The Art Institutes (HQ)

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Fulfilling job helping youth in college selection..

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Current Employee - HSR
Current Employee - HSR

I have been working at The Art Institutes (HQ) full-time

Pros

Independent, engaging, team, freedom, enjoyable

Cons

Micro management at times, numbers game

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Money is the bottom line, not the students or providing a quality education.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions

    I worked at The Art Institutes (HQ) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and compensation, the work is (mind-numbingly) easy.

    Cons

    It's EXTREMELY obvious that this company only cares about money, money, money. I understand it's a for-profit college, but even so, dollar signs should NOT come before the well-being of the students. As an Assistant Director of Admissions (which is NOTHING more than a telemarketing position), you're frequently told to do whatever it takes to get students to pay the $50 application fee the day they come in the school to tour, whether they're legitimately interested, or can afford it, or not. You have quotas to fill and that's what it always comes down to. If you can't convince a student to apply, you're supposed to bring in a Director to try and convince/harass them into doing so that day, no matter how adamant the student may be that they can't/don't want to. I've seen numerous students who were convinced to start at the school, despite the fact that they honestly can't really afford it - there are a number of students who can't afford their own food or hygiene items, and yet, it's somehow in their "best interest" to pay upwards of $80k for this school.
    Also, the education is NOT worth the fee attached. At all. The programs are all over-priced, the admissions requirements are a joke (no SAT/ACT, a 150 word "essay", and a minimum GPA of 1.5, although I know for a fact students with GPAs lower than that were admitted), and even BFA programs that should be rather competitive to get into have NO portfolio or admissions requirements beyond those for regular admission to the college.
    Aside from that, the ADA position is severely mis-sold. It's essentially a telemarketing position, the end. You spend at least 80% of your day on the phone calling "leads", who are often people who were put on a to-call list because they happened to click on a check-box while applying for a job or scholarship online. You're required to make a certain number of phone calls every day (usually 100+) and out of those, MUST set a certain number of admissions tours/appointments. There's an EXTREME amount of micromanaging and phone calls are frequently recorded/tracked to make sure you're making the exact number you should be. Most of the schools are having trouble reaching their admissions goals, which corporate counters by setting completely unrealistic goals for the ADAs. Work hours are long and irregular, regularly requiring late evenings and full work days on Saturdays. Turnover is high and there were a lot of layoffs in just the short time I was there.
    Also, while I can't speak for every location, at mine, there was an EXTREME fostering of favoritism, back-stabbing, and generally childish behavior. You'd think grown adults would be beyond acting like high-school students, but apparently not.

    Pass on this place. The pay isn't worth the stress, at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start valuing your employees more, stop viewing your students as dollar signs.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2.  

    Great opportunities to move around, but poor management within the C-Suite

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Art Institutes (HQ) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of autonomy and room to growth within the company

    Cons

    Low employee engagement; regular layoffs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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