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Updated February 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Great location, great people to work with (in 6 reviews)

  • Overall, a positive environment with good benefits (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay that doesn't account for course preparation or meeting time (in 6 reviews)

  • Difficult to grow due to non-profit status (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    Really eye opening experience, great management.

    Cons

    Long hours for a part time job.


  2. "Little room for growth."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You are granted access to facilities across campus.

    Cons

    Little room for growth or raises.


  3. "Student worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Low pressure, friendly environment, very flexible hours and person-in-charge is pretty easy going. Most co-workers are young and energetic.

    Cons

    Works assigned were mostly chores, not much room for learning or self-improvement. Pay is relatively low, and most positions are unpaid or only for-credit.


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  5. "School of the Art Institute of Chicago Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is a tolerant, flexible, and dynamic workplace. Teaching assistantships for graduate students can include teaching new courses, or grading papers for courses already in the curriculum.

    Cons

    So far I can see no downside to working at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I thoroughly enjoy working here.


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    "Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    Due to new leadership, there has been a lot of restructuring (layoffs). The lower end of the salary isn't great, but that's something you need to accept working at a non-profit.

    Advice to Management

    It would nice if there were more interdepartmental harmony at the organization. Otherwise, it's a pretty organized place to work at.


  7. "A great place to work for passionate people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    The staff is intelligent and passionate about their work with students and the community

    Cons

    The pay has been reported to be lower than what similar institutions have to offer


  8. "Friendly work environment, stagnant management"

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    Former Employee - Department of Visitor Services - Sales
    Former Employee - Department of Visitor Services - Sales
    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    My coworkers and managers were friendly and helpful. They were quick to offer assistance when I was first starting out. The schedules and hours were well-organized and reasonable.

    Cons

    Upper management was a bit out of touch with the front desk sales staff. They did not pay much attention to suggestions of the sales workers, even though they had first-hand experience with techniques that would make the system more efficient or organized.

    Advice to Management

    Management could take the suggestions of the sales team more seriously. This would be valuable not only for making the team members feel heard, but also for making the sales desk run more smoothly.


  9. "SAIC Wood shop Instructional Fabrication"

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    Current Employee - Manager of Instructional Fabrication
    Current Employee - Manager of Instructional Fabrication

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of paid time off, great coworkers, making facilities, support from institution, hub of Chicago art scene, intelligent and creative students, independence and creativity in the work place

    Cons

    Large population of students, low pay in comparison to similar institutions,


  10. "saic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    the community is the best

    Cons

    the opportunities for promotion and pay raise are not designed to gain and retain talented teachers.


  11. "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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