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The Art Institutes Reviews

Updated October 20, 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. "AI Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time

    Pros

    The Art Institute has a great staff.

    Cons

    No room for advancement in my position.


  2. "Excellent place for Arts Education"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hourly rate for adjunct is $49
    Good Tools and software
    Great faculty

    Cons

    Four hour classes are great for travel to and from campus, but less than ideal for many subjects. Two meetings of two hours during the week might be more effective.

  3. "Financial Aid Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bernardino, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bernardino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with some great people and the students are amazing. The job can be rewarding!

    Cons

    For profit schools care about money instead of their employees and students. Everyday you are on edge not knowing if you will get the pink slip due to their financial woes.


  4. "Culture"

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    Current Employee - Faculty in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Faculty in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and department directors try very hard to look out for their faculty.

    Cons

    Unreliable scheduling from quarter to quarter
    Poor pay
    No benefits
    Full-time to part-time faculty ratio is awful

    Advice to Management

    Put students first - not the bottom line! Hire more full-time faculty !!!


  5. "busy busy busy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    work from home at your own pace

    Cons

    always on the road, the schools suck

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. "Fao"

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    Current Employee - FAO
    Current Employee - FAO

    I have been working at The Art Institutes full-time

    Pros

    Paycheck. Its a job not a career. Until another job is found. Nothing good really only pro is that i have a job.

    Cons

    Extremely bad training and micromanagement. No team spirit. No abilility to train properly. Cant do anything because someone is always watching over shoulders and that is counter productive. They expect u to know things they don't teach. No work life balance and no flexibility to switch out positions. Everyone is unhappy.

    Advice to Management

    ITS TOO BAD. Edmc could have been a great place if there was better structure and respect for employees.


  7. "Student Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Art Institutes part-time

    Pros

    Flexibility / Friendly Environment

    Cons

    Base Salary / Limited hours with class

  8. "Good Company and benefits"

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

    I worked at The Art Institutes full-time

    Pros

    Free tuition, worked with a large staff

    Cons

    tough to make sales goals


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Retail Key Holder"

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

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

    Pros

    Great staff on a campus level, decent pay/benefits, fantastic working with the students while building lasting relationships, networking with extremely creative, intelligent, and talented artists that work at AI as well as networking with businesses and people around the city with the consistent events (fashion show, graduations, etc.)

    Cons

    Low pay in comparison to previous managers, EXTREMELY difficult situations that can arise, no training, no warnings, corporate is childish and difficult to work for. If you don't have troughs filled with patience, the job isn't for you.

    Advice to Management

    Very interested to see what AI will become if/when it sells to the new company. EDMC is a pit. Certain "higher-ups" should probably not be in the positions they are in, and the top of the top absolutely does not care about students, faculty, or their campuses. Take a hard look at what you present to people. Mark McEachen is probably one of the rudest and disconnected CEO's I've ever worked for - I knew immediately that he didn't care about the actual education of the thousands of students that go through the schools, it's all just profit to him which is why I wasn't surprised when they started the process of selling.


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