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Art Institute of Chicago Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
29 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 an 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 Employee - Summer Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago as an intern (less than an 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.  

    Creative, nice enviroment

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    This review is for the Media production Bureau of the School of the Art Institute. Out clients are internal and varied. Not a fast paced environment allows for personal projects and experimentation. There are many opportunities to learn new tools and technologies. Is a good place to work if one is looking for interesting projects to work on, but no for get a high salary

    Cons

    Since the institutional nature of this place, a lot of red tape needs to be dealt with in order to get new projects approval and/or support. There are many department that don't always communicate well with each other. This can cause delays and double efforts. New full time positions are rarely available,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  9.  

    Loved it

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    Current Employee - Guest Services in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Guest Services in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Met many interesting people. Beautiful working conditions. Very supportive and kind supervisors

    Cons

    None. It was one of the most enjoyable jobs I ever had.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Very dynamic institution

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    Current Employee - Professor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Professor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The School side of the Art Institute is a very mobile, dynamic, unpredictable institution that likes to be off the charts. It is one of the world's leading institutions of its type.

    Cons

    Benefits are excellent in comparison to other institution of its type. In the School part time faculty can obtain health insurance. Promotions are usually handled very carefully although there have been exceptions and departments have too much control over the process, that is, not enough oversight from the administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The administration in the School has been minimal. It was originally all faculty (artists) and that made it very disorganized and inefficient. That is changing rapidly and there is now professiornal administration staff. However in my opinion the institution should be careful not to expand too much in that way. The dynamic nature of the institution depends on being artist-run as much as possible.

    Recommends
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  11.  

    Great experience working with a small group of students.

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Troy, MI

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Professional growth and friendly environment.

    Cons

    The institution is still growing, so there are some transitional challenges sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a mentoring network.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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