California College of the Arts

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California College of the Arts Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
31 Reviews
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  1.  

    Learning process.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California College of the Arts part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, manageable equipment, constantly learning on the job, work consists of tasks relating to major, wonderful Oakland campus scenery.

    Cons

    Upper management unaware of what's happening in their departments. Please love all your departments, not which is making money or graduating the most from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, PLEASE, have a board meeting with all your employees and listen to THEM. Let everyone have equal ground. Artists and designers' egos are ridiculous so be the voice of reason and compromise positively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Co-workers. Terrible pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at California College of the Arts full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. The people who have been working here for a long time are some of the nicest and helpful people I have met. They are the ones that create a great workplace culture here.

    They did offer some good opportunities for career skills. One of the only perks was they offered to pay for some training courses for me.

    Cons

    - Terrible pay compared to comparable jobs in the area. Like.. not even close.
    - Not much as far as "perks".
    - My job required more work than was possible for 1 person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees more and stop wasting money on other projects around the facility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Staff Position

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Position in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Position in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at California College of the Arts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - flexible hours
    - good PTO time and other benefits
    - tuition remission
    - the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing you are working for an arts institution (even if you can't afford to live in the Bay Area while doing so)

    Cons

    - extremely low, embarrassingly low salary ("for the greater good of higher education!"). Just google the president's salary and you can see he is making half a million dollars while you make next to nothing for your very specialized skills.
    - Super political, all about the system. People are very focused on the org chart.
    - Lots of people have been working there for 15-20 years and prefer to "do things as they always have done." Just waiting for their retirement.
    - Projects take very long to come into fruition, slowly goes from enthusiasm to banging your head against a bureaucratic wall.
    - Lots of people wanting to sit around rooms talking about big ideas, but only one person is doing the grunt work and getting the job done.
    - Some offices are extremely understaffed, resulting in people doing the work of 3 people. Other offices have new people all the time, and you have no idea what everyone in the offices could possibly be doing all day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring so many VPs and Higher ups. You need people at all levels to finish the tasks at hand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    work study... Media Tech/ Librarian

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Media Tech Librarian in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Media Tech Librarian in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at California College of the Arts part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great school kinda expensive. These are strictly work study jobs I had when I was a student. It was a good experience but work study jobs are regulated by grant money so making more as a student wouldn't have been possible. Maggie was my boss as a media tech and she was awesome. When I worked in the library Donald was the main main, he was very diligent about the collection and receptive to input I miss them both.

    Cons

    low pay for a student job but not sure there was any option for more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not much, they were always willing to listen

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Innovative, agile, and exciting environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California College of the Arts

    Pros

    It's a very dynamic and changing institution, community oriented, that supports innovation. Very unusual for an established institution.

    Cons

    There is a good side and also a challenging side to change, sometimes the constant change can wear you down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It is a great working opportunity!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graphic Design Work Study in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Graphic Design Work Study in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at California College of the Arts part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I work under program managers, which is good for first hand informations. Working time is very flexible depending on my schedule. I learnt a lot more about studio equipments, space usage, and time planning. Since each major has a different time schedule (on syllabus), it is good to learn how the school functions and holds events. It could be useful when it comes to one's thesis or final critiques.

    Cons

    Since the program managers help out at each other's events, it's going to be crazy on the D-day because I might hear different orders. One thing I learn from working here is I have to ASK. Always ASK before action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation depends on who and what are you working on. If you're working on reception, it's going to be a fixed price. On the other hand, if you're working for a event/show curators, it's usually going to be an hour rate. So plan ahead!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Work Study-Enrollment Office

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Work-Study Administrative Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Work-Study Administrative Assistant in Oakland, CA

    I worked at California College of the Arts as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I did my work study with the Enrollment Office for 2ish years and it was great! They scheduled your hours around your classes. I got to learn a lot about the school through the office. Met interesting people giving tours of the campus.

    Cons

    Nothing! Unless you included annoying parents, haha.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California College of the Arts

    Pros

    Great creative environment to work in.

    Cons

    Not enough pay for adjuncts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay adjuncts more to keep best teachers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    CCA

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California College of the Arts

    Pros

    Good people, creative environment, growth possible.

    Cons

    Trying to maintain an image of social justice, getting pretty corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to follow the practices of vulture culture. It's toxic.

  11.  

    A Disappointing 70s Era Hierarchy Style

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California College of the Arts

    Pros

    Great people for the most part. Casual work style. Reasonable work hours. Widely distributed financial aid creates a diverse, appreciative and international student body.

    Cons

    Low pay. Decision making structure makes it difficult for staff ideas to be taken seriously. Not so much a college but a business with top leadership making large salaries while those doing the most work making the least. Few tenured faculty. Adjunct faculty are paid little and treated as expendable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a pay cut, give programs the ability to make decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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