New York Film Academy Reviews

Updated May 12, 2015
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  1. TA

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    Current Employee - Acting TA in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Acting TA in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Film Academy part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, ability to move up quickly, variety of taks.

    Cons

    Sometimes disorganized, sometimes difficult to get a good amount of hours.


  2. Helpful (2)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Film Academy full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    none. Maybe the location.easy to commute.

    Cons

    The worst job you could ever imagine.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Run

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York Film Academy

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

    Pros

    Most Coworkers
    Some students genuinely interested in learning

    Cons

    Salary
    Environment
    Bad higher management
    Poor communication
    School in it for profit and will not turn away any student

    Advice to Management

    Have standards of who you're accepting
    Treat employees as people, not expendables
    Pay people what they're worth and don't lowball them by over $10 an hour
    COMMUNICATION


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Needs to be run as a school, not as a business.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Film Academy full-time

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

    Pros

    - Most of the staff and teachers I worked with were great.
    - Flexible schedule. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    - NYFA is being run as a for-profit money machine. The most important thing is how much money goes into the owner's pocket.
    - Employees do not get any kind of support from upper management.
    - Salary was adequate but there were no benefits.
    - Facilities (classrooms, offices, restrooms, lounges) are maintained as cheaply as possible and are often disgusting.

    Advice to Management

    Your staff and teachers are there to make the school BETTER. Let them. Listen to them when they make suggestions as to how to make the school run more efficiently and how students can get the most out of the programs. Forget about your bank accounts.


  6. Decent for filmmakers just starting out.

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant

    I have been working at New York Film Academy part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, lots of practice shooting projects (if a TA)

    Cons

    Not enough hours/unreliable schedules, no benefits

    Advice to Management

    Allow for raises for exemplary employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Unethical Company, but Great Students to Work With

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New York Film Academy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The students are hungry and talented!

    Cons

    The company engages in unethical management practices.


  8. Helpful (2)

    The blind leading the blind

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at New York Film Academy

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

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule. You are able to do more outside work if something comes up.

    Cons

    Lack of communication in all facets of the school. Each department lacks the basic knowledge to communicate with one another.

    Advice to Management

    Hire an outside consulting firm to come in and figure out the logistics from department to department.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Low-stress, film-related work to keep you busy and paid between jobs.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at New York Film Academy part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The pros to being a TA at NYFA: access to the academy's resources (for use in your own projects), very flexible schedule (it's made every week around Friday), and creative atmosphere (more from the students than the staff).

    Cons

    The cons to being a TA at NYFA: not enough hours and there are some crazy and malicious people among the managers and upper management.

    Advice to Management

    The management should better foster a work atmosphere that promotes fixing problems instead of brushing them under the rug or assigning scapegoats.


  10. Helpful (1)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Okay work environment

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    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    Good pay and some fun co-workers

    Cons

    No training or substantial benefits



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