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Argosy University Reviews

Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
49 Reviews
2.6
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  1.  

    Coworkers are Great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Argosy University full-time

    Pros

    Location is beautiful and fellow employees are great

    Cons

    High stress level, pressued sales, Unrealistic goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better service to students

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Can't Summit a Mountain with Hands Tied (or: Hard to Soar with the Eagles Surrounded by Turkeys)

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    Former Employee - Faculty
    Former Employee - Faculty

    I worked at Argosy University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Passionate faculty; intelligent and teachable students; supportive of private practice; professional classrooms, excellent fringe benefits, dedicated chair-level and department-level leadership

    Cons

    inadequate (absent) administrative support; revolving door of campus-level leadership; inexperienced student services; inconsistent admissions support; double-messages from management concerning tensions between meeting anticipated expectations of accreditation bodies and expectations about enrollment and student performance; inability to align corporate (EDMC) goals, university (Argosy) goals, and local campus goals... always felt like the "folks at the top" either did not understand or did not care.

     The company frequently describes itself as "among the largest providers of private post-secondary education in North America ... with a total of 110 locations in 32 U.S. states and Canada." Moreover they add "Our educational institutions offer students the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees and certain specialized non-degree diplomas in a broad range of disciplines, including design, media arts, health sciences, psychology and behavioral sciences, culinary, fashion, business, education, legal and information technology." My sense over my tenure at Argosy was that EDMC was too big.... as a jack of all trades, they are masters of none.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Get out of the way... decision makers were isolated from the results of their decisions. Schools granting degrees leading to state-specific licensed-based career paths do not benefit from top-down "vision" and "mission" management... there are too many differences to have a "one size fits all" corporate culture.

    2) Read Collins' "Good to Great" If not the whole book at least read chapter 5 and find the company "hedgehog."

    3) Face the diseconomy of scale head on. While i am not an economist by any stretch, EDMC is facing a backlash on the back end of the benefits from an economy of scale gained as the company grew. As EDMC became larger it was more efficient and as long as students continued to enroll, it appeared poised to continue to grow. Nevertheless, as it grew it became increasingly costly to keep control of a its widespread corporate footprint and resulted in a bureaucracy as the top executives implemented more and more levels of management (administration). This required more students. As the executives introduced standards and controls in order to maintain enrollment this necessitated the hiring of more administrators to apply these standards and controls, and EDMC became too "top-heavy". Plummeting enrollment is not the cause of the current crisis. Students are a limited resource like trees are a limited resource. A lumber company can only harvest as many tress as regrowth makes sustainable. When EDMC had trouble finding more trees things became untenable.

    Typically, solutions to such top heavy companies is making it smaller. This can happen proactively, and involve breaking EDMC into one or more of its smaller educational units. if the management was willing, Argosy, South University, Brown Mackie, or the Art Institutes could be spun off as a separate entity. Another option could be for each local campus could be allowed to operate relatively autonomously from the company headquarters, with employee decisions (hiring, firing, promotions, wage scales, etc.) made by local administration, not dictated by EDMC. Facility, office space, design, and even purchasing decisions could also be made independently, with each location allowed to choose its own suppliers. Nevertheless, the desire for a unified market brand seemed to cloud this option. Moreover, even if they had made these difficult decisions, i doubt the changes would have resulted in a substantial reduction in EDMC leadership and headquarters staff.

    Unfortunately, with EDMC stock price plummeting to less than $1.00 today (it closed at $0.86), I think EDMC will downsize by default (pun intended) when a bankruptcy court will sell off the profitable components to pay creditors and shut down the rest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    So-So

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Argosy University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays Well & Offer Tuition Reimbursement to continue education

    Cons

    Not consistent, Management especially Atlanta campus is awful, work TOO many Saturdays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being Fake-NO WORK LIFE BALANCE at all

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  5.  

    Fun and fulfilling

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Argosy University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work environment. Many opportunities to learn and grow if you want to work in the for profit education system. Very flexible schedule and excellent co workers as well as company culture.

    Cons

    Having a hard time thinking of any other than the commute.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not friendly, concerned about the profits, not faculty

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    Former Employee - Adjunct in Eagan, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Adjunct in Eagan, MN (US)

    I worked at Argosy University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small school with nice cafeteria.

    Cons

    No support from directors. They are afraid to stand up for what is needed to run programs. Expected to do work on own time-not paid. Not allowed to clock hours worked-only what is approved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more full time faculty and allow managers to determine needs in departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Successful from my own ability, not employer support.

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    Current Employee - Admissions Representative
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative

    I have been working at Argosy University full-time

    Pros

    Students were the wonderful part about the job!

    Cons

    Cliques, unexperienced managers who are threatened by your knowledge or success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people as you'd like to be treated and just because you might have been a decent rep doesn't mean you're qualified to manage!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Students were nice.

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    Former Employee - Student Services in Honolulu, HI (US)
    Former Employee - Student Services in Honolulu, HI (US)

    I worked at Argosy University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was enjoyable to be around the students.

    Cons

    Credibility in the industry. Cost was steep.

  9.  

    It was hard to manage the student work-load

    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Argosy University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Based in Atlanta
    Online and face to face instruction

    Cons

    Needs not met--student or teacher

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building the capacity of staff

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Admissions

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Alameda, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Alameda, CA (US)

    I have been working at Argosy University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Manager was a great leader

    Cons

    My commute was very short

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    In one sentence, umm...I was VERY disappointed at this university, as a student and an employee.

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    Former Employee - Student Services in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Student Services in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Argosy University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The students. There is really nothing else to say about it. I had a horrible experience.

    Cons

    The employees. Terrible place to work and go to school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shape up!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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