The Art Institutes Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. instructor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time

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

    Pros

    Great mission supported by highly motivated faculty. Students receive solid training

    Cons

    too much focus on making quarterly numbers

    Advice to Management

    provide better opportunities for par timers to transition to full time positions


  2. ITS OK

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Its an educational environment, you will deal with bad attitudes from some kids though and you will work a lot to build your classes but then it will be easier.

    Cons

    LOCATION - tenderloin and it gets very repetitive and boring!


  3. Great sales training, but that's it.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    - Prepares you for a job in the sales field - You get good training on interviewing people and building rapport

    Cons

    - Gossip
    - Turnover
    - Layoffs
    - Poor communication between departments

    Advice to Management

    There are none.


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  5. Assistant Director of Admissions

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

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

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

    Pros

    -It can be a fun and rewarding environment
    -Great to work with creative students and to help them into interesting programs
    -Faculty has good experience and can be a good networking opportunity

    Cons

    -The business is more focused on profits at all costs instead of providing a quality and reputable service
    -Stuck way in the past and still primarily driving sales through heavy volume cold calling. Ancient DOS based systems are used for CRM
    -Unattainable goals are set but no incentives to meet goals, base pay does not line up with expectations.
    -Will accept any student, any time, any way possible regardless of qualifications.
    -Poor business and PR decisions has given the school a bad reputation, endless lawsuits, customer dissatisfaction and all justifiably so.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on providing the very best service you can -- a great art education and the profits will follow. Maintain higher standards for acceptance, focus on retention both for students and employees.


  6. Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Fun people to work with.

    Cons

    Impossible goals. Stressful. Poor management.


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    student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    central downtown Philadelphia city locate

    Cons

    tuition is very high and no job placement


  8. Helping Disabled students succeed in class by taking notes for them.

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    Former Employee - Note Taker in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Note Taker in Santa Monica, CA

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

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

    Pros

    I got to sit in classes I would never be able to take due to my major and learn from the different spectrums of the curriculum.

    Cons

    The job was only part time.


  9. Helpful (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


  10. Helpful (2)

    Bad business, bad attitudes, bad management, and bad education

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Faculty in Boston, MA

    I worked at The Art Institutes

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

    Pros

    My students were really nice people. It was a great location with easy access to Boston.

    Cons

    Low salaries, poor faculty culture, managers and department chairs who don't care about the quality of education or their staff. The business is a numbers game where the faculty are continually asked to lower their expectations in order to retain students who lack the basics of a Jr High education.

    Advice to Management

    Time to divest. The government is onto your little ponzi scheme. You should be ashamed of what you've done to the naive and under-served customer/student population you targeted. You'll recover, but they likely won't. I know, I know. That fancy MBA taught you business is all about "survival of the fittest". In reality, those Profs should have taught you "what goes around, comes around". Have fun in jail.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Assistant director of admissions

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    • Senior Management
    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



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