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Updated January 12, 2018
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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. Helpful (1)

    "The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division - A mixed bag."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Admissions in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    This is a very fast growing division of Education Management Corporation. There is tremendous potential for advancement. EDMC is an extremely large corporation that owns three schools - The Art Institutes, Argosy University, and South University. Each of these schools has an online division as well as numerous ground campuses. The company is currently privately owned but is considering going public.

    Cons

    High turnover. Unrealistic goals. No consideration of work/life balance. Poor leadership that shows little respect for employees. Senior management is two-faced. Overall, the workforce is very young and inexperienced. Even lower level managers have little experience. If you have a family and value balance, management looks down upon you. Employees are bullied to work overtime and Saturdays. If you don't put in the extra hours, management considers you disloyal.

    Advice to Management

    Look in the mirror. Care about your employees. Don't say 'it's not about the numbers' when it truly is all about the numbers!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Decent pay and benefits, but poor quality working environment"

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    Former Employee - Career Services in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Career Services in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    In my position the salary was fair and reasonable, and we had good benefits. I really enjoyed my colleagues and the atmosphere among most employees was friendly and collaborative.

    Cons

    The working environment was less than satisfactory. Rules and policies were applied unevenly across departments and within departments based on the people in management. In a relatively short period of time the President's position turned over several times and several key management staff were fired along with support staff fired. Employees were treated as expendable in a "numbers" game to meet recruitment goals. In a college atmosphere, education was given a back burner to making money.

    Advice to Management

    You need to provide consistent application of policies and procedures across departments. The atmosphere was tense because of the conflict of interest going on in terms of providing education and bringing up recruitment numbers. Students were treated like commodities. Stability in leadership and improving the background and skill set of several of your key Executive Committee members is essential to sucessfully grow the organization and have retention of quality employees.

  3. "this job could be so much more"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions

    Pros

    great benefits, free education, joy of watching people progress in their life goals. it is a great place to go to school for the students with creativity encouraged and embraced. company is solid and there is ability to move between universities in the company with many locations across country. There is good training but the manuals haven't been updated since the stone age. It's 2008!

    Cons

    very rigid about work life balance and bringing departments into new millenium, stuck on old school thinking especially at it relates to recruiting. In the recruiting department it is all numbers driven how many people you've called, how many you've signed how many start, how many complete degree. Let the people on the front lines make the job more efficient. Let us work in teams and give recognition

    Advice to Management

    loosen up and listen to your employees we can be a lot more productive and happy with less micro managing and option to work remotely instead of in a pit of people screaming to hear on telephones


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Art Institutw Librarian"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason to work at AiFL are the students.

    Cons

    The pay scale is way below cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    Check in the cost of living for Broward and Miami/Dade counties and change the pay for all employees.


  5. "The Art Instititute a good Company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Senior Management forward thinking and pro-active rather than re-active to change. Management provided the tools necessary to succeed. Employees treated to respect and professionalism and employees knew what was expected to perform their job and excel.

    Cons

    Professional growth limited and primarily afforded to Admissions team members and sometimes Senior Management forget that market conditions really affect the affordability of the school.

    Advice to Management

    Though there are great opportunities for some of the students who graduate from the Art Institutes it would benefit them to look at the average ROI for the students investment for his/her education.


  6. "admissions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a great school with great students and a wonderful state. You feel important when you get to impact a student's decision to go to school.

    Cons

    It's a sales environment and I'm not sure if that's something that can be helped. You have to get used to it.

    Advice to Management

    Work/life balance is not the greatest at all. It's sometimes difficult to coordinate time off based off of start dates.


  7. "Politics as usual"

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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

    Pros

    The teachers and classes are wonderful!

    Cons

    Senior management talks to the staff like they are toddlers. Its disgusting. "Sales meetings" are a joke. If you don't look trendy, don't expect to last long. They single out those who "don't fit the mold" and look for ways to get rid of them.

    Advice to Management

    Realize the morale is in the dumps because of the people running the show.

  8. "Telemarketing position"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Pays the bills
    Improve up on sales skills
    Not physically demanding
    Training is provided and management is patient will employees learn the business

    Cons

    Always on the phone and making calls
    Have to weed through to serious canidates, often being hung up on
    Pay can be cut every six months after 18 month anniversity

    Advice to Management

    Leads should be distributed fairly among ADA's not to favorites. Coaching should give real advice and no the same predicitable answer.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Student Employment Advisor in Brookline, MA
    Former Employee - Student Employment Advisor in Brookline, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff, knowledgeable faculty and enthusiastic students. A great working environment that provides top notch training with state of the art equipment.

    Working in Career Services in particular, these are a great bunch of people.

    Cons

    Some entrenched do-nothings and lay abouts exist in this organization. It can be difficult working with the parent company, EDMC, who holds the purse strings. There is a disconnect between the corporate side of things in Pittsburgh and the scholastic local college culture.

    Over zealous admissions expectations can sometimes lead the school in to trouble; budgetary wise and with regards to student entrance standards.

    Advice to Management

    Raise your admission standards and lower your enrollment numbers. Concentrate on making the programs you have better before trying to extend yourself in to other fields and markets.


  10. "design instructor"

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    Former Employee - Partitme Design Instructor
    Former Employee - Partitme Design Instructor
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible creative and good for making contacts and broadening your outlook

    Cons

    there are few opportunities for advancement and limited compensation

    Advice to Management

    think waht would make someone be able to commit to a more long term commitment


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