The Art Institute of Tampa

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The Art Institute of Tampa Reviews

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  1.  

    Fulfilling work educating students and excellent co-workers, but poor pay, no benefits, and no chance of advancement.

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Instructor in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at The Art Institute of Tampa full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fulfilling and satisfying work helping students achieve their career goals. Dedicated co-workers and a collegial and professional work environment. Truly dedicated to providing students an excellent education. Part time and adjunct employees eligible to participate in 401(k) program with company match and immediate vesting.

    Cons

    Poor pay considering hours worked and need for a master's degree. Only paid for contact hours - actual classroom time - and not for planning, preparation, grading, etc. Little to no opportunity to become full time, almost entire teaching staff is adjunct. Hours limited to 28 or less to avoid ACA requirements. Other than 401(k) eligibility, no other benefits at all. If you are sick and need to miss a class your pay is docked. Company performance is down, and there have been several rounds of layoffs, although these did not affect teaching positions, however almost all support personnel are now gone. No job security at all, and no knowledge of how many (or indeed if any at all) classes you may be teaching from quarter to quarter. The Tampa campus has suffered from a leadership vacuum, with more than 12 campus presidents over the past six years. Parent company (EDMC) is under extreme scrutiny (along with other large for-profit private colleges) from department of justice and is facing a multi-billion dollar government lawsuit for defrauding on student loans. Student population is dropping, and campus is contracting, resulting in fewer teaching opportunities in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You talk of focusing on the students, but do not back that up by your actions. Eliminating positions and forcing students to use online only resources for guidance, registration, and other assistance is not focusing on the students, it is focusing on the bottom line. How do you expect to attract and retain excellent teachers when there is no career path or job security of any kind?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Incompetence!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Art Institute of Tampa

    Pros

    Good job if you like no supervision and no chance for moving up within the company. They did have good parking and some nice people working there, but it was the employees that made it good, as far as management- they were the incompetence!

    Cons

    No training at all!! ( Or at least what any Professional organization would consider training) Be prepared to be set up for failure! Training is not watching 10 year old videos of which most of the things they covered are obsolete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start by hiring a trainer and don't rely on corporate to do everything for you. Eventually they will figure out they don't need you. Stop underpaying staff. Show some modicum of leadership.

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

    Terrible place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Art Institute of Tampa (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Students made it worth working there. Other than that, nothing positive.

    Cons

    Constant turn over, yearly lay offs. No job security. Poor management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start respecting your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Meeting revenue goals is more important than either students or employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    I worked at The Art Institute of Tampa full-time

    Pros

    The students and some employees

    Cons

    Recruitment and financial aid tactics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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 Institute of Tampa

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

  7.  

    good place to start if you are early in your career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Art Institute of Tampa

    Pros

    Good training in how to do the job, product knowledge, relatively simple job but hard work (volume of phone calls, sales process, etc.

    Cons

    very numbers driven, can be difficult to go to other departments, once you start in admissions your stuck in admissions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none really....a lot of the changes should come from corporate rather than the director of admissions

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