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Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
36 Reviews
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36 Reviews
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  1.  

    love the students, hate the admin

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Students are great. Some of the best and most talented in the country.

    Cons

    Administration is a nightmare, especially the admissions department. Constant bickering between departments and no coordination with the museum of the same name. Wasteful spending of students already outrageous tuition. Out of touch with reality of art. Only care about $$$.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    End the silos and departmentalization, lower tuition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    repotism rules, might makes right...Old boys network persists...

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    Former Employee - Professor in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Professor in North Chicago, IL

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    where are your connections? Does your spouse need a job? We'll give slide your spouse into a partime position if you take on a tenure track....

    Cons

    Your secrets are safe with us. Transparency is a myth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your legacy. Consider your karma. Find your humanity. Look within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    A nightmare

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago

    Pros

    Exciting place to be and work because of the museum.

    Cons

    Administration needs an overhaul -- male dominated: bullies and tough guys...age of darkness paradigm as a necessity for personal advancement among administrators...this place ruins lives. no compassion. Work there at your peril. If you are an instructor or an adjunct you are in deep trouble and your days will be numbered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find your heart, soul, humility and compassion. Get off your high horse. Look at the websites and jaundiced links of your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    They never tell you prior to taking the job that you will automatically be the Director of SFS but without the pay

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    Former Employee - Associate Director of SFS
    Former Employee - Associate Director of SFS

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago

    Pros

    They provide lots of food but also expect you to work long hours

    Cons

    only focused on enrollments and very little employee appreciation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no comment

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Graduate Student Assistant

    Former Employee - Graduate Student Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    If you are in school at SAIC, this is a great way to work in close proximity to classes, faculty, and resources. Also, AIC is an incredible place to have at your fingertips.

    Cons

    The high level of bureaucracy at a large institution like this one makes it difficult to make changes in practice or policy, even when obviously necessary. There is a lot of pushing paper that sometimes seems needless.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Good hours but slow and boring

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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good hours and work life balance. Everyone in the office was very personal and open to getting along. The wage was very reasonable as well.

    Cons

    The office was very slow moving at time and I found myself getting very bored at times. The projects also weren't the best that said I was working there during the summer which is their slow season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Two words... Pinball machine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Membership Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Department was very welcoming, work was challenging and interesting.

    Cons

    Offices were in basement of building so underground and no windows.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    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.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago

    Pros

    Knowledgable community that understands intricacies of the art world. The respect and reputation of the organization opens opportunities that would not otherwise be accessible.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy difficult to navigate and individual job structure not well defined.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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