New York Film Academy

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New York Film Academy Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
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  1.  

    great for the experience!

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    Former Employee - Freelance/Project in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Freelance/Project in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Film Academy as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good way to meet people, Can socialize in down time with different member of crew,
    ravel to new places, be in the space of the actual creation and gathering process of a feature film.
    Really hands on and good exposure for aspiring filmmakers and those alike

    Cons

    those long hours on set,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Multicultural classes make for challenging teaching; poor administration squanders potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at New York Film Academy

    Pros

    What's best: the satisfaction of teaching interested, nimble students with fewer academic boundaries. The company seems to be growing, so there's probably the potential to move up (whatever that means?!?) NYFA is more of a trade school than a college environment, which in many ways is appropriate for teaching the craft of filmmaking.

    Cons

    Coordination between programs and majors is terrible. Filmmaking is a collaborative venture but NYFA does a poor job of bringing the various student skills and interests together to create a more complete "real world" experience. No viable intern program for near-graduates. A sense that you're teaching alone and a disconnection to others' efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Map out a comprehensive program that links relevant departments. Broaden the scope of study to include production design majors, visual effects majors. Require acting majors to participate in student films. Stop being so picky about prep time, consultation billing, etc. It's petty and irritating and creates an atmosphere of "us vs. them". Be generous with your employees; you're making a lot of money, use it wisely. Figure out a better parking arrangement for faculty and staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay work environment

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    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Film Academy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and some fun co-workers

    Cons

    No training or substantial benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    NYFA is a business, not a school

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York Film Academy part-time

    Pros

    They work with your flexibility, the mid-management is generally reasonable and likable, great to do along with freelance work.

    Cons

    It's all about the bottom line at NYFA, and although it is advertised as a school, it is really a business. They will avoid giving employees all the resources they need to cut minimal costs, making it difficult for people to do their jobs. Employees are often underworked and underpaid.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    At least the pay is steady.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New York Film Academy

    Pros

    The pay is steady in a semi-busy environment. For the most part coworkers are pretty decent as well as the students. It's very diverse and many of the staff are quite accomplished. The chances to rise quickly in the organization are good. If you're really lucky you may get the chance to travel abroad and teach for them. It's admittly a good job to hold you over during slow periods of work in freelance.

    Cons

    Complete disorganization and poor management. If you're an academic be prepared to be caught off guard at the lack of planning and guidance from higher -ups. The chances to get underpaid are good unless you're a tough negotiator. There is also no job security, you never know when you may get fired at a whim by a higher up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know when you have good people on your staff who are worth keeping around. Pay them fairly and you would have much less of a turn over rate.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't Work Here!

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    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Film Academy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    a bi-weekly salary, a nice location to work in at Union Square park, free filtered water

    Cons

    very poor working environment both physically and intellectually. Hard work is not recognized. Only a small inner circle maintain high salaries, stable positions and do not need to clock in and out everyday

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get some...management!

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Scotch tape and bubblegum

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York Film Academy

    Pros

    The shorter the program you waste your money on, the shorter the time you will kick yourself in your own face.

    Cons

    20 words is not enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less money putting advertisements in caves. More money on your staff and premises.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Look elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York Film Academy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I spent just over a year at NYFA. Ultimately, they treat their employees as though they are cogs in a wheel - to be used and replaced as needed. They offer competitive compensation which keeps a few people for more than a year but most (nearly 65% when I was there) leave within 6 months of joining and all are actively looking for other employment.

    Cons

    Employees are required to clock in and out; there is no performance review process or real management structure; complete lack of trust throughout (including at the highest levels); terrible morale and no investment in people/culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a real management team and annual plan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A place that pretends to be an educational establishment but functions more as a factory. Exploitation is the key!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York Film Academy part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good students who are following their dream and teachers who care.

    Cons

    Never acknowledged. Admin completely disorganized. No support from upper management. The only time you will receive any feedback is if there is a problem. Very little team work or communication. You are on your own!!! The management do not like staff coming together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acknowledge those who have helped you develop the school to where it is today. Don't walk all over them as has been the case.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Attempting Academia

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    Former Employee - Instructor
    Former Employee - Instructor

    I worked at New York Film Academy (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with the students can be very rewarding

    Cons

    Excess corporate focus on marketing at the expense of salaries, facilities and equipment. All the petty politics of academia with none of the rigor or accomplishment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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