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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance could be better but they strive to balance employee's responsibilities (in 18 reviews)

  • Worked with great people, who were very dedicated to students (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • No job security and poor communication within company (in 38 reviews)

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

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  1. "Campus Director/President"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    EDMC has established practices, metrics and rules to step into. This helps with onboarding. Plenty of great people work at the 4 college chains within the parent company.

    Cons

    Based on the recent climate for for-profit schools, the already conservative senior leadership has become more conservative. Meaning, there has been more of a focus on holding on to what was than innovating for the future and creating new and meaningful value propositions for prospective, current and former students. This lack of vision and experimentation does not bode well for the long term prospects of the organization. Employees need room to innovate and ideas need to be heard.

    Advice to Management

    Budget $$s and greenlight new initiatives to breath new life into the organization. Stem the eroding margins and student population through quality, retention and outcomes. Consider the use of new technologies as well.


  2. "Admissions Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great coworkers, most people there want to do the right thing

    Cons

    job security, management micromanages their employees


  3. "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.


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  5. "Just a shell of what it was"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Education Management Corporation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Good work life balance. Managers willing to help. Good benefit and vacation time. Training is good for the industry.

    Cons

    In it for the money. Tells you everything is fine and then big layoff happen. Everything is a secret but most know what is going to happen.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Director of Admissions"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The PTO. Some of the co-workers you bond with because you lean on one another for support every day. They have decent health insurance and tela doc is convenient.

    Cons

    The downsizing, poor reputation, skeleton crew, bad management, salary freezes, many Saturday's, blackout periods make it hard to plan vacations .. most people don't want to be there so it makes it hard to get things done in an efficient manner. The stress!


  7. "Good Job Right Out Of School"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Full time work with benefits and OT

    Cons

    Boring work same every day

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. "Admissions Representative at Argosy University"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay. The only reason this is a two star review.

    Cons

    They don't help you, its based off or numbers and there is zero to little guidance. It's a cold calling job. Making 200-300 cold calls a day. half the people you speak with don't need the degree they offer for what they want to do. Yet somehow they still expect you to get those numbers. I feel lied to about what i was brought in to do when i started. There is a reason they have faced lawsuits and government fines in the past. The work schedule allows for very little work life balance. The pay barely makes up for the lack or moral around the office. People have been leaving every week since i started a few months ago. It is not encouraging.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people, not numbers.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Student Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Success Advisor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Success Advisor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    No nights or weekends, competitive starting salaries and benefit package

    Cons

    The online for-profit higher education sector has been under an amazing amount of scrutiny over the past several years by the Dept of Education and the Attorney General and, as a result, recruitment and profitability has been severely affected as has morale


  10. "Good Co-Worker, Bad Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job works well with student hours and it isn't very taxing to be a student worker. I like the environment created by my co-workers.

    Cons

    Upper management is a down right mess. Nothing ever gets done because no one enforces policies. Pay is locked at a wage that is just barely enough to squeak by when splitting an apartment with several people


  11. "Good work experience, but stressful environment"

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

    I worked at Education Management Corporation (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You are able to help people achieve their goals with education. It can make for a rewarding experience on most days.

    Cons

    You never know if you'll have a job at the end of the day. It is an ever changing environment and the company has been downsizing for several years now. The company also mismanages finances.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your talent more.



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