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The Art Institutes Cincinnati Reviews

Updated December 28, 2016
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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. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Passionate, motivated students make it a very rewarding place to work (I was in Admissions). Very diverse student body, and extremely satisfying to watch the students grow and launch into the careers you've helped them achieve.

    Cons

    Upper Management has made some bad choices in the past (and some of those choices are with regard to who has been in Upper Management). Some of their "strategic" decisions made little sense, e.g., deciding to open and then to close various campuses.

    Advice to Management

    The people closest to the problem are the people closest to the solution. LISTEN to your front line people.


  2. "Pretty awful school"

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Art Director in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are an independent learner who has the drive to make it on their own, you might pick up one or two things from a teacher if you talk to them outside class. But if you're an independent learner, you'll soon realize you never should have signed up.

    Cons

    They lie to you about success rates and former students to get you to enroll. Then once you're in your classes, you realize the teachers don't even want to be there.

    Advice to Management

    Shut down and refund all your current and former students. I'm the only 1 out of 25 friends who actually got a job in their desired career.


  3. "Admissons"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director of Admissions in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Associate Director of Admissions in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Get help when you need it - get team work -- good pay

    Cons

    Work a lot of Saturdays


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  5. "Recruitment and sales in for-profit higher education"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to make a positive impact on the lives of young people going from high school to college, as well as non-traditional students returning to college, who want to pursue a creative career in commercial arts.

    Cons

    The financial stability of the organization had negative impacts on the students and the faculty/staff.

    Advice to Management

    Please migrate from an outdated sales cycle to a more appropriate and realistic approach to providing education to individuals


  6. "Ehh"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy, fun peple and other things

    Cons

    hours and also the schedule


  7. "Incredibly high turnover, no integrity, very disorganized."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is common knowledge in the admissions department that this is a "good easy job" to have while you're looking for another one since they pay $40K per yr plus benefits. They tend to hire outgoing employees which made it a fun place to work briefly, but within weeks we all became fed up with the lying in order to enroll students, not to mention micromanagement like none of us had ever seen.

    Cons

    Although the position title is Assistant Director of Admissions, this is not an admissions position or a leadership position in any way. It's a call center and there are about 25 "Assistant Directors." Cubicles, lists of phone numbers, endless metrics for how many phone calls/appointments you should have in a day/week/month. Even if you love sales, beware; employees with incredibly strong sales backgrounds were also disgusted with business practices. We witnessed consistent dishonesty and manipulation of low-income students. Management is out of touch, disrespectful, and doesn't care about the well-being of students.

    Advice to Management

    The entire system is broken, but the Cincinnati campus seems to be especially corrupt. When you have an admissions staff of about 25 "Assistant Directors" and over half of them leave in less than a year, that should be a wake up call.


  8. "Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends

    Pros

    AI is a good place to work. Competent and professional management, great support, up-to-date equipment and facilities. Management is very supportive of the faculty and staff.

    Cons

    The problem common to all proprietary education - the admission of some under-qualified students who simply shouldn't be in college.

    Advice to Management

    I believe you're doing a pretty good job. The faculty is competent and engaged, the administration seems to have a better-than-average concern for student progress. I'm glad I work here.



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