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Illinois Institute of Art Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
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  1.  

    It has been rewarding

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    Current Employee - Associate Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Illinois Institute of Art full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Personal growth and purpose, decent compensation

    Cons

    Hours are not very good, culture is changing for the worst

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees to be professionals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Nice local people

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    Current Employee - Academic Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Academic Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Illinois Institute of Art full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Local folks were great until DRay showed up. Corporate folks are morons.

    Cons

    All about the money--ethical or not

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know and respect your own people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Good Luck!

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    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Illinois Institute of Art full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Students who otherwise would have no option to go to school have an open door to higher education.

    Cons

    Compensation was weak, organizational structure is top heavy and chaotic. Looking only to stay afloat versus long term student success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The morale at your company is dismal! Do something to change that and maybe prospective students/ continuing students will believe you care. They may even be more inclined to enroll/continue knowing that you care about them finishing their education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    ILIA is a poorly run for profit school.

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Faculty in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Illinois Institute of Art full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Faculty are professional and caring

    Cons

    Management is poor and lacking in numerous areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure it out. Its about students

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Selling an education that doesn't deliver.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Illinois Institute of Art full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, relatively easy job.

    Cons

    Sales driven environment for education, which doesn't make any sense. This is a purely numbers-driven job. The education offered for prospective students should be questioned. Do your research before accepting a job. Company who operates Ai is in numerous lawsuits for questionable advising to prospective students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of going after number of enrollments and applications, the school should focus on improving its educational standards (minimum GPA requirement is between a 2.0-2.5 for most programs) and quality of teaching. They should nurture an environment of learning, not one of money and number of applications. People who go here are severely disadvantaged after graduating and have far too much debt for an education that might not pay off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    All about $$$$

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Illinois Institute of Art full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to meet some very talented students, location is great and pay is comparable to other schools in the area.

    Cons

    The company only cares about the bottom line and not the students. Career growth opportunities are poor. Management does not have foresight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Educated yourselves on your department and employees. Work with them and not against them. Focus on the students and helping them become successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Lay offs due to corporate restructuring

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Illinois Institute of Art full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Students and Teachers are interested in learning and education.
    Good faculty and motivated students that are interested in ready to work educational programming.

    Cons

    Numerous managerial issues, low stock price, poor management of assets, questionable sales tactics, federal investigation, owned by parent company Goldman Sachs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    If toxic is what you want, then work here.

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    Former Employee - Does IT Matter? Having A Job IS Not Good News Here in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Does IT Matter? Having A Job IS Not Good News Here in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Illinois Institute of Art full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits (401K, medical) are ok.

    Cons

    Monetary compensation is well below industry standard, Management offers little to no support to the staff/faculty, Layoffs have been/are continuing to happen. workload is extremely excessive. Environment is very toxic. Morale is extremely low. The culture of this workplace is one of just anticipating to be the next to get the axe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I suppose selling the company to an entity that cares about more than the bottom line is out of the question?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    An okay place to adjunct

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    Current Employee - Gen Ed Indstrictor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Gen Ed Indstrictor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Illinois Institute of Art

    Pros

    Quarter schedule at AI can fill holes between semesters at other schools. Dept heads are nice, deans are okay (typical bosses). Students make it special - this is a different crowd than a community college!

    Cons

    Salary is okay, limit to number of classes assigned per year. AI faculty needs a union real bad!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time communicating to faculty in general. Be more visible in committees and try to at least appear more decentralized and open.

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