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Art Institute of Chicago Reviews

Updated June 3, 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"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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. "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


  3. 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


  4. "Email Marketing Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Director, Adult Continuing Education and Public Programs"

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    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


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate Assistant and Assistant Instructor"

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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


  8. "Solid place to work (School not Museum)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AV Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - AV Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Once employed permanently and full time, the school tries to keep you with good benefits. The facilities are great if you're an artist/maker. It's an interesting place to work what with artists (student, staff, and faculty) running around making messes and starting "movements".

    Cons

    The pay is below average for many positions. Also, if you're not comfortable with "working outside the box" or "turning less into more" or any number of non-specific advice it's no picnic. Also, not much career mobility. Otherwise, self-starters welcome.

    Advice to Management

    Management are mostly artists. Advice doesn't stick easily. See cons above.


  9. "Wonderfully supportive community"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Felt like everyone working at the School of the Art Institute was there to help out - there was a real sense of community within the faculty and staff and I could always find someone to answer my questions.

    Cons

    It was difficult at times to navigate student's needs due to the school culture, which creates a cynical atmosphere that is detrimental to constructive criticism.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for students to learn from each other and support each other through team-building exercises would help strengthen the sense of community.


  10. "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


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