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  • Terrible Management and no work/life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • No room for growth, constant downsizing (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good starting point"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admission in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admission in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Art Institutes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good entry level sales, marketing, advising role. Alright coworkers but lack of culture and disconnect from other local departments. Good teachers but they're fed up with EDMC.

    Cons

    Poor management. Lack of ethics and HR integration. Disconnect from local campuses and corporate. Extremely poor work environment (poor ventilation/no windows/insects) and company culture. School looks very institutional/ corporate. Extreme stress. Lack of qualified students.

    Advice to Management

    More leadership, less management. Allow people to self manage time / work hours. More rigorous enrollment requirements and make it look / feel like an art school


  2. Helpful (1)

    "This is not a school, but rather a for profit business"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is decent, but still not enough for the amount of responsibility and pressure. This is a sales role, more then anything.

    Cons

    Management is brutal, manipulative and aggressive.


  3. "Assistant Director of Admissions"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Art Institutes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Assisting students as they move towards their educational goals, from the admissions process through to graduation.

    Cons

    Position can be demanding at times, multi-tasking is essential for success.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "This ship is sinking"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This was a good place to gain some valuable teaching experience. Other faculty members are a joy to work with, and the academic directors were always very supportive.

    Cons

    No benefits: no insurance, no 401(k) matching (they took this away from us), no paid time off (not even for jury duty). No job security. Pay freezes were a regular occurrence. Ridiculous amount of paperwork and quarterly training modules (for which we were not compensated) Faculty members often find out the week before the new academic term that their course would not be running or that they have been laid off. Zero opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your faculty better, because without good teachers, you have nothing.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Former employee"

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

    Pros

    Working for AI in the beginning wasn't so bad but when the market for student declined the culture got worse by the day. Even though it is a for-profit education school, the culture is pretty much sales and you will be a tougher individual.

    Cons

    Working for AI wasn't so bad in the beginning of my career, but when the company started declining in profit they turned into something else. They started giving on realistic expectations and made the work environment very difficult. While I was there about 20 people quit or found a new job in a very such period. I will not recommend this company to anyone

    Advice to Management

    Management might want to understand that a tight fist does not make people perform any better. A culture that builds on growth, knowledge and fairness will always prevail.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "For Profit Education"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Presentation skills and sales skills can be developed but not in a consultative manner, definitely old-school hard close.

    Cons

    This institution is not concerned with the value to the students but much more focused on making sales number in the form of enrolling students on the spot. Very little preparation or metrics used in enrolling students. Management uses intimidation and fear rather than positive reinforcement or professional development for their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Regardless of how many managers are replaced, the directives come from the corporate office. The bottom line is not the how the school benefits the student but the "bottom line", sales.


  8. "It has been rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Director of Admissions in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Art Institutes full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Personal growth and purpose, decent compensation

    Cons

    Hours are not very good, culture is changing for the worst

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees to be professionals


  9. "Nice local people"

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    Current Employee - Academic Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Academic Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Local folks were great until DRay showed up. Corporate folks are morons.

    Cons

    All about the money--ethical or not

    Advice to Management

    Know and respect your own people.


  10. "Good Luck!"

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    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Officer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Students who otherwise would have no option to go to school have an open door to higher education.

    Cons

    Compensation was weak, organizational structure is top heavy and chaotic. Looking only to stay afloat versus long term student success.

    Advice to Management

    The morale at your company is dismal! Do something to change that and maybe prospective students/ continuing students will believe you care. They may even be more inclined to enroll/continue knowing that you care about them finishing their education.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Paper Conservation in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Paper Conservation in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great museum and wonderful learning experience. Plus, a great city to live in. Location is wonderful.

    Cons

    Pay is very low. Very high work load. Had to fix work of long term staff and I was just a fellow. higher ups did not appreciate the hard work you do. The overall employee satisfaction is very low and never get raises.

    Advice to Management

    Stop laying off important people to spend money on big buildings you cannot afford and cannot house certain items safely.



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