The Art Institutes (HQ)

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The Art Institutes (HQ) Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
118 Reviews
2.6
118 Reviews
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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
  • 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)

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  1.  

    A true sales Job

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Novi, MI
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Novi, MI

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

    Pros

    Salary paying sales job. Never have to leave the building. Leads are provided.

    Cons

    Management changes constantly. Expect you to make 100 calls a day. The rules change constantly. Very high turnover. Very expensive sale. Financial Aid often does not work for the total amount of tuition. Sales really does not care about the student, only the sale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower Tuition. Give more scholarships. Start caring more about the student instead of the sale. Stop the high turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    For Profit School

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    Current Employee - Instructor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Instructor in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at The Art Institutes (HQ) part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with, nice working environment

    Cons

    No raise in four years, pay is significantly lower than other higher ed schools. The parent corporation is undergoing major financial changes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Ok experience

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    Current Employee - Program Chief Operating Officer
    Current Employee - Program Chief Operating Officer

    I have been working at The Art Institutes (HQ)

    Pros

    People, students, coworkers, instructors, concept

    Cons

    Corporate is very disconnected from the campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Visit the campuses more often

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

    Ehh

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at The Art Institutes (HQ)

    Pros

    Easy, fun peple and other things

    Cons

    hours and also the schedule

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Adjunct Art Professor

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Being surrounded by young eagar minds ready to dig as deep as possible into everything art is a huge Pro in my opinion.

    Cons

    You're required to serve mandatory office hours for each class you instruct, but they don't pay you for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your system is becoming more and more fubar.
    Stop ignoring faculty's requests and do the right thing for a change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not an educational institution, a people factory.

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    Former Employee - Fulltime Instructor in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Fulltime Instructor in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at The Art Institutes (HQ) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hours were good. At first, the culture was great and collaborative. Many of my peers were interested in making a difference in students lives.

    Cons

    After the parent company (EDMC) was bought by Goldman Sachs, the culture has degraded. The focus is now on turning a profit. Many corporate decisions from the top do not benefit the educational process. Classroom curriculum is often directed from management and people in completely unrelated fields. Academic directors (who used to be qualified to teach the classes they managed) were let go and consolidated into various "branch management" type positions by people who have no idea what the course objectives are, let alone what a student's goals should be. I could go on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let this be a place of learning and work with the instructors to achieve that goal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    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
  9.  

    Avoid at all cost.

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    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
  10.  

    Assistant director of admissions

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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