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Art Institute of Chicago Reviews

Updated July 20, 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. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. 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)


  5. "Media Center at school"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay for part time student work, kind and respectful managers and coworkers

    Cons

    It's a costumer service position, so there are rushes and things like that. Also, workers only get 30 minutes of unpaid lunch.


  6. "Central Administration"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible museum and art college, lots of name recognition, great health/wealth employee benefits, interesting and diverse colleagues.

    Cons

    Below market pay, almost insulting so. Bureaucracy runs rampant, slow to embrace technology, slow to make change to broken systems.

    Advice to Management

    Review your leadership and their attrition numbers. Strive to be a world class employer, as well as a world-class museum.


  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. "Review of Working while attending grad school at SAIC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    dynamic and engaging work environment

    Cons

    no health benefits for part-timers


  9. "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.


  10. "Pure Chaos"

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

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

    Pros

    Access to state of the art facilities. Some very enjoyable peers and creative people.

    Cons

    I worked within three different departments at SAIC and under qualified people held management positions in every one of them. Positions are heavily promoted from within and external applicants have little chance of getting an interview. I found the overall work environment to be split between highly enjoyable peers to extremely caddy colleagues. Salaries are very low unless you can break into a top position. I think this leads to the toxic office environment because employees can become very competitive.


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