California College of the Arts

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California College of the Arts Reviews

Updated July 18, 2014
Updated July 18, 2014
27 Reviews
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  1.  

    Innovative, agile, and exciting environment

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    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
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    It is a great working opportunity!!

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    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 for less than a 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
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    Work Study-Enrollment Office

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    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 for more than a 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.

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    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.

  6.  

    Very good.

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    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
  7.  

    A Disappointing 70s Era Hierarchy Style

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    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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    CCA workstudy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at California College of the Arts part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fair pay, flexible hours, reasonable workload

    Cons

    Busy work, cumbersome timesheets, does not offer as much insight into the inner-workings of the department as it could have

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    Great Community of People!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California College of the Arts full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Getting to work with such inspiring and creative people who all share a passion for the arts
    Great campuses and work spaces that have a relaxed yet professional vibe to them
    Open to new ideas and approaches to getting work done
    The ability to say that your work is making a difference in developing artistic talent in the Bay Area is a plus!

    Cons

    Depending on your department, upward mobility can be challenging
    Limited professional development opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to foster the creative and innovative spirit that is CCA.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    quickly places students in work study positions

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    Current Employee - Shop Monitor  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Shop Monitor in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at California College of the Arts part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    varied types of jobs for varied types of skill

    Cons

    work study means limited hours and ok pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    DMBA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California College of the Arts

    Pros

    Revolutionary program in Design Strategy

    Cons

    So revolutionary it's difficult to understand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career support needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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