Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews in Pittsburgh, PA

Updated Jul 21, 2014

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2.1 102 reviews

27% Approve of the CEO

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Edward H. West

(22 ratings)

23% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people to work with and there are opportunities to move up here and there(in 13 reviews)

  • They compensate you fairly and have good benefits for employees, 401K match, insurance, wellness programs(in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance for this company is not ideal for people with a family(in 14 reviews)

  • Management, hours, job security(in 12 reviews)

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    Stepping Stone

    Accountant/Analyst (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    Proswork-life balance good, flex schedule

    Conslow ceiling for potential growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to learn and advance your skill set

    Systems Administrator (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsWith such a wide range of products / projects being worked on at any given moment, there is so much to learn. You'll be a better person just 6 months into working here if you are motivated and willing to learn.

    I will and have recommended friends and family to work here, as I see first hand just what experience can be gained from this business.

    ConsWith the current political administration's attacks on for profit education, it's hard to say where we are going currently and where we will stand in the next coming years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more engaged with employees in keeping them in the loop at where the company projects are going and how it'll benefit the company. All to often projects happen with no understanding of what and why it's happening.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good experience just the company is doing awful right now

    Admissions Representative (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsDecent pay, use to be better before they got rid of the matrix that gave you commission, fun people to work with, solid benefits like 6% company match and health insurance.

    ConsMandatory overtime if you are stuck on the phone with a student, 300 dial days, mass layoffs. There is no job security there and you would be stupid to take a job there at this point in time. The school just sold its Art Institute of Pittsburgh building for extra money and is leasing it out, not to mention its stock price has dropped a ton because of the recent government regulations. Also lots of lying to students to get them to enroll. I remember my manager once talking to a student and told him he understands the students situation because he himself has 2 kids, even though he had none. When I confronted him on it he called it "relating to the student."

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet better people to run your company at the higher up level

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsPotential to return to the values the company was founded on.

    ConsExecutive Management has not taken the time to personally know the greatest assets EDMC is divesting itself of; the many employees who have worked so hard to keep the company afloat.

    When Rif's happen, HR and management say it's just business, not personal. Perhaps this is the larger problem EDMC needs to address, it should be as personal to management as it is to that employee that their decision has just affected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStep out of your office, get to know the people who are working to ensure the company's success - your lack of visibility contributes negatively to the gossip and environment. Try hiring Executive Management that actually have an Education background.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A perfect combination of fear and futility.

    Admissions Representative (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsA great service for students by providing a flexible and convenient opportunity to pursue their degree. The online classroom is very user-friendly and can be effectively operated by even a novice computer user.

    The benefits provided to employees were very good.

    ConsThe focus is said to be on the students. The focus is instead on the number of students. Admissions staff is encouraged to harass new applicants with outreach attempts to obtain students. If a potential student says "No" that is just for that individual moment in time as they will be called for the rest of their lives trying to find that exact moment in time when, for some magical reason, they will say "Yes" and want to enroll.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI doubt they can read this. Senior Management was promoted through the ranks from their previous results as staff when the operations first started, not for their ability to lead, create change, vision, and or strategy.

    Leads need to be targeted to actual potential students. Degree programs need to be focused to students that can actually use the degree programs instead of magically twisting the coursework to somehow find a small way that it can be used for the students. Case in point: we have students that click on banner ads to become an EMT online. Really? Really! This is not possibly. Also, one does not need a degree to become an EMT, they need to be certified by the state. EDMC will badger this person for the rest of their life trying to cram this student into a degree program that will not get them to be what their stated intentions were.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a good place to work

    National Admissions Representative (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsEDMC does pay well and offers a fair benefits package in most cases.

    ConsThe industry is facing enormous issues, coming under scrutiny from the federal government. EDMC's priorities are profits, not students which can be a difficult moral dilemma for employees. In most cases, there is not room for growth or personal contribution to the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Business Analyst - Bottom up review.

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsCompany is a much better place to work than I expected. People are smart and care about the educational mission. There is significant opportunity at EDMC for those driven and willing to accept responsibility. The company desperately needs people who can execute and are committed to seeing things through. If that's you, there your options are vast.

    ConsLimited collaboration across business units or functional areas. There are strong personalities in senior/middle management who 'know what's best and to hell with the rest'. The company is moving toward data-driven decision making but needs strong advocates to push this along.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo be successful the company needs to break down silos and encourage collaboration. There are too many line drawn between functional groups (IT and 'The Business') as well as the individual ed systems ('The Brands').

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    This job consisted of selling $60,000 psychology degrees to people who could not afford them and would never use them.

    Admissions Representative (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsThe chance to meet lots of different people. The money can be good if your great at phone sales.

    ConsTedious job of calling people all day long who do not want to talk to you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Going downhill fast

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    Proslocated in Pittsburgh, continued education IF you are employed

    ConsCEO, all departments are getting cut

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a new CEO

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This job has been interesting and rewarding at times but overall is enough to give you a nervous breakdown!

    Systems Analyst (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsInteresting projects, opportunities to develop solutions that make coworkers tasks more efficient and less challenging, opportunities to work with cutting edge technologies and innovative business process improvements.

    ConsWork-life balance is pathetic. More and more positions are being cut because the company has financial issues. However, the demand continues to grow as upper management pretends that we are not in trouble and continues investments in new products and services.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease choose one road or the other. Either we are downsizing in which case we need to stop all investments and implementations and just keep up with what we have, OR, we are going all in to turn this company around and get back to profits. You cannot continue to cut IT groups in half while INCREASING the workload. This philosophy is simply burning out the great employees and we can only do this for so long without giving up.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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