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Education Management Corporation Pittsburgh Reviews

Updated July 22, 2017
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Education Management Corporation President & CEO Mark McEachen
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Pros
  • Work/life balance could be better but they strive to balance employee's responsibilities (in 19 reviews)

  • Worked with great people, who were very dedicated to students (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • No job security and poor communication within company (in 39 reviews)

  • Does not really give a good work/life balance (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Positive Experience With Team"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    The people I interact with on a daily basis are great to work with.

    Cons

    Currently a lot of changes are happening.


  2. "Benefits and Compensation are Decent, Atmosphere not great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation (More than a year)

    Pros

    My co-workers are all fabulous. The PTO is much better than most places with 16 days a year plus 12 holidays. I can WFH 4-8 days a month which is nice. They also have flexible shifts so I can arrange doctors appointments and other things without having to take time off. The atmosphere in the office is relaxed. I can wear jeans to work and listen to music all day. The health care is fantastic.

    Cons

    The starting pay was decent, but there are no raises. There is little room for growth in the company. If you want to make more money after a couple years prepare to move to a different company. There is high turnover is some key departments which makes work more difficult as I essentially have to tell new people things over and over. They've recently been bought by another company so the future is uncertain. They've start measuring our work using metrics, which is not only useless but incredibly stressful. They've also cut back on some of the small employee appreciation things they used to do so the mood around the office is just down. Management almost never has your back with other departments or students.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pitting us against each other with meaningless metrics. Be a little more upfront about what's going on.

  3. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for experience , culture, networking

    Cons

    Turnover, benefits, 401k match, rapid decline


  4. "Don't get comfortable."

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    Former Employee - Documentation Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Documentation Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a steady flow of work.
    Located on bus route.
    Near Starbucks.

    Cons

    Management has their favorites and if you're not one of them, be prepared to be terminated. Executives travel constantly instead of using conference calls or video calling which exhausts the budget. No raises for employees in many years because there's no money (they say). People are laid off on a regular basis but no one tells the rest of the staff (it's a secret for some reason.) I'm not a hateful ex-employee. I loved my job. But I was not a favorite of management and became a victim of the most recent unnecessary layoff so I got the axe. It happens. No big deal. But I feel bad for the students who are attending a school that has a severe lack of faculty which will impede their education.

    Advice to Management

    Cut your spending and use some of it to keep the staff employed. A Christmas bonus (or even a cheap party) would be nice once in awhile. While you're relaxing in limos, the staff are going years without a pay increase. Fire the high level management instead of cutting the worker bees.


  5. "EDMC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation (More than a year)

    Pros

    There has been great leadership and the ability be very self sufficient within my team and role. My teammates are great!

    Cons

    Currently, there is uncertainty within the organization with the company being sold and purchased by a non-profit.


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    "Management Needs Improvement"

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    Former Employee - Finance Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Finance Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Education Management Corporation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work environment was good, as was the schedule.

    Cons

    Management is usually promoted by their abilities to "sell" or meet goals, but not on their ability to train and develop others. It is also a high turnover company, so if you don't cut it you won't last long.

    Advice to Management

    Give your mid-level managers more training on how to develop their employees.


  7. "Greedy, Evil Corporation"

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    Former Employee - Network Ana in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Network Ana in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Starting pay was higher than expected

    Cons

    No company culture
    low benefits
    weird missions statement

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the 7th circle.

  8. "POOR COMPANY VISION"

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    Former Employee - Online Customer Service Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Online Customer Service Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Edmc was great for promoting within its company with new positions.

    Cons

    Because of the overall online education market and the lack of understanding of how to better run the company the company was constantly downsizing and closing departments it made everyone feel like the job was not reliable

    Advice to Management

    Make a business plan and stick with it


  9. "No stability or growth opportunity"

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    Current Employee - IT Support Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - IT Support Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have a good team I work with.

    Cons

    Always walk in knowing that the company may just go out of business.
    No opportunity for growth because no departments have the money to hire anyone.
    Lower than average pay.
    No yearly raise past year and has happened in the past.
    Many benefits have been cut including 401K.


  10. "No Stability"

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    Former Employee - Web Chat in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Web Chat in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    A comfortable pay, great coworkers, awesome supervisors, the locations are convenient, free college tuition, vacation time, paid holidays, diverse.

    Cons

    There are constant layoffs, depending on your department there may be a hard work/home life balance, no real advancement opportunities


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