California Institute of the Arts
3.9 of 5 11 reviews
www.calarts.edu Valencia, CA 500 to 999 Employees

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Great working at CalArts

Office Assistant (Current Employee)
Valencia, CA

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Valencia, CA

I have been working at California Institute of the Arts full-time for more than 5 years

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

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Creativity Hub, working for passion over pay

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at California Institute of the Arts

ProsThe 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.

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementThere should be more transparency and efficiency with management and budgeting of the school expenses.

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

Instructor (Current Employee)
Valencia, CA

I have been working at California Institute of the Arts part-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe 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.

ConsNot 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Wonderful college experience for young people into arts

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at California Institute of the Arts part-time for more than 3 years

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

ConsI don't remember any downsides

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great school but working there you'll be running around!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Santa Clarita, CA

I worked at California Institute of the Arts part-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat atmosphere with the students

Constransparency and upper admin changes.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's for you or it isn't for you! Let's hope you're in a good dept.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work and study

Student Council (Current Employee)

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

ProsAs part of student council, I feel like I can really make a difference for the student body.

ConsSometimes quite time consuming; difficult to balance with a heavy homework load.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lay back, very uncorporate, yet backwards as far as technology and pay

Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
Valencia, CA

I have been working at California Institute of the Arts

ProsWorking with students, seeing artwork made by students. Very casual, relaxed atmosphere. We have the opportunity to vote and have Fridays off during the summer which rocks!

ConsPay is low, benefits poor. No raise this year. Ability to promote within or outside the department is almost impossible.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep everyone informed as decisions are made. Utilize methods other than email blasts such as our internal website.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fantastic PT teaching position

Teaching Assistant (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at California Institute of the Arts

ProsIt was a wonderful job.

ConsSimply that I would have liked to have been able to work there more, since the job was so nice.

Advice to Senior ManagementI hope that the organization will receive more funding so that students can have the opportunity to acquire experience while using their skills to educate students inside the community.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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An okay job to have during school.

Resident Assistant (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at California Institute of the Arts

Pros-Most flexible on campus job
-Usually a good group of people to work with that you get close with
-Looks good on resumes
-Pays fairly well, and includes a free room
-Guaranteed summer employment and housing working for the summer program

Cons-Management can be fickle, sometimes outright incompetent
-Office is run by very tech-resistant employees
-The job involves dealing with students, and a lot of the students can be incredibly rude and self-entitled.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe willing to try new things that your RA's suggest!

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