Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
346 Reviews
2.5
346 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great people to work with and there are opportunities to move up here and there (in 16 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is comfortable unless you have a family; you will work Saturdays (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance for this company is not ideal for people with a family (in 19 reviews)

  • There is no job security there and you would be stupid to take a job there at this point in time (in 18 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    EDMC as an employer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Company 401K matching plan up to 6% at the time

    Cons

    Pressure to appease students rather than support faculty

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    Sales, not education

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    Current Employee - Admissions Representative
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative

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

    Pros

    Not much. You'll learn a lot about sales and how to overcome typical excuses from students. You also learn a lot about the education business.

    Cons

    Ethics are sketchy at best. It's all about numbers and talking students into certain programs. It's more of a telemarketing and high pressure sales job than anything. To make numbers, management pressures you to put students who are destined to fail then owe a bunch of loan money into college anyway. There's a huge gap between admissions and academics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've forgotten that graduation rates and students being successful matters. It's about more than just numbers and the pressure to perform guarantees our bad reputation will stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Asst. Director of Admissions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Its a check. Every now and then you have a good student experience that restores hope.

    Cons

    Management local and senior are unresponsive. No collaboration. Work hard and find students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to care. It shows you don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constant layoffs - no job security

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    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)

    Pros

    Some of the people are great to work with

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication needed desperately

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall review of a failing company

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

    I worked at Education Management Corporation

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales masked as bettering student lives

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    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I love this place!

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    Current Employee - Program Chair in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Program Chair in Tampa, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    I enjoy the Commrodary at this work place.

    Cons

    Can not think of any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Admissions Rep.

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    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Chandler, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Admissions Representative in Chandler, AZ (US)

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

    Pros

    Great building, superb training. great team members.

    Cons

    I just started working there. Everything seems ok so far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A ship without a rudder

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    provides good educational outcomes
    schools have dedicated people - both teaching and staff

    Cons

    Investor controlled so profitability is more important than quality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Training

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Phoenix, AZ (US)

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

    Pros

    In depth sales training & coaching. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Not having enough financial aid representatives to handle the pipeline of new students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the sales representatives to handle the potential students with more independence.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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