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Awful Work Conditions
Faculty Member (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXNovember 18, 2017
Students are frustrated as they are charged exorbitant money for an inferior education. Faculty are beaten down and exhausted. Management are regularly fired and replaced contributing to the chaos.
Pros
none
Cons
Abusive management
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School is closing
Registrar (Current Employee) –  Minneapolis, MNNovember 8, 2017
College is closing in December. Has been in close out for one and half years. Work is very slow at the moment, 54 students remain.
Everyone is looking for an new job, but having difficulty.
Pros
Excellent co-workers
Cons
Corp manangement horrible.
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Good learning opportunity
Financial Aid Officer (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAOctober 10, 2017
A good place to learn financial aid because you will utilize all aspect of the process. The people are fun to work with and most of them are extremely knowledgeable about their roles.
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Stimulating atmosphere
Instructor (Current Employee) –  Minneapolis, MNOctober 10, 2017
Wonderful students, staff and group of instructors.
I have very much enjoyed my time as an instructor at Ai. Minnesota and regret that it is closing.
Pros
Freedom to design course cuirriculum
Cons
none
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Great People - Lost What's Important
DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXJuly 28, 2017
Great faculty and staff in Austin. Unfortunately, executive leaders do not create a culture of trust or teamwork. They lack transparency and when times get tough, they try to motivate through fear instead of building their people up. This is a great place for students, but as an employee, it can wear on you quick. They try to do good things, but again when it's crunch time, executive leadership reverts back to bad habits and never accepts responsibility.
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rigid corporate work place.
Instructor (Former Employee) –  North Hollywood, CAJuly 19, 2017
The Art Institutes are a sinking old fishing boat, not even a ship. They were fishing innocent and naïve kids and people to put under $100000 education depth without any future jobs, and not telling them the truth that they are not cut for arts and design. Perhaps, Obama Administration’s gainful employment has to do with the sinking too.
Pros
Faculty and Academic management and staff are awesome.
Cons
president and regional VP are frauds
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Academic Director (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJuly 19, 2017
I worked there as an academic director and it was the worst job experience ever. The management is terrible. They pressure the directors and faculty to call students to register for courses until their quota is filled. They do not value your pedagogical skills but your sales skills.
They recruit students with no background for college mostly to get their student loans. It is sad.
The faculty and directors turn around is huge. They don't stay for long time because it is a hard place place to work.
If you are desperate for a job keep in mind that you are going to work for a corporation that has a terrible culture to get money from those who need the most and don't value your pedagogical skills.

If you can pass it.
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No job security
Full Time Faculty (Former Employee) –  San Bernardino, CAJuly 18, 2017
Right to work state here in California so you can be fired at the drop of a hat with absolutely no compensation even after years of giving to the company. A very political place to work if you keep your head down and try to be invisible you'll probably survive. Worked online for them for a while but when I calculated the hours I was making $10 an hour teaching online with three degrees. As for the degrees offered some of the teachers are fantastic but students will be coming out of this college$90,000 in debt I'm looking for jobs about $40,000. Add that to the cost of living in California.... Well you get the picture. Hard to support that even as a faculty member.
Pros
Some wonderful teachers to work with.
Cons
Very political competitive Private Industry where profit comes before education
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Typical corporate environment
Academic Director (Current Employee) –  Hollywood, CAMay 20, 2017
Typical corporate environment. Competency, initiative and hard work are taken for granted. The lack of the above seems to be irrelevant though. It is mostly about meeting deadlines and metrics.
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Terrible culture and managment
Career Services Advisor (Former Employee) –  Philadelphia, PAMarch 7, 2017
AI HOUSTON was a terrible experience. The leadership didn't acknowledge the "lesser" employees. There was no sense of community or cooperative culture. If you need a job, fine. But if you have options, pass.
Pros
Working with students
Cons
management, culture, leadership
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Assistant Director of Admissions (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZFebruary 11, 2017
Run, don't go there it's changed, and it's a sinking ship No job security, it's al about the folks on top, you are just a number to them. Great admissions reps but the management will kill your drive.
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Great team to work with, awful corporate management.
Staff (Current Employee) –  MinnesotaDecember 23, 2016
A great place to learn about the downfall of for-profit secondary education. High standards are set in place for faculty and staff, but low standards in enrollment requirements.
Pros
Comradery among faculty and staff.
Cons
Upper management lack of communication.
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Great Place to work. Fun atmosphere.
Culinary and Multimedia Specialist /Recruiter (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CANovember 3, 2016
Working in the High Schools and education students about their future careers in the Arts was wonderful. I had the opportunity to travel to several states. All my co-workers were great. My Boss was the best ever!
Pros
Working from home and planning my own schedule.
Cons
Company grew to fast and had to lay off people who had been there for many years.
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A day in the job
CIRCULATION DESK CLERK (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLNovember 3, 2016
A day at the job would be opening the door, turning on the lights and making sure that everything that was set up on the desk the day before was in its place or else I have to report stolen property to the manager. I would sometimes change the printer paper, fix the printer if the toner was out of order and send help tickets to the technicians if any of the computers had any issues for either the workers, or the students.

I helped new students get their IDs and for the students leaving the school, I would help them set up their exit counseling at the computer lab.

I learned how to be able to communicate with people and persuade them for buy an item, and be patient with customers on the phone even if they were obviously agitated with something.

The hardest part of the job was handling people during the midterm days and the finals. Many people would rush to the desk asking for a textbook on whatever subject they may be taking a test on that day.

The most enjoyable part was meeting nice people as my coworkers who helped me. Even when they were off duty and they saw that I was the only one working and about 30 people waiting in line, they came to help me because people are just not patient.
Pros
Never a time where you have nothing to do. There is always something to do in this job.
Cons
Sometimes you are the only one on duty and because of this, maybe on that day you won't have any breaks.
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seeing is believing
highschool rep (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VAOctober 6, 2016
I took this job as a high school rep dispite of the bad reviews I read. I found out 2 months into this position that everything I read was absolutely on point. The pay was decent but not enough to compensate for the out-of-pocket expenses required for supplies and or lodging.
Pros
laid back unstructured environment, bwnwfits
Cons
unstructured environment, no annual raises
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Poor leadership from the top
Director ­ (Former Employee) –  CSSeptember 7, 2016
It is unfortunate that they have such outstanding resources in their employees but squander them in favor of CEO salaries. I have been with Ai for a very long time and it is hard to watch what has become of the school. On the ground level it's a wonderful place full of committed staff and faculty. I hope that listen to those people and turn the ship around.
Pros
Faculty and staff are committed to students and care about working in a creative field
Cons
The direction of the company seems to be to tear it down and sell it off
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What was once a good thing...
Assistant Director of Admissions (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORSeptember 4, 2016
Back in 2011/2012 The Art Institute was owned by GOLDMAN SACHS and a lot of borderline criminal activity took place in the admissions departments at some schools. Goldman Sachs pushed for massive enrollments and in those early days, rewarded admissions representatives with bonuses, all expense paid trips and special rewards for recruiting the most and not necessarily the right students. While the atmosphere was great for business it was certainly not the best for students. Nearly ALL the money made by EDMC/Goldman Sachs was from student financial aid-loans and grants. The financial onus fell entirely on the student and many are defaulting on their student loans to this day.
This is a for profit school addressing the needs of students who desire careers in the applied arts fields. If the student was the right fit and understood the academic requirements to complete a Bachelors degree-as well as the total cost of school-close to 100k, it could be an amazing place. The school, in those days. had amazing faculty and new working technology,great student teacher ratio and very high student employment in field of study. As Goldman Sachs sold the business as department of education scrutiny and state attorney generals began to bring charges and investigate the business practices of for profit schools-GS took the money and ran.
There was great pressure to meet metric goals and the completed application for admissions was often more important than the student's needs. All the while preaching "ALL FOR THE STUDENTS" the reality was, admissions was basically a call center with 100 outbound
  more... minimum calls required, a daily set number of appointments for interviews in office or on the phone and application goals and tremendous pressure to meet and exceed "start" plans each quarter and mid quarter! Given the quality of the "inquiries" it required about 100 contacts to secure one application. Even the vaguest interest was actively and aggressively called over and over. Nearly all of those 100 daily calls got no response. There were daily complaints about people being called repeatedly in the same day by different admissions reps after they had requested DO NOT CALL!
Then the money dried up and the cutbacks began. Now there is no genuine promise of a student having any of the experience a student,say in 2010, might have. Enrollments are down, department directors are few and far between. Class sizes are larger and class availability is limited. The quality of instructors including adjunct is not at all what it was, computers are broken with long waits for repairs. Students are having difficulties completing projects because they cannot access the technology shown and promised them. The push for admissions continues with no real leads and more and more negative "for profit" education news stories prominent in nearly every news source.
This is, a once great school, that seems to be on the very brink of extinction and employment beyond a year is, at best, precarious.
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Pros
amazing faculty, passionate students, decent pay, great physical working environment
Cons
ethically challenging goals and expectations, less of everything that was good, ever changing rules and regulation with threat of termination always included
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A sinking ship!
Faculty (Former Employee) –  SchAugust 9, 2016
I worked as a full-time Faculty member for 15 years, and for a better part, was an enriching experience up to a couple of years ago, when the company started falling apart due to a poor economy, for-profit lawsuits and gainful employment witch-hunts by the government. However, the last couple of years, was always on the chopping block for one reason; I made too much money as a result of doing my best and sticking it out with a company that cares more about shareholders than it does about its employees and students. I feel genuinely sorry for any student that is throwing away money on a degree that inevitably will be worthless as EDMC runs this college into the ground. Make sure to check the accreditations status, as there are a required amount of full-time faculty required to maintain CIDA, North Central, and any other accreditations.
Pros
Great faculty
Cons
No job security, very poor upper management
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National Rep
National Recruiter (Former Employee) –  Atlanta, GAJuly 20, 2016
This department was restructured and the high school department has changed. I traveled the country presenting to high school students.
Pros
Travel, work from home
Cons
No 401K match
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Great employees
Registrar (Current Employee) –  Henderson, NVJuly 19, 2016
Through the current situation with whats going on with for profit schools everyone has been professional and really care about the end goal which is getting students graduated and into their career fields.
Pros
Teamwork
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