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Updated October 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Pay is decent for those just starting their career (in 15 reviews)

  • You also have the opportunity to experience an urban campus and San Francisco is a wonderful city to work in (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Since I started working, I do see that there's still a lot of room for growth and improvement (in 17 reviews)

  • Upper management does not care about employees (in 35 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great job for work-life balance!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Academy of Art University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The job is low-stress with creative atmosphere. I have great coworkers. This position is perfect if you're looking for a day job while you pursue your dreams in the career you want outside of your day job. I'm not bringing my work home with my at all. When I clock out, I mentally clock out of work too. I never bring home any drama from work or any projects and the department is very strict on allowing us to use our off time (breaks, lunches, off-the-clock) as OFF time.

    Cons

    This position is not a route to build a career unless you would like to work in school admissions

    Advice to Management

    The management for my department is great! They really listen to our needs and make decisions best for our department. I really appreciate it.

    Academy of Art University Response

    Jul 17, 2017 – Talent Success Team

    Great feedback! We are pleased that you feel management of this department is handled so well. The Academy’s Customer Service Representatives have a very important role in supporting the seamless... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Be who you want to be--and who you don't."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Model in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Art Model in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Academy of Art University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - There are various outfits/costumes, props, etc. to choose from.
    - Comfortable/relaxed environment, very positive and friendly.
    - Great feedback is given (to improve as a model).
    - Management looks out for you and the majority of instructors are considerate.
    - Reasonable breaks after each session.
    - Great social networking (especially for artists).

    Cons

    - Can be difficult to find an outfit in my size.
    - Outfits are communal, so they're not always the cleanest.
    - Cleaning and returning items can take a while.
    - On bad days, the hours can seem long and physically-draining.
    - Some instructors work you harder than others (out of enthusiasm).
    - Taxes can really deplete your earnings.

  3. "Great place to work and study."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Academy of Art University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to grow. It's all up to the individual.

    Cons

    As every large organization, at times could have their Ups and downs


  4. "Great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Studio Tech in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Studio Tech in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Academy of Art University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The job was cake, a lot of wonderful resources to take advantage of as well. Great chill environment.

    Cons

    There often wasn't much to do, which made some people feel guilty and made others just flat out lazy.


  5. "good studio place called 400A"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    real world experience sundance award winning movies

    Cons

    you do not get paid


  6. "Terrible, Greedy Business model"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Doesn't require much effort

    Cons

    Management has to scramble to implement random and fickle changes made by the President and there is no cohesion or love for staff. Everyone who works there looks miserable for good reason.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on actual education and student/staff resources rather than pure profit.


  7. "It's a job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are nice and eager

    Cons

    Doesn't value staff as they should

  8. "One instructor's point of view"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Academy of Art University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Love the staff, other instructors are inspiring, students are awesome and fun. I love spending time in and around the Art Academy.

    Cons

    As an instructor, it's a labor of love. The pay isn't great for the amount of time and energy spent. I knew this going is, having another job to pay the bills is a necessity. Tiredness has become a constant companion, and, in the end It's worth it.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have advise, I think it's all good.


  9. "Work Scholar"

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    Former Employee - Work Scholar
    Former Employee - Work Scholar
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Academy of Art University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work Study is an excellent opportunity for students who qualify for this form of financial aid, and I highly recommend it. The staff and faculty of the department I worked for are wonderful and it is a joy to work with them. Great opportunities to meet and network with talented people at this campus. As a work scholar, you will do everything from office assistant tasks, poster and flyer design, art and file archiving, classroom setup, and more as the need for different tasks arises. Work hours are very flexible to your class schedule.

    Cons

    Minimum SF wage, but that is the norm for any Work Study job at an AAU campus.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Academy of Art University... Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Academy of Art University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Longstanding Institution which provides opportunities for students and faculty to flourish in a vibrant cutting edge environment.

    Cons

    Recent bad press. Inaccurate and biased. The students and faculty deserve to have their merits and efforts shared to turn this around. Inter Department dialog could be encouraged more.

    Advice to Management

    The talent in house has great potential for growth. Faculty from all departments may benefit with increased dialog.


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