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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. "working hard for art and design"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place if you are a self motivated creative type, if you are not you get set aside quickly. Best place to work in the midwest if you are an artist.

    Cons

    The "lefty" politics get in the way and are applied upon each other brutally.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is trying to make the right decisions, and they do most of the time, it seams as though they have a hard job.


  2. "Supportive, creative, flexible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Pros

    Shared creativity, range of activity, access to creative resources. Stimulating educational environment. Supportive community for career as well as artistic pursuits.

    Cons

    Lack of part time positions and/or ability to work four ten hour shifts. One of the benefits of working at the school is the ability to take one or two classes for free each semester. Without a flexible schedule the classes available are limited.

    Advice to Management

    As most employees are also artists, support 4/10 schedules for staff that would like to attend studio classes.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Inspiring and Challenging in the Best Way"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator, Office of Student Affairs in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Coordinator, Office of Student Affairs in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are amazing, and that is invaluable. The students, the staff and the faculty are working together to revolutionize the art world one student at a time. The vacation and health insurance are top notch. HMO health insurance is through Cigna, and is the best coverage I've ever had.

    Cons

    Salary was the kicker for me. Staff at this school are really suffering, and ultimately I had to make a choice to pay my rent. I hated leaving, and hated that it came to this. I would go back in a heartbeat if it was a salary that met my needs.


  4. "Great team to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great experience to start a career in museum setting.

    Cons

    The schedule for installation is so tight, as the museum never close to the public.


  5. "assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great art collection
    great location
    best art mueseum

    Cons

    salary was not that high
    but, I think there's not much cons


  6. "Office assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They have very professional training.

    Cons

    However, there salaries are really low.


  7. "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk II in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk II in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work for and with.

    Cons

    To be honest, i do not have one.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the excellent work.

  8. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place, Great people, good benefits

    Cons

    can be slightly disorganized at times


  9. "Great culture!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people all around and some really great benefits. Everyone is proud to work there and seems to love what they do.

    Cons

    As an intern it would be nice to have done some kind of partnerships with the other museums to build more connection


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great environment"

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

    Pros

    An absolutely amazing environment in which to work, co-workers are all bright and passionate about the work that they do

    Cons

    Work tends to bleed into personal time, the office facilities could use some renovation, technology was not great--took a while to get a computer to run the programs I needed

    Advice to Management

    Work environment is great but the building infrastructure is aging. Overall a great place to work, keep up the good work!


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