Academy of Art University

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Academy of Art University Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
145 Reviews
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145 Reviews
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Academy of Art University President Elisa Stephens
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The locations in San Francisco are in great buildings and interesting parts of the city (in 8 reviews)

  • Great co workers, opportunity to work with incredible instructors (in 4 reviews)


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

  • This place is the definition of a hostile work environment (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    All the opportunity in the world, if they like you.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    World class city, amazing buildings and architecture. You get the feeling that you are helping someone... Benefits are decent and there's a great holiday party at the end of each year.

    Cons

    Cheap people! They invest in themselves and property and not at all in the employees. Don't do annual reviews, they nit pick and hire people from outside the company without offering opportunities. Don't provide any perks such as coffee or snacks like most thriving businesses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your energy in treating employees better. I've watched plenty of good people come and go because you don't know how to treat them. I'm afraid I may be one of them soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    No support when support and communication are needed

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Academy of Art University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    My immediate peer-level co-workers and the instructors were great. I enjoyed working with the students.

    Cons

    Below market pay for amount of work. Little trust between directors and administration. So-so benefits. No incentive to try harder since there are no merit raises. No training, so everything is trial and error. Lack of clear leadership and communications. No real avenues for employees to get support from directors or executive office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like the jewels that they are. Be clear about expectations and offer real training. Listen to your employees and not just the directors as the truth may be somewhere in-between. Pay your employees real compensation so that they can afford to live in the area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disheartening

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Academy of Art University full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are standard, you get to attend one class a semester for no academic credit tuition free. Very talented students and amazing art everywhere.

    Cons

    They line their pockets and don't pay employees anywhere close to market rates for the same positions. There is zero budget or support for professional growth or enrichment. If you want to go to a conference you have to pay out of your own pocket.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Instructor

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

    I worked at Academy of Art University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, autonomy over classroom

    Cons

    no way to increase pay over time, easy to stagnate, doesn't matter if you excel or perform poorly at the job. There is no punishment or reward for performance. Culture of the school is shady at best, and I didn't like the way my students were treated by the school.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ethics vs Ambition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -A lot of room to get ahead if you learn the 'Academy way' to do things and get on the good side of the right people. You will need this even if you are great at your job.
    -It's very glamorous at first. There are a lot of big names around the university, and new people tend to be really excited.
    -Most of the programs are great. The work the students do is amazing, and most of the professionals teaching here are great at what they do.

    Cons

    -This is not a university in the traditional sense. If you come from an education background..you will not be happy here!
    -The ethics at the top are really lacking. The commitment is to money first, not to student welfare.
    -Over my time there, I realized the way to keep your job and be happy was to find the sweet spot between under and over performing, and do nothing to attract attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Oh my gosh..they would never take it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Part-Time Instructor

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    Current Employee - Part-Time Faculty  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Part-Time Faculty in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Academy of Art University part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great staff and faculty to work with. Online classes are also available for teaching. The online curriculum and interface are easy to manage.

    Cons

    Full-time instructor positions are difficult to attain. Classes can be large depending on the department you work for. Classrooms with computers are not well lighted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More career advancement opportunities. Also increase benefits to part-time instructors.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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 for less than a 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Major Disappointment

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    Current Employee - Cyber Campus  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Cyber Campus in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Academy of Art University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great co workers, opportunity to work with incredible instructors.

    Cons

    Appalling senior management, run-of-the-mill perks, lousy office, sub-par tools for developing courses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quality of quantity, please. Re-evaluate production practices including permissions and licensing requirements.

    How about an actual kitchen?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    So much wasted potential.

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Academy of Art University part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Access to a large community of artists and great technology resources.

    Cons

    Almost no room for growth within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This could really be an amazing company. But you need to actually manage your employees. If you are looking for a place to start, try speaking with them, and treating them like people, and not numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Overbearing Executive Office

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Academy of Art University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work life-balance, free class a semester for employees, free Adobe creative suite for employees, free shuttle around the city

    Cons

    Unreasonable demands with vague instructions from executive office results in a lot of extra work with little reward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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