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Full Sail University Winter Park, FL

will include working with our in-house development team during the design, development and release phases. An ideal candidate will be committed to… Dice


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    Avoid unless you're desperate.

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    Former Employee - Course Director in Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Course Director in Winter Park, FL

    I worked at Full Sail University full-time

    Pros

    You will learn a lot working there, like how to present well to a group, dealing with people (students and staff), etc. Good skills to pick up for working elsewhere in the "real world". The "good" students were wonderful and fun to teach. Most teachers work hard to do the best for the students, as do middle managers. The organization throws big, fancy parties with free food and drinks. Employees get some "free" vacation days as a gift around the holidays, of course in lieu of a financial bonus. Benefits are okay. Might be low-stress if you get the right boss/department.

    Cons

    Minor: No faculty parking. Vacation allotment is typical of businesses (this is a business, not a school - don't kid yourself. You get two weeks when you start.)
    Major: Upper management doesn't listen to or value their people. They have a very top-down management style. Your concerns are not a priority unless it is something that exposes them to legal liability, then they'll move quick. For a long time, to move up in this organization you needed to hang out and drink with some of the managers. If it's still that way, your competence has nothing to do with your value to this organization, but if you kiss enough butt, certainly you'll move up at some point if they like you as a drinking buddy. Some management is passive-aggressive, and sometimes they blanket rules on everyone rather than address a couple of individuals they have the problem with.

    Another poster mentioned the "if they don't like it, they can quit" attitude. I can attest that attitude was witnessed by me several times from different managers. It's demotivating to hear managers say that about their workers, and I can only assume that is the attitude up the ladder.

    They receive tax money in the form of student loans that were meant for educational services for serious students, yet there's no aptitude testing or real assessment of any kind for enrollment. It really is about maximizing money. If you can stomach being a cog in a "school" like this, go for it. And they seem to like to spend money on their Behind the Scenes open houses and on the Admissions department, and less on education (pay was low, especially a few years ago).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take feedback from instructors and use it to improve the education and culture overall.
    Perhaps get an objective consulting group to come in and study the "lower" parts of the organization for its culture and perceived issues.
    Aptitude test for students enrolling should be required and some students eliminated. Raise the bar - stop lowering it!
    Understand people management: the teachers do not teach the class FOR the managers, they do that for the students. The managers should be providing an ear for their subordinates and help the teachers do their job better by being an advocate for them.

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