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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)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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?

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Careful!

    • Work/Life Balance
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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 (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exposed to a good product. You will have a different opinion on the Art World and see value in their product

    Cons

    Poor coaching. Poor morale. Disconnected management. Even though they offer free classes, no time to take them. One-on-one with managers consist of reviewing calls, and thats it. This is a call center job, period.

    Advice to Management

    Do not rule out of fear. You have a poor sense of what would keep an employee motivated to stay.


  2. Helpful (1)

    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Show basic respect to your employees.


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