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Updated January 14, 2018
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Pros
  • Work/Life balance was at least good (in 5 reviews)

  • Great location, great people to work with (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, as reflective in a non-profit (in 10 reviews)

  • Little room for growth or raises (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "unusually good place to do adjunct teaching"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer/Adjunct Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Lecturer/Adjunct Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great students, adjuncts are treated with respect, good administrative support available for instructors, unusually good pay for adjunct jobs, opportunities for promotion from part-time to full-time teaching

    Cons

    Normal adjunct problem: can't get enough courses to live on, and can't know for sure how many courses you'll get next year


  2. "Good for the top employees, not at the bottom"

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    Current Employee - Rover in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Rover in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    -Working at a world-class museum
    -the reputation (see above)

    Cons

    -low pay
    -a who-you-know environment
    -doesn't seem to be much room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    -pay your employees more, you have the money!
    -hire faster, the turn around time to hire an employee is ridiculously long

  3. "Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits and the reputation. I like the transparency as well.

    Cons

    None. I love this place.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good leadership hiring


  4. "ta"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible Hours and great people.

    Cons

    Not much advancement or career path.


  5. "Housekeeping"

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

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

    Pros

    Beautiful art, galleries, downtown location.

    Cons

    Overworked. Low salary. Bad management.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to good workers. Don't overwork them and reward lazy employee's with less work.


  6. "Mission drives recruitment, retention difficult given nature of organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very generous benefits package (PTO, matching retirement plan, tuition remission); pride in the work and workplace; colleagues are driven, talented, excited; mission driven environment; excellent work/life balance; obviously the museum itself is an amazing resource.

    Cons

    The pay and advancement/development opportunities. Obviously compared to the for-profit world, but even in non-profits the pay is not competitive for entry to mid-level roles, which makes turnover somewhat high. This makes progress difficult since historical knowledge is continually lost. Aside from turnover, there are very few opportunities for advancement or development outside of department restructures. Many offices and pieces of the infrastructure/procedures are also seriously out of date which is not surprising in a non-profit or museum, but does make innovation on par with its world class reputation difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Invite engagement both top down (like with the town hall meetings and newsletters) and bottom up by encouraging a pipeline of ideas through each department. Developing an infrastructure for greater collaboration between departments at all levels could help cut down redundancies and spark new ideas. There are very talented people at all levels who actively want to be more involved.


  7. "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "Clearly a non-profit environment"

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    Current Employee - Administrative
    Current Employee - Administrative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of Paid Time Off.

    Cons

    - Low pay, as reflective in a non-profit.
    - No advancement for any position (have to wait for someone to leave).
    - Sure, there's lots of PTO but when will you have time to take them with the busy workloads?
    - Speaking of busy workloads, did I mention the low pay?
    - Very under-staffed/over-worked.
    - (Re: School-side) For an art school, you sure don't know how to put together aesthetically-pleasing offices and classrooms.
    - Departments are clique-y and defensive/aggressive/entitled. It's like high school.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff or ease up on the work. It's not always about enrollment enrollment ENROLLMENT. We're busting at the seams with students and there's no place to put them.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Lacks opportunity for development and advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    25 days PTO, great 403(b) program, great team to work with, work week is 35 hours

    Cons

    Moves at a snail's pace, tons of red tape, they treat you like you are replaceable and that you don't really matter, impossible to grow professionally there, you're paid almost nothing (typical for non-profits though)


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