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The Art Institutes Reviews

Updated July 18, 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. "A Short Title"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Instructor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teaching students to cook is very fulfilling. Good pay. Great bosses.

    Cons

    Unavailability of full time work. Benefits could be better.


  2. "Great easy part-time work"

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    Former Employee - Front Office Manager (Receptionist) in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Front Office Manager (Receptionist) in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked as the evening front office manager on a part-time basis and found it to be a great way to make some money while finishing up school. I was really only there to answer the phones and keep an eye on the front door, so there was a lot of downtime to be had and not much oversight which I found to be a good thing. I heard some buzz about thing being more difficult 'upstairs' but I was content to hang out in the lobby directing calls and walk-ins.

    Cons

    Working for a For-Profit institution didn't feel too great, but the job itself was pretty solid.

  3. "Student Worker"

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    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.


  4. "Faculty Review"

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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.


  5. "Horrible micromanagement hell .... sinking ship stay away at all costs"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly good pay and good coworkers. Students are, for the most part, passionate and driven - it's great to help them.

    Cons

    Micro management from people who have absolutely zero management skills.... pathetic! They literally and figuratively follow the president around to try and look good without regard to the whole team. Management often asks you what you think then turn around to use your opinions against you. This place is a joke and there is no action based resolutions just punishment and guilt trips about not hitting quotas and metrics that constantly make you feel like a terrible employee. The goal is always moving so you never feel accomplished. This is certainly the place you go to learn a lot really fast and move on. The change to a not for profit institution also creates an air of insecurity. While it is on a logical level a good move, it feels like a shady change to avoid recent legislation against for profit schools. Lastly, there are no places to relax and enjoy your lunch or spare time as a student or as an employee.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people that actually know how to lead. Trust your employees and create a place that is safe and enjoyable for students and staff.


  6. "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


  7. 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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. 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.


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