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The Art Institutes Dallas Reviews

Updated January 10, 2017
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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. "Sales Environment"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter/Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Recruiter/Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good full-time job with benefits. Admissions reps come from all backgrounds and must have a degree.

    Cons

    Sales environment, that doesn't pay commission. There are really no incentives and you usually have to hustle to get students and their parents to come to meet with you

    Advice to Management

    Add some kind of incentive structure.


  2. "Director of Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I loved my teams I managed and builded. I also enjoyed the creative environment

    Cons

    Unfortunately, For-Profit schools had been hit hard in the last several years. It affected the ability to thrive and limited our growing bad reputation in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    I wish all of them the best of luck and hope they can overcome this hurdle of government vs for-profit schools.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good, but"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Classes are great
    Students are wonderful
    People from industry visit to help the students
    Great work environment

    Cons

    Not enough classes for adjunct faculty
    A lot of classes are being reduced

    Advice to Management

    Offer additional classes
    Offer ways adjunct can make money


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fulltime Instructor in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Fulltime Instructor in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Art Institutes full-time

    Pros

    The students and teaching in general are enjoyable. The faculty are committed to a quality education.

    Cons

    The administration, the faculty is treated poorly, not appreciated or respected. They just load as much work on you as possible without compensation. The equipment and technology is always below standards. Incompetent people hold management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect. The job is about education not asserting power and control. If your employees are happy, feel appreciated and respected than the students will benefit from a positive environment.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Director of Admissions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Good school. Cool product to work with.

    Cons

    Poor leadership. High expectations that can challenge your integrity.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out if this is a sales job or not. Then act accordingly.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Stuck around for too long!"

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Faculty in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The company was growing although now on a slump and downward spiral.

    Cons

    Unprepared managers for coaching their staff to grow, no growth potential and negative attitude with moving to another campus for that promotion or growth potential. Lack of recognition, awards for service or incentives. Glad to be out!


  8. "Student Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great to work in the equipment cage and get to know other students and faculty better. Decent first job. worked with class schedules

    Cons

    Low pay rate, Upper management not aware of local needs. Suggested all schools be run the same when it wasnt working. constantly cutting hours and changing procedures


  9. "Not Bad for starting in Sales but Very few stay for a reason"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They train you on how to be better at your craft, marketing and sales.
    The people are nice.
    Our local management was there to help us succeeded.
    It's a great College with great Professors, and world class education

    Cons

    The metrics start easy and get SO hard, it's seems like no matter how much money you bring in for them, it's just not enough.
    It's a HIGH Pressure Environment and your always on the edge of getting fired.
    Lot of people get fired.
    Lot of people left because they could make more money in sales else where.
    Corporate breathers fire down on you and your local managers without knowing what's going on locally.

    Advice to Management

    Find away to reward those who are helping you and easy up if your team has a bad quarter. Give local managers more power and get corporate to motivate the faculty to help Admissions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Run...don't walk, AWAY from The Art Institutes"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Art Institutes (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I would love to say something nice about them. But I can't.

    Cons

    There are WAY too many problems with this place to even consider working there. First, management has no idea on how to properly manage people. If you like working in an environment where you are punished for doing your job, then this is the place for you. If you like working in an environment where your manager manages from a distance and doles out idle threats everyday, then this is the place for you. If you like working in an environment where supposedly non-negotiable polices change every single day, then this is the place for you. Point is that this place is so mis-managed from the top down, that it's no wonder why people (and students included) decide to work/attend somewhere else.

    Don't let the 1-star rating fool you. If I could give a rating of 0 stars, then I would.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people. We have families. We all have lives outside of work. The world does not revolve around when school starts.
    Hold your non-performing employees accountable. If they aren't doing their job, then force them to do their job and not put more burden on those that actually do care about what they do.
    Create a policy and stick to it. If it means that fewer students start school than planned, than oh well. When you create a policy and you don't live up to it, then you lose all credibility.
    Put people in management that know how to manage. Just because you are great as a worker, doesn't translate you to being a good manager.


  11. "ADA No Way"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    I worked with some great people at Ai Dallas. Some days were fun.

    Cons

    There was a 2 year expiration on most ADA jobs and the turnover was high. There used to be 40+ ADAs but now times have changed with new regulations on the proprietary education industry.

    Advice to Management

    Set your employees up for success not failure.



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