Representative (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – September 15, 2016
AVOID this place at all costs. Working here was a joke. Have you been searching Indeed a lot the past few months? Have you noticed AAU has been posting the same positions over and over again? That's because nobody wants to stay once they are hired.
Chronically understaffed with high turnover rates of contract employees
Office Assistant (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – September 14, 2016
During my 2+ years there, there were some flexibility in scheduling but such a high turnover rate that it's hard to build a good connection with coworkers. Every semester or two, people will get replaced or leave the job because there are no benefits offered with contract work. Though I worked over summer and winter, many others did not get to. I was also told that they will not give it job references, only verification of time worked. While they offer one free course at the academy each semester, it is really tough to work it around the work schedule...I was also told that you may not attend any other courses outside of the academy while working there. While many students were pleasant and understood the fact that things were always slow because of the understaffing, many were not. Chronic understaffing made for a bad work environment and it was one of the reasons I left. And I mean that over my two years there, only the first semester had enough staff. All the others were cut in half or even down to a quarter at times. Even had people from other departments come assist.
Great short term coworkers, free course per semester
Chronically understaffed, low pay, no benefits, other restrictions
Adjunct Instructor of Transportation Design (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – July 28, 2016
Leadership, students and curriculum are open to innovation making outcomes extraordinary. Students are encouraged/supported to work to the best of their individual means and find that they are capable of great outcomes in remaining true to themselves in the process. Very rewarding work.
Exceptional creative talent from staff to student.
Instructor/Teacher Online (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – April 7, 2016
This school does not respect its adjuncts. As an online teacher I was never sure who my direct supervisor was, and if I reached out or asked questions I was treated like a troublesome stepchild. The man in charge of my particular department was so erratic in his mood swings I suspected he was psychotic, and overall I got the feeling no one knew what they were doing. I've never worked for such an unprofessional, disorganized company. I definitely cannot recommend this school.
IT Support (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – March 25, 2016
Great place to work if your management chain is competent. You'll have a relaxed work environment and the opportunity to learn skills that will carry you to your next job. I would not be seeking a new job if it weren't for the need to relocate, so that says a great deal.
Relaxed work environment, chance to learn on the job
recreation specialist (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – November 5, 2015
This place is the worst place to work for. They do not balance life and employment. The management lacks experience in the specific filed they are place in. They also over work people, and do not pay over time, everyone is basically a contractor status. Brakes, absence due to medical issues are not taken with understanding. Specifically, this review is for the fitness and recreation department, which completely lacks experience and knowledge in the leisure service.
Accounts Receivable (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – September 20, 2015
An okay place to work, no formal training provided, micromanaged and expected to execute all work on your own, without any direction. It's basically a "sink or swim" situation. You're expected to walk in on your first day of work and figure it out...again, no formal training. No communication between staff and management whatsoever, no meetings held to ensure that any new information/policies are effectively communicated...which makes it an uncomfortable place to work. No room for growth, impossible to transfer to another department. For a million dollar company, you would think that more effort would be put into ensuring that employees are trained properly instead of simply being handed an employee manual to read.
Payroll Assistant (Former Employee) – Downtown SF – September 17, 2015
Yep, it was one of the worst place I ever worked: I worked as their payroll assistant once. Their payroll software was unfamiliar to me and without knowing I clicked the "submit payroll button" twice. Well, everyone got paid twice.
The fact, their payroll was twice more than usual was not caught by the payroll manager, the other payroll assistants, CFO, the controller, or even their bank.
The payroll manager made me call everyone and apologize instead of fixing the problem. I called each one of them, and thankfully, the instructors were so nice to me.
After that I got fired. They even escorted me out with their security guard which I thought was little comical since I apologized everyone all the way and showed no aggression at all.
Anyway, once I got home I felt such a relief and had a good nap!
Studio Technician (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – August 8, 2015
The technical director of this department has done a great job overhauling and revamping the direction and standards of the program. There is ample communication and understanding of what responsibilities need to be accomplished. Schedule that works well with a students workload.
Adjunct Professor and Graduate Studies Advisor (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – August 5, 2015
Facilitating courses online is an easy job. At this school I basically stimulate discussion and grade assignment. The hardest part of this job is to always work alone with someone monitoring to make sure that you post the minimum number of times to discussion groups, etc...