Education Management Corporation

www.edmc.edu
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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

Pros

There are many talented, friendly employees who are team players. Most are permitted to have a reasonable work/life balance. Quite a few make an effort to maintain a healthy working environment.

Cons

Up until recently, EDMC was a great place to work, and there used to almost be a family-type of atmosphere. However, senior management has gradually made more choices that favored investors more than students. Work is initiated because it brings in money - not because it has long term benefits. Enrollment has been down, and so cuts were made. Those cuts first affected well respected teachers - of all people! More recently, cuts were made at the Pittsburgh corporate location. Almost no explanation was made as to why those particular people were cut - some had just been hired two months before and some had been around more than 10 years. Many were simply told that the cuts were NOT performance based but seemed to be treated the same as others who had previously been fired. That seemed disrespectful. Supervisors who had input as to which people would be eliminated were mysteriously not available afterwords. There are cliques that have a surprising amount of control over departments and if you're not on their good side you'll know it. Human Resources is not careful or professional in terms of how they handle sensitive matters - sensitive information is not fully hidden from people who shouldn't see it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Treat students and employees as you would want your family and friends to be treated. Remember and recognize good, professional, and loyal behavior - don't punish it. And remember who you say you serve the most - the students. If they're not learning what they need to, or if they shouldn't have been enrolled to begin with, you'll hurt all the more.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Pros and Cons at EDMC IT

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    Current Employee - IT Desktop Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - IT Desktop Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Nice offices, people and views. Decent enough equipment. Good pay.

    Cons

    Crappy benefits. Lack of job security. Workload often out-weighs capacity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rough times at EDMC due to the economy. Find ways to reward your employees to give yourself a chance in terms of retaining the good employees. Why not give the week between Christmas and New Years off--nothing really gets done that week and this is an Education company. There are two large corps in the K&L gates building that offer comparable salaries, better insurance and significantly more time off. A little tempting to your capable IT people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Lack of concern for students

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    While I was there, the company was trying to throw off the yolk of Goldman Sachs and buy back their stock. They also were trying to shift the culture to one centered around the success of students rather than the pumping as many students through class as possible. I'm not sure if they've been successful at making the shift.

    -easy to advance, if you are a man
    -young culture

    Cons

    Convincing students who have low academic skill to take on thousands of dollars in debt for an online course is difficult and at time morally questionable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a better way to keep students in school. Students are taking too big of a financial risk to not finish their education and they need outside support to be able to do it. This will also increase your bottom line as each student spends more on more classes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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