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The Art Institutes Reviews

Updated June 14, 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. "Student Worker"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Novi, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Works around schedule, able to work on personal work in down time

    Cons

    Far drive since other school closed.
    Can get hectic at times.

    Advice to Management

    $312 for two weeks of work is definitely not enough to pay rent.


  2. "Faculty Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Faculty can have a lot of autonomy in the classroom as long as the learning objectives are met.

    Cons

    Constant turn over in management makes most things very inconsistent.

    Advice to Management

    Try to maintain stability and longevity for your employees.

  3. "Academic Affairs"

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    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Academic Advisor in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best boss I ever had

    Cons

    Academic Affairs is great to work in, not sure about other departments

    Advice to Management

    Cross train and keep your people happy


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Get in then quickly get out"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great titles. Very competitive pay.

    Cons

    Training was inadequate. They focused on making sure that you were "in compliance" versus making sure you really understood the features, benefits, and accompanying data of the campus. Extremely metric based. Values enrollment numbers over student success. Never had realistic enrollment and registration goals. Sinking company.


  5. "FA Officer- Good People not such a great company"

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    Current Employee - Financial Aid Officer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Officer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone I worked with was amazing, hard workers and just good people who I built lasting relationships with. The healthcare and vision benefits were also pretty decent.

    Cons

    A lot of continuous cutbacks for years. Removed the option for any overtime while increasing workloads due to hiring freezes and changes in management. Overall I believe the company is in a lot of trouble and there is not longevity.

    Advice to Management

    Management sees the ship is going down which is why there has been so much turn over in management. I would say work as hard as your employees do and learn to appreciate them.


  6. "Film tutor for Sacramento campus, the experience was awesome, but the frequency of tutees was very low."

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    Former Employee - Student Tutor in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Student Tutor in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly management and the job itself was enjoyable.
    The pay itself was cool ($20/session).
    The environment made my job easy (easy access to computers and quiet areas).

    Cons

    I was paid per tutoring session, which was very infrequent.
    Advertising of the tutoring program was up to each individual tutor but I didn't have much time to do that as I was a student there as well.

    Advice to Management

    Make it a requirement for beginning students to meet with a tutor and for teachers to have a tutor in their class at least twice a month.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Getting worse"

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    Former Employee - Academic Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Academic Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employees that support each other

    Cons

    Most of the good benefits were cut and all decisions are based on crazy work expectations with low pay and no support.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Upside with new ownership-non profit model"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director of Admissions in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Director of Admissions in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow and change lives within organization especially if willing to relocate. Robust training for Admissions/FA team. Very rewarding to see the transformation in students lives and to support them to graduate.

    Cons

    Due to new leadership and lawsuits, heavy bureaucracy exists without clear goals or strategy to support students/staff. 401k ceased in 2013.

    Advice to Management

    Before making drastic operational decisions, think about how that will impact staff/students short and long term. Consult with top leaders to arrive at collaborative solutions.


  9. "Cool"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Analyst/Technical Recruiter in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Human Resources Analyst/Technical Recruiter in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Awesome atmosphere

    Cons

    Didn't sit well with my family as I was commuting long distances.

    Advice to Management

    Great job


  10. "High School Rep"

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    Former Employee - High School Representative in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - High School Representative in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Give employees autonomy and are great with maintaining open lines of communication. Flexible schedule and at-home office enables optimal production for high school rep team members

    Cons

    Lacked team bonding and meet ups or even holiday parties to create more comradery among team members.

    Advice to Management

    See con....create events/environment that enable relationship-building with other team members and departments.


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