Art Institute of Chicago Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Easily the best employer I've had

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Asides from being a dream employer (if you're education and professional experience is in the arts), AIC is an amazing place to work. Staff is supportive, creative, flexible, and willing to try new things. Gone is the office place drama associated with working for a faceless corporation.

    Some of their perks/benefits are posted on their main website. They include: admission to just about every museum in the city (plus other attractions) for FREE with guests, benefits similar to 'member benefits for the AIC, generous retirement savings plans, a full month (30 days) of PTO for new employees that you can use right away (yes, a full month!). Discounts galore with companies throughout the city and with wireless carriers, pre-tax transit plans, being able to walk the galleries during lunch breaks (you can't do that in your corporate cafeteria, can you?) A warm and welcoming work environment with co-workers to match, and a company you actually want to come to work for every day vs. dreading it.

    Even if you're speciality isn't in the arts, there is so much more to AIC than just being a museum and school. Check out their open positions and apply, it's definitely worth considering if you're looking for a career field change.

    Cons

    Hard to say. Since it is a non-profit, their salaries generally are slightly lower than the same job in the for-profit world. But benefits, work environment and morale make up for that in my opinion.

    If you're not used to working on MACs you may have a hard time as for the most part, everyone uses MACs and there is very little PC support. Which again, I would consider a good thing.

    For some items there is little in terms of planning. The attitude of 'we have to do this because we've always done this' can be present with a few groups. Though each day we're working towards a stronger strategy in all aspects of our work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work. The AIC is an amazing place to work with great benefits, awesome coworkers and more. So long as those all stay in place, quality of work will continue to be top-notch.

  2. Teaching Assistant

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    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    management is friendly and willing to talk to employer, no overtime, opportunities to learn things we haven't experienced before, large collections of equipments

    Cons

    Bulky administration and long process to everything. Resources are at many case not shared, department within themselves like to keep equipment to themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Keep resources of the school open. Acquire more space rather than letting people fight for their spaces, creating conflict of departments. Students should have access to everything for interdisciplinary learning.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Good arts organization in Chicago.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago

    Pros

    Relaxed culture, cutting-edge technology, benefits.

    Cons

    Low salaries and limited opportunities for professional growth and upward mobility.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Because this is a small institution with small staff there are many opportunities. Jobs can be created and expanded as far as your ambitions grow. Potential is unlimited.

    Cons

    Segmented into 3 areas that are not treated equally. Staff no longer gets to work in the hallowed halls of the grand institution but are spread out amongst many outlying buildings. This makes it difficult to feel like we're all part of the same team.

  6. A supportive, challenging and many times a chaotic environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Have been given many opportunities to push myself and learn to work with many different personalities.

    Cons

    Casual but very productive work atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Say thank you just a little bit more

  7. Creative, nice enviroment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    This review is for the Media production Bureau of the School of the Art Institute. Out clients are internal and varied. Not a fast paced environment allows for personal projects and experimentation. There are many opportunities to learn new tools and technologies. Is a good place to work if one is looking for interesting projects to work on, but no for get a high salary

    Cons

    Since the institutional nature of this place, a lot of red tape needs to be dealt with in order to get new projects approval and/or support. There are many department that don't always communicate well with each other. This can cause delays and double efforts. New full time positions are rarely available,

  8. Loved it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Guest Services in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Guest Services in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Met many interesting people. Beautiful working conditions. Very supportive and kind supervisors

    Cons

    None. It was one of the most enjoyable jobs I ever had.

  9. Very dynamic institution

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Professor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The School side of the Art Institute is a very mobile, dynamic, unpredictable institution that likes to be off the charts. It is one of the world's leading institutions of its type.

    Cons

    Benefits are excellent in comparison to other institution of its type. In the School part time faculty can obtain health insurance. Promotions are usually handled very carefully although there have been exceptions and departments have too much control over the process, that is, not enough oversight from the administration.

    Advice to Management

    The administration in the School has been minimal. It was originally all faculty (artists) and that made it very disorganized and inefficient. That is changing rapidly and there is now professiornal administration staff. However in my opinion the institution should be careful not to expand too much in that way. The dynamic nature of the institution depends on being artist-run as much as possible.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Professional and Friendly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Assistant Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Assistant Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Professional environment
    - Endless resources and large museum
    - Great teachers and Classes

    Cons

    I did not find anything unpleasant working here.

  11. Great team to work with

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago

    Pros

    Great experience to start a career in museum setting.

    Cons

    The schedule for installation is so tight, as the museum never close to the public.

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