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Academy of Art University Reviews

Updated September 22, 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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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Stepping stone only"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Academy of Art University full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to move up, due to the lack of talent around you
    Good health insurance

    Cons

    Terrible politics
    Administrative teams get disrespected constantly, despite the fact that they are the backbone of the offices

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Working part-time"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Instructor in San Francisco, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Academy of Art University part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule
    Professionals as instructors
    Exercise your skill sets and help the next generation
    Keeping up on the pulse of your industry
    Free class if you have the time
    No guaranteed schedule semester to semester
    Contract by semester

    Cons

    Just barely above minimum wage pay rate for all of the work you do outside of the classroom to make your class happen

    Advice to Management

    Instructors need to get paid well above minimum wage for all of the preparation involved in making your classes happen, as they are the bread and butter of the school.


  4. "Student Services"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Academy of Art University full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful group of advisors, passionate and caring professionals

    Cons

    Negative work environment stymied by poor office conditions, negative attitudes, profit over student achievement, little transparency from management


  5. "This place sucks"

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    Former Employee - Admissions Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Admissions Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good coworkers, because you're all in the muck together. It's nice to be able to look at good student art, too.

    Cons

    Everything else. Literally, there are no benefits of this job. You'll never be paid enough to be okay with its

    Advice to Management

    Give up, close the school.


  6. "Video Editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Academy of Art University full-time

    Pros

    Good place to pick up skills and network

    Cons

    Bad for long term employment


  7. "Demoralizing Environment. Money is King Maker Decider"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Academy of Art University full-time

    Pros

    Like everywhere, great people amid the chaos and dysfunction

    Cons

    Non-existent benefits. Expect to work on holidays everyone gets off. Ex: If Christmas Day, New Year's Day, 4th of July land on a weekend = No time off for you! No knowledge transfer for new employees. Revolving door of new hires. Low morale. Culture of greed, fear and backstabbing from the top down. No path for advancement. Good employees are not rewarded but piled on with additional responsibilities. Low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Actually spend a buck to attract quality talent. Stop making decisions based on chasing The Almighty Dollar. Stop listening to sycophants.

  8. "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Instructor, College Or University in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Instructor, College Or University in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Academy of Art University part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Creative, professionals to work with.

    Cons

    Most positions are part time.

    Advice to Management

    More hours for part time instructors and more full time positions.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "worst work place ever"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is no pros to working at this place. It is a waste of time and effort. They take everyone for granted.

    Cons

    The environment is very controlling and goes strictly by the book. Also, it is very unstable with people constantly coming in and leaving. Pay is not very well considering all the time and effort that goes into your work. Not worth the time or effort because you are likely to be taken advantage of and not recognized for all your efforts. The company claims that there are opportunities to grow but only if you are loyal and suck up to the higher ups. Supervisors and managers are all very passive aggressive.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so passive. Open communication is always the best way to go. Stop being liars and cheaters.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy interview process and easy to get in
    different event projects to work on
    if you are need of a job and desperate this is the place to find right away

    Cons

    Toxic environment
    upper management doesn't care of their employees
    the reputation of the company is not that impressing
    less opportunity of advancement

    Advice to Management

    pay more, work toward treating lower level employees right.


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