DigiPen Institute of Technology

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DigiPen Institute of Technology Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    A fine company to work for from my limited experience.

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    Former Employee - Tutor and Teacher's Assistant in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Tutor and Teacher's Assistant in Redmond, WA

    I worked at DigiPen Institute of Technology part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working for DigiPen while attending was worth while and flexible for me as a student and it generally shielded me from any conflicts with management.

    Cons

    Being a smaller school it doesn't tend to respond as effectively to some larger problems. While the culture did afford significant flexibility to tackle problems, it was often ad hoc or reactionary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Amazing Student Thinktank: Terrible Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DigiPen Institute of Technology

    Pros

    The sheer creative power, friendliness, and community of the students is immersive and awesome. The focus on video games and animation is also laser-sharp. Most of the faculty is experienced and helpful.

    Cons

    The administration blames everything that goes wrong on the students (even if they were not at fault). They treat their faculty and regular, hardworking staff terribly. Students get the impression - although that is just their impression - that they are there as cash cows and will be booted out the door if they no longer prove useful, irregardless of their personal goals, hard work for years, and promises made on entering the school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit the bait and switch. The entrance demo is all about getting an art job in the computer game industry; but the junior and senior year projects is all about doing an animation for Disney (which is not hiring DP people). How about clarifying the program to match the jobs out there?

    Also, if you worked on retaining your upperclassmen more, maybe you'd have a better graduate hiring rate.

    And finally, better training for the people you have in charge. A manager of Project Fun - no longer there - tried to enforce all the student staff teachers to wear only the t-shirts, even in the freezing cold a/c classrooms. One teacher got sick from this, started wearing long sleeves underneath the branded t-shirt, and was threatened with being fired. That sort of thing needs to stop. (WA Health violation).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Mis-managed for employees - not enough good things to outweigh the bad.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at DigiPen Institute of Technology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    On-site cafe serves healthy and good food, industry connections and perks.

    Cons

    HR department is too small (1-person) to handle needs of employees, unfair policies regarding comp and vacation time, very nepotistic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Part time job for students

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    Current Employee - Production Artist in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Production Artist in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at DigiPen Institute of Technology part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible times and wide variety of projects

    Cons

    It takes a bit of time to get the proper paperwork for HR

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Despite its dedicated staff, DigiPen's unstable senior management threatens to run the school into the ground.

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    Former Employee - Admissions Coordinator in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Admissions Coordinator in Redmond, WA

    I worked at DigiPen Institute of Technology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with DigiPen's students can be extremely rewarding, and most of the staff do their best to make DigiPen a great school. The cafeteria offers healthy options every day, though meals and drinks are no longer free to employees.

    Cons

    Nepotism, low salaries compared to industry standard, one-person HR department to combat abysmal employee morale, focus on bringing new students into the school rather than supporting the enrolled students, unpredictable senior management prone to emotional snap decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the students you already have enrolled at the school rather than pouring school resources into Admissions. Promote based on ability rather than family connections. Expand your HR department and begin 360 reviews (in which employees review supervisors and management) to prevent employees from leaving. Require all senior executives to receive management training and discipline them accordingly for any inappropriate outbursts directed towards students or staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good job during school.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DigiPen Institute of Technology

    Pros

    Decent first exposure to a professional environment.
    Freedom to choose project.
    Lots of ownership over work.
    Good pay during school.

    Cons

    No work life balance (Just like attending school there.)
    Dead end job career wise.
    Not a lot of professional growth (Just using what you know from school).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. People who work at DigiPen know exactly what they're signing up for and like the way it operates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Looks impressive from the outside, systems broken on the inside

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Redmond, WA

    I worked at DigiPen Institute of Technology as a contractor

    Pros

    The staff and faculty are generally friendly and helpful
    Cafeteria isn't bad and faculty get free beverages
    Adjunct instructors get access to a shared office and lunch room area
    The building is newer and there is free parking for faculty

    Cons

    A lot of money seems to go to outward appearances e.g. big TV screens on the walls showing student work, huge cafeteria with a kitchen that rivals those of top restaurants, the security system etc.

    Where the money does not go is IT systems. The wifi does not work in many parts of the building, the printers are often not working (and students end up in a panic and emailing their assignments after trying every printer in the building). Computers often crap out with errors about expired software and OS trials (aren't they paying for this stuff?). They have some terrible home grown email systems (they give you a choice of two and then tell you they no longer support one of them) and inboxes will fill up and bounce incoming email without any warning.

    Their implementation of Moodle (course management system) is almost unusable. Even the students have a running joke about attending a technology school that has horrible technology (this is often followed by a joke about how much they pay for tuition... a LOT).

    Being a for-profit school they have special paperwork to file so they also require instructors to take attendance by pencil and paper every single class which feels like elementary school, not college.

    Salary is not competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix internal systems and processes
    Spend money on IT

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    My experience as a TA at DigiPen.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DigiPen Institute of Technology

    Pros

    Look at others' work. Get new ideas, thoughts, and perspectives on how to approach certain problems.

    Cons

    You log your hours on paper, get the paper approved by your professor, then turn in. I'm surprised this isn't done through management software in this day and age.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Assistants tend to be given very easy work, sometimes a bit mind-numbing.

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    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at DigiPen Institute of Technology part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - The pay is good considering how easy the work is.
    - My mangers are great to work with.
    - I am often given tasks tailored to my skill set so I don't get too bored.

    Cons

    - Can get boring very easily.
    - The flow of tasks to do is very inconsistent, I've spent hours at work with nothing to do.
    - As a student worker, access to servers and rooms I need to use, is much more limited, and can be a hassle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to share assistants between departments if work thins out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall positive, new curriculum this summer

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    Current Employee - ProjectFun Instructor in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - ProjectFun Instructor in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at DigiPen Institute of Technology as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Administration and HR really supportive and helpful in adjustment to new work environment and to support when unexpected stuff comes up. Curriculum is interesting and the kids are all pretty cool. Also if you work on campus, lunch is provided, and overall pretty tasty.

    Cons

    This year ProjectFun was all new curriculum, so kinda chaotic. Teaching material that you're only 50-50 sure of the first time you're teaching is kinda rough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think the new curriculum should be sorted by next year. With the Bellevue workshops, the younger age group isn't the most compatible with some of the material. Also look into getting higher level video cards.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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