I have been working at The Art Institutes International full-time for more than 10 years
Pros – Great focused programs and faculty. Good facilities and on campus support.
Cons – It's owned and operated by Education Management Corporation, which is owned by Goldman Sachs. The main focus is ultimately profit through federal student loans. There is pressure to get and keep any student who can get student aid regardless of the ability to succeed. To save on costs, the Art Institutes laid off half it's full time faculty and replaced them with part time adjuncts.
Advice to Senior Management – Put more focus on providing education, less on profits for the executives and board.
2013-10-05 15:06 PDT
I worked at The Art Institutes International
Pros – Excellent benefits, PTO, tuition, holidays, etc.
Cons – Management is completely incompetent. They are extremely petty, and depending on who you're under you will be treated like a child and nit picked on all day (even if you're smarter and brighter than your superior). Several (more than 3 in one dept) have quit on this reason alone. Oh yeah and HR works for the management so don't expect any help there...
BEWARE, if you work in Admissions, be prepared to try to reach unreachable goals. The school is having trouble making their class start goals, so when there's trouble there, employees suffer. Admissions reps walk around like they own the place when they are REPLACED every year. That position is a revolving door. New faces all the time and no one knows how to do their job. Training? LOL
Financial aid is horrid. There is no proper procedure. The financial aid officer calls the students as if they're the student's admissions rep. If you work in financial aid you WILL be doing admissionsy type work (without the pay or better increases), and you WILL be calling and hounding students to complete their paperwork (more than their Admissions rep will). You will also be seeing students who have little to no paperwork and putting together financial aid plans. Team work? Forget about it. Everyone is in it for themselves. Don't let someone take a long break or lunch...you'll be seeing students BACK TO BACK. Managers have NO (and I'm not exaggerating) competence.
The goal is to get students in the door NO MATTER WHAT. The president claims that they do what is in the best interest of the student, but they don't. Getting someone in debt for $30k+ for them to only drop out because they weren't a fit or academically up to par is in the best interest of the student? Okay. Prepare to question your ethics and morals. It's a numbers game bottom line.
And job security? There is definitely NONE for admissions, and they make cuts at random due to organization restructuring. So if they're doing bad, expect some cuts, and it could be you!
If you work here, try going into administration. Not admissions or financial aid. Good luck and God bless! I would never go back...
Advice to Senior Management – SENIOR management & HR need to hire competent managers. Not idiots with no education.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2012-01-10 09:53 PST
I have been working at The Art Institutes International
Pros – -Pay for what you do
Cons – -Management
-Unrealistic Goals and Expectations
-Calling ALL DAY
Advice to Senior Management – Get New Management
2012-08-17 16:17 PDT
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