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Art Institute of Chicago Chicago Reviews

Updated July 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Once employed permanently and full time, the school tries to keep you with good benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • The Art Institute of Chicago has many great benefits and perks to make it up for its lower end of the salary for your respective position (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, as reflective in a non-profit (in 8 reviews)

  • Difficult to grow due to non-profit status (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Fair Treatment - Great Pay"

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    Former Contractor - Summer Camp Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Summer Camp Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    SAIC has some of the best resources in the world- most profoundly in the technologies department. The pay is great for contract work and they really try to work with their camp instructors.

    Cons

    At their summer camps, it was unclear whether the purpose was to be a serious art experience or a playful camp for the students. The distinction would have helped me direct my lessons and plan accordingly.

    Advice to Management

    If an instructor is going beyond their duty in order to help their students, please do not punish them for it. If anything, please try to work with them to make a better experience for everyone.


  2. "Photo Facilities Assistant Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits. Co-workers. Facilities. Equipment. Faculty.

    Cons

    low pay. hours. student disrespect.

    Advice to Management

    Treat hourly staff members with more respect and pay based on experience and position requirements.

  3. "Nice place to work - no room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work & great campus community. Fun benefits like tuition remission & free admission to other cultural institutions. Exciting downtown campus.

    Cons

    No room for advancement in my department. Pay is low compared to peer institutions. Don't value the institutional knowledge of longtime employees.


  4. "Student Employment"

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Convenient as a student, staff cares about student concerns and occupations, relatively good pay and benefits as a student

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for hours or growth within. Many higher up positions are reserved for grad students

    Advice to Management

    More organization could lead to streamlined processes and effectiveness within. A lot of times communication from higher ups was rarely quickly trickled down to our stafff


  5. "Office Assistant for Academic Advising"

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful staff, everyone pitches in to help you and there's never any worrying about what you're suppose to be doing

    Cons

    Depending on what part you work in, it can be a different experience. For instance I worked as an OA for one of the student housing buildings and the staff were a lot less organized.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not Worth It"

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    Former Employee - Museum Shop Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Museum Shop Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Free admission to practically every museum around. Free tuition for students of SAIC. Full health and dental if your salary can afford it.

    Cons

    Was treated extremely poorly by management. Was fired with no advance notice for a violation that I did not commit. When I requested to state my case, they accused me of lying. Extremely cruel and aggressive towards lower-level employees. I was having panic attacks on a regular basis while employed here.
    On top of this, sales in the Museum Shop are commission based. They want you to make extremely unreasonable sales goals off of magnets and t-shirts. The work environment is a toxic level of competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Grow some empathy.


  7. "Volunteer"

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    Current Employee - Volunteer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Volunteer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment, great co-volunteers, nice perks

    Cons

    Some of the old perks are disappearing, but it's a volunteer gig

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment and benefits but positions are underpaid"

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    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great community and environment, supportive, access to facilities on campus, great benefits package, lots of PTO, tuition remission if you want to take classes, very conscious of inclusiveness. LGBTQ friendly

    Cons

    Most admin positions feel underpaid for the level of work and required experience. Depending on department you work in, it can be difficult to use all your PTO


  9. "Admissions Rep/Ambassador"

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    Current Employee - Alumni Ambassador in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Alumni Ambassador in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun work reviewing portfolios from around the country.
    Flexible hours.
    Great colleagues
    Fantastic institution

    Cons

    The only con is that admissions tends to be seasonal work so it dies down in the winter and summer.

    Advice to Management

    I think the recruiting and ambassador positions work very well and have a high impact for prospective students.


  10. "Email Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Email Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Email Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, great people to work with. F.antastic benefits and perks.

    Cons

    Too much politics. Too much posturing to ensure political-correctness.


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