Art Institute of Chicago Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

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


  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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  3. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    End the silos and departmentalization, lower tuition.


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    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago

    Pros

    While most of the staff are pleasant and nice on the front, there is definitely a sense of competive spirit as a collective whole and amongst individuals. This can work as a pro and con.

    Cons

    Yes, agree with previous comment the place is "highly inbred." Most employees have ties to SAIC or AIC. Collegial atmosphere may be a bit clicky. Despite Trip Advisor's ranking as #1 museum in world, the employee experience may be lacking compared to the visitor experience. There are some communication issues regarding interdepartamental policies and procedures that suprised me. This may be somewhat unavoidable as a large institute. Difficult to get useful feedback on performance upon completion of projects. Also, certain departments may not provide as much mentorship to interns.

    Advice to Management

    Watch out for intentional snubbing and competition among employees. This is especially true among the temporary employees looking to get hired permanently.


  6. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    no comment


  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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.


  8. Teaching Assistant

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    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    management is friendly and willing to talk to employer, no overtime, opportunities to learn things we haven't experienced before, large collections of equipments

    Cons

    Bulky administration and long process to everything. Resources are at many case not shared, department within themselves like to keep equipment to themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Keep resources of the school open. Acquire more space rather than letting people fight for their spaces, creating conflict of departments. Students should have access to everything for interdisciplinary learning.


  9. Non-profit Environment Challenging

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    World class art collection. Amazing benefits including 30 days of PTO to start plus holidays. Free entry to other local museums.

    Cons

    Very low pay is standard with non-profits in general and AIC is no exception. Benefits and work life balance sold me on the job initially. Inexperienced management a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay to be competetive. Retail shops managment is terrible and trickles down from well-meaning but incompetent people at the top.


  10. Ajunct Instructor at SAIC

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

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Creative, stimulating environment with great facilities. Lot's of eager students and staff who are always pushing new ideas.

    Cons

    A bit dog eat dog as an adjunct instructor. Too difficult to get enough work to get by. Students also have a bit too much power over instructors' futures.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure what to say really. I'm just filling in this because this website insists on it.


  11. Bobo

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    really relaxed, business casual, creative co-workers

    Cons

    sometimes the student population isn't exactly inspiring

    Advice to Management

    Allow motorcycles to park at Columbus drive



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