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"Fine first job, fresh out of college."

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Current Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Seattle, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at The Art Institutes full-time (More than a year)

Pros

I was hired here right after college. Hiring process was very fast, 1st interview Wednesday, second Thursday and hired later that day. Waited 1 week for a background check then was made an official offer. Benefits are good, and after 1 year they make up to 6% match in retirement contributions. Great people!!

Cons

The corporate structure is in the process of centralizing as much as possible. No direct contact between campus employees and corporate employees, except through company portal.

After working here a few months, found out that there is very little upward mobility, a co-worker had been in the same position for 10 years (whether by choice or lack of advancement was unapparent). This was definitely a bummer as I am a young motivated employee looking to make my name at a company that so monotonously disregards skill and hard work.

There use to be a structure bonus and pay grade evaluation annually, but recent laws have come into effect that inhibit "in-scope" workers at proprietary (for-profit) colleges. These changes removed incentives and bonuses from the Admission and Financial Aid departments as it was seen as incentive to use illegal recruiting techniques and cutting corners in financial aid process... Basically whether you are great or lousy at your job you get paid and rewarded the same way. The year I started, the company RE-instituted a company wide 3% pay raise, which wasn't the worse thing ever.

Advice to Management

Campus level management was great, Former Director and current Director are fantastic people and couldn't ask for a better team to work with. Campus President is an awesome guy who makes a point to talk to everyone and get to know EVERYONE on the campus!!!

Corporate: think before you act. Several changes were made to centralize certain processed of jobs around campus. This generally was a simple change that had a catastrophic effect downhill from where they were sitting.

This one time they had us audit all 1,600 student files to make sure authorization page was in all of them and to make sure it matched what the system showed, however did not tell us what this was for.

Other Employee Reviews for The Art Institutes

  1. Helpful (2)

    "AIP is a case study in the incompatibility of for-profit and education."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Daily contact with talented teachers and prospective students.

    Cons

    Too legion to list: unethical management that habitually breaks laws; abuse of admissions staff; horrible work-life balance; flight and firing of veteran instructors; culture of fear among faculty and staff; hotbed of gender, age, and race discrimination; financial victimization of students.

    Advice to Management

    Get some ethics and stop breaking laws. Expand the school library hours rather than reducing them. Bring back academic advisers because students need them. Stop preying on poor students and students of color. And be honest with everyone about the school closing within the next 3 years.


  2. "Great people helping others learn and grow despite a stifling and greedy corporate situation"

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    Current Employee - Faculty in Henderson, NV
    Current Employee - Faculty in Henderson, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at The Art Institutes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -exposure to technical and artistic creatives in all areas if you work with students or faculty
    -networking opportunities amongst students and faculty
    -clean well-maintained campus
    -students and faculty are a diverse mix
    -faculty are great, talented people who truly help students
    -people smile and are friendly and always hold doors for others

    Cons

    -high student tuition rates wind up paying shareholders- student interests should be first at any school
    -some students are admitted who should not be, which is tough on other students and on faculty
    -student tuition is not reinvested in the students
    -some faculty seem to only teach classes while others are expected to take on many other projects and committees which is not always fair.
    -some of the best employees who have worked there for years and years have been laid off, which is terrible for business.
    -tours are given by Admissions staff that are experienced sales people, they can shovel it deep
    -Admissions reps may pressure students to start by a certain date
    -Admissions reps may appeal to working class parents' desire to send kids to college to seal deal
    -Admissions sells an education that costs much more than UNLV or CSN yet students CAN actually get classes needed to finish Bach in 3 yrs, which won't happen at public colleges.
    -Admissions does not consistently tell students that it will be difficult to transfer credits to another undergrad program or to be accepted to most Master's programs with this degree due to accreditation conflicts (AiLV is nationally accredited)
    -company seems to be on downward spiral if you look at stocks, at pending lawsuits, and at pending regulation that is likely to take down the profitable empire

    Advice to Management

    It's difficult to advise "management" because most of their power has been stripped away by Pittsburgh, but here goes: Have your people's backs because corporate does not. Don't be afraid to go to bat for a good employee- too many managers are scared to rock the boat or be real and need to get over it. The people on top need to be very wary of laying of employees based on seniority or criteria other than how their peers and the student body perceives them.

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