Education Management Corporation

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An okay place to work

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Current Employee - Product Developer  in  Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Product Developer in Chicago, IL

Pros

Good location in Downtown Chicago; decent benefits and pay; supportive boss; good people overall

Cons

Poor planning and execution of new program development; low office morale; unstable industry

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn how to balance the "for-profit" aspects with the "education" aspects of the business; yes, you are selling a product, but when the product is education, there are different ways to handle the business aspects.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other reviews for Education Management Corporation

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't waste your time

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst  in  Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Chandler, AZ

    Pros

    The employees are good people trying to make an honest living.
    Some co-workers are very intellegent and passionate about technology
    Benefits are about average
    Pay is slightly above average for the Phoenix market

    Cons

    Managers have no clue what they are doing
    Stock price dropping fast, each quarterly meeting is more and more depressing
    Very high attrition rate. I have seen managers quit in less than 2 weeks
    Lots of layoffs
    Poor reputation in the industry
    Also, if you are taking a signing bonus, know that you are locked in for 2 years or you owe it back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your employees needs
    Put for effort into your hiring process
    Stop using "body shop" recruiting firms and contractors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    ADA

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    Former Employee - ADA  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - ADA in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Prelude:
    One of the only reasons why this review received a 2 star rating is that it provided me an idea of what I do not want to see myself doing as a professional very early on in my career. If you are a young professional much like myself, this position will provide you a much needed understanding of the innerworkings of corporate America. You will understand what it takes to remain a number, and you will learn what it takes to climb the corporate ladder.

    Pros:
    As an ADA I was lucky enough to enroll a handful of students that genuinely needed to attend the college. It is wonderful to know that you have helped a student who is passionate about art find a program that could potentially help them start a career that is appropriate for them.

    Base compensation is also fair for the nature of the work. Work/life balance is comfortable unless you have a family; you will work Saturdays.

    Seeing student work is amazing. This was one of my biggest motivators in working at the Art Institute.

    And of course, coworkers. Some are wonderful, down to Earth and share the struggle.

    Cons

    Cons:

    The position of ADA is simple. You will be a telemarketer and salesperson. You will be expected to make at least 80 calls per day. Your goal will be to set up "interviews", (aka sales pitches) to potential students and their families. One of your biggest tasks will be to actually get students to start college. They will have financial issues, logistic issues, and sometimes, personal issues. Your director will expect you to "trouble shoot" these problems to "help" your student make their start date. Every three months their is a quarterly review consisting of qualitative and quantitative performance issues. It all comes down to how big of a suck up you are and if you were lucky enough to make your numbers.

    The mass majority of your prospects will be unemployed individuals seeking any type of college to "improve their life". I did feel guilty enrolling students who I knew were not prepared for college classes. It wasn't fair for the teachers and it wasn't fair for the students who are able to keep up with the work. This is what drags down the quality of education at EDMC's schools.

    Management's biggest role is to continuously train new hires being that it is a revolving door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    EDMC you've become a franchise. The American consumer is not stupid. They do not want to attend a school that has 48 other locations.

    Reevaluate your target market, maybe that'll affect your retention

    Reform your recruiting model. Promote veteran ADAs who actually have a passion for helping students.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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