Digital Media Academy

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Digital Media Academy Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
13 Reviews
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    DMA is a company of innovative, collaborative, and all-round top quality employees. Work hard, play hard!

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Digital Media Academy as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Company culture is a fun, hard-working crowd
    - Good overall company management
    - Corporate caters lunch on Wednesdays :)
    - Responsibilities/opportunities increase if you work hard

    Cons

    - Occasionally required to stick around even after tasks completed
    - Communication between departments could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Make sure deadlines are realistic, not just preferable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    As an employee they support you

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digital Media Academy as a contractor

    Pros

    The staff, the other directors, the regional directors...they are FANTASTIC. Supportive, helpful, thoughtful, just really great people to work with and for.

    Cons

    The course descriptions are way off. Parents pay high fees so their kids can attend based off of the over-hyped advertisements but then courses get crammed together, subjects don't get covered, etc. It's misleading and the corporate staff is aware of this but they defend it because the descriptions are "technically" true. Misleading and deceptive though. It puts on-site staff in a really bad position because we then have to defend the program to irate parents and kids even though we know it's wrong. Also a bit disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest with your advertising and transparent about how the courses are run and what is offered. Especially with the fees being so high.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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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

    I have been working at Digital Media Academy as a contractor (more than an year)

    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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 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

    I have been working at Digital Media Academy as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    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
    No opinion of CEO
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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

    I worked at Digital Media Academy as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    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
    No opinion of CEO
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    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

    I have been working at Digital Media Academy as a contractor (less than an year)

    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
  8. 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

    I have been working at Digital Media Academy as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A waste of everyone's time, but most importantly, yours.

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    Current Employee - Intern in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Digital Media Academy as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Free snacks in the kitchen (NutriGrain bars, pretzels, bottled water)
    - Plentiful parking in private lot
    - Good for the instructors who work at the camp locations, awful experience at HQ

    Cons

    - No workspace or free desks available for interns, have to work on kitchen table
    - Terrible marketing department, confusing Director leading the team with unclear assignments
    - Worked directly for a completely incompetent marketing manager who has no idea what she is doing
    - Cubicle office located in a call center = loud and noisy at times, everyone cut-off from one another, collaboration and communication discouraged, every department shut off from one another
    - Given no freedom or room to work on any assignments so you'll be sitting around the whole time
    - Yet strictly expected to stay the whole shift despite having nothing to do "warm body" policy
    - Nonexistent company culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 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

    I worked at Digital Media Academy

    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
  11. 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

    I worked at Digital Media Academy full-time (less than an year)

    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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    No opinion of CEO

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