Education Management Corporation

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Great company with high standards, poor choice for lower to middle management

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Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Phoenix, AZ

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

Pros

Great benefits, nice facilities, good co-worker environment

Cons

Poor management communication, more decisions made based on political motivation then logical decision making.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    RUN! Do not walk away from their recruiters!

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    They pay well, but are you willing to sell your soul for a paycheck? Oh, and there's free coffee and "Cup a Soup"!

    Cons

    Worst. Job. EVER! Be prepared to be chained to your desk, slave to the auto-dialer that will track every second of your day. Have to pee? Your bathroom break is timed and you will hear about it if you take longer than deemed necessary. Be prepared to be screamed at by not only your bosses (more, more, MORE!!!) but also the poor saps who mistakenly entered their contact information into one of the scam websites that trick them by promising a job, free laptop, gift card...etc.

    At first it seems all cool, until you realize that the "education" that you are selling is not worth getting for free much less the $1,500 PER CLASS that EDMC charges. Once you realize that all your efforts have produced is a lifetime of debt with no real job prospects for every hapless soul you place into class, you will hate getting up in the morning. Unless, that is, you are one of those soulless individuals who are happy to prey on the less fortunate. If so, then you will fit right in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put together a curriculum that actually teaches something worth learning! Offer classes in fields where there actually are jobs and not just in the "passion fields".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Can't trust senior management (and some middle management too....)

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Analyst in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    There were a FEW managers that actually cared about their employees and constantly strived to keep a good work/life balance. They allowed for "personal time" and kept track of what their employees did not from a project quota or "you need to get this done" aspect but more from a "you are putting in a lot of hours and need some downtime" aspect. I met ALOT of GREAT people there and on our team we had a TRUE team atmosphere. We always helped each other out and if one person was sick or having personal issues and needed some time off we all pulled together and picked up the slack to get the job or project done. My manager was one of the best managers I have ever had and I wish EDMC would use that person as an example of how other managers should be.......

    Cons

    Towards the end it was all about the $$$ and decisions were made based on that mentality. The middle managers who were on the "good" side of senior management were always worried about what other departments or managers were doing and not focused on their own departments or staff. When things would go wrong they would always point the finger at someone else or bring up the supposed shortcomings of another department or staff member instead of focusing on the problem at hand. When major issues came up, after the fix was implemented the "blamestorming" sessions would then begin, witch hunts would then ensue and everyone would start the finger pointing until the unlucky culprit was found. If you made a mistake the "punishment" would all depend on who you worked for. Common sense eluded most of senior management and instead of implementing what you would think would be the easiest and most sensible solution they would often take the most convoluted solutions of the middle managers that kissed the most behind and implement that. Most of that stemmed from the middle managers finding solutions that OTHER departments would have to implement so they would not have to deal with the issue themselves.

    At the end cuts in staff were once again based on the $$$. They kept the staff making the least salary and got rid of the staff making more money than the average of the department, often keeping staff who either did not know their jobs or did not care and was only there to collect a paycheck and watch the clock (unless that person held a lot of information/knowledge about the inner workings making themselves untouchable.) This happened in quite a few cases that managers would allow one or two employees to have all of the knowledge and not share information which in turn gave them EXTREME job security. They then scared the remaining employees into thinking unless they worked hard and kept their mouths shut they would soon be out of a job as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have created an atmosphere of fear and distrust in which there is now no turning back from. Most of the staff you cut were the ones who actually cared about their jobs and were the ones who invested a lot of time, effort and sweat equity into the company. Now that they are gone and the cat is out of the bag anyone left who is worth a d@#n is now jumping ship to save their own skin.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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