The Art Institutes Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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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. I was with the Art Institute for 5 years and enjoyed my experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Art Institutes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, work life balance, great programs

    Cons

    stability of company, turnover of employees

    Advice to Management

    Great opportunity to work for an amazing organization.

  2. The people at the local level are a pleasure to work with, but corporate support is near non-existent.

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Nashville, TN

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Co-workers are nice and pleasant.
    In-depth instruction in niche areas not covered by traditional higher education.
    Most instructors are passionate about their subjects.
    Freedom in creating class structure.
    The pay is ok.
    Instructors must be "working" professionals.
    The equipment is above adequate.

    Cons

    For-profit institution.
    High-turnover rate.
    Very few full-time faculty positions. Mostly taught by adjuncts.
    Annual reviews are usually 6 to 12 months late.
    Is more of a trade focus than a general education.
    "Working" professionals includes hobbyists.

    Advice to Management

    Support education (educators and students) rather than board members portfolios.

  3. Student Experience, Game Art and Design

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Art Institutes

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Teaches you a broad range of skills

    Cons

    Overall, school seems to be degrading with less and less students each year, and relative amount of shady practices from the corporation that owns the schools.

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  5. Good stepping stone, great people

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

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time

    Pros

    Good starting pay and raise structure
    Great people and fun environment
    Nice campus to show to prospective students

    Cons

    Stress creating pressure to bring in students
    Knowing lots of students will not succeed and will be in debt with nothing to show for it.
    The school attracts students that do not have the drive or resources to stick it out. There are success stories though.

    Advice to Management

    Less focus on profit and more focus on building the quality of the school to attract more dependable and high achieving students.

  6. Great company, working out the kinks.

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    Current Employee - Career Services in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Career Services in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at The Art Institutes full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Helping students achieve their dreams is an incredible reason to get up and go to work everyday. I have loved seeing the programs change and how our graduates are becoming more qualified and getting better jobs each quarter. It's wonderful to be a part of their success. Working hard to eliminate the kinks in the curriculum and help our students more and more every quarter.

    Cons

    Constant change and alterations to information required. Poor reputation in the industry with some companies that is difficult to overcome with some graduates' quality of work.

    Advice to Management

    Start to implement change with the advice and assistance of those whose jobs are changing. Top-down change is not always the most effective. Though the reason for change may be good and for the betterment of others, it's tough to always be told what to do and how to change the way you do your job.

  7. Challenging, Rewarding at Times, Lack of Advancement, Low Job Security

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in New York, NY

    I have been working at The Art Institutes full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with diverse students
    Benefits
    Co Workers
    Transferable Skills (teamwork, event panning, sales, etc.)

    Cons

    Pressure to meet unrealistic goals
    Constant Change without much advance notice
    Frequent Lay Offs
    No Opportunity for Advancement
    Low Job Security

  8. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  9. Great company to start and learn from

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Art Institutes

    Pros

    The ability to create an environment of learning for diverse student groups

    Cons

    Large structure sometimes micro managed

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on student education

  10. Working there was very disheartening. Faculty and staff lived in fear of job cuts.

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    Current Employee - Department Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Department Director in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Faculty staff and students are the reason I kept going back every day.

    Cons

    Management was very reactive. Most decisions were top-down, from off-site, upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider the students-as-revenue-stream business model. Treat your reports with respect, and they will be loyal. Treating staff poorly only breeds distrust.

  11. Glassdoor makes you write a review just to see other information on the site.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Art Institutes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent Salary, 16 PTO days to start. You get frequent long weekends (fridays off) for working mandatory Saturday.

    Cons

    Total sales job and everything is about numbers. Terrible management and poorly organized. There really isn't any room for growth unless you want to become a Director of Admissions. You do not earn any new skill sets marketable for future jobs or careers.

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