Digital Media Academy

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Digital Media Academy Reviews

Updated June 5, 2015
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  1. 'Twas nice

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digital Media Academy

    Pros

    The staff was enthusiastic and cared about the students. The upper management was very accommodating and helpful.

    Cons

    It was a little bit disorganized when I first start working there, but it definitely got better over time. Also, finding food was tough sometimes. Not a big deal, though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keepin on! You guys are doing a great job, and I think the students are getting a lot out of the programs.


  2. Youth Activities Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digital Media Academy

    Pros

    YAC's are provided free meals and housing.

    Cons

    At the mercy of logistical mishaps.

    Advice to Management

    More importance needs to be placed on logistics and staffing to prevent easily avoidable but highly draining issues from arising at camp.


  3. Good people, messy communications

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Digital Media Academy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cares about all employees Passion for providing quality classes to students

    Cons

    Sometimes, organization could get messy between staff Lots of last minute changes and deadlines are not kept

    Advice to Management

    Stronger accountability for work deadlines Communicate at least 2 weeks ahead if changes need to be made to plans


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  5. Mixed bag

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Digital Media Academy full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company growth. Company culture is decent. Many good people here

    Cons

    People in management that shouldn't be. Communication from upper management is poor. Not much appreciation for employees that work hardest.

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR and IT functions internally. More accountability for managers


  6. Great Company to work for!

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Los Gatos, CA

    I worked at Digital Media Academy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great coworkers and support. You have many different hats to wear which I love. Everyone supports everyone it truly is a family.

    Cons

    Seasonal work not year round.

    Advice to Management

    Should have hired me ;)


  7. Helpful (1)

    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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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


  8. Helpful (2)

    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Lots of work, little time, poor organization

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    Former Employee - Instructor
    Former Employee - Instructor

    I worked at Digital Media Academy

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A great learning experience!

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

    I worked at Digital Media Academy

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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.


  11. 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

    I worked at Digital Media Academy

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

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

    Cons

    During projects the hours can be long and inflexible.

    Advice to Management

    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.



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