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Harrington College of Design Reviews

Updated July 11, 2017
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  1. "Feels Like Home"

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    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Hoffman Est, IL
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager in Hoffman Est, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Harrington College of Design full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Students, Faculty, and Staff are dedicated professionals.

    Cons

    School is closing after nearly a century.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your head up and finish strong!


  2. "instructor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    great student body. great curriculum. fantastic chair of the department and I loved my fellow instructors.

    Cons

    low pay for a lot of outside work. the board was too profit motivated. no benefits for part time workers

    Advice to Management

    pay your people instead of ripping off students and pocketing the profits.

  3. "Chair, Design Programs/College Executive Committee"

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    Former Employee - Design and Education Consultation in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Design and Education Consultation in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Harrington College of Design (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Energy of school, ability to make positive contributions to quality of school and its programs.

    Cons

    Poor corporate decision making leaving school struggling.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and weigh each suggestion/comment seriously.


  4. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Harrington College of Design (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding co-worker and students collaboration

    Cons

    Nothing to report at this time


  5. "Part-time worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harrington College of Design part-time

    Pros

    Great place for part time, student work.

    Cons

    None I had a good time working there. I am sad it got closed down.


  6. "adjunct"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Harrington College of Design part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong community with flexibility to teach students based on personal experience and approach. Open doors for suggestions. Counselors to students were apt partners to faculty.

    Cons

    Disorganized structure to overall program. Freedoms lead to gaps in curriculum. Continual need to update lengthy information (same forms and info continually) for corporate hierachy. Low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Better oversight for individual teachers and what they are teaching. Perhaps a more selective enrollment process. Continue supportive relationship with adjuncts.


  7. "RIP Harrington"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Harrington College of Design full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great, passionate staff and faculty/co-workers, downtown location, nice workspace.

    Cons

    Lack of long-term corporate support, major lack of accountability at corporate headquarters of parent company.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late. Harrington is closing.

  8. "Admissions is Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun being in Downtown Chicago area. Fun staff and professors/teachers

    Cons

    For profit education, they are more concerned with enrollment numbers than the students ability to thrive at the school. It is high pressure to meet your sales numbers and to do so you have to test your ethics. Pressure to enroll student that can't afford the programs and/or are not a fit for any programs.


  9. "Great professional experience and network."

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    Former Employee - Career Services Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Career Services Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Harrington College of Design full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My boss at Career Services.

    Cons

    A sudden pattern of turnovers and layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    I enjoyed working with people here. When the management becomes corporate or relocates, it makes the place a difficult place to work at.


  10. "The harder you work and more effective you are, the more will be expected of you and for the same money."

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good people, chance to help students interested in programs, known as a great design school, great faculty, impressive enviroment, opportunity to take classes at a discounted rate if you are able to schedule it beyond your work schedule, cool programs and easy to see why students should want an education here.

    Cons

    The unsaid motto is to work harder for less. The more effective you are and efficient, the more responsibility they will give you under the guise that you should feel special regarding the extra work although your pay will not reflect the additional responsibility. It's an old school/popularity network - very gossipy, people promote their friends so unless you enjoy playing that kind of game, you'll find it uncomfortable. Although Harrington used to be private, it's now a for-profit school owned by Career Education and their enrollment goals are in the interest of cash,not the student. Salaries, as we discussed amongst friends when I was employed at Harrington are arbitrary. There was at least a 10,000 difference in salary among our group of admissions representatives all doing the same job and held accountable for same goals, which was disheartening to learn. You're brought on board with the expectation of needing to work a couple of weekends a month but soon that turns into mandatory many weekends or the unspoken but felt threat of losing your job. Management is thru fear of something occuring as opposed to rewarding you for doing great work for a low salary. If you do intend on taking classes , your schedule and/or manager will make it difficult for you to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Checks and balances as to how and why people get promoted. If you're needing to consult employees not to share salary information - that should reflect an inherent problem. Perhaps more transparecy regarding levels in admissions and the salaries commensurate with those positions would be appropriate.


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