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A Living Nightmare

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Seattle, WA

I worked at The Art Institutes full-time (Less than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

Pros

Great views and neighborhood
Some of the faculty really seem to care about the welfare of the students
My co-workers...we were all in this together like captives on a slave ship

Cons

Unrealistic metrics
Excessively high turnover
A negative attitude hangs over the work environment like a fog on Elliott Bay
Managers play favorites and make no bones about it
The "leads" are old lists of people who at one time or another made an inquiry. They can be 10 days or 10 years old. You will continue to call the same people and infuriate them.
Most of the managers do not have a clue. They do not work well with others and are only there to berate people and micromanage them.
There is no work/life balance. It is all about work.
At least two nights each week you are required to work until 8pm
Very few weekends off. There are always Open Houses and other such events to sucker prospects and their families into coming to the campus
Micromanaging 24/7
Wins are not celebrated but those who are failing are called out in front of everyone
Lack of motivation is directly attributable to how people are treated here

Advice to Management

Do 360 degree reviews and actually take stock in the feedback that you receive
Develop an actual training program for new hires
Take care of your people...they are your greatest resource and your turnover is higher than most fast food restaurants
Tell Goldman Sachs to back off and stop treating this place like a corporate farm

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  1. The students is what makes you want to stay.

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    EDMC runs this place like a well oiled machine. This is a professional business so many aspects of the structure are implemented and presented in an organized matter.
    Great benefits and PTO
    Great students with fresh minds
    Awesome people to work with

    Cons

    Everything is based on metrics: especially Admissions
    You start to feel guilty like you have sold your soul, the this gets to you.
    Staff and Faculty that have been with the company for a long time seem to use seniority to their advantage.
    FREE Employee education is really "you pay first. They pay you back."
    PTO doesn't matter since they really don't want you to take time off
    You realize the students that graduate haven't really picked up any skills.
    To start to realize they students aren't getting what they are paying for., the students start to question Admissions, Career Services, Student Services and a Financial Aid.

    Advice to Management

    EDMC needs to reevaluate the way it's running The Art Institutes across the company. When people get laid off it looks horrible on the students and they realize what's going on. Treat employees with respect, they actually care for the students you view as dollar signs.


  2. Horrible company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    There are good faculty that care about the students. There is also a great work/ life balance (as long as you don't get stressed out about your job security.)

    Cons

    Corrupt, misleading, manipulative middle management and corporate. Always at risk of losing you job if you're not meeting their completely unrealistic goals. They give you no training and set you up to fail. They don't care about employees or students.

    Advice to Management

    Address reason for extremely high turn over rate. Take time to listen to students and employees without retaliation.


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