The Art Institute of California- Orange County

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The Art Institute of California- Orange County Reviews

Updated December 23, 2014
Updated December 23, 2014
11 Reviews
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The Art Institute of California- Orange County President Gregory J. Marick
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  1.  

    It is what you make of it

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at The Art Institute of California- Orange County full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - later hours (Sometimes I work 11-8.. can be a benefit or con)
    - working with creative students! this is definitely the plus.
    - working with a diverse group of people

    Cons

    - late hours
    - departmental differences/politics
    - constant changes that are exciting at first but do not always get implemented

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great school poor management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Art Institute of California- Orange County full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Students are simply a joy to work with, interesting subject matter. Gives creative people outlet to develop themselves. Salaries competitive with experience. Great group of people to work with staff and faculty.

    Cons

    Upper management only looks at things from a macro perspective. Local human resources is not helpful. The campus is trying to adjust to market changes but very reactive instead of proactive. Cuts in employee benefits. Inconsistent campus leadership. With many years of cuts and increase workloads campus moral is down. Cutback in resources which is starting to affect ability to meet increase expectations. Perception of upper management is that they don't care or appreaceate faculty or staff efforts. Increase expectations and job responsibilities with no assistance of how to manage or work with limited resources other that "do you job. "

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to innovate and take steps to listen to you faculty and staff on the needs of the campus. You have amazing talent here but not enough resources. To not manage by fear or reactivity but by innovation and personal accountability. This needs to start with our campus leadership all the way to corporate leadership. Get a local PR and increase efforts to increase positive brand of the campus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work as a student worker

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Peer Tutor in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at The Art Institute of California- Orange County part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, workload is average, but you still have time to work on personal assignments. There was a lot of trust in the area I worked on, so, most of the time I was unsupervised.

    Cons

    Pay is a little bit low for what I was doing.
    Also, since you are working with other student workers, some of them are immature, and they do not understand they are in a real job, instead of just, doing whatever they want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regardless of how much I liked to be trusted, and appreciate that trust, there is people who is not capable of working on their own. Please, be a little bit more strict with your student workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Being Faculty used to be about education...

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    Current Employee - Faculty in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Faculty in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at The Art Institute of California- Orange County full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The only remaining pro is getting through to the students that want to grow and learn. Working with the students is the only reward you should hope to receive.

    Oh, and it's a teaching schedule, so you can get a couple weeks off twice a year.

    Cons

    Management is a revolving door. Many of the staff making schedules for classes don't actually understand course material and how the classes they are offering/not offering impact the students.

    Admissions convinces anything with a pulse that they can afford this school and want a degree here - despite an often lack of motivation or aptitude. This results in many students who have no interest in actually working towards a completed degree and take time away from the students who actually want your guidance.

    Courses are being handed down from corporate in an attempt to homogenize classes. The result is new course names with fancy buzzwords that don't actually allow basic courses to appropriately lead into intermediate or advanced classes. Students in advanced classes are often left ill prepared to complete assignments due to this (and the above mentioned scheduling issues).

    And don't come here looking for career advancement - there have not been a pay increase for several years and many of the Department Director jobs have been removed in favor of Corporate handing down department decisions and online registration.

    I could go on, but the short story is that the parent company was bought out by a financial institution and it unfortunately seems that they are looking to milk this system for every penny before the government comes in and regulates it - at the expense of the students and faculty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Awful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at The Art Institute of California- Orange County full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Location, that is all I can say.

    Cons

    No training program, bad work environment, absolutely no team work, horrible pay, no one cares about your growth, it was an overall bad experience because of the people working there because everyone hated their job and they are completely understaffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to help out your associates instead of micro-managing the volume of phone calls and coach them on the qualities of their phone calls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good campus within an organization that's going through a lot of change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at The Art Institute of California- Orange County full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The Art Institute of California-Orange County has amazing faculty, staff, and students. They are a very talented group of people. Compensation is above industry norm and their facilities are fantastic. Leadership wants to grow the campus.

    Cons

    The Art institutes are going through a lot of change. It is not uncommon for a new policy or practice to be initiated by corporate with the campus left to figure out the details. Low moral is present.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Attention All Salespeople...

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at The Art Institute of California- Orange County full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of my coworkers were great, some of the students were great and it was in California so the weather was nice most of the time too. Good benefits if you are full-time.

    Cons

    You will feel more like a retail sales person then a professional. Behind the 'we care about our students" marking tag line, the real and only goal is to keep the school churning out as many students as possible to maintain its high profit margin.

    Most staff meeting revolve around this principle as an undertone to the topic of the day. You will be pushed to market the school on a regular basis instead of growing as a professional or focusing on the students needs. More show then tell.

    The place is also a job mill. The turnover rate is high at all levels. This is due of the constant waves of lay-offs ignited by a huge lawsuit filed against them by the US Government alleging student loan fraud.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit selling the students on pie in the sky jobs for half baked education. This is why the student get so disgruntled a year into it. You are not a top tier school and you never will be. Stop selling that to the students and bring the job expectation level down to the real world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at The Art Institute of California- Orange County full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are great. Going to work was fun.

    Cons

    Quotas are always a bummer... but it is a JOB. Work hard and it definitely pays off!
    The hours can also be long, so this isn't a good job if you have a big family waiting for you to come home every night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be Clicky

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    mixed feelings

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at The Art Institute of California- Orange County full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    the management is encouraging and do recognize good results and hard work. working with kids and having the feeling that you're helping them with their future is pretty fun and fulfilling. good benefits and working in a somewhat artistic setting.

    Cons

    scheduling can be inconvenient for a good work-life balance. required to work a later shift at least two times a week. required to work some saturdays and holidays. a lot of turnover as the department is quite large itself. there also seems to be a lot of competitive personalities, which is positive and negative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start realizing that there are some people who are not looking out for the best interest of the students and are just looking to meet "numbers."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    admissions

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Art Institute of California- Orange County

    Pros

    It's a great school with great students and a wonderful state. You feel important when you get to impact a student's decision to go to school.

    Cons

    It's a sales environment and I'm not sure if that's something that can be helped. You have to get used to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work/life balance is not the greatest at all. It's sometimes difficult to coordinate time off based off of start dates.

    No opinion of CEO

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