Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated 9 April 2015
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  1. Good Company BUT be cautious

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Education Management Corporation is a great company. There are a lot of friendly and talented people that work for the company and everyone supports each other. Managers and supervisors provide the freedom to get your work done.

    Cons

    I would highly, highly recommend that you do a lot of research before joining the company. There are a lot of changes happening, and you need to be comfortable with the changes.

  2. It has been an emotional roller coaster to say the least.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you make it to your one year anniversary then you receive a $5,000 raise. The benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    The goals set by the company are unrealistic, management is terrible, and it's very stressful relying on unreliable people to meet your goals every month because if you don't then you'll be let go from the company.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic and give positive feedback to your teams.

  3. Management is petty and vindictive. Has favorites

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good but you really have to work hard and the management is unfair and makes unreasonable demands.

    Cons

    Leaders have agenda to advance does not really care about students or rmployers

    Advice to Management

    Promote the right people not the favorites

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  5. EDMC

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The internal team I worked on was great, most were not just coworkers but became friends. They really were passionate for what they did but there was so much realignment it was hard to stay focused worried if the next day you'd still have a job to come back to.

    Cons

    The ethical problems currently being investigated by the department of education. It was hard to be proud of the job you did when your company was on the news for fraud on a regular basis.

  6. Ok place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoyed the people. Great location

    Cons

    No room for growth. No sense of leadership or direction.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Assistant director of admission

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay, plenty of leads

    Cons

    Horrible hours, horrible old leads, unprofessional management, extreme micromanagement

  8. Great employees, bad management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Career Services in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Career Services in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is not profiting at the moment so there really are no pros.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not great/flexible. Services provided by the company are not relevant in today's market.

    Advice to Management

    Need to restructure the service provided from ground up. Evaluate staff and processes from top down.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Constant layoffs - no job security

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the people are great to work with

    Cons

    Constant changes - continued layoffs no job security - company in financial crisis.

    Advice to Management

    Communication needed desperately

  10. Helpful (1)

    Overall review of a failing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Academic Counselor in Chandler, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Academic Counselor in Chandler, AZ (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at two of the school (Argosy and South online). The pros were good benefits and good co-workers

    Cons

    All that matters is persistence and percentages of students who stay in school. It's unfortunate that the goal of the company is quantity of students rather than quality of students/a quality educational experience.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing strong programs with a strong backing and then the students will come.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Sales masked as bettering student lives

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In terms of personal growth, this place challenged me in a lot of ways that shaped the success I'm having today. It wasn't always pretty - there were a few mass layoffs during my tenure, and there was a lot of pressure from upper management to hit your enrollment quotas. While I hated it at times, I look back at my EDMC experiences as positive for how they helped me grow stronger.

    Prior to the legal trouble - the pay was insanely high, but ultimately unsustainable. Some Admissions Reps were making well above 6-figures for recruiting students. Once that bubble broke, salaries were still pretty good for starting out of school.

    Cons

    The public mission about changing student lives is all a front. The sole internal motivator is to get as much money as you can out of prospective students. Trainings and performance metrics are all numbers and revenue based. There was no performance metric related to student happiness/experience - just how many students you enrolled and how much money you made the company.

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