Minneapolis College of Art & Design

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Updated February 10, 2015
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  1. MCAD

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Minneapolis College of Art & Design full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Love art? This is a fantastic place to work in that you will be surrounded by art and artists at all times. Employees are fun to be around; mostly professionals in their 30s-40s. They seem to enjoy their jobs. Excellent location in South Minneapolis; beautiful campus. Tuition waiver.

    Cons

    Some cons are: high cost of benefits, lack of diversity, cost per credit. It's hard to back a college that will most likely leave students with lots of debt. The college is small, so there isn't much room for advancement.

  2. Oh dear!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Minneapolis College of Art & Design

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good resources
    Connections to the art world

    Cons

    I was told that a female had to "act more professionally than a male"
    I was also retaliated against and slandered professionally after turning in a sex offender
    For an organization that claims to be socially forward, I dealt with the most atrocious, damaging career discrimination of my life.

    Advice to Management

    Please review your policies regarding sexual assault reporting and protect your students from sex offenders that you hire and support as "community leaders"

  3. Inspiring environment, high concentration of talented people, but limited support

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minneapolis College of Art & Design part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    MCAD is a very special place filled with people with fascinating ideas and impressive skills in a variety of areas. The faculty and students are doing great things, but dig a little deeper and you find that most people on staff, from security guards to shop technicians to admin assistants, have thriving artistic practices outside of their day jobs.

    Cons

    HR and upper administration are out of touch with the school's mission and the big picture. Very talented people choose to leave the college due to lack of support. There is an unhealthy hierarchy and lack of cooperation between upper administration, faculty, and staff.

    Advice to Management

    The scarcity mindset coming from HR and upper management is seriously hurting morale and the student experience at MCAD.

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  5. Great co workers - bad management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Minneapolis College of Art & Design

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great people, awesome artists. Being able to have access to the cameras and other equipment is very nice.

    Cons

    The management is so so in some departments. Some discipline bad behavior and others encourage it. Office bullying seems to be a common thing.

  6. adrift without a rudder

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minneapolis College of Art & Design full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    generous vacation/ sick package, 35 hour week
    stimulating visual environment

    Cons

    lack of leadership
    fearful micromanaging
    lack of promotion/salary increase
    lack of alignment to mission, values and vision
    lack of acknowledgement and recognition of staff and faculty
    lack of creative problem solving

    Advice to Management

    There are many gifted, capable people willing and able to move the college forward but who have lost hope and heart under the micromanaging and lack of leadership.

  7. Good benefits - lacking support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Minneapolis College of Art & Design full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very flexible schedules - 35 hour work week. Work with very creative and passionate staff, faculty, and students. Great community of people.

    Cons

    Very low pay - many duties and not enough bodies. Poor HR. Very poor leadership.

  8. Working with Minneapolis College of Art and Design's stellar students, staff, and faculty.

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    Current Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Minneapolis College of Art & Design as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to teach sustainability course content to creative, dedicated design students. MCAD offers world renown, state-of-the-art Masters' degree and certificate programs.

    Cons

    Must be willing to develop a strong career strategy and make use of MCAD's career advisor to create work and design career opportunities in an ailing economy.

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