Education Management Corporation

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Education Management Corporation Reviews

Updated 22 September 2014
Updated 22 September 2014
301 Reviews
2.4
301 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people to work with and there are opportunities to move up here and there (in 13 reviews)

  • They compensate you fairly and have good benefits for employees, 401K match, insurance, wellness programs (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance for this company is not ideal for people with a family (in 14 reviews)

  • There is no job security there and you would be stupid to take a job there at this point in time (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company grew too fast

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    Former Employee - High School Representative  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - High School Representative in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Loved the family work balance and the team.

    Cons

    Grew to fast. Unfortunately there will be more layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people the option to move at their expense. Take into consideration employee performance not just where they live.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Goodbye 401k match!

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    Former Employee - General Accountant  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - General Accountant in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good people and highly proficient controllership department. Deficient IT and infrastructure investments have hampered and complicated the ongoing efforts to streamline and centralize processes and procedures. Extremely tough regulatory and economic environment for this type of business, and they've done reasonably well given these adverse conditions.

    Cons

    Their 401k match was reduced to 4% of as june/july 2014 And then, in August 2014, they completely eliminated the match! This change may accelerate the exodus of employees, and make it more unlikely that they will attract highly talented individuals in the future. I understand the business rationale, and it's a very tough decision - may prove to be a short term change for them to avoid another default. In a year or two, things may change and they may become a profitable company again. It's a no win situation in the short term despite having great people on board. I don't doubt that they will emerge intact from this tough time period, but it will take a few years for them to start realizing growth again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best of luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Admissions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great job, very good company to work for with a great life/work balance.

    Cons

    Just found out company is doing very poorly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    shape up or you may not be in business much longer

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    There are no consequences for bad behavior.

    Benefits are decent as of today (salary, medical, FSA). Managers have discretion to allow occasional work from home. Colleagues are mostly well-meaning, competent, intelligent. There's considerable encouragement and opportunity to learn about the organization and academic processes, to truly know the business operations.

    Cons

    There are no consequences for bad behavior.

    There's really no employee development, management either doesn't care or doesn't know how to help staff to be successful and grow / move up the ladder. PTO is unimpressive. Poor business performance and enrollment result in layoffs, pay freezes, low morale, paranoia. Crippled finances, and unreasonable oversight and layers of process control result in no progress. There's no forward movement. It's like we're all watching the ship sink while standing on it because 30 people need to approve the expense of patching the hole where the water is rushing in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to actually manage. Management here is more like an example of what NOT to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation

    Pros

    Competitive salary and nice co-workers

    Cons

    Depends on which office you are working in. Some offices are more laid back than others

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Admissions Advisor AIoP Military Division

    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admission  in  Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admission in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free schooling , good pay and pretty good hours. I liked my managers and we all worked together...Worked with some great people .

    Cons

    Cost of some of the programs is not covered , entirely, by FA. We weren't encouraged to tell people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

  8.  

    Seeking Stability

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I have been working at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Employees do care about the students, and helping them with a successful start through to graduation.
    Benefits are at par with many companies.

    Cons

    The company grew quickly and now it is trying to maintain its growth - there have been periodic layoffs already.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Announcements about new executives being hired seems to be a regular occurrence. The organization seems top-heavy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Work here, but keep looking

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Salary was decent, considering the job.

    Cons

    Garbage management.

    Do you enjoy being belittled? Do you enjoy feeling unappreciated? this job is for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    The most ethically and morally bankrupt company bar none!

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    Former Employee - Associate Director of Admissions  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Hand full of EEs with integrity, but there few and far between.

    Cons

    The most ethically and morally bankrupt company that I 've ever had the misfortune to work for. Opportunities are 100% based on who you're friends with. Management is blind to legitimate accomplishment in favor of personal agenda.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Purge the immature grade school management style.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Want to hate your life? Work for EDMC.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

    I worked at Education Management Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent compensation, the work itself wasn't difficult, room for lateral movement (no way you're going up though).

    Cons

    You'll have to interact with terrible people both in the work place and on the phone. You will be given goals (and micromanaged daily on those goals) that you won't be able to complete due to the incompetent student body you are forced to interact with, and you will probably begin to have a crisis of conscience as you understand that EDMC is solely meant to siphon Federal Title IV funding from the federal government by using students who should NOT be in college in the first place as the proxy. Literally a joke - and I can't believe it's still allowed to operate.

     It's a despicable place, and I'm glad I'm gone. As it stands, the Department of Education is working to shut it down, and if you check its stock performance the last 18 months...well, you can see they're succeeding. I left on my own terms, and it's the best professional decision I've ever made.

    However if you want to be in a work environment where everyone is basically a snake-oil salesman seeking only profit in the education world AND you have absolutely no job security (and you won't hit your goals 75% of the time) - AND you want to rip off disadvantaged people by putting them tens upon tens of thousands into debt for a degree that may be worth less than toilet paper - EDMC is the place for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The middle management needs to go due to how bloated their salaries are in exchange for the lack of production they provide. Also, get those resumes ready - the day of reckoning is coming. Get out while you still can. Me? I'm getting my popcorn ready.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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