Pratt Institute Reviews

Updated April 3, 2015
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  1. Grading Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pratt Institute

    Pros

    training, experience, networking, build faculty relationships

    Cons

    Low base rate can end up leading to very minimal hourly rate (depending on course assignments

  2. Frustrating place to work despite good work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pratt Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very generous paid time off and good benefits. Lovely campus. A creative and generally relaxed environment. Most members of staff are very nice people and some chairs and other departmental leaders are doing great work and pushing hard to implement the change that is needed.

    Cons

    Pratt's administration is almost unbelievably inefficient. Endless red tape. Many heads of departments/members of upper management have been here FOREVER and are lazy, complacent, and/or have given up (at best) OR are straight up incompetent (at worst). These people make it close to impossible for enthusiastic, hard-working, and innovative newer hires to get much done or make improvements that would benefit students and everyone else. Institutional priorities are also severely out of whack when it comes to how & where money and resources are allocated. A small but significant segment of the faculty (mostly older faculty) is also extremely entitled and difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Take a real look at outcomes and lay off dead weight. Streamline procedures. Stop over-staffing the "Institutional Advancement" office and add staff where they are actually needed. Remember that in the end, STUDENTS and the quality of the education/preparation they are receiving should always be the #1 priority.

  3. Great school, gorgeous campus

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Pratt Institute part-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    One of the most beautiful campuses of any art school anywhere. You are also in the center of Brooklyn, a hotbed of creative activity and new restaurants. In the computer arts department, the administration is very supportive, and looking to make the department better any time they can.

    Cons

    Budgets for new programs, and keeping the infrastructure up to date are sometimes lacking.

    Advice to Management

    More chances for faculty to get together and know each other would be a huge plus. I have taught there for several years, and still know only a few other faculty members.

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  5. Work Study

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Work Study in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Work Study in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Pratt Institute (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Proximity to school, flexible hours

    Cons

    No room for growth or advancement

    Advice to Management

    consider tiered work-study positions

  6. Interesting and challenging experience working with the students, but inspiring to see students focused on their artwork

    Former Intern - Graduate Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Intern - Graduate Assistant in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Pratt Institute as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    inspiring, great pay, good hours, room to develop own programs

    Cons

    sometimes unstructured, not a lot of communication between different constituents, faculty > administration

  7. Uncreative, ego-centric management (IA office)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pratt Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Decent benefits, healthcare, free gym membership, free membership to cultural institutions around the city.
    -Beautiful campus in lovely, calm neighborhood.
    -Wonderful creativity on campus--inspiring to witness

    Cons

    -This is the most hierarchical office I've ever experienced. Managers have no regard for their employees and in many occasions, don't even want to talk with their underlings. They make themselves very inaccessible, and certainly don't consider others' ideas. It's a very kiss-up/kick-down kind of environment.
    -Mediocre pay
    -No respect for employees' time or work-life balance.
    -HR doesn't care about anyone other than management. The office ignores repeated problems.

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't take advice. This is just a warning for potential future employees.

  8. Working at Pratt was great.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pratt Institute

    Pros

    Talented students were positive to work with.

    Cons

    The facilities could be upgraded but always a major budgetary issue.

  9. student involvement office

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Orientation Coordinator in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Orientation Coordinator in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Pratt Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, relaxed environment. A lot of potential perks and discounts. Very flexible with time off/accommodating with other jobs and vacations.

    Cons

    Not much pay, pratt in general does have a lot of bureaucracy and the some of the people in other departments are insufferable

  10. Full of bureaucracy but good opp for students

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

    I worked at Pratt Institute part-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Access to top names in design
    Good beenfits

    Cons

    Bureaucracy
    Low progress
    Too many people have been there for ages and not you can feel the stodginess

    Advice to Management

    Look towards the future as opposed to the past

  11. Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Jack of All in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Jack of All in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pratt Institute full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Salary
    Good Hours
    Decent Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Slow to change
    bathroom smells
    slow to respond

    Advice to Management

    Dont be so hesitant to change

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