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3.1
43%
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Academy of Art University President Elisa Stephens
Elisa Stephens
325 Ratings
Pros
  • "It's located in the beautiful downtown San Francisco with plenty of things to do and places to eat(in 24 reviews)

  • "Some great people who are supportive and friendly(in 23 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Upper management needs to get a grip(in 43 reviews)

  • "Ethics aside, the work environment is not that welcoming(in 29 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good experience

      Jul 25, 2021 - Lab Technician in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good work environment and coworkers

      Cons

      Loose management and informal work style

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee

      I love my school

      Dec 28, 2021 - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The Game Department of the school is very professional

      Cons

      Currently most of the classes are virtual

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Academy of Art University

      Dec 28, 2021 - Student in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      + Professors are professionals in the film industry + StudioX simulates real world film studio

      Cons

      - Online classes need to be updated

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Teaching ESL at AAU

      Dec 23, 2021 - ESL Instructor 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Good department management -Can tutor and do ESL support classes, too

      Cons

      - Some apathetic students that are hard to motivate

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    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Bloated and Corrupt

      Jan 1, 2022 - Lecturer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      This job will teach you how to go the limits of your own moral compass.

      Cons

      This place is a travesty of poor management and intoxicated leadership. If the size of the shoulder pads on the president don't make you cringe, the lying, corruption and endless public lawsuits might. The owners make billions and give crumbs to the employees most of whom are part time and receive little to no benefits. Students are deceived and tricked into long tuition commitments they cannot afford. Management cheats, pollutes, and fights the City and the Feds. Employees are left hanging their heads explaining why they stay to friends and family.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great Teachers, Students

      Nov 26, 2021 - Director in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Creativity, experience and knowledgeable teachers

      Cons

      Not great at advanced planning, anecdote driven

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      This school is a scam

      Dec 30, 2021 - Teacher in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Help a rich drunk lady get richer

      Cons

      Exploits employees, doesn't care about students, is really just a real estate venture masquerading as a school

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good overall but probably not for everyone

      Nov 18, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Free courses for the interest of employees - Location

      Cons

      Not very competitive wages for employees

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Lack of humanity

      Nov 21, 2021 - Instructor in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Teaching young people is always a pro.

      Cons

      Medical “benefits” and no sense of security. There’s never a guarantee you will work the next semester.

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      REVIEW

      Nov 2, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Love the diversity of the company

      Cons

      Pay for roles is not competitive with other companies

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