Academy of Art University

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    Instructor at Academy of Art University Online

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

    I worked at Academy of Art University as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is great flexibility in teaching an online class because you can log on and teach the class anytime of the day. You don't have to worry about technical problems, because the IT support is great.

    Cons

    Some of the classes are poorly written so if you take over a class that has problems it could be very difficult. Teaching online can be very time consuming and take more than the three hours that you are paid to teach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some classes need to be updated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Happy AAU Alumni

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Academy of Art University

    Pros

    Great Faculty with Real Life Experiences to bring to the classroom. An, expansive online curriculum that matches a full service college.

    Cons

    Private school pricing per unit. Will set you back on student debt if you don't do something with the degrees you earn here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't Work Here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent.
    Worked here over a year. Told I would be given a pay raise but it has been two months and have yet to see it.

    Cons

    Some workers are sexually harassed and the bosses and HR do nothing. They blame the workers. Wouldn't be surprised if there was a sexual harassment lawsuit. People are promoted over those that are more qualified.
    Do not work here. I can't believe the city continues to let these people run this school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to your employees. You do not treat employees with any respect therefore they do not respect Management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Above average base pay, but very little room for growth

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Admissions Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Admissions Representative in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers! Pay is decent for the amount of workload you do. You don't have to take your work home as well so that's a plus!

    Cons

    No room for growth, this is basically a sales job without commission!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up! Make the work place more fun and exciting! Build morale! Motivate your employees just like you would with your students!

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Where aspirations come to die...

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

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

    Pros

    If you're the type of "professional" who wants to get away with doing nothing half of the time and then doing a terrible job (when there actually is something to be done) the other half of the time, then this organization is for you. For anyone who knows how to look the other way and keep their mouth shut, one can do "well" here.

    Cons

    The overall attitude here is terrible, and it spreads like a virulent infection to newcomers. If you approach a new position at this school with aspirations of success, expecting better things to follow, you will quickly encounter the doom and gloom which underlies the false platitudes of all the staff. Then, once you first face the indifference and and elitist perception of the upper administration, your own sense of hopelessness is inevitable. Departments not only do not communicate with each other, but actively undermine each others efforts and blame failures anywhere but internally. It often seems that no one knows what's going on...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stop making decisions based solely on monetary concerns. You have the hopes and aspirations of so many young, developing minds in your hands. Crushing dreams because it's cheaper for you is a plan for disaster, no matter how indiscriminate your acceptance policy is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Muh

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Academy of Art University

    Pros

    I love the people I work with. People are flexible and understanding. There are a lot of people who are trying to do a really good job and make the department world-class.

    Cons

    Executives are not so flexible. They have no understanding of what good teaching is and are reluctant to make any changes that could improve some departments. It's all about making a profit, and less about students Art departments seem to cater to the naturally talented, rather then teaching them how to actually do art/design. Pay structure is hidden and unfair. School is <30% international students. They need an improved ESL department to help them matriculate, but executives are unwilling to change the current system. Christmas party bingo is atrocious. It's basically like an empress dolling out gifts to the lucky. No bonuses are given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some teachers are actually trained instructors. We have a masters degrees in teaching. Listen to those teachers. They know what they're talking about. Start a school government so departments can collaborate together. Begin and incentives rewards program to increase morale. Please please discontinue bingo game at Christmas time. Just do a raffle, and let people socialize.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    This company cares nothing about retaining valuable employees or it's student's success. It is a for profit University.

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    Former Employee - Instructor of the Arts in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor of the Arts in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Academy of Art University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Art School. Get to work in the art education field

    Cons

    Severe top down pressure and extreme disorganization due to top-down micro-management. Employees are very, very dissatisfied resulting in competition and a very unpleasant place to work. Every former student I have met has nothing good to say about this school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Real investment in the employees is essential. Think about creating a system of rewards, regular raises, structured review process, team building, generous 401k matching. If you don't want this place to have an even worse reputation than it does, something drastic needs to change. Also, as a whole the company should be investing in it's local arts community and city.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you don't mind being emotionally abused on a daily basis

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

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

    Pros

    -A full time job
    -I worked in an office
    -There was a window

    Cons

    -No healthcare for the first three to five months depending on how fit in with 'company culture'
    -Worked overtime and wasn't paid for it, though promised additional pay and 'bonuses' to keep quiet
    -Verbally abused by failed artists on a daily basis
    -Wrote course outlines and graded student projects (undergrad and grad) though this had nothing to do with my job title
    -Poor management on all levels, feedback is nonexistent
    -Horrible turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating employees like human beings and compensating them for their work.

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

    Stay away! Worst management ever!

    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Co-workers, location and meeting really great students. That's about it, really. You will be working with great people, that like you, are probably hating their job and management.

    Cons

    For Profit BIG TIME! all they care about is money, and numbers, and making some more money. Students are only important for bringing money to AAU. Management is horrible, and as long as you do not challenge their skills or work, you will be fine. People in some positions (management) are not even educated properly.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It Really Depends..

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Admissions Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Admissions Representative in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, considering the work. Standard 8 hour work day with a 1 hour lunch, but the work is easy, and boring. Everything is formulaic and well-documented, and techniques (in general) are applicable in many other industries.
    Employees can take 1 class a semester for free (excluding books).
    Co-workers are great, they're all friendly, social, fun - and often overqualified.
    Great resume experience for your next position.

    Cons

    Micromanagement is the biggest problem here, unlikely to change because it's a top-down dilemma.
    Rules, rules, rules. There are way too many minor infractions that have nothing to do with the job that one can incur. They are easy to follow, but ridiculous.
    Employees in my department signed a paper stating that work performance would not be taken into consideration for promotions and raises. Thusly, employees that should be promoted often are not, and management favors advancing their friends. For such a large company, so bizarre.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell prospective employees that it is a call center... many people are surprised when they get the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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