Full Sail University Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Not to mention the work environment is very stress-free (in 6 reviews)

  • Excellent training, flexible schedule, fun environment (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management only cares about bottom line dollar amounts (in 8 reviews)

  • The pay is low and the cubicles are small (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Low pressure satisfying job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL

    I have been working at Full Sail University

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

    Pros

    Work culture is very chill in general. Employees are generally pretty cool.

    Cons

    Room for advancement is limited, great for those who have much industry experience and looking for a pay cut in exchange for a more relaxed culture and fun place to work. Work schedule can be unstable.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. BTS Tour Guide

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tour Guide in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Tour Guide in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Full Sail University (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Lots of time to work in between sessions * Watch movies/play games between sessions * Free breakfast * Free company-sponsored lunch * Once a month

    Cons

    * Low pay for the 11+ hours you're working * Long hours

    Advice to Management

    Adding a little more pay hourly for the 11+ hours chipped in would be beneficial as a student.


  3. Marketing data analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL

    I have been working at Full Sail University

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

    Pros

    This is as close as it gets to employers knocking on your door. If a job ad is being distributed by email, the employer is reaching out. These could be sent to, and come to you through, Career Services, your academic department, advisors, clubs, you name it.

    Cons

    None, really. It's just a form of information and communication coming to you. Even if a particular job/career fields is not of interest, use it to learn about what is out there.

    Advice to Management

    Not for the shy or undermotivated. You need good interpersonal skills and good writing skills (but you need those to get hired anyway). Sources to find potential employers and unadvertised jobs Pros: Research sources that help you find potential employers. Helpful if you are focusing on a particular industry. Websites, phone books, and other print materials can be sources. Cons: Not job openings, but sources to find potential employers. You'll need to know the type of organizations with whom you could, or want to, work. Posting your resume online and in resume books Pros: Never hurts to get your resume out where it can potentially be seen. If your credentials are in high demand, and there are an abundance of jobs that match, this can work. Cons: Totally passive job search method. You wait to be called. If other job seekers take initiative to seek out the employers and apply for jobs, the employers don't need to come looking for you. Unless your credentials are rare and in high demand, you'll have to use more active job search methods.


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  5. Lab Monitor

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Lab Monitor in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Lab Monitor in Winter Park, FL

    I have been working at Full Sail University (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    As a lab monitor you can do homework while monitoring rooms! It's almost like getting paid to do homework. You also have access to the computers during the time you open the lab, and the other students really appreciate having the usually closed (or in use by other classes) labs for working.

    Cons

    being a lab monitor is quite low on the "totem pole" and because of that, we are last to choose times to work. It's a first come first serve basis and the teachers get first pick while the lab monitors to pick at the scraps. Most labs I see are from 1 am to 5 am or 5am to 9am (though labs can range from any time of day). what makes it worse is the recently limited the amount of rooms from 7 to 3 making it even harder to get a lab at a decent time. Though if you go to Full Sail, you should already be use to crazy hours for work.

    Advice to Management

    I know you're school is growing and it's probably a little tough to keep up with, but it needs to be done. It feels a little like the smaller guys (along with some of the teachers) can go ignored for long periods of time.


  6. Frustrating to say the least

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL

    I have been working at Full Sail University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the students every day. Laid back atmosphere in the classroom.

    Cons

    Low pay unless you're one of the 50 or 60 vice presidents...then it's VERY lucrative. Long hours without meal breaks. No recognition from management unless it's something negative. There is nothing in place for redress of complaints or concerns ("If you don't like you're welcome to leave"). No one returns phone calls or e-mails. Communication is non-existent....ironic since this is a communication school. Management has a breathtaking contempt for the front line workers. This is a company whose entire culture is about celebrity and chewing up people and spitting them out.

    Advice to Management

    Love people, use things. You have it the other way around. The people who work for you are your greatest asset...not the celebrities that you love to hang out with or your Hall of Fame superstars or your buddies at World Wrestling Entertainment. Without the people on the ground, working endless hours with little to no recognition, your cash cow would dry up pretty fast. Stop giving awards and recognition to each other and pay attention to your front line troops....if you even know where they work.


  7. Mixed Emotions

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL

    I have been working at Full Sail University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Helping students succeed Flexible schedule Great coworkers Casual atmosphere If you aren't concerned with the occasional overnight shift and are looking for consistent pay with benefits, this might be a good option for you.

    Cons

    Erratic schedule Poor downward communication from upper management For profit education in general has issues Pay isn't competitive The schedule is flexible both ways. You need to be available for various shifts which include the occasional overnight shift and working weekends. This will change monthly. Aside from that, the biggest concern is the communication channel and styles from upper management. They tend to be one way directives and often without weight given to suggestions and concerns from the people actually doing the job. Unfortunately, this has been getting worse instead of better.

    Advice to Management

    Large changes should be better thought put and utilize input and feedback from people they impact. Communication often comes as condescending and belittling, rather than inclusive or encouraging.


  8. Full Sail is great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Winter Park, FL
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Winter Park, FL

    I worked at Full Sail University as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great communication with my internship supervisor. Freedom of my own hours for creation. Access to all the tools on campus if I needed them.

    Cons

    I just wish I would have been paid for that internship when I had it, but that was not a very big problem, I still managed to go through very well.


  9. Course Director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL

    I have been working at Full Sail University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility and autonomy in course development and schedules

    Cons

    Salaries are low especially when looking at how many hours we work on a weekly basis and when compared to other college professors who do not have the experience we have

    Advice to Management

    Give cash bonuses, increase adjunct pay


  10. Helpful (1)

    Dead End Job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Course Director in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Course Director in Winter Park, FL

    I have been working at Full Sail University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are very resourceful. Benefits are decent. But it is not the place to build a career unless one cannot find something better. It is truly a dead end job and unless one is friends with department heads, you are not moving up.

    Cons

    Many courses are being taught by unqualified instructors or if they are qualified, they are mismatched with the course. Frustrating for students since they'll be the ones to flip a major bill after graduating. If the school advertises that students are taught by industry professionals, then give them industry pros in the classroom. The 'trainings' for educators (called CEs for short) are ridiculous and a waste of time. Very little valuable information is dispensed. Also, there are a lot of 'educators' that do not have the proper academic credentials; they would not be able to hold jobs in traditional education (for example: people with Bachelors, people with high school degrees, people with no degrees). Makes you wonder how they managed to qualify for national accreditation; FS would never qualify for regional because they are too loose in their standards. On a final note, other educators are being hired straight out of school - not exactly what FS would let their prospective students to believe about instructors having industry experience.

    Advice to Management

    The heads of the department that leads the education of the school has their heads in their rears. Anti-academia; delusional in their endeavors. Since Full Sail is a year-round school, We only get few windows of opportunity for vacation. This spring was one of those opportunities; educators were forbidden to take vacation because there was a mandatory 3 day CE that we had to 'participate' in. It was a sham and a waste of time. It was set up so that we would help these clowns figure out their jobs on how to create a new academic 'ecosystem' for prospective students. It created anger and dissension schoolwide, because again, nothing of worth was disseminated. Get qualified people to move your school's education forward instead of two ego-driven, anti-academic buffoons who would most likely not be able to hold a job anywhere else in real academic circles.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Soul-less Diploma mill ran poorly

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Student Advisor in Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Financial Aid Student Advisor in Winter Park, FL

    I worked at Full Sail University full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The president would occasionally spring for happy hours.

    Cons

    None of the people in management positions are qualified to hold their titles. They would rather lay off a single mother with 10+ years of experience to promote an idiot who graduated with one of their own worthless degrees. They once let a homeless person drive across country only to show up so that a lower-level employee could tell them they couldn't afford to go to school there. They are the reason why the Gainful Employment Act (as bad as it is) exits. This school but thousands of students in $40K-worth of debt at interest rates exceeding 20% so the owner could buy some more classic cars and purchase more land in Winter Park.

    Advice to Management

    Look for other employment when the Dept. of Education FINALLY shuts this ridiculous school down.



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