The Art Institutes (HQ) Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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The Art Institutes (HQ) President George Sebolt
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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. Was a great place but Gainful Employment has caused a quick decline.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Art Institutes (HQ)

    Pros

    Helping creative students. Pay. Travel. Creative. Fun.

    Cons

    Rumors of campus closures (18). Several RIFs in the last year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. Faculty

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at The Art Institutes (HQ)

    Pros

    Great on-going training--above average seen offered by other online colleges

    Cons

    Salary schedule flat, no increases in a long time, no benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay faculty as well as you pay yourselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Sad State of Affairs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working with students and faculty...the sense of making a difference and the awesome synergistic relationships shared with other Academic Directors and industry professionals.

    Cons

    Inept, controlling, and disconnected management...more concerned about bottom lines and metrics, then student success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve leadership, stop being greedy, and invest in your most important resource, academics including ADs and faculty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. It's a ok company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Virginia Beach, VA

    I have been working at The Art Institutes (HQ)

    Pros

    I have job security. Supervisor is relax on time off request.

    Cons

    There is no structure. Information is inconsistent from Corporate. No opportunity for growth or advancement unless you are willing to relocate. Compensation for the amount of work is not bad but its not good either. Its enough to keep you coming back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more advancement programs at the campus for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Not HORRIBLE

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    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer

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

    Pros

    Pay is good compared to the majority of post secondary institutions. Cool work atmosphere. Most institutions are fairly new and located in ideal locations.

    Cons

    Job security is non-existent. Over the past several years many company wide lay offs. A lot of unnecessary work due to policies and procedures not being thought out. Work schedule makes it difficult to manage work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more effort into fully thinking out policies and procedures before rolling them out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. Benefits and Pay

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in West Pittsburg, PA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in West Pittsburg, PA

    I have been working at The Art Institutes (HQ) as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Caring and very
    concerned faculty

    Cons

    I worked for The Art Institute; no benefits for adjuncts, low pay, many hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide benefits, increase pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Helping students persist through college.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Art Institutes (HQ)

    Pros

    The pay is very good and fun people to work with.

    Cons

    The stress level can be high due to hitting goals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great Commitment to Teaching Students in the Profession of Design

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great deal of schedule flexibility and meaningful department teaching collaboration. Department management is very keen to growing the program and recruiting a quality teaching team.

    Cons

    They need a better internal computer system for teaching management. Very difficult to manage and access. Wireless system is lacking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Laid off with no warning due to budget cuts.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookline, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookline, MA

    I worked at The Art Institutes (HQ) full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers friendly
    Good faculty and some staff that really care about the student population and success
    HR representative very helpful throughout hiring and lay off process.

    Cons

    Not a friendly work environment between departments
    Changing programs too frequently
    Work thrown at us
    No substantial training opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make employees feel like they are valued.
    Provide substantial professional development opportunities.
    Provide opportunities for growth within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    One of the toughest jobs I've ever had

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions

    I worked at The Art Institutes (HQ)

    Pros

    Met a lot of great colleagues

    Cons

    I felt dishonest and misleading when it came to selling the school to those thinking about attending

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't make anyone feel like a used car salesman

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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