Mission Renaissance Art Class

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Mission Renaissance Art Class Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
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    Overall a decent place to work, but not a place to retire.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mission Renaissance Art Class

    Pros

    You get to teach art to some amazing students. You are fully trained and aware of what is expected of you. Which makes it easy to do your job. If you are not a great artist you will get better with the artistic training the company provides to all it's staff no matter what department you work in. Once you are a program director you are in charge of running your own studio which is very rewarding. You build relationship with students and parents at this location and will have some students for years and get to watch them grow up and make leaps and bounds with their art.

    Cons

    You will have to drive all over the city and get stuck in traffic regularly. If you are not posted in one studio location be fully prepared to commute long distances and even occasionally if you are posted. If you become a program director especially if you are an adult program director or are highly trained it is difficult to get time off for a vacation. With black out days and not enough people trained to the highest levels (due to the lengthy but excellent training program) it's hard for these positions to take time off without significantly planning ahead. So last minute vacations are not very possible here. The benefits are bad, minimal health care and just plain forget about retirement planning.

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  2.  

    Working at Mission Renaissance was a wonderful experience!!

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    Former Employee - Program Director
    Former Employee - Program Director

    I worked at Mission Renaissance Art Class full-time

    Pros

    Being a part of helping, teaching or coaching children and adults become the artists they always dreamed of being is quite possibly the best job ever!

    Cons

    Travel sometimes can be a pain!

    Recommends
  3.  

    teach art, struggle at first, get your hopes up, find the man behind the curtain....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Director
    Former Employee - Program Director

    I worked at Mission Renaissance Art Class full-time

    Pros

    you get to teach art, and that's pretty cool. they will teach you with a proven method (that works) and turn you into an artist first, and then a teacher of the same art. even if you already have an education in art, it will no doubt fill in the gaps of your past training.

    Cons

    you think you are just a teacher, but in fact you are a student. you are also, primarily, a salesperson who's priority is to 'grow the numbers'. numbers=students, which is how you get paid. in theory, the formula could/should work, but there are numbers, or enrollment, that they expect you to hit which are harder than what they tell you. enrollment is monthly so you are at the whim of the public; if and when they want to take classes. here's the other kicker... you only get paid if they actually attend class! of course you have absolutely no control over this as most of these people are extremely wealthy and often flake out on class, or take frequent vacations, or are currently involved in a million other activities! the reason the students are primarily of the upper class is because the tuition is too high! you really do enjoy teaching, but you are so worried about increasing your numbers that you can't truly enjoy what should be an enjoyable job! the school is located in southern california which has extremely high cost of living and the salary they pay you is just enough to barely get by, at best.

    now, on to management......im not going to divulge every detail, but be careful what you say and who you say it to. they will try to 'audit' you and, through certain training 'technology', try to control you. i know this sounds crazy, but it's true and it sneaks up on you until you start to feel crazy with self doubt. im not going to publicly throw anybody under the buss here, sorry to disappoint, but do a quick search for the company and some of the top results ought to fill you in on the rest. i hope you're able to put 2 and 2 together and choose not to work here and subject yourself to their behavior.

    im more sad than anything that my employment didnt work out because while i was teaching it was one of the most enjoyable things ive ever done. their system is rather flawed, and while they are probably aware of it, they are too stubborn (and behind the times) to change their ways

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    your marketing dept has got to get with the times and be more aggressive; it really shouldn't be the program director's job to market the program! you are losing good instructors at an alarming rate due to the low pay and high expectations.

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