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Art Institute of Chicago Reviews

Updated 26 July 2014
Updated 26 July 2014
25 Reviews

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    Professional and Friendly

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    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    - Professional environment
    - Endless resources and large museum
    - Great teachers and Classes

    Cons

    I did not find anything unpleasant working here.

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    Great experience working with a small group of students.

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty  in  Troy, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Troy, MI (US)

    Pros

    Professional growth and friendly environment.

    Cons

    The institution is still growing, so there are some transitional challenges sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a mentoring network.

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    Great team to work with

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great experience to start a career in museum setting.

    Cons

    The schedule for installation is so tight, as the museum never close to the public.

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    Office Assistant at SAIC Residence Life Office

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    I was able to work here while being a student at the school. Great communication between departments, supportive of student schedules, working with creative people, and all around fun to be part of the office environment. Some days there was not a lot of activity, so I was able to get homework accomplished while on the job.

    Cons

    Not too many cons, although some days there was not much to do. Like I stated, I was able to work on homework during these times, but I have heard others complain of boredom.

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    Overall a nice, comfortable and at times fun place to work. Great staff.

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Prestigious, world-famous. Staff are all very professional, and the curators are world class. Get to see exhibits 'behind the scenes' and is an amazing experience if an art lover. Really cool history to be part of, one can't help but gather a sense of purpose. Awesome benefits, especially long vacation time off.

    Cons

    It is a non-profit, unless you are in upper-management, you aren't going to make great money. It's okay pay, but not great, and there generally isn't a lot of upper mobility. People generally stay where they are hired at, so not a great place for ambitious climbers, generally, unless someone retires, moves on or dies.

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    Sometimes forget to remember the little folk. Pay could be a bit better.

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    You might not believe me, but I cannot imagine a better gig.

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    Current Employee - Faculty  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Faculty in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Freedom in the classroom, support in and out of the classroom, funding for conference travel as well as specialized software, tremendous respect, and just pay. Also, association with an insitute consistently ranked among the top of its kind, phenomenal colleagues, an exhuberant and open-minded student body, and a really cool city to call home.

    Cons

    Precarity, perhaps. I find this freeing, but others may not feel as I do. SAIC hires masses of contigent faculty, especially in the liberal arts department, with very few tenure lines. You will want to be comfortable signing an annual contract repeatedly if you are to find peace and happiness in this position.

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    The SAIC Admin is stellar. I cannot fathom better human beings, more sincerely committed to transforming education in ways that are ethical and focused foremost on student well-being and achievement (in the present as well as in the future). If I live 1000 years, I hope to spend the 965 I have left as a part of this community, working alongside of this administration. And if we (the US) ever figure out what it takes to create an educated democracy, I do not doubt that SAIC will have played a key role in that "figuring out" process.

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    Enriching beyond the pay.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    The motley crew of coworkers and characters who revolve through.

    Cons

    Progress can be slow if you don't stand up for your area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Entrust your employees to do their job, but also give direction and parameters.

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    Inspiring and Challenging in the Best Way

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    Former Employee - Coordinator, Office of Student Affairs  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Coordinator, Office of Student Affairs in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    The people are amazing, and that is invaluable. The students, the staff and the faculty are working together to revolutionize the art world one student at a time. The vacation and health insurance are top notch. HMO health insurance is through Cigna, and is the best coverage I've ever had.

    Cons

    Salary was the kicker for me. Staff at this school are really suffering, and ultimately I had to make a choice to pay my rent. I hated leaving, and hated that it came to this. I would go back in a heartbeat if it was a salary that met my needs.

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    Love of Art Culture

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    Current Employee - Rover  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Rover in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Good 35 hour a week work week.

    Cons

    No benefits for roving employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add benefits for rovers over time.

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    Great changes happening

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    Former Employee - Curatorial Intern  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Curatorial Intern in Chicago, IL (US)

    Pros

    Great resume builder, positive office culture

    Cons

    Departments were very siloed when I started, but they were actively make changes to create collaboration

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