Full Sail University Reviews

Updated June 28, 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. Student

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Orlando, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Impressive Staff, Nice Gear, Great Degree

    Cons

    Long Schedule, Hard Hours, It is what you make it


  2. Course Director

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    • 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


  3. Dead End Job

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    • 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.


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  5. Soul-less Diploma mill ran poorly

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    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.


  6. Great and Not Great

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Full Sail University

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

    Pros

    Work with some of the brightest and most creative people and they are kind to boot! Some opportunities for growth depending on department.

    Cons

    Upper management tends to dump responsibilities onto one person or group. For some odd reason doesn't like to do research on new processes or software and then demands terrible solutions be done in half the amount of normal time. Pay is far less than average.

    Advice to Management

    Allow time to do more research for projects. Hire more people to share responsibilities. Pay people more.


  7. Uninspired

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Growth opportunities
    -Benefits package
    -Training programs for leaders

    Cons

    -Wages are a bit low for what you do
    -Lack of communications between departments
    -Lack of guidance for expectations set

    Advice to Management

    Grow with employees, teach and communicate what is expected


  8. Great managers

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Full Sail University full-time

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, great colleagues and managers.

    Cons

    Low pay. Low pay. Low Pay.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more. Pay more. Pay more.


  9. Good Culture, Poor Pay

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    Current Employee - Developer in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Developer in Winter Park, FL

    I have been working at Full Sail University (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Full Sail University has a good corporate culture if you don't work for Financial Aid.
    The company listens to ideas.

    Cons

    Company seems to be adrift as of late with little direction from upper management.
    Salaries were competitive 10 years ago, but are not anymore (see: they haven't changed in that long)


  10. Course Director for Mobile Development

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    This Job provides flexible work hours for Course Directors.

    Cons

    For a developer the pay is a little less than the industry.


  11. Lab instructor responsible for four lectures per month and teaching in a lab environment as well.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Specialist in Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Lab Specialist in Winter Park, FL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people are great as well as the students. The atmosphere is very laid back and it's easy to make friends and work on your own projects.

    Cons

    The hours are terrible. I had to work times that ranged from 5 am to 1 am and my schedule was never consistent. Switching from a 5 am shift to a 5 pm shift in less than 24 hours is not easy and the hours do not really allow employees to have much of a life outside working there, unless you can find other people who stay up all night and go to sleep when the sun rises. I felt I deserved to be payed more as well. I was paid just barely enough to survive and that was it.



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