Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
333 Reviews
2.5
333 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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    Default Prevention

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Freedom to be creative and allows for career development

    Cons

    low salary and not a lot of opportunity for advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    EDMC as an employer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Company 401K matching plan up to 6% at the time

    Cons

    Pressure to appease students rather than support faculty

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    This used to be a very good college for subjects not generally offered at traditional colleges; however since the Gainful Employment legislations, its excellence has diminished and its reputation quite low.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    The students and most of my fellow colleagues!

    Cons

    Poor Management, duplicitous tactics in management, dubious Financial planning for students; curriculum not cutting edge or on par with Industry Standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk in the shoes of those below you, clean out from the TOP, not the bottom, eliminate the masculine dominance in upper Management. Redesign the identity of the College and end the age discrimination in Admissions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I love this place!

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    Current Employee - Program Chair in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Program Chair in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    I enjoy the Commrodary at this work place.

    Cons

    Can not think of any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Admissions Rep.

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    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great building, superb training. great team members.

    Cons

    I just started working there. Everything seems ok so far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    A ship without a rudder

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    provides good educational outcomes
    schools have dedicated people - both teaching and staff

    Cons

    Investor controlled so profitability is more important than quality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be great

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    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    I was with the company for quite a while working for The Art Institutes. It used to be a great company to work for with very smart people, a good product and very ethical for the For-Profit world.

    Cons

    Everything went downhill when Goldman Sachs bought EDMC. New leadership was put in and the "Profit" part of For-Profit Education became more important than anything else. Admissions standards dropped and the important thing was getting people (whether they could afford to or not, whether they were even qualified or not, etc.) enrolled. Everything went downhill from there. Good people have left to do better things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to what you used to be and I bet you will find profits returning again as well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No ethics, no client care, poor business model.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Office complex in downtown Pittsburgh is modern and well maintained.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Despite what they tell new hires, EDMC cares about nothing but profit. They treat their employees like cattle and their students even worse. Employees in admissions are routinely told to pressure prospective students into applying for school even if they are clearly unqualified. Then, they are given a high-pressure sales pitch to accept extensive financial aid for a sub-par education that usually exceeds $50,000. This company is devious, ruthless and a borderline scam. Avoid them at all costs! The schools they represent are often legitimate, but EDMC is nothing short of a snake-oil salesman hawking online pipe dreams that rarely if ever satisfy students aspirations or even governmental standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. There is really nothing to say to people who engage in such unethical business practices while treating their employees like expendable, and not particularly valued assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Learning Experience

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    Former Employee - Admissoins Advisor
    Former Employee - Admissoins Advisor

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

    Pros

    The team is very committed to the success of the student and helping them be successful in school and achieving their career/education goals. The compensation is fair.

    Cons

    Not a good work/life balance. Sometimes the values/mission of the organization comes into conflict with having a positive impact on the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for employees to develop and grow professionally. Also, be open to new ideas and trying new things. Be willing to challenge policies and not go along with the status quo.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Use you and lose you.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    If you're an executive you don't have anything to worry about. Pay is great and you have pretty decent job security (if you're at that level). Other than that, there aren't really pro's. The people are nice for the most part.

    Cons

    No job security. Not compensated fairly for work, I did not receive a raise for 2 years, know of others who have not received a raise or promotion in 3 years or more. Company does not care about the students, no matter what they say. It's a business, business is about money, not about students. 401K was cut, so that is not even a benefit anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pack it in. Unless you change something quick, the ship is sinking. Priorities need to shift toward the employees more. While the business aspect is crucial, it's tough to run a business without employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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