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World-class museum; low pay

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Former Employee - Assistant to Curator in Chicago, IL (US)
Former Employee - Assistant to Curator in Chicago, IL (US)

I worked at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (more than 3 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Recommends
Neutral Outlook

Pros

Amazing exhibitions, collection, and staff.

Cons

Can be disorganized and inefficient.

Advice to Management

Give lower-level staff opportunities to grow and advance.

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Costa Mesa, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Faculty in Costa Mesa, CA (US)

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Stable and reliable business, plenty of room to grow, good salary, good benifits.

    Cons

    Super corporate. Coming from a teachers point of view (I taught in the Graphic Design department) there were always a lot of extra duties assigned to you (even if you do other extra curricular things for the school voluntarily), and lots of corporate mandates that would come down to us from some mythical 'regional dean'. It is possible that my experiences are a reflection of that one locations administration (specifically my department chair and school dean), as it seems that each school has it's own culture and vibe.

    Also, because they will literally take anyone as a student (as long as you can pay for it) there is a serious lack of motivation with some students and a lot of resentment among others because of the high tuition costs.

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer to all of your teachers, not just your favorites!

  2. repotism rules, might makes right...Old boys network persists...

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    Former Employee - Professor in North Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Professor in North Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Art Institute of Chicago full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    where are your connections? Does your spouse need a job? We'll give slide your spouse into a partime position if you take on a tenure track....

    Cons

    Your secrets are safe with us. Transparency is a myth.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your legacy. Consider your karma. Find your humanity. Look within.

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