The Art Institutes (HQ)

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The Art Institutes (HQ) Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
The Art Institutes (HQ) – “AI - Santa Monica”

All Employees Current Employees Only

2.5 92 reviews

22% Approve of the CEO

The Art Institutes (HQ) President George Sebolt

George Sebolt

(9 ratings)

34% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working with students who all have a similar and positive life goal(in 3 reviews)

  • Good benefits and compensation, the work is (mind-numbingly) easy(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance is awful, it's very difficult to manage your personal life when you're always at work(in 5 reviews)

  • Managers/senior management do/does not know how to lead(in 5 reviews)

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    I am impressed that the staff here make it clear that the needs of the students are of the highest priority.

    Student Worker (Receptionist) (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsAs a student worker, my views of the staff and the corporate environment may be biased however observing the way they interface with potential students as well as current students, this is not just a numbers game to them.

    ConsAs a Student Worker, I can definitely say that I view the Admissions staff and instructors with a slightly biased eye. I like most of them as people as well as "subject matter experts."

    Advice to Senior ManagementSunnyvale campus: On site upper management are fairly new to this campus so all I will ask is that look at your students (new and senior) to help add flare and inspiration while attempting to "spruce up" the office image. That first impression, as we all know, can make the difference.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Liked the school

    Adjunct Faculty (Former Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsVery helpful staff. Solid technology in the classroom (worked at the Durham, NC location). They had solid security throughout the site. Overall a enjoyable place to work. Was there for 3 months.

    ConsIt would have been better is there was more curriculum for the course I taught. They left it up to each teacher to sculpt their own materials if they wanted. I thought it would be better to have a set curriculum, but that was not the case.

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    You get out of it what you put into it

    Time Management Tutor (Former Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsGoing to school at AI is great for getting an education on the equipment and for making business connections.

    ConsI saw a lot of fellow classmates graduate saying "I don't feel like I really learned anything." We took several of the same classes, and I felt like I learned a lot, but I supplemented my AI education with outside learning from mentors and internships. Having an open education is good for those who have their own self-discipline and hard for anyone who thinks they're magically going to leave with all the skills they need.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your teachers more.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe students are amazing and talented which adds to the perks of working there and the salary is great if this is your passion to teach or assist in teaching.

    ConsTaking on other titles but I guess that comes with any school

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    Amazing, but hard work!

    High School Representative (Current Employee) Virginia Beach, VA

    ProsCan be easy, fun enviorment, alot of talking with people, phone calls and emailing. Little management.

    ConsAll about the numbers. You are a sales person and a number figure.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone, they were awsome.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Never a dull moment

    Assistant Director of Admissions (Current Employee) Nashville, TN

    ProsThe company allows you to be you. It's a open community for GLBT. The pay is very competitive and the benefits are great.

    ConsThe job is not for someone married or with children. The sales side of it makes it very challenging to do a quality job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees more. Take in to account the things we are unhappy about and try to make accomodations.

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    Most days are very rewarding

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsGreat benefits and great school.

    ConsNo room for growth. Negative gossip and talking behind people's backs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe professional and treat your employees in a professional manner. Be proactive vs. reactive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing and very educational

    Fashion Designer (Current Employee) Fort Lauderdale, FL

    ProsVery busy with work, but I learned how to complete many task at hand.

    ConsSo many student and some that I worked with on project could have been a lot more professional.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour doing great

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's okay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsOpportunities for promotion
    working for the arts
    Helping students
    Free or low-cost education and decent benefits for employees
    Great 401K plan

    ConsGaps in communication between management and employees
    Incompetence is often rewarded at the local level
    Some of the staff/faculty can be high-strung

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees as they have a lot of wisdom and a lot to offer the company.
    Understand their perspective, they work closer to the students than you think.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A really good company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

    Prosvery nice perks including Lynda Online training, great resources and a great team

    Consno telecommuting or work on the go options,

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnhance the creative atmosphere in the building and paint the walls.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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