University of the Arts Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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  1. Assistant Professor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of the Arts (More than 5 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Working with talented and passionate faculty is great. I worked here for several years and was able to get some really great job experiences. I attribute that to my department manager and dean, at that time who were amazingly supportive and forward thinking. Departments vary in their politics and structures. Some aren't so transparent and easy to work with. Others are great. The students are good and talented, overall.

    Cons

    There are lots of internal politics here, more so than a typical fine arts institution. You've got to watch your step, understand politics and know how to truly cultivate good political relations. If you aren't tuned to that, or have a remote understanding of that, you aren't going to do well here. I've seen people sink quite quickly, unfortunately. Admissions needs to truly understand what the various departments and areas do, in order to market to incoming students. Admissions had a consistent disconnect with information and their perception of how they were doing.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to focus faculty to look outward to making the school attractive in this changing economy of education, instead of departmental fighting. It's a tough thing to do, but it's important for survival. Also, develop an office for fundraising - both for faculty research and for the institution. It's imperative. The next president needs to be acutely tuned to this. Also, figure out how to pay faculty a fair and living wage. At the very least, pay them a salary competitive to other similar universities. You are loosing wonderfully skilled professionals as a result of these factors.


  2. Director

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of the Arts

    Pros

    There are a lot of great, dedicated people who work here. It's a unique educational environment in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. There are always student art exhibits and performances to attend. Very generous vacation time, plus an additional two weeks off at the holidays in late December/early January.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than they should be compared to similar positions at other colleges & universities. Budgets are tight and many departments are understaffed.


  3. Good Atmosphere, Low Adjunct Pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer
    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer

    I have been working at University of the Arts part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The faculty and staff are great and the administrative staff is helpful. The campus is easy to get to by public transportation. The students are bright and can be really enthusiastic. As an adjunct, it seems like you can pretty much rely on getting classes every semester.

    Cons

    The pay is pretty low for an adjunct ($2200/3-hour class). That means that you are paid less than what one student is paying in tuition for your class. Where the rest of that money goes, I don't know, because it isn't going to technology (I've had tiny white boards, tech problems, and chalk boards every semester). To be fair, I've heard worse about other schools. In any case, the pay is low here, to the point where full-time professors are doing summer construction jobs to make ends meet.


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  5. UArts

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Management in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of the Arts full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Located in the heart of Avenue of the Arts in Center City. Easily accessible by public transportation.

    Cons

    Administration not diverse
    Not employee friendly
    Not enough resources (human, financial, physical plant) to support the needs of students and staff
    Inconsistent HR practices


  6. Sinking ship part 2

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of the Arts full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good amount of vacation.

    Cons

    The higher ups do not seem to know what they are doing, they do not take responsibility for what goes wrong and instead point fingers at others. Terrible communication between departments. The place is running out of money. Most people in administrative positions are jumping ship.

    Advice to Management

    Please take into consideration the ideas of your employees before making big decision that will affect everyone working for you.


  7. Good Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of the Arts

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great! Time off benefits for employees.

    Cons

    Management is sometimes not in touch with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Learn about who works for you.


  8. Sinking Ship

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of the Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Ridiculous amounts of vacation time.

    Cons

    The school is quickly running out of money, almost as if there's zero management of funds,. Staff and faculty are under-appreciated and under-paid which is contributes to the low morale. It shouldn't be a surprise to management that everyone is jumping ship…. they want to get out before the place collapses on itself.


  9. Terrible place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of the Arts full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Ridiculously awesome vacation time.

    Cons

    Terrible facilities, terribly underqualified and unpleasant administration and mostly cranky and untalented faculty. Running out of money fast.


  10. Helpful (2)

    rather unpleasant place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of the Arts full-time

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

    Pros

    Location is good, some interesting people. Everyone seems to make their own hours.

    Cons

    The buildings are falling apart - the whole place feels like it is falling apart. People have been there for a long time (before you needed any qualifications for jobs, apparently) and are quite cliquey and unfriendly. Pay is low, benefits are expensive and everything seems to be held together with spit and glue.


  11. Theatre Technician In Work Study Program

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Theatre Technician Work Study in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Theatre Technician Work Study in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of the Arts part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Generally fun atmosphere. Feels professionally paced. Large amount of on the job learning experiences. Good place to do some networking. Ability to work rentals for larger hourly salary. Very flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Hours are limited and competed for. Pay is minimum wage most of the time. Rentals are given to the same couple of people. Supervisors tend to bicker amongst themselves over calendars and sometimes blame students for their mistakes.



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