Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. Its alright but home/work life balance is missing.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and there are opportunities to move up here and there.

    Cons

    Management has unrealistic expectations for goals and they adjust goals as corporate sees fit. High pressure sales tactics. I would compare it to used car salesmen. You will work late nights (even later than the school is open if a sales person pitches a fit), weekends, and recently they changed Saturday hours to be 9-5 instead of the 9-1 it was originally. When people first start there, they are told they will work one Saturday a month....lies. There were times when I worked all Saturdays in a month...extra late nights...etc. I also feel that they use bait and switch tactics with the students. They cater to underprivileged students/families and high pressure sales pitch them into signing their financial aid plans...even if they cant afford it. Many students are simply not ready for all of this. Cut bonuses as well while the guys at the top are making millions (no joke). Got rid of sales training so it is all internal now as well.

    Advice to Management

    Start investing in your employees. Bring back the training program. It will increase your success rate. Provide training for financial aid. They have so much to learn and are expected to just figure it out as they go. Create flex schedules (get with the times) for employees. The staff is large so why not have a 3 shift system? Get rid of the smaller mini mesters...they are not that successful and with most kids not being prepared for school, they are set up for failure with an intense 5 week program.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Stay away if you can

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Admissions in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director of Admissions in Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Deep down, there are some people that are trying to do a good job and make a positive impact on students.

    Cons

    Marketing has been watered down by corporate and those at the campus level have no say.

    Advice to Management

    Take some time to think about your employees more. Managers at the campus level are mere puppets in corporate's plan to forget about values and solely focus on numbers.

  3. Helpful (2)

    so sad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Faculty in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Faculty in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation as a contractor (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    management doesn't get into your classes and allows you a great deal of freedom to teach and design your classes…but you also don't get rewarded for working hard and well

    Cons

    for profit school and makes decisions based on profits and not on good student results

    Advice to Management

    value your faculty more..focus on the students

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  5. Not a very structured organization

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative
    Current Employee - Administrative

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Off weekends and holidays!

    Cons

    Not very structured, too much favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should undergo a very in-depth training so that they can learn to handle situations professionally. Proper training would also provide more uniformity and once again STRUCTURE to the company!!

  6. review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    this company is a significant player in an established industry, geographically disbursed with various locations an several states in north america

    Cons

    this company pays low salaries and has been in a continuous state of reorganization and outsourcing for three years or more. company sales have been flat or declining for over two years.

  7. Learned a great deal unfortunately my position was eliminated

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pitts, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pitts, PA

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, ability to work from home and also flexible for work hours. Office was close to my home 15 minutes away.

    Cons

    Did not have the ability to move forward in technology to enhance my job skills and career with in EDMC. Management overlooked me to get training to widen my skill set.

  8. More work than you will ever want, not really worth it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    decent pay. good benefits. My co-workers are my family.

    Cons

    If you have a family, you will never see them. You will work saturdays, evenings. Upper Management (EDMC) which controls the campus I work for is pretty much clueless, greedy, inconsistent in implementing the frequent policy change. They won't let go of abusive higher management because they make their "numbers". Hostile working environment. This company is hemorrhaging and there have been frequent layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees! Out workloads have doubled! We are stressed out and cannot keep up with the frequent policy changes.

  9. Working for a school that is partly owned by an investment bank is an exercise in contradictions

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Instructor in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Good toys for teachers and opportunities for teaching experiences

    Cons

    elimination of as many positions and benefits as possible

    Advice to Management

    Education for profit- Really? Maximizing profit and maximizing education can be mutually exclusive at times. Which master will you follow?

  10. Good Part time job

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

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hours are good and fun

    Cons

    Hard to get additional classes

  11. A lot of pressure

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Opportunity to work closely with a team of people.

    Cons

    A lot of sales pressure.
    No job security

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