Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated September 2, 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. Beware!

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and great training program

    Cons

    Everything-the hours, the pressure, the lying to students and manipulation

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team and dont try and "fit in" with the cool crowd. Be a professional!


  2. Okay, for now

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are nice and most are dedicated to doing a good job; organization seems to care about its students, for the most part

    Cons

    The technical infrastructure is pretty terrible, making day-to-day work more difficult than it should be. There is no clear strategic direction coming from any level of IT or the business with respect to technical initiatives. No consistent standards regarding performance expectations. They treat vendors pretty poorly as well.

    Advice to Management

    Get clear strategic direction, especially related to IT. See technology as a differentiator for EDMC's schools and utilize technology to help students and faculty succeed. We need a CIO with vision.


  3. Changing Times

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    Former Employee - Management in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Management in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fellow employees were a real plus; a team attitude existed. Some positions pay decently. The company still is growing. Benefits were decent.

    Cons

    Changed to privately held in 2006; new managers and leaders came in. Changes were not all positive (stricter working conditions). Staffing sometimes has been a problem. Recent restructuring led to positions being eliminated.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees more fairly and equitably. Don't use the recession as an excuse to keep raises low. The restructuring really damaged morale.


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  5. I feel I was overpaid to talk students into $100,000 worth of debt in a couple hours time.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Lenexa, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They take care of the top performers. It is a large growing company so room for advancement if you are a top performer and they like you. Each school has different management and is going to be a different situation.

    Cons

    It is hard to know that you are potentially ruining people's lives and credit because they are not going to be able to pay those loans back most of the time because they aren't really sure what payments they've signed up for after graduation. Management was not incredibly bright, they were just good salespeople. My particular position was similar to a role in a call center.

    Advice to Management

    Be more fair and stop operating solely off of your own agenda. Don't make it obvious if you're operating a good ol' boys club. Also, let people have a lunch. They are more effective if they can take a break and then get back to work.


  6. Underpaid for most areas but a nice virtual job

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Faculty in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Virtual faculty positions allow you to work from home and not have to be located at the Pittsburgh headquarters. This is probably the best part of the job

    Cons

    The faculty role is low paying. Despite your virtual location, salaries are based on Pittsburgh wages (which are very low). If you are, say from California or NYC, you will find you can't teach full time and afford to live.

    Advice to Management

    Company needs to focus on a quality level of students. The past few years the origination has become a haven for anyone who can sign on the dotted line and pay their tuition with a grant, student loan of military grant


  7. Lack of Structure, organization and efficiencies - causing employees to work longer and harder instead of smarter

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    Former Employee - Enrollment/Finance Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Enrollment/Finance Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Fast opportunity for advancement - Free education if you value a for-profit degree

    Cons

    - Very disorganized - Managers on ground level lack knowledge and guidance -Lack of sufficient training for most positions -Poor work life balance because have to fix everyone else's mistakes - Brands have negative press - Work here at your own risk

    Advice to Management

    EDMC needs to train their managers and their people better. Managers run around like chickens with their head cut off. Insist on more support and better training from the top.


  8. The middle management only cares about numbers and recruiting students, even if they are not interested in the programs

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are a good deal of good people with whom I've developed lasting friendships. ADA's have the potential to make a lot of money.

    Cons

    It's sales driven, which does not necessarily lend itself to education The sales and education sides do not work well together The ADA's are only worried about numbers and recruiting rather than retention Middle management is often a joke Leads are given to favorite ADA's They are also given to top performing ADA's, which makes it difficult for new or others ADA's to perform well

    Advice to Management

    Respect the ADA's and the organization by fostering an environment that supports education, retaining students and the promotion of completing a full degree rather than getting people to apply and complete one class.


  9. EDMC was an overly micromanaged, unpleasant work environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, beginning salary was competitive

    Cons

    no flexibility in work schedule. painfully micromanaged.

    Advice to Management

    show more flexibility to work shifts/hours


  10. Unethical.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good bonus - Good training - Great teammates

    Cons

    - Unethical standards - Micromanagement - Non reputable programs - Expected to walk students through their FAFSA and student loan apps.

    Advice to Management

    Stop forcing students to enroll when they are clearly unprepared for school!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Chaotic, unorganized, unprofessional

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    Former Employee - ADA in Bethel Park, PA
    Former Employee - ADA in Bethel Park, PA

    Pros

    The Students were great, enjoyed helping them figure out what was the best education program for them and being a support system for them.

    Cons

    Management was placed without the proper people skills, and the ADA position you were expected to have seated students in class immediately, little to no ramp up time given to build the pipeline of students.

    Advice to Management

    start over big time, and actually put the students and employees well being first, rather than dollars. Ridiculous right?



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