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this job could be so much more

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Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions
Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions

I have been working at The Art Institutes

Pros

great benefits, free education, joy of watching people progress in their life goals. it is a great place to go to school for the students with creativity encouraged and embraced. company is solid and there is ability to move between universities in the company with many locations across country. There is good training but the manuals haven't been updated since the stone age. It's 2008!

Cons

very rigid about work life balance and bringing departments into new millenium, stuck on old school thinking especially at it relates to recruiting. In the recruiting department it is all numbers driven how many people you've called, how many you've signed how many start, how many complete degree. Let the people on the front lines make the job more efficient. Let us work in teams and give recognition

Advice to Management

loosen up and listen to your employees we can be a lot more productive and happy with less micro managing and option to work remotely instead of in a pit of people screaming to hear on telephones

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    Decent pay and benefits, but poor quality working environment

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    Former Employee - Career Services in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Career Services in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at The Art Institutes

    Pros

    In my position the salary was fair and reasonable, and we had good benefits. I really enjoyed my colleagues and the atmosphere among most employees was friendly and collaborative.

    Cons

    The working environment was less than satisfactory. Rules and policies were applied unevenly across departments and within departments based on the people in management. In a relatively short period of time the President's position turned over several times and several key management staff were fired along with support staff fired. Employees were treated as expendable in a "numbers" game to meet recruitment goals. In a college atmosphere, education was given a back burner to making money.

    Advice to Management

    You need to provide consistent application of policies and procedures across departments. The atmosphere was tense because of the conflict of interest going on in terms of providing education and bringing up recruitment numbers. Students were treated like commodities. Stability in leadership and improving the background and skill set of several of your key Executive Committee members is essential to sucessfully grow the organization and have retention of quality employees.

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    The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division - A mixed bag.

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    Current Employee - Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at The Art Institutes

    Pros

    This is a very fast growing division of Education Management Corporation. There is tremendous potential for advancement. EDMC is an extremely large corporation that owns three schools - The Art Institutes, Argosy University, and South University. Each of these schools has an online division as well as numerous ground campuses. The company is currently privately owned but is considering going public.

    Cons

    High turnover. Unrealistic goals. No consideration of work/life balance. Poor leadership that shows little respect for employees. Senior management is two-faced. Overall, the workforce is very young and inexperienced. Even lower level managers have little experience. If you have a family and value balance, management looks down upon you. Employees are bullied to work overtime and Saturdays. If you don't put in the extra hours, management considers you disloyal.

    Advice to Management

    Look in the mirror. Care about your employees. Don't say 'it's not about the numbers' when it truly is all about the numbers!

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