The Art Institutes Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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The Art Institutes President George Sebolt
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. 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

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

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    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).


  2. Assistant Director of Admissions

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at The Art Institutes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Assisting students as they move towards their educational goals, from the admissions process through to graduation.

    Cons

    Position can be demanding at times, multi-tasking is essential for success.


  3. Director

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Art Institutes

    Pros

    Benefits include health, dental and vision. You also have the option to buy Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability and additional life insurance.

    Cons

    There isn't a 401K match which makes it hard to save for retirement. Your own money has to be enough to grow. Fidelity is the manager of the 401K plan.


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  5. High School Representative

    Former Employee - High School Representative in Ashland, OH
    Former Employee - High School Representative in Ashland, OH

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

    Pros

    Loved the people I worked with. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Marketing materials would usually come late from when we needed them.


  6. Ideal Adjunct situation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Art Institutes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    better than average pay and healthcare available for part time

    Cons

    corporate politics can be overwhelming


  7. Assistant Director of Admissions

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Tucson, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere, flexibility of work schedule, able to "run your own business"

    Cons

    Pressure to get students to apply when knowing it was not the right start date or program for students

    Advice to Management

    Take pressure off ADA's for applications, as we care for our students and know what is best for them


  8. Get Out Now

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

    I worked at The Art Institutes

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

    Pros

    They offer nice pay & raises

    Cons

    It is a sinking ship


  9. Great students and faculty, challenging corporate environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Academics in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Academics in Portland, OR

    I worked at The Art Institutes (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some really great people teach and work here. While it has fluctuated over the years most if the time there are some very talented students which makes the work very exciting.

    Cons

    The corporate environment takes most of the decision making opportunities away from the people working at the college and therefore one is often in a position of supporting a policy that seems out of step with student need.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on student need and supporting faculty.


  10. Registrar Assistant

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    Former Employee - Dean Assistant/Registrar Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Dean Assistant/Registrar Assistant in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at The Art Institutes (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, helpful supervisor, and a very friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Less hours with a minimum wage. There was no chance for promotion.

    Advice to Management

    need to be a little more organized.


  11. Ambivalent

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    Former Employee - Full Time Faculty
    Former Employee - Full Time Faculty

    I worked at The Art Institutes

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Organized, Strong Faculty Support, Great Location, Cool Students

    Cons

    Corporate. Admissions could be more competitive.

    Advice to Management

    The students and faculty are most important.



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