American Musical and Dramatic Academy

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American Musical and Dramatic Academy Reviews

Updated May 28, 2014
Updated May 28, 2014
7 Reviews

2.3
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    former student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Musical and Dramatic Academy

    Pros

    great classes, fun people to work with

    Cons

    not paid enough money at all

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    Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY

    I worked at American Musical and Dramatic Academy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Creative environment, flexible schedules, great employee culture.

    Cons

    Non-profit, Bi-coastal locations, office location, organization,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The Big Secret: no talent students and a for-profit, keep them no matter what attitude

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    Former Employee - Acting Teacher  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Acting Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at American Musical and Dramatic Academy part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Centrally located; parking for staff

    Cons

    Students are immature and not held accountable, across the broader section of administrative and supervisor staff; unclear direction for teachers; no benefits; most faculty are part time; atmosphere guided by old school musical theater semi-pros; for-profit-take-anyone-who-auditions atmosphere. Programs outside of musical theater and singing are not valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New lead staff with current professional credits; create full time positions for faculty; expect much more from the students

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is the worst place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at American Musical and Dramatic Academy full-time

    Pros

    There really isn't anything positive I can say about my terrible experience at this place. I came in thinking I can contribute and change this place, but management is horrible! I'm glad that I'm no longer with them, but sad that management will continue to run this institution to the ground. Honestly

    Cons

    Favoritism, lack of professionalism, lack of growth potential, lack of management, depressing work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house from the top down - immediately!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sounds too good to be true, it is.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at American Musical and Dramatic Academy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company does offer an amazing opportunity to its students looking to get an education in performing arts.

    Cons

    Staff of faculty consider your self disposable, untrustworthy, and devalued regardless of expertise. It is a yes men environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    AMDA has issues from the top down. Heavy favoritism is restrictive to the growth you seek and creates power grabs among department heads. Allowing your employes to take pride in their work without fear of being fired over having an original idea will help you retain better talent. Also raises, reviews and employee appreciation would be helpful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Administrator  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Administrator in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at American Musical and Dramatic Academy

    Pros

    Pros would include location which is in downtown Hollywood, and compensation package including salary and vacation are about average.

    Cons

    Cons would definitely include senior management. Employees receive no annual reviews, and promotions and raises are given out strictly on whether or not you're in the "inner circle". Favoritism is rampant, and independent thinking is looked down upon. Miserable environment in which to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wouldn't help, as they don't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend

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