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Demanding work in a startup type environment. Unique opportunity.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

Working in collegiate athletics is always fun. Locale is great, staff is young. Program is on the up and up.

Cons

Odd hours that are customary to working in sports.

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  1. Admissions Representative at AAU was the worst job I ever had

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

    I worked at Academy of Art University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The locations in San Francisco are in great buildings and interesting parts of the city. One of the benefits is that you can take classes at AAU, but be forewarned- you will get stuck paying the taxes for the class even if AAU pays for the class tuition.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a supportive work environment, then look elsewhere. AAU is the opposite of a professional work environment. Many of the staff were very smart and motivated however the smart ones end up leaving because of the management. There is a very large turn around and constant hiring for new admissions staff because people are running away and people are getting fired often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees as if you trust that they will succeed rather than the opposite. Don't view people as disposable. Hire quality managers who are supportive, positive and smart.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO
  2. A Stepping Stone to the Next Best Thing

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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)

    Pros

    Salary is sufficient to the cost of living. The location is great. Your co-workers are great people...once you are allowed to talk to them. In all honesty, this place is perfect if you are looking to build your resume or save some money with a decent salary.

    Cons

    The amount of micro-management is ridiculous...almost suffocating. It is to the point where the managers will chide you for long bathroom breaks, 2 minutes over the 15 minutes break and chatting with your neighbor. This is a strict call center where you will be judged on the amount of phone calls you made, how many students you registered and how you 'engaged' a student in their discussion about education. You can tell that most employees are terrified that they will lose their jobs because they called out sick or that their numbers weren't high enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop threatening your employees and listen to them....but of course this will never change. Treating people like they are disposable is reprehensible- including students. This should be a real educational institution instead of a profiteering student-loan corporation.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO
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