The Art Institutes Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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The Art Institutes President George Sebolt
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Pros
  • Working with students who all have a similar and positive life goal (in 3 reviews)

  • Flexibility, decent pay, fun job, great people (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. Challenging balancing act of doing the right thing.

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    Former Employee - Culinary Director in San Bernardino, CA
    Former Employee - Culinary Director in San Bernardino, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Developing students was the most rewarding. Wow can i say to changing lives.

    Cons

    Leadership spent too much time focusing on keeping there job then delivering the final product, education.

    Advice to Management

    It's simple look at what works. If it ain't broke don't fix it.


  2. Receptionist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the sales staff is friendly and helpful to potential students and students. they are punctual with appointments and not super aggressive

    Cons

    the office reconfiguration made it awkward for some students to find staff and even confusing for some of the staff to direct guests.


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    Career Services Advisor

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    Former Employee - Career Services Advisor
    Former Employee - Career Services Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is truly fulfilling to play a role in mentoring a student and helping them find their first job upon graduation. You get to watch them grow, and the ones that are open to the guidance are the stories that stick with you and make the job worth it.

    Cons

    The job is governed by strict metrics. You cannot control the motivation levels of the students you are assigned to work with. This makes the job challenging at times.

    Advice to Management

    Tracking 50 phone dials per day is not a practical way of measuring the amount of outreach and communication between students and employer relations.


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  5. Only if you are desperate or need work experience

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    Former Employee - Front Desk in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Front Desk in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You can make friends with co-workers easily, but be careful. Friendly environment. Don't have to use brain power although that is also a con because it makes you a zombie. Glad I got some full-time work experience. The students can be sweet, especially the culinary ones who let you taste their food.

    Cons

    They are supposed to rotate working holidays for support staff, but they don't. And if there is a holiday party, the front desk worker doesn't get to go until they are cleaning up and only gets about 5-10 minutes whereas everyone else had a couple hours off. Also, supposed to have a set lunch hour, but that never happens. Lunch hour will be whenever the back up feels like coming to relieve you and that could be 6 and a half hours into your 8 hour shift. Supposed to get 2 15 minute breaks, but no one will ever tell you that because no one wants to have to cover for you. Horrible lack of communication even within departments. No one ever knows what is going on. People working in the back don't answer the phone or are late or leave early so you have to deal with angry students/parents all day. If you get up to use the restroom, people freak out- get over it. Also, the "raise" you get is a little more than a quarter...

    Advice to Management

    Include everyone all of the time, even your support staff. They are the ones making things flow smoothly for you.


  6. Design Instructor, Adjunct

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The facilities, co workers and the students

    Cons

    This corporation has been reducing their workforce nationwide.

    Advice to Management

    At a local level it appears that management just has to deal with it. These reductions in workforce have been ordered by The Company and are carried out in a matter of fact way.


  7. For-profit education is about profit - not education

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    Current Employee - Part Time Instructor
    Current Employee - Part Time Instructor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The students are creatively driven, and the faculty are dedicated to the students. There are unique opportunities to working in this environment, like shaping professional ideals. For part timers, the work schedule is flexible and you get heard when you provide scheduling preferences.

    Cons

    Education here is not valued; faculty are referred to as "staff." The curriculum is ever more rigid, and requirements like entering attendance infantilize the students (many of whom are older than the faculty). Part time faculty are paid ~$50/hr, but you only get paid for in-class time, so the school ignores that you might spend time also prepping, grading, meeting with students, and doing all of the other things teachers need to do for a proper education. Part time faculty can work a maximum of 12 credit hours, and because of all the layoffs recently there aren't enough faculty to cover all the courses. So many layoffs! The atmosphere is truly toxic.

    Advice to Management

    Shift your focus to education.


  8. Admissions Representative

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ability to focus on students and their best interests as that relates to a college education.

    Cons

    Consistent fear of employment termination due to the internal motto "you're only as good as your last start". Extremely inconsistent training and coaching in all facets especially for tenured staff.

    Advice to Management

    senior leadership is archaic in their approach to staff which reflects in the consistent reactive approach that the organization cultivates. Three CEO's in 5 years does not represent a stable growing organization. Step into the 21st century and adjust your approach ASAP.


  9. School

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    it was a great time

    Cons

    There are none I can think of


  10. Helpful (1)

    Assistant Director of Admissions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, self-paced work, community work atmosphere

    Cons

    once you meet your sales goals you are asked to recruit more students and not just the ones that fit in the school


  11. Helpful (3)

    Nice Place To Work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Accounting Supervisor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Student Accounting Supervisor in Phoenix, AZ
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The students and being around all of their creativity was great! When I was there the inter-departmental camaraderie was strong. It was a great opportunity to learn from each other, see how each department operated for the good of the school/ student, and work towards the same goals which were to help the student's success and graduate. The teachers are stellar at AIPX too!

    Cons

    For profit schools became quite the target which caused mass downsizing and terminations. They were poorly handled and many great people were released from their positions. Too political, lost it's innovative spirit, and became a very rigid / corporate environment. Unrealistic job expectations followed each employee terminations.

    Advice to Management

    More authentic and inclusive communication! Great turnover usually means that employees are unhappy. Great leaders put their egos aside and ask questions from staff on 'the front lines'. Too much ego, too much talking, and not enough listening (to students or employees).



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