership insensitive unstructured

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    tighten up

  10.  

    An "ok" place to work

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

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
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    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

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation part-time

    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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