Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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Edward H. West
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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. Good Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Academic Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Academic Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Great place to work. It is fast paced and high pressure. You must be adaptable to change. The people are professional and nice for the most part. Pay is decent.

    Cons

    Long hours. Located in the strip district. Parking stinks. Fast paced and high pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the lower level employees more. We are in the trenches and are in touch with what is really going on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Benefits, pay, and perks are better than other large employers in the area.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Pay seems to be slightly more at this company than others companies would pay for the same position

    12 paid holidays

    3 weeks vacation available for use right away (most places start you with 2 weeks which you need to accrue)

    Eligible for benefits after 30 days (they begin after 60 days)

    Free tuition to any of their schools after 90 days with no commitment to the company after graduation

    A lot of managers care about employee morale and their are a lot of personal development programs available

    Upper management does attempt to communicate the state of the company through meetings with question and answer sessions

    Work from home a few days a week for many positions

    Clean bathrooms; every hour on the hour

    Cons

    Poor company outlook; this is a good job for me because I only plan on being here for about two years, but I wouldn't bank on making it my career

    A lot of layoffs

    401k match was taken away

    The workload can be pretty heavy at times. If someone quits or there are layoffs in other cities, it does not seem like people are hired to fill the previous position

    You need to remain in a position for 1 year once you accept it (understandable to a degree if you are trying to change every 2 months, but it can be a little ridiculous)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seems there is a large effort right now to retain employees. If this is the case, give people a chance to advance. I missed an opportunity for a better position that I most likely would have gotten had HR approved my app just shy of a year. It would have been a year by the time I changed roles and I probably would have considered staying with the company considerably longer had I gotten that position.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Management is petty and vindictive. Has favorites

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good but you really have to work hard and the management is unfair and makes unreasonable demands.

    Cons

    Leaders have agenda to advance does not really care about students or rmployers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the right people not the favorites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Financial aid specialist

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good. 50k+ starter

    Cons

    Late shift is annoying. Leave after 8

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut hours

  6. Phone job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    relaxed work environment, employee relations

    Cons

    phone job, practically cold calling sales

    Neutral Outlook
  7. Long Lasting Relationship cut short

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    Former Employee - HS Representative
    Former Employee - HS Representative

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

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance
    Great product
    Rewarding
    Can make a difference

    Cons

    Money management - company not doing good
    Grew too big too fast

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Very good company going through very hard times

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources and teams to coordinate with. Good people overall.

    Cons

    Current direction of the company does not look good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your best - Do the right things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is that they show you how to progress from admissions to anywhere else in the company. Based on my experience here I was able to land great management roles.

    Cons

    There is some stress but that goes along with any job that has high expectations. I really believe at this company you get out what you put in. You have to be willing to take coaching and advice and that can be a negative for some people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. This company has been great to me!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Interesting work, great co-workers, opportunity for advancement, decent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Some upper level management like to micro-manage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Great flexibility. Promotions are few.

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    Current Employee - IT Supervisor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - IT Supervisor in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility is really the only nice attribute. You work normal hours.

    Cons

    Benefits are not there. No 401k, no raises. Healthcare is bad.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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