The Art Institutes (HQ)

  www.artinstitutes.edu
  www.artinstitutes.edu

The Art Institutes (HQ) Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
111 Reviews
2.5
111 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
The Art Institutes (HQ) President George Sebolt
George Sebolt
13 Ratings

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
  • Micro-management, lack of work life balance, lack of communication from executives, and poor management (in 5 reviews)

  • High targets & high turnover, change in management style, no job security (in 6 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    I worked at The Art Institutes (HQ) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people. You'll find exceptional colleagues at almost every level. The mission of offering educational opportunity to underserved populations is a laudable one as is the focus on outcomes. Basic benefits, policies and compensation are reasonable for the industry.

    Cons

    The current economic and regulatory climate have led to declines in student population with resulting cuts in budget. The past several years have seen repeated and frequent downsizing and layoffs. Often people working at the school level feel very disconnected from the central policies and feel that decisions by upper management don't take into account the realities for those delivering services directly to students. As management works to regain more solid ground in terms of the business model, programs, policies and practices have been changed abruptly and frequently.

    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    National Organization with serious conflict of interest between educational goals and corporate greed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Faculty in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Faculty in Kansas City, KS

    I worked at The Art Institutes (HQ) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great earnest students who want to learn.

    Cons

    This is probably the best of the for-profit college groups, the most ethical, the most together organizationally, but that still leaves a lot to be desired. The interest of the students is always secondary in managements' eyes to the profit margin. So Faculty salaries, equipment, and other things necessary to achieve the educational goals are often not given the fiscal support required. That said there are lots of great faculty and some great program Chairs who are dedicated professionals, trying to do right by the students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't treat students like widgets. Colleges can't be run like assembly lines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Avoid at all cost.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Art Institutes (HQ) full-time

    Pros

    Great stepping stone into higher education career. Helping student always a plus.

    Cons

    Overtime, shady admissions practices, expensive for students, terrible upper and middle management, no opportunities for advancements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Teachers…curriculum and requirements need to be revised

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at The Art Institutes (HQ) part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good, quality faculty members, and almost ALL are concerned with educating the students. Quite a bit of latitude in exactly what you teach in class. Good feedback system from students you teach. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Some class curricula needs to be revised quite a bit…it's out of date. ALso, classes are assigned to students out of order sometimes, putting more advanced students in classes with beginners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to some industry professionals, and update and revise curriculum.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Assistant director of admissions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in North Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in North Houston, TX

    I worked at The Art Institutes (HQ) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people you get to meet. Helping students. Pay is good but not wort tbe stress.

    Cons

    Unrealistic spectations, youll be lucky if you pass a yr. High stressful job. They dont care for there employees. There always changing policy's. Dont do it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more caring towards your adas they work hard acknowledge them more often. Give realistic expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love the students, not fond of the administration

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty

    I have been working at The Art Institutes (HQ) part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with the students, working with the other professors

    Cons

    The administration doesn't seem to be top notch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more businesslike

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job was ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Art Institutes (HQ)

    Pros

    Helping students, ability to take free classes as an employee, creative environment, convenient location, ability to grow in role, opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    High targets & high turnover, change in management style, no job security

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    no.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Art Institutes (HQ)

    Pros

    Doing what I love to do.

    Cons

    No support from the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun job, but has a "shelf-life"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - High School Representative in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - High School Representative in Miami, FL

    I have been working at The Art Institutes (HQ) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easy job if you are comfortable with public speaking. Good team culture. Stipends for vehicle, insurance, phone and internet. Ton of time off in the Summer.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Company is doing bad because of unsustainable hyper-growth - a misstep by upper management - and employees are suffering for it while management continues to take bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking bonuses and options that are 100-2,500% of your base salary while firing employees and not giving cost of living raises. You are killing employee morale and losing some of your best people with shameful and dishonest practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    This is a very cool school to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Faculty in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Faculty in New York, NY

    I worked at The Art Institutes (HQ) part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You can learn something new everyday.

    Cons

    They are moving to another building.

    Recommends

The Art Institutes (HQ) Photos

AI - Santa Monica

+ Add Photo

Work at The Art Institutes (HQ)? Share Your Experiences

The Art Institutes (HQ)

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.