Argosy University

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Argosy University Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
52 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay and benefits as compared to other schools (in 3 reviews)

  • Great people and everyone is always helpful (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Awful payroll practices at the campus level - borderline incompetent (in 4 reviews)

  • Constant change of policy and procedure (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Dissappointing

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    Former Employee - Non Teaching, Administration Position in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Non Teaching, Administration Position in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Argosy University

    Pros

    Not many - the hours were easy with no pressure to work weekends, be in early or stay late. Easy going that way. Some nice people.

    Cons

    Highly unorganizied and inefficient. Horrible communication. Awful payroll practices at the campus level - borderline incompetent. EDMC regional and corporate in Pittsburg, which manages/controls critical details, clearly does not value employees in any way - noncompetive pay, poor and expensive beneifts, horrific benefits communication, little to no management training, nonexistant communication. Constant change of policy and procedure in an organization that is driven by policy and procedure.
    I had an employment experience that was unethical and just not the right way to treat anyone. A series of incompetent leadership decisions. No communication or true leadership, possible outright deception and misleading discussions early in the employment relationship. I can't tell you that this was wide spread, but it did come from the highest position on campus and involved EDMC leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've got to come to a better balance of local campus control vs. corporate control. One size does not fit all in your ed systems. Employee friendly systems need to be put in place, especially in your new hire process. Be honest with your employees at all times - no games, as it is likely not a game to your employee. Your noncompetitive pay will eventualy catch up to you once the economy improves, because the other things you offer aren't that great to retain people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Argosy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Argosy University

    Pros

    Good place to work but low pay

    Cons

    Not stable company but good place to work

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

    Expect the unexpected!@#$%^&*(

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Argosy University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They pay competitive salaries.

    The employees are multi-cultural.

    Cons

    I come to work one day and my supervisor called me to his office and said that EDMC is doing a reorganization/downsizing of our department.

    EDMC is thus eliminating some postions.

    Unfortunately, my position is one of them.

    So, in short, I was out of a job!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your most valuable assets - your people!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Adjunct Faculty - no benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Argosy University

    Pros

    Nice facility, good location. Great cafeteria.

    Cons

    The other adjuncts at EDMC were wonderful, professional, and passionate instructors who gave more than the max allowed hours on payroll. The director does not fight for the adjunct faculty and lets talent slip through the cracks. Most leave within a year or two. Full-time faculty very demeaning and unwilling to associate with adjuncts. Students aware of how things are run, but feel that they have already started and should just press on through to get the degree.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for talent and do the best you can to keep it. Listen to adjunct faculty-they are in the real world, not holed-up in academia. How about an pay increase and/or a discount on classes? If you read your exit interviews, I know that the full-time faculty feel the same. Unless they have tenure-then they will not rock their high paying boat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can't Summit a Mountain with Hands Tied (or: Hard to Soar with the Eagles Surrounded by Turkeys)

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    Former Employee - Faculty
    Former Employee - Faculty

    I worked at Argosy University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Passionate faculty; intelligent and teachable students; supportive of private practice; professional classrooms, excellent fringe benefits, dedicated chair-level and department-level leadership

    Cons

    inadequate (absent) administrative support; revolving door of campus-level leadership; inexperienced student services; inconsistent admissions support; double-messages from management concerning tensions between meeting anticipated expectations of accreditation bodies and expectations about enrollment and student performance; inability to align corporate (EDMC) goals, university (Argosy) goals, and local campus goals... always felt like the "folks at the top" either did not understand or did not care.

     The company frequently describes itself as "among the largest providers of private post-secondary education in North America ... with a total of 110 locations in 32 U.S. states and Canada." Moreover they add "Our educational institutions offer students the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees and certain specialized non-degree diplomas in a broad range of disciplines, including design, media arts, health sciences, psychology and behavioral sciences, culinary, fashion, business, education, legal and information technology." My sense over my tenure at Argosy was that EDMC was too big.... as a jack of all trades, they are masters of none.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Get out of the way... decision makers were isolated from the results of their decisions. Schools granting degrees leading to state-specific licensed-based career paths do not benefit from top-down "vision" and "mission" management... there are too many differences to have a "one size fits all" corporate culture.

    2) Read Collins' "Good to Great" If not the whole book at least read chapter 5 and find the company "hedgehog."

    3) Face the diseconomy of scale head on. While i am not an economist by any stretch, EDMC is facing a backlash on the back end of the benefits from an economy of scale gained as the company grew. As EDMC became larger it was more efficient and as long as students continued to enroll, it appeared poised to continue to grow. Nevertheless, as it grew it became increasingly costly to keep control of a its widespread corporate footprint and resulted in a bureaucracy as the top executives implemented more and more levels of management (administration). This required more students. As the executives introduced standards and controls in order to maintain enrollment this necessitated the hiring of more administrators to apply these standards and controls, and EDMC became too "top-heavy". Plummeting enrollment is not the cause of the current crisis. Students are a limited resource like trees are a limited resource. A lumber company can only harvest as many tress as regrowth makes sustainable. When EDMC had trouble finding more trees things became untenable.

    Typically, solutions to such top heavy companies is making it smaller. This can happen proactively, and involve breaking EDMC into one or more of its smaller educational units. if the management was willing, Argosy, South University, Brown Mackie, or the Art Institutes could be spun off as a separate entity. Another option could be for each local campus could be allowed to operate relatively autonomously from the company headquarters, with employee decisions (hiring, firing, promotions, wage scales, etc.) made by local administration, not dictated by EDMC. Facility, office space, design, and even purchasing decisions could also be made independently, with each location allowed to choose its own suppliers. Nevertheless, the desire for a unified market brand seemed to cloud this option. Moreover, even if they had made these difficult decisions, i doubt the changes would have resulted in a substantial reduction in EDMC leadership and headquarters staff.

    Unfortunately, with EDMC stock price plummeting to less than $1.00 today (it closed at $0.86), I think EDMC will downsize by default (pun intended) when a bankruptcy court will sell off the profitable components to pay creditors and shut down the rest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    So-So

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Argosy University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays Well & Offer Tuition Reimbursement to continue education

    Cons

    Not consistent, Management especially Atlanta campus is awful, work TOO many Saturdays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being Fake-NO WORK LIFE BALANCE at all

  8.  

    Successful from my own ability, not employer support.

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    Current Employee - Admissions Representative
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative

    I have been working at Argosy University full-time

    Pros

    Students were the wonderful part about the job!

    Cons

    Cliques, unexperienced managers who are threatened by your knowledge or success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people as you'd like to be treated and just because you might have been a decent rep doesn't mean you're qualified to manage!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No room for growth.

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    Current Employee - Academic Advisor
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor

    I have been working at Argosy University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Payroll is consistent and employees get along.

    Cons

    All HR duties are outsourced. Pay freeze for the last 4 years and when it was lifted, they did not notify the staff of their annual increase which was less than 2%. There are annual lay-off's in January and July so you never know if you next on the chopping block and they would prefer to hire outside people then promote from within. Medical benefits doubled in the last year and construction companies (where you can have a limb chopped off with more liability) have cheaper coverage than a university...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management can only do what corporate allows them to do which is minimal. Its best to work with functional departments to ensure efforts are not duplicated and promoting from within improves employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company on difficult times.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Argosy University

    Pros

    For the most part, people are dedicated, knowledgeable and extremely hard working. Campus personnel go through great lengths with limited resources to meet students' needs.

    Cons

    The company is struggling financially. There is a lot of fear of being laid off which creates a lot of stress and has people constantly looking over their shoulder or trying to read between the lines to see if they are "next." Constant sweeping changes also create a lot of stress and panic, making life very difficult for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Argosy University

    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Argosy University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Education benefits, good location, training

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking, Very cut throat

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to market to the correct polulation and pick your managers better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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