From Phoenix, AZ — 07/02/2010
The comments here make me sick. THe job isn't just fine - it's a good job. You can be unethical, yes, but it is not built to be unethical, in fact upper management is constantly trying to make us be admissions advisors as well as salesmen. In fact, the VP of the company sat us lowly salesmen (ADAs) down and asked us candid questions about our job, ensuring that we are not only comfortable, but moral. Are there managers that make you use pressure sales tactics? Yes, but those managers got fire on their ass because upper management does not function like that. My manager, for example, lets me be as moral as I want and NEVER forces me into an immoral decision. I've turned away students because I FELT they don't understand how student loans work. NO other private school will do that. We are moral as all hell. My students love me long after they've started school because I don't lie and they know what to expect. Will you get world-class education online? Yes. Yes, you will. bottom line. I don't work for HR or anything, I'm an ADA. In fact, I'm not even that good and I make 35K with all the benfits I can eat and I don't worry about job security. You have to be a moron to get fired from here because everyone is laid back.
Here's the bottom line - if you can't handle a laid back sales atmosphere with upbeat, educated colleagues, then... well, you can. This is NOT pressure sales. NO car salesmen. NONE. If you're a car salesman, shame on you. you can pressure and lie, yes, but if compliance catches you - you're out on your ass. Now, can you use some tricky wording to "essentially" lie to people? Yeah, if you're an asshole. but that's up to YOU. I am a 100% moral and NONE of my students are surprised. Have I had pissed off students? yes. Have I had students be pissed off because they've been lied to? No. Do some students say they've been lied to? Well, not mine. I make damn sure you know that you're getting yourself into debt. in fact EVERY single student at EDMC sees the EXACT and TOTAL cost of their education year by year. No surprises. Now, if you see a number saying $10,000 student loans for year one, and then at the end of year one, you're like "Why do I have $10,000 in student loans?" that's entirely your fault. We try to make sure every single last student knows EXACTLY what's going on. No bullshit. Not at EDMC. Are there car salesmen in the cubicles? yeah. But those immoral people would be doing the same shit regardless of the company. Does EDMC encourage car salesmen? HELL NO.
Management is much nicer than any company i've worked for. Pay is competitive, there's TONS of room for growth (almost unlimited - from sales to management, you just gotta work your ass of, as it should be) and our students ACTUALLY LEARN. STUDENTS THANK ME for opening their eyes to the art institute, and it actually feels good to go home and know I've changed someone's life for the better, not duped them into a $50,000 debt. Do students walk away with $50,000 debt? Sometimes. Do they know that? Yes. Is it worth it? Hell yeah. Our students have worked in pixar, on games like guitar hero, for massive fashion chains... so all you negative motherf-ckers need to stop giving this fine educational company a bad name. Just because you're too dumb to hang in here, or somehow didn't know this was BOTH sales and counseling, doesn't mean you should come in here and post all kinds of lies in capital letters.
Why don't you come to our corporate building and see just who we are? I've made tons of friends from work and find EDMC to be one of the most pleasant work environments I've ever belonged to.
oh, and that sueai . com website is bullshit - we are fully accredited by msche.org (you can't make that up, we're there) we got a 46% graduation rate according to FAFSA (that number's a little bent, but EVERY single school does that) and our job placement rates are INSANE (87% - again, a little bent, more like 75%, but that's still much better than the high-ranking state university I graduated from myself).
We change lives here, and we do it for the better. If you think otherwise, maybe you were a corrupt, immoral ass, and I'm glad you didn't stay at your job. I take my work seriously, i care about my students, and they love me in return. Oh, and I slack off a lot because I'm young and don't care to make 70+K, but I could if I wanted to double down, so this job is amazing because it offers great flexibility.
Long live Ai!
Long live EDMC!