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Digital Media Academy Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
11 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very positive people, sometimes disorganized

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    Current Employee - Lead Programming Instructor  in  Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Programming Instructor in Stanford, CA

    Pros

    Fantastic networking opportunities, fun experiences with students, and tons of flexibility.

    Cons

    Due to such huge growth, things are often disorganized. People who don't do their job don't get let go. Sometimes constructive feedback doesn't make it back to the decision makers (or the decision makers don't act on it)

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great learning experience!

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    Former Employee - Instructor  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    As a young adult, there was no better way to learn a lot and make a lot of money! Our class sizes were good and the experience was incredibly rewarding. As a 20 year old, I made $1350 a week to teach! What an opportunity!

    Cons

    Sometimes you had to do your own IT, but you don't end up complaining because of the pay. I feel like they would rather just pay their teachers more and have them handle the IT.

    Recommends
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    A great group of staff and students make this job worth doing.

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    Current Employee - Instructor
    Current Employee - Instructor

    Pros

    -You'll meet a variety of interesting, creative people among the staff.
    -The students are excited to come to class and learn.
    -The training is comprehensive, and the campus directors were always helpful whenever trouble arises.

    Cons

    -There's a disconnect between corporate management and the operational staff you'll be working with.
    -Some course descriptions are poorly written; some students go "That's what this class is?" on the first day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Parking permits need to be provided for all employees. We would really appreciate it!

    Recommends
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    Challenging but worthwhile

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant/Instructor  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant/Instructor in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    DMA typically hires young adults and college students looking to make a little cash over the summer. It pays fairly well, equal to or better than most internships. I started at $450 a week as a Teaching Assistant and ended up making $900 a week as an Instructor after a couple years there. Pay seems to depend on the class and your level of experience. The location staff is always fantastic. They're smart, friendly, creative, and know what they're doing.

    Cons

    There is a lot of disorganization and unexpected challenges. You'll get thrown into classes you've never taught before, curricula won't be appropriate for the age and experience level of the students, the camp will be completely overbooked, etc. It can become very stressful, but it also keeps you thinking on your feet, which makes it a great learning experience for you, not just the kids!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a little more aware of what the location staff has to deal with. For example, overbooking the camp when we only have so much classroom space and so many staff members is probably a bad idea.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    Teaching at Digital Media Academy

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    Current Employee - Lead Animation Teacher  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Lead Animation Teacher in Boston, MA

    Pros

    High quality technical equipment and computers. Professional network of peers. Great locations (at Ivy League universities among others). The campers are both international and local, but are usually highly motivated and very intelligent children who can be a pleasure to teach. Often times I have learned something from a student.

    Cons

    Modular camp across North America in many locations means a weak infrastructure between camps as every camp adjusts to the location its camp is based at. There is generally a lack of organization and experience with working with children as many people are hired solely based on their professional skills which they are paid to teach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having a strong team of returning staff mixed with a strong camp infrastructure would boost and strengthen the efficacy of how each camp works at each location. Having more experienced staff working with children will also make the experience a smoother one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Digital Media Academy is a great networking experience and presents many opportunities to learn.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Networking, Experience and just a fun time working at Digital Media Academy

    Cons

    There needs to be better communication between teachers and directors/corporate

    Recommends
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great camp that brings youth's love of art and science together.

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Stanford, CA

    Pros

    DMA is a great environment in which you get to work with peers interested in combining creative media design with technical computing. You get to potentially meet a wide range of kids who are interested in applying Silicon Valley's technical knowledge with their own ambitions in photography, videogame design or other media outlets.

    Cons

    For some of the more "hot, new" programming classes, we often did not have a good curriculum planning for the week. As a result, there was a lot of times where we ended up having blocks of free time in which students who were more advanced had nothing to do. This didn't slow much down for us TAs, but I feel it may have detracted from their potential experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I suggest finding a way to further divvy up the age ranges. Maybe not externally, but internally have the instructors plan for some of the classes. Teens between 12-17 have such a huge variance in capability.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Good place to work, not a good place for a career.

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    Former Employee - Content Designer - Summer Camp  in  Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Content Designer - Summer Camp in Stanford, CA

    Pros

    Good compensation for pleasurable work. Accomplish much with little stress.

    Cons

    During projects the hours can be long and inflexible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow! I feel that many of the crunches and lags can be smoothed out if operations are expanded so that the work load can be more smoothly distributed throughout the year. Consider expanding to one or two other schools.

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A hard company to review

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    Current Employee - Instructor  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Instructor in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    DMA hires cool instructors and it's a great experience to network with like minded individuals. Pay is usually fair but you definitely have to negotiate for your own sake. Working at the campsites while sometimes stressful can be a lot of fun.

    Cons

    Corporate is a joke. They really need to get there stuff together. It's beyond me how anything guys done when there is such a disconnect between the instructional staff and the corporate side of business. Pay can range drastically and they will take advantage of you if you let them. I have seen a range of pay as instructor from $650-$1200 a week which seems hardly fair when your doing the same job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ur chain of command is in serious need of help. Start listening to your instructors and teaching staff instead of disregarding there requests. You are the ones in the office. We are the ones actually doing the teaching.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of work, little time, poor organization

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    Former Employee - Instructor
    Former Employee - Instructor

    Pros

    DMA hires students and pays well compared to other jobs. It does require a fair amount of leadership and creativity at an instructor stand point. You will meet great coworkers who are young and excited to work and enjoy themselves.

    Cons

    Management is quite disorganized and often done last minute. Required materials are constantly being shipped back and forth between locations as opposed to having enough materials for all the camps nationwide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Though I understand management is difficult and time constraints create problems, it would be much better to have all the instructors organized before the camps begin and also to have materials at all camps without the need to ship them back and forth between locations. This cause unneeded stress upon instructors and coordinators.

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