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The Art Institutes (HQ) Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
97 Reviews

2.5
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The Art Institutes (HQ) President George Sebolt
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working with students who all have a similar and positive life goal (in 3 reviews)

  • Good benefits and compensation, the work is (mind-numbingly) easy (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance is awful, it's very difficult to manage your personal life when you're always at work (in 5 reviews)

  • Managers/senior management do/does not know how to lead (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fun job, but the future looks bad.

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    Former Employee - High School Representative
    Former Employee - High School Representative

    Pros

    Flexibility, decent pay, fun job, great people. Make your own schedule. Summers are very laid back.

    Cons

    The future of proprietary schools is not bright. Lay offs are happening and it doesn't matter how good you are.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Encouraged to learn and do things independently.

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    Former Employee - Student Worker  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Student Worker in San Antonio, TX

    Pros

    Being able to complete tasks independently. Micromanaging was absent with him, he would give out tasks every month and would let you be in control of your own deadlines. He understands the needs of the students and is very reasonable with sick time. He was a great manager.

    Cons

    Tasks were sometimes out of pay grade. The pay was horrible. It could be pretty stressful at times with dealing with management higher then him. The senior managers do not hire enough employees to manage daily operations properly. So you will have much more work then your pay reflects. They take advantage of the student workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Long term student workers should have the opportunity to go to a different department not based on just personal needs of the management but by needs of the daily operations. Higher management could keep control of his own staff so that would fall on lower management i.e Steven Parker. It would be stressful for not only him but all the employees as a whole.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    I am impressed that the staff here make it clear that the needs of the students are of the highest priority.

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    Current Employee - Student Worker (Receptionist)  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Student Worker (Receptionist) in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    As a student worker, my views of the staff and the corporate environment may be biased however observing the way they interface with potential students as well as current students, this is not just a numbers game to them.

    Cons

    As a Student Worker, I can definitely say that I view the Admissions staff and instructors with a slightly biased eye. I like most of them as people as well as "subject matter experts."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sunnyvale campus: On site upper management are fairly new to this campus so all I will ask is that look at your students (new and senior) to help add flare and inspiration while attempting to "spruce up" the office image. That first impression, as we all know, can make the difference.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Stay away- all the wrong people are in control.

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty

    Pros

    By the time I left - not much.

    Cons

    The worst thing to witness by far is the wasted potential. I watched over the years as the standards for admission dwindled away, funds were cut, and executive micro managing became the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop putting profits before quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Don't Do It

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Fast paced sales environment. working with kids.

    Cons

    their graduation rates are crap, they promise kids a future in low paying careers, and there are no requirements for admission. In admissions they con you the same way they con the students, but you don't actually make a good or positive impact on people's lives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more and be ethically sound

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    One of the worst places to work, in my entire working career.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions EDMC ONLINE HIGHER ED  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions EDMC ONLINE HIGHER ED in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Not many! feel sorry for new hires at the Cotton Center location in Phoenix Arizona. Pros new hires continue to look for other employment, use what ever position you get at the Art Institutes of Pittsburgh Online for a pay-check,

    Cons

    New hires don't know what they are in for, they will find out soon enough. low morale, leadership uses bullying techniques. Managers especially those in Finance and Admissions treat team members that are not the favorites like dirt! Plus there are those in leadership positions that don't know their jobs Directors and Managers. Plus they use their power like they are ruling over their own personal kingdom. If you are a person of color forget about ever being seriously considered for a leadership position! Beware EDMC stock is less that $2 a share that speaks volumes. Everyone who leaves on their own or are let go have a better quality of life because they are away from the negative and evil energy that permeates that environment!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will reap what you sow!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Liked the school

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Durham, NC

    Pros

    Very helpful staff. Solid technology in the classroom (worked at the Durham, NC location). They had solid security throughout the site. Overall a enjoyable place to work. Was there for 3 months.

    Cons

    It would have been better is there was more curriculum for the course I taught. They left it up to each teacher to sculpt their own materials if they wanted. I thought it would be better to have a set curriculum, but that was not the case.

  9.  

    A great out-of-college job.

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    Current Employee - High School Representative  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - High School Representative in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Use a variety of degrees
    PTO
    Leadership development program

    Cons

    Longer hours during the fall

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    You get out of it what you put into it

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    Former Employee - Time Management Tutor  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Time Management Tutor in Portland, OR

    Pros

    Going to school at AI is great for getting an education on the equipment and for making business connections.

    Cons

    I saw a lot of fellow classmates graduate saying "I don't feel like I really learned anything." We took several of the same classes, and I felt like I learned a lot, but I supplemented my AI education with outside learning from mentors and internships. Having an open education is good for those who have their own self-discipline and hard for anyone who thinks they're magically going to leave with all the skills they need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your teachers more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Glad that's over

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Houston, TX

    Pros

    The admissions staff is great and the staff in general is very friendly and approachable. You get to work with a lot of nice people who are, in most cases, genuinely interested in helping students. Some students are truly gifted/ talented. The Houston campus is very nice in terms of the equipment and resources offered to students.

    Cons

    Too many to list here. This is a for-profit college, which means that nothing is considered useful unless it directly correlates with money. Everything and everyone that's not absolutely essential has been cut.

    No overtime pay for Saturdays worked. The "expectation" is that you leave early the next Tuesday so that your hours never exceed 40. And you will work 2-3 Saturdays every month. Along with 2-3 nights that you're in the office until 7 or 8 every week.

    No one thinks you're working unless the work is quantifiable. Emails don't count. Office work doesn't count. The only thing that counts is how many phone calls, interviews, applications, and starts you had for a given amount of time. Then do it all over again tomorrow because what you did today won't count anymore.

    High turnover. No genuine concern for the staff or the students. Lots of fake enthusiasm. Students are almost forced to start during whenever the next start is, even if the classes already started. Wanna drop and add/drop already passed? Sorry. You now owe the school money. Even if you were only in class once or twice.

    Some students are very creative and maybe should be in an arts school. Many students "think" they're creative, but are really just lost and/or lazy. You get to call and harass all off them all day long.

    Not really much opportunity for advancement at the campus level.

    There isn't much integrity left, there's definitely no respect, and it's probably going to keep getting worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice? Management doesn't care to make any realistic changes. But if anything, I'd say -- stop hiring outside consultants that convince you that your people are ineffective, and instead build rapport. Have high standards for the school/ students and the results will follow. Lastly, people will go to the moon and back for you if they trust, respect, and like you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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