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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated May 26, 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 18 reviews)

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

Cons
  • No job security and poor communication within company (in 37 reviews)

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

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  1. "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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  3. "Senior Assisstant Director of Admissions"

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    Current Employee - Senior Assistant Director of Admissions in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Assistant Director of Admissions in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment, community outreach, education benefits for you and dependents over 100k each.

    Cons

    mandatory Saturday shirts 1 or more each month. numbers driven, stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Update training to current market needs and demands.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "It pays well, glorified call center work."

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

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

    Pros

    -good pay
    -great benefits
    -good hours
    -if you like being on the phone all day and doing sales you'll be fine

    Cons

    -not about the students, ALL about the numbers
    -company has been struggling, though getting sold to not-for-profit by the end of summer
    -management is not the greatest
    -fear based style of management- "hit the numbers or your fired"

    Advice to Management

    -Drop the corporate lingo- if it's all about the numbers and making money then be honest about it instead of hiding behind "we're here for the students"
    -Invest in your employees- showing appreciation can help motivate instead of running on a fear based system


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Helping students achieve their goals is rewarding, colleagues are mostly good people

    Cons

    Crooked, immoral company, employees treated very poorly, incompetent management, poor communication, back-stabbing culture, racial biases at multiple levels

    Advice to Management

    Get on the level with what you do!


  7. "Great employees but Struggling Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Smart and friendly employees. Downtown pittsburgh location.

    Cons

    Company has been struggling for years. Frequently reorg and layoffs. Morale's low.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are your most valuable assets.


  8. "It was more about the professors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Teachers
    Flexibility
    Progressive
    Managed
    Good life balance

    Cons

    Slow to make changes
    Bad Press
    Communication
    Lost expectoration
    Unrealistic


  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. "Hard Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    They provide a competitive salary

    Cons

    There is a high work load


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Trying to get out of for-profit arena."

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    Current Employee - Technical Support in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Future looks to be better...at this point. Schools have accreditation and staff try hard...good people locally at the campuses.

    Cons

    Tough money situation so training is almost nil. Raises are almost non-existent. Need to find a way for management to stay focused on future possibilities but is tough. A lot of folks looking elsewhere for work.

    Advice to Management

    Look for differentiating from the pack to get students.


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