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The Art Institutes Reviews

Updated December 8, 2017
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  • Terrible Management and no work/life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • No room for growth, constant downsizing (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Great programs and faculty but horrible leadership......."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time

    Pros

    It's education... you either love it or not. Students are great, curriculum is great, and the courses are interactive.

    Cons

    The executive leadership treats students like a customer instead of a student. Hopefully the new ownership will clean house!!!

    Advice to Management

    Start over.....


  2. "Great for students that are getting by low wages"

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    Former Employee - Tutor in Round Rock, TX
    Former Employee - Tutor in Round Rock, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get friendly employees and employers that are teachers
    You learn while you work (is better for students)

    Cons

    The administration is lacking at times
    Equipment giving is sometimes lacking in quality

    Advice to Management

    Be more fair towards your employees and dont do weird roufle to pay off people is unfair

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Poor culture, poor leadership, terrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time

    Pros

    My colleagues were mostly friendly and motivated to help students

    Cons

    There are so many issues when it comes to working at Ai, or any of the Dream Center schools. The immense ego and lack of transparency starts from the top and works its way down. Ai still acts and functions like they are successful, relevant and meaningful - which they are not.

    As for culture and leadership, people use intimidation and bullying to get what they want. Compensation does not align with industry standards. Employees are often treated as disposable and temporary.


  4. "Financial Aid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    So much exposure into financial aid and all its processes that you leave company with a lot of experience

    Cons

    Underpaid for many responsibilities, large pressure to meet goals

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate staff and faculty


  5. Helpful (2)

    "It was a scam for the employees as much as it was for the students."

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    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Admissions Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great people worked there and are still struggling after the lay-off.

    Cons

    I was brought in after the lawsuit settlement to help "redefine the face of the organization" only to be laid-off 7 months later quite abruptly. The management did not care at all about the lower level employees. We were dispensable to them. Due to their mismanagement, an Art School that started in Pittsburgh in 1929 is now a for-profit school that barely has a presence anywhere. Who was our biggest investors (we were publicly traded)? Goldman Sachs and Colin Powell. Goldman Sachs successfully found a way to take government FAFSA money and put it in their pockets while destroying a young person's future by tricking them into thinking the school had positive gainful employment statistics while they placed you in a fast-food job upon graduation. I have never felt more guilty in my life than when I worked for EDMC and the Art Institute. A scam all around.

    Advice to Management

    None since they have already been bought by a non-profit in CA. I just hope the purge the suits at EDMC.


  6. "dying institution - run into the ground by corporate bureaucrats"

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    Current Employee - Full Time Faculty
    Current Employee - Full Time Faculty
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many dedicated students who are engaged in an exciting way with their art.

    Cons

    The school squelches the spirits of their students. This institution is one of the most 'firing-est' companies I have ever worked for. Even when it was growing, the constant 'word' was ... if you don't toe the line, you'll be fired. I have seen the most innovative and exciting instructors terminated, while the drudges who obey their corporate masters stay on. I had hopes that the new management -- the Dream Center, a charitable foundation, would change things, but evidently they were part of 'clearing the decks' for the acquisition. There is no security for teachers, staff, or even management -- in academics, over the more than ten years I've worked for the company, no academic dean, department head, 'coordinator,' or assistant dean has lasted more than 2 years, meaning there is no continuity of leadership, no consistent academic or ethical vision.

    Advice to Management

    Where the leaders have no vision, the people will perish.


  7. "Student Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility for scheduling around a school schedule.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

  8. "Clinical research, clinical operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Art Institutes full-time

    Pros

    clinical research professiona; seeking employment in Doa.

    Cons

    Very disadvantaged because of long distance applications.


  9. "Glorified Salesman"

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    Current Employee - High School Representative
    Current Employee - High School Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible, decent pay, friendly coworkers, ability to plan your own schedule for school and college fair visits. Nice company schedule- lots of paid holidays and comp time.

    Cons

    Cold calling/cold emailing. Micromanagement. Corporate doesn’t really know heads from tails. Because of the For Profit Education environment, the school is not allowed to reward or give bonuses for meeting or exceeding goals/expectations.


  10. "Academics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at The Art Institutes full-time

    Pros

    Great group of talent to work with are very motivated.

    Cons

    Understaffed. Minimal communication between corporate and academics.


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