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Fine first job, fresh out of college.

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
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Current Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at The Art Institutes full-time (More than a year)

Pros

I was hired here right after college. Hiring process was very fast, 1st interview Wednesday, second Thursday and hired later that day. Waited 1 week for a background check then was made an official offer. Benefits are good, and after 1 year they make up to 6% match in retirement contributions. Great people!!

Cons

The corporate structure is in the process of centralizing as much as possible. No direct contact between campus employees and corporate employees, except through company portal. After working here a few months, found out that there is very little upward mobility, a co-worker had been in the same position for 10 years (whether by choice or lack of advancement was unapparent). This was definitely a bummer as I am a young motivated employee looking to make my name at a company that so monotonously disregards skill and hard work. There use to be a structure bonus and pay grade evaluation annually, but recent laws have come into effect that inhibit "in-scope" workers at proprietary (for-profit) colleges. These changes removed incentives and bonuses from the Admission and Financial Aid departments as it was seen as incentive to use illegal recruiting techniques and cutting corners in financial aid process... Basically whether you are great or lousy at your job you get paid and rewarded the same way. The year I started, the company RE-instituted a company wide 3% pay raise, which wasn't the worse thing ever.

Advice to Management

Campus level management was great, Former Director and current Director are fantastic people and couldn't ask for a better team to work with. Campus President is an awesome guy who makes a point to talk to everyone and get to know EVERYONE on the campus!!! Corporate: think before you act. Several changes were made to centralize certain processed of jobs around campus. This generally was a simple change that had a catastrophic effect downhill from where they were sitting. This one time they had us audit all 1,600 student files to make sure authorization page was in all of them and to make sure it matched what the system showed, however did not tell us what this was for.

Other Employee Reviews for The Art Institutes

  1. Helpful Insight

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Art Institutes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company provides great health care benefits.

    Cons

    The environment is very fast pace and employee must learn how to perform many different jobs to achieve the mission of the college. Being an excellent multi-tasker is the key to ones success at the college.


  2. Helpful (2)

    AIP is a case study in the incompatibility of for-profit and education.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Daily contact with talented teachers and prospective students.

    Cons

    Too legion to list: unethical management that habitually breaks laws; abuse of admissions staff; horrible work-life balance; flight and firing of veteran instructors; culture of fear among faculty and staff; hotbed of gender, age, and race discrimination; financial victimization of students.

    Advice to Management

    Get some ethics and stop breaking laws. Expand the school library hours rather than reducing them. Bring back academic advisers because students need them. Stop preying on poor students and students of color. And be honest with everyone about the school closing within the next 3 years.


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