The Art Institutes Reviews

Updated April 29, 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. Assistant Director of Admissions

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

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

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

    Pros

    the people are nice and fun.

    Cons

    seems like for profit colleges are going down. Low incoming students

    Advice to Management

    be more relateable

  2. Assistant director of admissions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Great employees to work with

    Cons

    They push very very hard for you to make your new student goal

  3. An enjoyable, but over-extended job position

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Art Institutes part-time

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

    Pros

    The office environment was friendly, working with the student body was manageable, and the inter-office dealings were reasonable.

    Cons

    The administration over the campus could be overbearing, and a heavy meeting culture made communication difficult, as well as directing students for assistance troublesome

    Advice to Management

    Remember to focus on the needs of the students over the needs of yet another meeting that doesn't appear to progress anything inside the company.

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  5. It's a great concept for a school, all about creativity.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Art Institutes part-time

    Pros

    Great salary for adjuncts. Students are generally motivated.

    Cons

    Inefficient and ineffective leadership, but that is standard across education in general I've found.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Don't sell your soul

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    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Help unconventional students obtain a formal education in a creative environment. Free educations offered to employees with additional 18 month employment commitment post graduation.

    Cons

    High stress, high volume sales company. Best interest of student is not priority of "administration"...hard for employees to sleep at night.

    Advice to Management

    Stop asking employees to do things you're unwilling to do.

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    Assistant Director of Admissions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Art Institutes full-time

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

    Pros

    Get programs and get students.

    Cons

    Board should stop chasing profits and realized that employees are individuals and goals should not be so high. Tuition cost are costly and it makes it difficult to get quality people on board.

    Advice to Management

    Stop over shadowing missed goals through development plans. State the true facts.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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