Academy of Art University

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Poor misguided Academy of Art.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Academy of Art University (more than 8 years)

Pros

If it wasn't for the amazing people who work at and attend this school I probably would have stopped beating this dead horse a long time ago. That and the pleasure of being around the artistically minded keep me treading water.

Cons

I can't count the amount of times I've heard an Academy employee talking about how they were lead down the garden path, cheated out of benefits or treated poorly by management. The response is generally "Oh, thats just the Academy way." It seems to be common knowledge that the Academy is a lackluster employer who is more concerned with filling the pockets of the elite than providing a quality work environment or producing quality artists. It's a pity.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You were founded to be a school, to educate and support people as well as a business. But when did the extra buck cause you to sacrifice your moral soul and break the hearts of your employees? Aren't you tired of having no one having anything nice to say?

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    High Turnover in Admissions

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    -They hire really great people and you will make friends quickly.
    -No overtime

    Cons

    -High turnover
    -Extremely strict office "behavior rules" that cover everything from internet usage to when you are allowed to speak with your coworkers.
    - No one in upper management lasts for very long leading to constantly changing expectations.
    -Little to no room for advancement.
    -Your lunch and breaks are strictly timed.
    -More of a business that an educational institution.
    -Vacation blackouts for almost half the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show basic respect to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible

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

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

    Pros

    The ONLY good part about working here is the Christmas party. No joke, that's it.

    Cons

    Employees are treated like children, not trusted to do the job they are hired to do. Excessive micromanagement, favoritism for no good reason, no growth opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more faith in your employees and support them with positive reinforcement rather than scaring people into doing their job. Your methods clearly aren't working as you have people quitting a month after being hired--consistently.

    Disapproves of CEO
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