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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated August 28, 2017
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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 31 reviews)

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

  • Does not really give a good work/life balance (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Multiple positions held"

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    Former Employee - Various Positions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Various Positions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company does pay well. Plenty of job opportunities due to revolving door environment. Coporate offices are located near excellent food joints.

    Cons

    Antiquated management style; numbers driven with apparent disregard for human factors; high pressure atmosphere; constant corporate restructuring destroys morale and yields fear amongst employees.


  2. "Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay structure for a young employee.

    Cons

    They do not know what they are doing.

  3. "Grueling short class terms that feel like a grinding stone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    flexibility, work from home, relative independence

    Cons

    Work is constant, hardly a breather - terms are so short there's no time for students to build true skills. Focus is too much on tech and not enough on foundations. Students are often unprepared, burden is pushed onto faculty.

    Advice to Management

    It seems that most of the upper management has never taught so they do not understand the process.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Turn around and walk away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Located in a nice area was shops and restaurants nearby. Two 15 min breaks and an hour lunch. Large cafeteria with plenty of space.

    Cons

    Majority of management are rude, immature, and down right jerk.
    Upper management are so disconnected from line level employees. Serious lack of communication between management. Poor quality of leads which causes many potential students to know they're getting ripped off or think it's a scam.

    Advice to Management

    You all supposedly began as ARs yet you cannot seem to understand the difficulty in the job on retaining students. Stop caring about how many apps you get and worry about retention. Lower the cost of tuition! $70K for a bachelor degree is ridiculous!


  5. "Culinary Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Culinary Instructor in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Culinary Instructor in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    This company provided good benefits and good hours

    Cons

    EDMC has very poor Human Resource Management

    Advice to Management

    Treat all faculty more professionally


  6. "faculty-full time"

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    Former Employee - Full Time Faculty in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Full Time Faculty in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great students, exciting, stimulating atmosphere

    Cons

    I worked at the Art Institute as a full-time faculty for more than 10 years. I thought of myself as part of the 'team,' part of a 'family' striving to help students make something of their lives for themselves and their loved ones.

    One day I received a call and was told that I was being terminated -- but I might be able to teach there as an adjunct teaching a couple classes (as opposed to a full load of 5 or six) for a third of the pay (& benefits) that I had been receiving.

    I'd seen it before and said it before, this is the firing-est company I have ever seen. But for some reason -- maybe because of my position -- I didn't believe it would happen to me, that my position was protected. I believed that they had to have teachers. I was told I was a valued senior faculty member, I took part in committees and helped design several aspects of the curriculum. I was wrong.

    This has been devastating. My wife is invalided. She is confined to a wheel chair and suffers from chronic pain; I've been depending on the health insurance. Now, unless I'm able to pull something out of ... I don't know where ... I am of an age that it is very difficult to find a new job. I face losing my home, I don't know how I'm going to care for my wife.

    Advice to Management

    show some loyalty


  7. "Staff Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Accounting Experience, Location, Knowledge Exposure

    Cons

    Failing company, Not a lot of perks, benefits

  8. "Cage associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Education Management Corporation part-time

    Pros

    Flexible with classes, vacations and illness

    Cons

    Terrible pay for terrible work.

    Advice to Management

    do better


  9. "Academics"

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    Current Employee - Academic Counselor in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Academic Counselor in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Average Pay
    Hopefully moving to Non Profit Status
    I love helping my students, and all that I do is for them.

    Cons

    No 401K, no raises, moved to Chandler so the commute is long, not sure I trust that management will not share confidential information.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be friends with your team. Some get to shoot Nerf guns all day and play, while others have to work hard to keep a job. Its not what you know, its who you do that may get promotions in some departments.


  10. "Campus Director/President"

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    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.


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