Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. Unless you want to sell your soul and be sucked dry of any life run away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Used to be pay but now it is structured and not negotiable

    Cons

    People harping on you daily. No ability to express any opinions. More worried about what Goldman Sachs thinks than anyone else since they own 40% of the company stocks. Employees are numbers- regardless of contributions made over any period of time. Do not listen to any review on here but the completely negative. After many years there I was poached due to my pay when I more than hit my numbers.

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

    Constant layoffs - no job security

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    Former Employee - Director in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Director in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are great to work with

    Cons

    Constant changes - continued layoffs no job security - company in financial crisis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication needed desperately

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall review of a failing company

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    Former Employee - Academic Counselor in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Academic Counselor in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    I worked at two of the school (Argosy and South online). The pros were good benefits and good co-workers

    Cons

    All that matters is persistence and percentages of students who stay in school. It's unfortunate that the goal of the company is quantity of students rather than quality of students/a quality educational experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing strong programs with a strong backing and then the students will come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Sales masked as bettering student lives

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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 a year)

    Pros

    In terms of personal growth, this place challenged me in a lot of ways that shaped the success I'm having today. It wasn't always pretty - there were a few mass layoffs during my tenure, and there was a lot of pressure from upper management to hit your enrollment quotas. While I hated it at times, I look back at my EDMC experiences as positive for how they helped me grow stronger.

    Prior to the legal trouble - the pay was insanely high, but ultimately unsustainable. Some Admissions Reps were making well above 6-figures for recruiting students. Once that bubble broke, salaries were still pretty good for starting out of school.

    Cons

    The public mission about changing student lives is all a front. The sole internal motivator is to get as much money as you can out of prospective students. Trainings and performance metrics are all numbers and revenue based. There was no performance metric related to student happiness/experience - just how many students you enrolled and how much money you made the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    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

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    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
  9. Sales, not education

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    Current Employee - Admissions Representative
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative

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

    Pros

    Not much. You'll learn a lot about sales and how to overcome typical excuses from students. You also learn a lot about the education business.

    Cons

    Ethics are sketchy at best. It's all about numbers and talking students into certain programs. It's more of a telemarketing and high pressure sales job than anything. To make numbers, management pressures you to put students who are destined to fail then owe a bunch of loan money into college anyway. There's a huge gap between admissions and academics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've forgotten that graduation rates and students being successful matters. It's about more than just numbers and the pressure to perform guarantees our bad reputation will stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Upper Management is terrible.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    There really aren't any pros.

    Cons

    Micromanaged from the top down
    Do not value their employees
    Unstable work environment
    Extremely Political
    No work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. Asst. Director of Admissions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Its a check. Every now and then you have a good student experience that restores hope.

    Cons

    Management local and senior are unresponsive. No collaboration. Work hard and find students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to care. It shows you don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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