Pratt Institute
3.2 of 5 20 reviews
www.pratt.edu Brooklyn, NY 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Mar 15, 2014

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Thomas F Schutte

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61% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Wonderful school, beautiful campus

Pre-College Chaperone (Former Employee)
Brooklyn, NY

I worked at Pratt Institute part-time for less than a year

ProsGreat atmosphere and neighborhood, looks good on resumes

ConsLow pay, stressful, students can be difficult at times

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Easy environment for student workers

Work-Study Office Assistant (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Pratt Institute part-time for more than a year

ProsStudent jobs are easy, accessible, and either involved meaningless clerical tasks or light labor, and often compensated well above minimum wage. Most are on-campus. 20-hour maximum of hours per week in place so that we concentrate on schoolwork. Pay raises each year depending on position.

ConsNo possibility for full-time. Unresponsive management holds no surprises. Lots of office gossip makes students privy to either sensitive or confidential information, or exposes rampant unprofessionalism.

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider doing your own clerical work before complaining that art students paid a fraction of your salary made mistakes with something that was your responsibility. Or, provide more training.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Environment/ Horrible Mgmt.

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
Brooklyn, NY

I worked at Pratt Institute full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat campus, Creative environment, great people

ConsProfessional development lacking...upper management not the greatest

Advice to Senior ManagementStop stifling employees out of fear of your job being taken by them...stop covering up ill behavior

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good for student workers.

Work-Study Office Assistant (Former Employee)
Brooklyn, NY

I worked at Pratt Institute part-time for more than 3 years

ProsNice superiors.
Decent pay.
Flexible schedule.
Close to classes.

ConsCan't really think of any, to be honest.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great people and students with lots of room for improvement

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Brooklyn, NY

I have been working at Pratt Institute full-time for more than a year

ProsThe employees are committed to Pratt.

ConsEmployees are not fully in sync to push the vision of the institute beyond the status quo.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Easy job, but toxic environment

Technician (Former Employee)
Brooklyn, NY

I worked at Pratt Institute full-time for more than 5 years

ProsWork is not too demanding

ConsPay is ridiculously low, no likelihood of advancement, faculty and students can be unreasonable and disrespectful/demeaning

Advice to Senior ManagementClean house, invest in facilities, invest in staff (higher pay)

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Poor management which leads to infighting, attrition

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Brooklyn, NY

I have been working at Pratt Institute full-time for more than a year

ProsMission of Institute, tuition reimbursement, location, beautiful campus

ConsLack of funds and low salary means inexperienced, unqualified staff, often with no management skills

Advice to Senior ManagementYou will retain more staff and they will work better together if there is more good will and an outlet for staff to confidentially report poor treatment w/o fear of retribution. I routinely work overtime, weekends, holidays for no compensation; feel taken advantage of.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Experience as an instructor in the school is mediocre, as a result of the unorganized management of administration

Adjunct Professor (Current Employee)
Brooklyn, NY

I have been working at Pratt Institute part-time for more than 10 years

ProsGenerally, a strong set of students admitted to the Graduate Architecture program
Access to the professionals in the NYC Area, a big plus
Adjunct professors bring in a wealth of practical knowledge

ConsNot enough communication between the administration and many part-time and full-time instructors
Appears that the administration's mannerisms to manage the staff is through last minute decisions for the staff, putting staff in an awkward position

Advice to Senior ManagementHard to say, there should be a turnover in the upper management, as there are too many old school views that are implemented that possibly will not change unless there is a true change.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Low Salary, Wonderful Benefits

Junior Designer (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Pratt Institute part-time for less than a year

ProsAble to take courses towards a degree. Great colleagues. Freedom of design. Short workday/workweek. Low expectations.

ConsLow expectations. Low ambitions. Corporate atmosphere. No "push". Workflow is bottlenecked causing much unnecessary stress.

Advice to Senior ManagementAs a designer, albeit a Junior Designer, I stay true to my high standards. Quality should not be jeopardized because of lack of man-hours in the day, or because of the lack of skills of our part-time employees.

Through my experience at Pratt I've noticed that the hiring process for freelancers and part-timers is not thorough enough. I have often redone others' work because of incompetence as a part-timer myself. This causes workflow jams and unnecessary stress.

It would greatly help if freelancers were tested in basic formatting, grid systems, program skills, and design.

I understand that this is inevitable for student designers. I also understand we are a non-profit... but there are so many great designers that could do good here!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Nice atmosphere, interesting work.

Copy Editor (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Pratt Institute as a contractor for less than a year

ProsVery nice people who show their appreciation.

ConsErratic pace for a temp - feast of famine in the amount of work to do.

Advice to Senior ManagementPeople are afraid to make a decision for fear of getting in trouble.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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