Savannah College of Art and Design

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Savannah College of Art and Design Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
94 Reviews
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Savannah College of Art and Design President Paula S. Wallace
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Faculty and staff start out positive, but that doesn't last long (in 6 reviews)

  • Good benefits, multiple campuses, and the students are great to work with (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The work/life balance is exceptionally unhealthy (in 5 reviews)

  • gym benefit is actually for students, and faculty and staff must leave a station or class if a student wants the space), no sick time ( (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Lots of Teaching

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    Current Employee - Professor
    Current Employee - Professor

    I have been working at Savannah College of Art and Design

    Pros

    The professors here are very talented and respected in their fields. Due to the course load and number of students one teaches here, there is lots of opportunity to improve in the areas being taught. It's a great place to learn about teaching.

    Cons

    One can feel over worked and frustrated at times with lots of outside duties. It's disappointing not to be recognized by the college as a Professional in ones field.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    SCAD is a truly unique learning environment, preparing students for successful careers in creative fields.

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    Current Employee - Professor in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Professor in Savannah, GA

    I have been working at Savannah College of Art and Design full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Class sizes are intimate, learning is interactive. The facilities are first class.

    Cons

    Savannah is a very small town, not enough exposure to global art and culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries should be increased.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Exciting, fun people, weird culture, high burnout

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Admission Representative in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Admission Representative in Savannah, GA

    I have been working at Savannah College of Art and Design full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are some of the best people I've known. Very, very heavy travel which can be good or bad. Pretty good pay and perks for an admission job. Opportunity for advancement. Somewhat supportive supervisors.

    Cons

    Very demanding, very sales-oriented, lots of higher ups who don't really seem to know what they're doing, no personal life or work/life balance, SCAD is expected to be your life, no room for criticism as they only want to hear about the positives. A lot of what we do is for show and increased numbers regardless of whether or not there is something substantial behind it.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    There are great opportunities but also huge challenges.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA

    I have been working at Savannah College of Art and Design full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, exciting work.

    Cons

    Major institutional dysfunction. It is a bit of a monarchy. The school keeps staff positions open or frozen to keep costs down, so those left to do the work are stretched very thin and always on the run. There is no slow season.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to suggestions from staff on how to make things run more efficiently.

  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great potential squandered ruthlessly by nepotism and lack of imagination

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Savannah College of Art and Design full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You sometimes get to meet real leaders of industry. Just once though, as they seldom return after they interact with the ineffectual executive administration.

    Cons

    Most people are not allowed to make decisions and those who are are allowed because they pose no threat to the status quo due to their complete lack of qualification for the job. The entire organization exists to serve the president from whom little direction is given, but to whom all success is attributed. It's a family owned business, but not like J&J where there are no tears. Here there are nothing but dirty, ugly tears.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A solid college student job

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    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Savannah College of Art and Design part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Quite honestly, this is the best job you could work at the school if you're a student there. They have the best benefits compared to any other student-level campus position (free meal plan, single room, and reduced rate for room). The work is fun and gives you a great opportunity to interact with and create enjoyable experiences with your fellow students. The work environment is low-stress as long as you're on top of your responsibilities. The immediate management (my Resident Director) was a good resource for someone to talk to on both a professional and personal basis. SCAD is a hard school and working a job at the same time is even harder, but this is a great option if you're able to handle it.

    Cons

    The quality of the team you'll get is a bit of a roll of the dice, since every year the roster changes. My team had some problems every once in a while with people's attitudes and their reliability. As much as we were encouraged to work together, that wasn't possible with each member of our team and the experience largely taught me to be entirely self-sufficient. A lot of the policies that they change from year to year or the feedback system that they have us go through is largely arbitrary and we never see any real effect from it. I've tried to suggest changes that would make things easier and more meaningful which would receive praise, but they were rarely acted on encouraged to be pursued.

    The benefits, although good, could have also been a bit better. Other schools would offer free room in addition to the perks we got, but SCAD is an expensive school. It's understandable, but they wouldn't be losing much more money in the grand scheme of things if they threw that in there as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was in flux for a portion of while I was there, so things weren't always consistent. But I'd say the best thing that management could improve on is taking feedback from their workers as well as students on how things can be done better or differently. At least provide some transparency for how the feedback system is affecting things. Sometimes it felt like they weren't even sure what the intended purpose of the systems in place were except just to have it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    College Town

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Savannah College of Art and Design part-time

    Pros

    Great students for teaching, and environment for art.

    Cons

    Poor management, leaves staff in dark.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Savannah College of Art and Design full-time

    Pros

    Communicative, great assistance, ideal, good professors.

    Cons

    small, not a very vivid school spirit,heave work load

  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Innovative and Driven University

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Savannah College of Art and Design (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The university is always looking to improve the experience for its students. The faculty are amazing and administration (while most on here believe are self-centered) really do try to bring things back to the students-- just in ways that are unconventional (expensive and often poorly planned).

    Cons

    Workload can be very high and stressful. Most staff far exceed expectations, yet are never compensated for the 'going the extra mile" that HR lauds. After hundreds of miles, it's exhausting. Staff turnover is extremely high due to burn out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The time it takes to make even the slightest decision causes projects to be delayed by weeks, if not months. Very ineffective and inefficient org chart/decision tree.

  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Sad, sad situation and squandered potential. Dismissive and paranoid Administration cause rapid turnover rates.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Savannah, GA

    I have been working at Savannah College of Art and Design full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great students with amazing talent. Campuses are beautiful, sadly this exorbitantly expensive facade is funded solely on the students' tuition money.

    Cons

    SCAD had amazing potential as a university, however all hopes were ruined by the founding family's corruption, paranoia and need to belong:
    1. Absolutely zero life/work balance - employees are expected to work 80+ hours a week on salary. Those who don't succumb to the demands of the Administration (try to have a home life) are fired indefinitely and quickly.
    2. SCAD has a ruthless reputation and as a result hire mostly alumni for staff and faculty positions. Most truly talented designers leave within the first year.
    3. SCAD is the Administration's personal bank account. Using school funds and personnel for personal events, trips and to life a "luxurious" lifestyle.
    4. Absolutely no faith in employee talent or voice. Employees are treated as worker drones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the founding family from the administration entirely. Allow trained and talented designers/educators to take control of the school and then maybe it will meet its true potential. It is a family business so change is slow, if it happens at all. Sad, sad situation and squandered potential...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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