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Art Institute of Chicago Reviews

Updated June 14, 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 that doesn't account for course preparation or meeting time (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management was a bit out of touch with the front desk sales staff (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Office Assistant for Academic Advising"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Student Employment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "Volunteer"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment and benefits but positions are underpaid"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Director, Adult Continuing Education and Public Programs"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashland, OR
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative, dynamic, experimental, diverse, leading presence.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, Ivory Tower, insular, inadequate professional support

  8. "Admissions Rep/Ambassador"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Operations Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Operations Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy to make friends with everyone working there! Everyone tends to be pretty friendly. Benefits of working at the museum are incredible- free entry for you and a guest, free coat check & special exhibitions, free entry to other Chicago museums, etc.

    Cons

    No guarantee that your work week will be Monday-Friday. Sometimes off days are paired up as Tues//Wed or Thurs/Fri and then you have to work through the weekend.
    The museum is only closed 3 days out of the year and blackout dates for Thanksgiving/Christmas can make going home for holidays kinda difficult.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate Assistant and Assistant Instructor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Researcher and Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Researcher and Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    It was a great work environment.

    Cons

    The pay was a bit too low.

    Advice to Management

    Better Payment


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