Art Institute of Washington

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Art Institute of Washington Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
12 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great starter job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Art Institute of Washington

    Pros

    Competitive salary, professional environment, nice facilities.

    Cons

    High turnover, no job security, benefits package.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In a no commission sales environment, employees really need to be supported by their leaders if you want them to stay motivated. Support means being helpful, assertive, and showing appreciation. Not dismissive, disrespectful and ungrateful.

  2.  

    Lack of resources for both students and staff for expensive prices

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Art Institute of Washington full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is flexibility but you will find yourself working alot. even on holidays and weekends.

    Cons

    training, goals, resources, attitudes of staff. and the health insurance plan is not the best plus you have to pay high prices to park at work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "What have you don for me lately" I have heard managers actually say that. Turn over is extremely high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    AWESOME!!!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Receptionist Office Work  in  Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Receptionist Office Work in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Art Institute of Washington full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I never took my job for granted!!! It was such a fun and creative atmosphere. I met both new and current students and staff. There was always someone, who needed SOMETHING from our office. I loved my co-workers and honestly, I regret constantly that I had to leave there..

    Cons

    No down time!!! We were always busy, but more so during registration periods. This job can and did get very overwhelming to the wrong person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of my supervisors and management were truly awesome and always helpful.

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  5.  

    Good training but hard core pressure...

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    Current Employee - Recruiter  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Art Institute of Washington full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There was flexibility with time off but if you are not hitting quota it was very frowned upon to ever take a day off. If you did hit it you would take days off but only to find out you were now behind and had to catch up.

    Cons

    There was way to many clicks, to much pressure to produce and not much trainign. I feel they need to relax on the quota and focus omore on the students and what they need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Too big to fail for-profit education that keeps stockholders happy with earnings and grad success samples.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Art Institute of Washington full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Hard working colleagues are many and interfacing with students is exhilarating and endless.

    Cons

    Compensation matches industry standards, but professional development and human capital management is non existent. Annual layoffs is business as usual. Tenured associates not likely to warm up to replacements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what works cause respect is coming.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    run away

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Washington, DC

    I worked at Art Institute of Washington full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    none, literally, there is nothing positive to say about this place, unless you like vindictive managers and scamming people of low economic status' out of money

    Cons

    Scam, no ethics, no respect for students or their welfare, on top of that, it's falling apart, mail stacked to the ceiling, out of date computers that break down constantly, you literally have to bring your own pens and paper because it isn't provided

  8.  

    Lack of communication

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Art Institute of Washington full-time

    Pros

    The love of teaching goes a long way to remaining positive for many.

    Cons

    Increased expectations without raises comparable to cost of living, lack of communication, pressures from the economy, state of higher education, and the government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate goals clearly and seek buy-in from the ground up rather than all top-down. The lack of communication creates a culture of distrust that is noticed by the consumers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    It's a job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Art Institute of Washington part-time

    Pros

    Students are most fun, although they range from brilliant to shouldn't have been allowed to graduate from high school. Some name recognition for college. Some flexibility in selecting days of week and times of courses.

    Cons

    Part-time faculty come and go daily. Company does not value them and provide very little in the way of resources. Feedback to faculty is minimal, salary for what is expected is poor. School finds it more convenient to employ multiple, constantly changing, part-timers than one devoted full-time faculty member.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I recognize that parent company EDMC is for-profit, but impact of constantly recruiting part-time faculty has to be hurting bottomline. Do you want us to stay or not?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    A pathetic place to work

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    Former Employee - Instructor  in  Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Art Institute of Washington full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The location in Rosslyn is nice and Metro accessible.

    Cons

    This institution is poorly managed, faculty and staff are not valued and are made to feel dispensable. Management is only interested in the bottom line, so all decisions are made based on money, not what is best for the institution as a whole. The reputation of this "college" in the community is very negative. Having AIW on your resume will probably work against you when you leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider shutting down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    My Very Short Stay

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Art Institute of Washington full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -You meet some very interesting students
    -Get to sit on classes
    -Graduations are awesome. Get to see great student work

    Cons

    -It's a sales job, if you dont hit your numbers, you will be out of there in no time
    -You spend a lot of time on the phone
    - Very high turnover rate. People where coming and going like crazy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more dynamic workplace environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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