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Art Institute of Chicago Reviews

Updated April 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. "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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment and benefits but positions are underpaid"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  3. "Admissions Rep/Ambassador"

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    • 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.


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  5. "World class!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues and staff are what makes this place so wonderful.

    Cons

    Cross departmental communication could improve


  6. "Great Educational Institute and a Treasure of Chicago"

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    Current Employee - Science Laboratory Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Science Laboratory Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Extremely intelligent students at SAIC
    * Amazing art collections
    * Faculty at the edge of art innovation and design
    * State of the art facilities

    Cons

    Downtown Chicago is an expensive area to commute to and eat out in.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Nice place but hard to move up"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The staff is friendly and professional. Overall, a positive environment with good benefits. It is great to feel like you are helping fulfill the mission of such an important cultural institution and a pleasure to walk the halls. The curators are brilliant and the institution is among the best in class in the world.

    Cons

    The pay is very low and it is VERY hierarchical. Don't expect to advance quickly even if you are killing it in your job--this is not that sort of place. Given the slow pace and tendency for workers to be underemployed--ie bored, with too little to do to fill their days-- the AIC can often feel like a government bureaucracy. There is a certain amount of ennui and turnover is high.

    Advice to Management

    Create fewer roles and ask people to do more--and then pay them for their efforts! You'll get workers who are more engaged and less likely to bolt the minute the see a more enticing offer.


  8. "TT Asst Prof (SAIC)"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Well-run, relatively low-drama, with support for research/scholarship
    Transparent tenure process - I always felt my colleagues wanted me to get tenure and there would not be complete surprises out of nowhere

    Cons

    very privileged student body sometimes veers toward customer service attitude
    school is somewhat checked out of city politics/social issues (though working to improve)
    insufficient measures to incorporate international student body, especially at graduate level


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great People, No Living Wage"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member Services Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Member Services Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staff are great to work with, women and women in management are plenty. Friendly, accepting environment. Benefits are awesome.

    Cons

    Visitors and members can become very entitled and difficult to converse with. Hourly wage is "competitive" but not enough to live on. Much easier to move sideways to other departments than to move up in specific departments.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to fight for a living wage for your dedicated employees that work tirelessly on side projects without getting paid extra or being promoted.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great time off."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture, amazing location. Great PTO, flexible schedule. A lot of learning opportunities, as well as continuing education opportunities, with up to 2 free SAIC courses per semester for full-time staff.

    Cons

    Salary slightly lower than average. Also, hierarchical dynamics are a little old school, as are the subdivisions of the various departments.

    Advice to Management

    Great place to work, would be lovely if employees felt a little more valued, as it is easy to get lost in such a big place.


  11. "Visitor Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free admission to parks in Chicago , saic school remission program, discounts

    Cons

    Low Pay, micromanagement, and stress, terrible rules, managers don't get along, and can't get help when asked.

    Advice to Management

    If your employees are constantly going to HR about managers begging for help...it's obviously a problem, and employees want to feel appreciated, management need to make ppl feel happy about working there for little pay ...and not stressed while wanting to work there.


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