Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  • Great people on the "indian" level vs (in 16 reviews)

  • There is great work life balance at EDMC as long as you are meeting your goals (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • They don't understand work/life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • If you don't meet your monthly goals you have to worry about job security (in 18 reviews)

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  1. EDMC

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Chandler, AZ

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

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

    Pros

    Great sense of community, very relaxed environment. A great work-life balance here, and I've made a lot of great connections.

    Cons

    Some uncertainties with the for-profit education market, not many employee appreciation activities to participate in.


  2. Financial Aid Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst- Financial Aid in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Analyst- Financial Aid in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work at.
    Had good Management and Managers.

    Cons

    very volatile environment in terms of responsibilities.


  3. Admissions Representative

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Chandler, AZ

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

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

    Pros

    pay, proximity, reputation for psychology programs

    Cons

    have to drink the Kool-Aid to survive mentally, very behind technologically speaking, very limited degree selection, teams act like high school cliques, racial favoritism (seem to prefer blacks), only one shift available, no overtime, crammed cubicles, building's too small in comparison to what they need to accommodate, butt-kissers get ahead quickest, stupid and nitpicky regulations as far as what you can say to students, rules change constantly, training is not articulate or conveyed very well, nor is it thorough/sufficient. You go onto the team having to ask for help constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Stop expecting people to blend in with the popular people to avoid making waves, appreciate diversity amongst reps, provide surveys for MANAGERS, as very few are effective or respectable, avoid nepotism, grow some intestinal fortitude when it comes to being firm, fair and consistent and KNOW the answers your reps ask rather than bs'ing about how you'll find out if you don't know and then never get back with the rep! Be willing to do whatever you ask your reps to do rather than leaving early constantly but complaining about reps doing the same, or coming in late and complaining about reps doing the same. LEAD BY EXAMPLE!!!


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  5. Its ok

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

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

    Pros

    Good pay and PTO and make friends

    Cons

    Work schedule life balance and time is horrible


  6. Senior Accountant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

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

    Pros

    Ability to learn a lot about the business

    Cons

    Salary and opportunity for advancement


  7. admissions

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Kansas City, MO

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

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

    Pros

    Great team of coworkers & creative educators and students.

    Cons

    More concerned with meeting numbers than helping students.
    Complete elimination of employees retirement benifits to save $
    Layoffs done via conference call!?!

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the students and the company might have a chance to survive.


  8. Helpful (1)

    ADA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

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

    Pros

    Good work force, lower management excellent work with, good product & presentation material, very through training on the front end.

    Cons

    Upper management only cares about the number, no concern tot he reps or the student, poor training on the back end like the details of enrollment, financial aid & specific documents. Compliance department are head hunters, looking for any reason to get you fired, all calls recorded & mentored. I personally found them to be non-compliance but nothing is done about that. A lot of micro management.

    Advice to Management

    Back off on pushing the student into class, it is better to have the student attend for the right reasons, not just so you can make a plan. Please be honest with the admissions representatives & don't lie to them!


  9. Okay place

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Chandler, AZ

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

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

    Pros

    Follows school holidays
    Management listens to feedback and suggestions
    Competitive compensation
    Great 401k plan

    Cons

    Technical Leadership did not have a technical background
    Technical groups would drive personal agendas instead of what was good for the company, lack of management/leadership with a technical background fostered this behavior

    Advice to Management

    Either become technical and research options presented to you by your teams or employ a leadership team that can.


  10. No job security

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

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

    Pros

    Good people, some good benefits

    Cons

    Disorganized and lack a long term vision, advancement or job security


  11. Helpful (2)

    Good Company But Grew Too Fast

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

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

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

    Pros

    The company offers a good salary, benefits and growth opportunities. I really believe that the majority of the employees are passionate about helping students succeed and more into the career they are seeking.

    Cons

    With the current regulatory changes, the for-profit education industry is very uncertain. The organizations that are truly in business to help nontraditional students to be successful will remain standing. All others will no longer be in business.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to more closely listen to the faculty, staff and employees who are working directly with students and provide the resources and support needed to help them do their jobs more effectively.



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