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Academy of Art University Reviews

Updated September 17, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Wish the school hire more full-time instructors"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Part Time Faculty in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Part Time Faculty in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people - boss, staff and coworkers; people are very professional! Students are also great! The buildings are cool too.

    Cons

    The school hires too many part-time instructors. Full-time positions should be offered instead. There should be a rule about the ratio of the number of part timers to the number of full timers. This problem is not unique to this university however. Community Colleges also use this strategy to avoid paying benefits associated with full-time employment.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more full-time.

    Academy of Art University Response

    Apr 11, 2017 – Talent Success Team

    We are happy to hear that you enjoy working at Academy of Art University. Thank you for your feedback about the ratio of full-time and part-time Instructors. Balancing our academic ecosystem is an... More


  2. "Good!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great Coworkers
    - In beautiful San Francisco!
    - Opportunity for growth
    - Workload is different everyday
    - Give raises to those who deserve it

    Cons

    - Could be a bit disorderly at times
    - Take more suggestions from employees

    Advice to Management

    Take in new ideas and suggestions for improvement from employees.

    Academy of Art University Response

    Apr 11, 2017 – Talent Success Team

    Wonderful news! Thank you for taking the time to post. We’d love to hear your suggestions. Please know you can always send suggestions to your manager or directly to Human Resources. Many of our... More

  3. "instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Academy of Art University part-time

    Pros

    an interesting mix of students

    Cons

    no benefits no consistent schedule

    Advice to Management

    get professional

    Academy of Art University Response

    May 16, 2017 – Talent Success Team

    You’re right. Work schedules for part-time employees do vary. A large organization like the Academy must have schedule flexibility to ensure the needs of our student population are being met. The... More


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Talent Success Team Speaks Classic Corporate Speak!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Being around art and artists
    Being able to take what I learned and make so much more and be so much happier somewhere else where employees are treated so much better!

    Cons

    This is a morally bankrupt institution. Students are lured with the promise of getting a job as an artist. Some are successful, but they are the minority. They are then used in marketing propaganda.The president has the DNA of Trump.

    Advice to Management

    The "Talent Success Team" business is hilarious! Send comments to HR? Seriously? HR is a major part of the problem at AAU. They are unsupportive of employees and are regularly tasked with thuggishly reprimanding instructors who are doing their best to deal with troublesome students. The school is so afraid of losing money, they let horrible student behavior go and beat up on instructors, presumably trying to intimidate them into letting students do what they want. It's like working for the Mafia. I really don't know how they continue to get away with it.

    Academy of Art University Response

    May 1, 2017 – Talent Success Team

    We know that the proof of our values as a University are embodied in the quality of our student’s work. Look here: http://springshow.academyart.edu/2016


  5. "pros and cons"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Academy of Art University full-time

    Pros

    there are great colleagues and students to work with.

    Cons

    issues with transparency in management, pay and advancement

    Academy of Art University Response

    Mar 21, 2017 – Talent Success Team

    Thank you for taking the time to post. We agree about the fabulous students and co-workers. From your feedback we can do a better job communicating. We are committed to constantly evaluating and... More


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Instructor"

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

    I have been working at Academy of Art University full-time

    Pros

    None. DO NOT WORK HERE.

    Cons

    Low paying, long hours and management who cares only about profit more than the interest of students and employees. Part-time Instructors are paid minimum wage 13$ for grading. What an insult. HR are of no help, they are only there for the higher management and not to help employees of the company. An absolute joke.

    Advice to Management

    Put some heart and care for your employees. Stop being greedy. Stop coning students from attending a school that's not committed to helping them succeed.

    Academy of Art University Response

    May 1, 2017 – Talent Success Team

    We are disappointed to know that you feel this way. We welcome you to contact Human Resources regarding your concerns.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Work experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money depending on your schedule.

    Cons

    Poor hours. Little advancement possibilities to full time. Terrible scheduling.

    Advice to Management

    Quit treating adjunct professors like a dime a dozen.

    Academy of Art University Response

    Mar 21, 2017 – Talent Success Team

    Thank you for your feedback. As a member of our part-time Faculty, you constitute one of the most vital components of the University. We promise our students that they will learn from practicing... More

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Admissions Representative"

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

    I worked at Academy of Art University full-time

    Pros

    Graduate Team is great and supportive.

    Cons

    Negative press; lack of employee perks / only 2 weeks vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your employees.

    Academy of Art University Response

    Apr 11, 2017 – Talent Success Team

    We’re happy to hear that the graduate team was supportive and fun to work with. Bad press is hard to take for all of us. We are the largest private art and design university in the country and... More


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Micro managing and constant drama from management - Stay away"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative 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

    Amazing benefits and great coworkers

    Cons

    Management was awful. They throw on new projects and keep upping your workload without adequate training. If you make complaints or suggestions they turn on you. It was almost like a high school/mean girl environment once managers decided they don't like you. They go on power trips and will personally attack you if they feel you don't like their management style

    Advice to Management

    Better communication between employees and management. There was no open door policy so if you made a complaint about management you were punished severely


  10. "Lifeguard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Academy of Art University full-time

    Pros

    Lots of great and fun staff.

    Cons

    Sometimes payroll can mess up and "forget" to pay me.

    Academy of Art University Response

    Apr 11, 2017 – Talent Success Team

    Thank you for providing this feedback. It’s essential that Academy employees are compensated in whole and on time. Please contact the Human Resources office at (415) 618-6339 so that we can assist... More


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