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It's all about which group you work for

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Admissions
Current Employee - Admissions

I have been working at Academy of Art University full-time

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

Pros

Diverse workplace, talented students and instructors to work with, great industry events. Some departments are stable, with responsible, fair, and competent managers. Generous President/CEO. Compensation is good for revenue-generating departments. Employees who are committed to growing the campus community and improving student experience.

Cons

Not enough time off. HR policies not uniform across the company. HR dept not there to support or protect employees- only have the backs of upper management. Upper management severely out-of-touch with needs of employees. High turnover, unrealistic work expectations, demoralizing environment, management decisions often do not make sense (Admissions). Open admission policy makes it hard for academic departments to maintain academic integrity as so many students are unprepared or poor performers.

Advice to Management

Admissions and HR only-- Your employees work in a Draconian environment that does not foster growth or positive support. Bravo for hiring so many great people, but you are not keeping them around with micro-management and intimidation, as many others have posted here. Employees feel like they do robot-work with endless calls and emails, and are paranoid to take bathroom breaks or ask for time off for a dentist appointment. The office increasingly feels like a mill run by robber-barons.

Listen to your employees. Invest in them instead of treating them like they are disposable. If people are so unhappy how is it possible that upper management staff and policies never change? Nobody wants to say anything to HR because we know our criticisms and suggestions will not be considered and may expose us.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Careful!

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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