This review is from the 1990s, so likely not applicable now at all
Associate Director of Institutional Advancement (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – March 15, 2017
This required review is from many, many years ago so is not likely applicable now at all. I enjoyed working at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The staff was wonderful, tight-knit, and I was given great support for my new ideas and approach to projects and work.
Great working environment
Pay was challenging for living in high-cost Chicago
Great Environment for learning and working with great professionals
Graduate Curatorial Assistant (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – February 28, 2017
I was working independently on the space assigned specifically to me. It was a great opportunity for managing projects by myself: events and exhibits, as well as a chance to work with different people from and outside of the school. Absolutely full experience of creating an exhibit from start to finish.
Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – September 8, 2016
My job: - Participated in class critiques by offering interpretations and suggestions to improve student work. - Met with students one-on-one during studio work sessions to discuss their work-in-progress. - Provided technical assistance.
I learned a lot not only from the professor, but also from the student. Being a teaching assistant enhanced my professional skill and learned other skills which I never know before.
Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – May 1, 2016
Excellent opportunities for students to gain professional experience and study.
Being a TA helped me to develop communication skills, and confidence about my thinking as a future architect. I’ve learned to engage in design conversation with students, and make them think about WHY in the design process, instead of HOW.
The coomunity I have made at SAIC will be for life!
Instructor (Current Employee) – Chicago – September 16, 2015
One of the most enriched artist communities in Chicago. The public lectures and screenings, and the on going process of critics are crucial to the process of one's studio practice. I definitely enjoyed the critical input and the as an instructor I strove to maintain a friendly critical space for my students, where experimenting and failing is always encouraged.
Interesting place to work; helped me to grow and learn- sometimes very disorganized
Admissions Counselor/ Alumni Ambassador (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – July 14, 2014
Each day was very different and everyone had very different expectations of what my role was. I would do whatever I was asked as quickly as possible, and because of this, would sometimes complete all tasks before the work say ended. Some people above me thought this was a problem, while others thought it was fine. I received many mixed signals.
I enjoyed working at SAIC because of my co-workers, who made the process of learning about/ providing feedback on artwork interesting.
The most difficult aspect of the job was learning to deal with multiple managers who had conflicting ideas about what I should be working on.
The most enjoyable part of my job was counseling excited artists about pursuing their dreams.
A constantly evolving work environment at the center of Chicago's Art world.
Media Center Manager (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – March 27, 2014
I manage a handful of student employees at a time. Our main objective is to loan analog and digital equipment used on film/video shoots to students and staff for on and off campus use. It is very much a customer service job which often time requires our personal investment in our patron's projects. My job as supervisor of student employments needs to be sympathetic to a variety of personal and scheduling issues while maintaining a professional demeanor. This is both the most enjoyable and hardest part of the job. My coworkers are other administrators as well as students of various departments on school and museum campus. We all work together.