Academy of Art University

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Academy of Art University Reviews

Updated January 16, 2015
Updated January 16, 2015
173 Reviews
2.5
173 Reviews
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Academy of Art University President Elisa Stephens
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent pay and standard benefits for new college graduates (in 9 reviews)

  • If you enjoy working in San Francisco, this is a good place to start (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • This happens because upper management do not know the amount of work that is done at the "ground" level (in 15 reviews)

  • Inability or lack of desire (probably a little bit of both) to make positive change to work environment or morale (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Terrible, Greedy Business model

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Academy of Art University

    Pros

    Doesn't require much effort

    Cons

    Management has to scramble to implement random and fickle changes made by the President and there is no cohesion or love for staff. Everyone who works there looks miserable for good reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on actual education and student/staff resources rather than pure profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    good studio place called 400A

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Academy of Art University

    Pros

    real world experience sundance award winning movies

    Cons

    you do not get paid

  3.  

    Great place to work in a collaborative environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Academy of Art University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    World class organization, excellent benefits including a free class every semester! Lots of room for growth and movement within the university. They put a large emphasis on training and setting employees up for success.

    Cons

    This is not the place for you if you aren't willing to work to get what you want, things will not be handed to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue providing your employees with interactive training and guiding and being communicative with feedback.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work if yu have the right attitude

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Academy of Art University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great employees, great teamwork, world class university

    Cons

    CEO is a bit of a dictator but that is to be expected

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Studio Tech in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Studio Tech in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Academy of Art University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The job was cake, a lot of wonderful resources to take advantage of as well. Great chill environment.

    Cons

    There often wasn't much to do, which made some people feel guilty and made others just flat out lazy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work and study.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Academy of Art University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to grow. It's all up to the individual.

    Cons

    As every large organization, at times could have their Ups and downs

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be who you want to be--and who you don't.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Art Model in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Art Model in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Academy of Art University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - There are various outfits/costumes, props, etc. to choose from.
    - Comfortable/relaxed environment, very positive and friendly.
    - Great feedback is given (to improve as a model).
    - Management looks out for you and the majority of instructors are considerate.
    - Reasonable breaks after each session.
    - Great social networking (especially for artists).

    Cons

    - Can be difficult to find an outfit in my size.
    - Outfits are communal, so they're not always the cleanest.
    - Cleaning and returning items can take a while.
    - On bad days, the hours can seem long and physically-draining.
    - Some instructors work you harder than others (out of enthusiasm).
    - Taxes can really deplete your earnings.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent--they let me be creative in my teaching style if I produce results

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    Current Employee - Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Instructor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Academy of Art University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I love that they let me be who I am when I teach. I follow the syllabus closely, but teach it in my own way. I like that they don't force you to teach a certain way because it is beneficial to the students to let my professional experience dictate some of the course material.

    Cons

    I feel like regardless of how much I put in to this position (my heart and soul) I will always be part-time. Even teaching 5 classes, spending countless hours grading, and working on creative lesson plans, I will only get paid the $50 for the time I'm spending in the class. I'd love to be salaried and taken better care of in terms of sick-pay, vacation, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate how you take care of your part-time instructors. Or perhaps if your PT instructors are really producing results, consider hiring them full time. Reevaluate the Course Reviews. 99% of my students tell me they don't fill them out truthfully and/or don't even read them because the questions are too vague or redundant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Stepping stone but no further.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Academy of Art University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very Relaxed, free time to work on your own work, great stepping stone to pay the bills and work to polish your stuff to move into the industry.

    Cons

    You must know what you're talking about if you are a lab tech.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management worked well for me.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Enjoying my career at AAU

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Academy of Art University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I have worked at AAU full time for over a year and I am very happy here. I really don't understand the negative reviews, perhaps it is just a matter of having the right attitude.

    Cons

    The work environment is slightly more conservative than I initially expected, but this is an educational environment so I understand why it is that way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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