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Updated February 17, 2015
Updated February 17, 2015
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  1.  

    The best place for a student to work.

    Former Employee - Tutor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Tutor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Art Institute part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Getting to know the department faculty was certainly a perk. Easy schedule changes, time to study while working, having the chance to grow a deeper knowledge of equipment through work.

    Cons

    There is no chance for growth and minimal pay.

  2.  

    Enjoyable, one time experience, but I would not recommend teaching here long-term.

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    Current Contractor - Adjunct Professor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Professor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco Art Institute as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Inspiring to work with great students at a respectable school.

    Cons

    The pay is extraordinarily low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Instructor review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Francisco Art Institute

    Pros

    Students are interesting and creative.

    Cons

    No union for instructors to argue for salary increases, benefits, and longevity of employment. Frequent turnover of instructors who are not necessarily valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain instructors and support them with salary increases and benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Not Good...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco Art Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing place! Unbeatable view of the Bay. Incredible history. A gathering of instructors that care about experimentation in the arts.

    Cons

    Rude staff internally and bad staff culture. The HR department and the executive (VPs) cabinet is the WORST. They do not get along and are all bad at some of the things they do, including their attitudes. There is very little effective, efficient, and genuinely amicable communication between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to stop acting with egos and start communicating to staff to get fresh ideas about how to approach work, communication, and efficient ways of doing things. The attitudes of the employees is important, and everyone needs to set an example for everyone else. Common courtesy, cheerfulness, calm and emotionless emails, objective thinking are ALWAYS appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Supportive environment for tutor

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    Former Employee - Peer Tutor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Peer Tutor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Art Institute part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Positive group of students and teachers. Flexible schedule. Highest paid student job on campus.

    Cons

    Some difficulty managing schedules and appointments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think this was under way as I left, but a more comprehensive appointment booking/scheduling system might be helpful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    too many politics for such a small organization

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    Former Contractor - Preferred Not to Say in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Preferred Not to Say in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Art Institute as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    students and faculty-- a pleasure and a joy to work with

    Cons

    ego-driven administration
    low pay, long hours, not much thanks, and never ending reactionary policies
    high number of visiting faculty--who have been there for decades without benefits
    low number of tenured faculty
    high tuition for poorly functioning or non-working facilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing that i say would help. they believe they know all the answers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Major changes for the better

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    Current Employee - Administration in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administration in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco Art Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A real "team" working to serve terrific students, artists, and the Bay Area community. Smart, effective, lovely co-workers. Spectacular history, historic building, best views in the city. Plans for exciting new grad studios and gallery on a pier in SF Bay. Plans to hire new tenure faculty.

    Cons

    Historic building has major drawbacks: often cold and damp; many windowless offices. Financial constraints of a dedicated, nonprofit art institute. Impacted full-time faculty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise more donated dollars to improve learning and work spaces. More scholarships for struggling students.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    WTF

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    Former Employee - Visiting Faculty in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Visiting Faculty in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Art Institute part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    the amazing view of the bay, great cafe'; engaging students; free parking

    Cons

    antiquated chief financial officer; the politics, the ass-kissing Dean, dysfunctional senior management team;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    is the sfai curriculum relevant for today's or tomorrow's technology?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    dedicated and hardworking employees make this place a joy to work at

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    Former Employee - Painting Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Painting Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Art Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    the faculty, students and staff. The campus is located in Russian Hill and over looks San Francisco Bay to east, Coit Tower to the south

    Cons

    horrible upper management, no real insight to what the day-to-day struggles are of the staff. Everything is top down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have more meetings for staff and faculty to get together and discuss issues. The information and know-how from the us worker bees is a wealth of knowledge, but rarely heeded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Tutor

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tutor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Tutor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Art Institute part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom of expression in campus

    Cons

    Changing management and policy frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay faculty more, with students paying so much, both groups have unrealistic and unmatching expectations.

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