Stressful and competitive work environment with good benefits and 401K
Museum staff (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – November 14, 2018
Worked at AIC for four years and never received any professional advancement. Pay is low but good benefits and paid time off. Lack of diversity on executive and senior level. Stressful at times and can be toxic due the competition for limited resources. Hire incompetent managers who pretend to have expertise but rely on low level staff to complete their tasks. To be fair the museum has been working on initiatives to improve the diversity of the staff, but slow moving and conservative leadership prevents the museum from improving in this area.
Biggest benefit is being part of a great institution in a great location.
Receiving Specialist (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – October 26, 2018
Working in the museum store is regular retail work. Working in shipping and receiving is a fair wage for easy work, but nothing one could live in Chicago off alone. Was a pleasant place to be every day, and interesting to get to see the gear works of this operation.
Housekeeping Supervisor (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – May 14, 2018
Always a fun day watching an helping the customers.But most of all learning about the Art in the galleries.A great place to work good personal,also the most stressful put of the job was making sure it stayed clean all over the building
Membership Services Representative (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – March 17, 2018
great non for profit to work for! The pay could be a little better considering you have to deal with so many people and because you don't really have much flexibility with your schedule, but there is a great amount of paid time off.
Museum Shop Saes Associate (Former Employee) – Chicago – March 10, 2018
Good benefits. Enjoyed working with most co-workers. Position is VERY hard work for VERY LITTLE pay or incentive. Each sales associate is given an individual monthly sales goal. The goals will differ depending on the time of year and if you are using any paid time off. I was able to make my goals, but not without conflict arising between co-workers. . Management struggles to create a team-work atmosphere. Sales associates compete against each other. Mangement not supportive in preventing co-worker conflicts. Will allow anyone who consistently makes their monthly goal get away with bad behavior towards others. Pollyanna excuses were given by the manager. It is very common knowledge that other departments look down on employees from the museum shops. Turn-over is always high.
Great if you like art and meeting people from around the world.
Poor pay, management ineffective in creating a team-work atmosphere.
Museum- Could've been great if it wasn't for Poor Manangment
Finance (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – February 1, 2018
I had really high expectations coming to work here. I thought it would be a great place to work, learn a lot and expected peers to be professional. Co-workers are very petty and the way to be liked is by kissing up to management. Management gave no help or direction. Didn't talk to me only on occasion in the few months I was there. Talked to me when mistakes were made. Some of the hardest working employees were overlooked and treated poorly. Management definitely had favorites. I've had a lot of managers in my career, this was by far the worst I've experienced. I've had some micromanaging bosses that were better than the management here. A lot of people seem lost when it comes to tasks. When things went wrong, people looked to blame others. Some don't take ownership of their job duties and others do it for them. Communication within departments are lacking. Emails are very condescending from some coworkers. A lot of inflated egos and god forbid you say something they don't like. Save the trouble and don't apply. I heard the school is nicer to work for than the Museum. I guess just stay clear from the Museum.
Warehouse Associate (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – November 26, 2017
Do not work for the museum warehouse. The director of the warehouse is a jerk, and the warehouse manager does not know what he is doing. Oh, and by the way, neither of those two individuals like each other which adds to tensions in the workplace. The warehouse manager makes a lot of mistakes in his job and when he is caught, will blame someone else for his mistakes. Honestly, AIC does not need the warehouse for their museum shops given that most of the products they have are decades old and could be liquidated easily to eliminate the warehouse.
Campus Security Officer (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – October 29, 2017
This job had the best co-workers I have ever had the pleasure of working with.It was truly a team work effort on everyone's part.I patrolled between te five buildings on campus.I distributed the payroll checks to the officers at all sites.as well as relived everyone for lunch periods.Patrolled the dorms,checked student ID and issued visitor passes for entry into the buildings.
I had a positive experience at the institute meeting all kinds of exciting people. For me, that was the thing that I enjoyed the most.
Event Staff (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – September 30, 2017
I did a lot of duties at the Institute. I washed dishes, setup and broke down equipment for special events. I learned a lot of customer service skills because I also worked in the restaurant at the Art Institute and you come across a lot of people. I had no problem with management while there. Work place culture was to me exciting and fast pace at times,but fun because you had to work on a time frame for certain events. The hardest part of the job to me, was customer service cause when you work for the public, it can at times be hectic. The most enjoyable was the people that I interacted with that is what I remember the most people coming and going through the doors of the Institute.
The people you see and meet.
Not really a con, but at times you had to work on a timly basis due to work schedule.