California Institute of the Arts

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Updated February 10, 2015
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  1. Music Teacher fro Community Arts Partnership(CAP) at CalArts

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    Current Employee - Music Teacher in Valencia, CA
    Current Employee - Music Teacher in Valencia, CA

    I have been working at California Institute of the Arts part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work environment , Creative, Collaborative

    Cons

    Nothing . Its really good.


  2. Amazing School

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Institute of the Arts

    Pros

    CalArts is a great school to attend as an student as well as work for. I have had the pleasure of doing both for 4 years and the experiences will forever hold a special place in my heart.

    Cons

    Not enough food choices, getting a hold of gallery spaces is pretty much exclusive to the fine artists for some reason..., weird political stuff happening behind closed doors but then again every school is like that


  3. Environment

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    Current Employee - Teacher In Art (Photography and Media) in Valencia, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher In Art (Photography and Media) in Valencia, CA

    I have been working at California Institute of the Arts part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You are surrounded by exhilarating talent daily. You are treated like an artist rather than an academia. Creative approaches to teaching welcome.

    Cons

    it is a buisness, the administrations priorities are sometimes curious to the faculty. However, not a lot to complain about.


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  5. teaching assistant

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at California Institute of the Arts part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I like working there. such a vibrant school. the management listens to your opinion sincerely and they are very open-minded.

    Cons

    i guess valencia is a bit far too drive from the city. sometimes you ll get a lot of traffic when you hit the I-5. especially morning hours or at around 5 you will hit the jam.


  6. CalArts Employee Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    We get almost two weeks off at Christmas
    Fridays off in Summer
    Dogs are permitted on campus
    Supportive environment

    Cons

    As a young professional there isn't anywhere to grow. It's either low or high level administrative work. There isn't a stepping stone between. AS an employee I can't take a class at CalArts for actual course credit, I can only audit. This should be one of the major perk of working in higher education, but it doesn't exist here. The location in far from Los Angeles.


  7. Great working at CalArts

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    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Valencia, CA
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Valencia, CA

    I have been working at California Institute of the Arts part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great, artistic work environment, surrounded by friendly people who enjoy their jobs

    Cons

    The only con I have is that there is not a more permanent position for me


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    Some fantastic people caught in a system that lacks direction and leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valencia, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valencia, CA

    I have been working at California Institute of the Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    There are some very talented people here, it's a creative-academic atmosphere

    Cons

    The school lives off of its past history as a groundbreaking, cutting edge art school; the technology is behind other schools, managers settle for status quo, lack of creativity on the part of the administration; the good people leave from burnout, the bad people stay because there is no performance bars set.

    Advice to Management

    Stop living off the history of the school - focus on rethinking the direction and redesign the school for the 21st Century; most of all, leadership, leadership, leadership at all levels from supervisors to the president's office. There needs to be energy from the top that's carried down. And please set and enforce performance goals.


  9. Creativity Hub, working for passion over pay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Institute of the Arts

    Pros

    The great thing about CalArts is that it promotes creativity and the place is full of famous and amazing faculty members, but also a very talented pool of students.

    Cons

    The salary pay is not high for faculty, would rank low to average. Faculty who teach there are not for the money, but for the students.

    Advice to Management

    There should be more transparency and efficiency with management and budgeting of the school expenses.


  10. The Character Animation Department -- A very creative and inspiring place to be.

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Valencia, CA
    Current Employee - Instructor in Valencia, CA

    I have been working at California Institute of the Arts part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The pay is very good compared to the other colleges I've taught at, twice as much as some (!)

    The present department heads have made the program much better-run, better structured, and changed the previous all-too-laissez faire attitude of the students and department into one that gives the teachers much more motivated and responsible pupils to teach (which makes our job much easier).

    The other teachers are top-notch talents in the field and almost everyone I've met over the years is very dedicated to helping the students be the best that they can.

    Cons

    Not really any. There's occasionally slow progress on getting change to happen in a class or the program but no more than so than in any higher ed bureaucracy.


  11. Wonderful college experience for young people into arts

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at California Institute of the Arts part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Artistic, creative enviroment good experience especially working in the financial aid office with such friendly people was nice.

    Cons

    I don't remember any downsides



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