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Art Institute of Chicago Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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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. "N/A"

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

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    Great culture and lovely people. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Work is cooperate and slow sometimes.


  2. "Find the right fit and this can be the place for you"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago full-time

    Pros

    Generous paid time off, great resources, if you work in the right department you will have smart/fun coworkers, friendly to working artists (school, not the museum).

    Cons

    Salaries are low in comparison to similar institutions, can be hard to advance in career (depends on department), your experience really depends on which department you work in (talking about the school, not the museum).

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "Part time instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago part-time

    Pros

    great colleagues, interesting students, supportive community

    Cons

    department heads prefer things their way, a bit closed to new ideas. Too many cliques among the management.


  7. "Office Assistant for Academic Advising"

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    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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment and benefits but positions are underpaid"

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    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


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