Woodruff Arts Center

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Woodruff Arts Center Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated June 18, 2014
Updated June 18, 2014
13 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management doesn't value their employees. No job growth

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Woodruff Arts Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    This organization has a lot of potential and a great mission. Employees are regularly offered free tickets to events.

    Cons

    1) Managers and leadership are not stepping up to address and improve the communication and collaboration disfuntion that is rife through out the organization 2) there are no growth opportunities 3) Employees are extremely frustrated by their lack of a voice 4) Managers do not support their staff to move up in the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to get in touch with how everyday staff and employees feel about their work environment. Most employees are frustrated and feel under valued with little to no opportunity for growth. There are problematic leaders and policies that need to be fixed or let go but nothing is being done to change and/or remove bad people and policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    One of the worst jobs in my career

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    Former Employee - Intermediate Software Engineer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Intermediate Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They paid very well. The people (direct coworkers) are very nice to work with. Other than that there is not much I can say that is nice. I was happy when my contract ended.

    Cons

    IT software and technology is extremely dated. Most software is 10+ years old. That alone will set back your career as a developer. So do not expect to learn anything new and exciting. The management and director level staff is clueless for the most part. They have directors that are in way over their heads. Ex: Managers that are managing departments that they have no clue what the department actually does on a day to day basis. They hire paper pushers for all the management positions so explaining technology to them is like explaining quantum physics to an orangutan. The upper level managers treat their departments like fiefdoms and there is always infighting about resources. This place turned me off from ever working at a non-profit again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire most of the managers/directors and hire new management that knows what they are managing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    The WAC was THE worst place I ever worked.

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    Former Employee - Administration - WAC  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Administration - WAC in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Inspiring surroundings, nicer people in the Divisions (High, ASO, etc.)

    Cons

    60+ hours a week, with no overtime, a fight to take vaca days you're entitled to, leaving your desk for lunch is "frowned upon"; No recognition of good performance; Inept (at best) people at the top of management; discriminatory management ... Overall, a completely depressing, unfulfilling and denegrating place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the top managment in Strategy and Inititatives and start all over again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Technology department for Woodruff Arts Center

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    Current Employee - Technology  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Technology in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Woodruff Arts Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Location
    Tickets to events
    There is some work life balance

    Cons

    Management is paid at market level but employees are not.
    You have to pay for parking and your salary is already low.
    No advancement
    No training ( this is especially bad since I am IT)
    No communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate
    Do an an employee survey.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not the best, not the worst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Woodruff Arts Center

    Pros

    For being in the arts there is a good benefits package...for now.

    Cons

    There is a complete lack of communicaton

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    COMMUNICATE

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    More needed for advancement

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    Former Employee - Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center

    Pros

    Meeting new people, technicians taking care of what is necessary, very friendly security guards and lots of wonderful patrons of the Arts.

    Cons

    Management not communicating with employees, schedules not being presented in a timely manner and being replaced by other employees without prior notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    14th Street Playhouse needs new management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    The harsh reality of life at the Woodruff is a contradiction of everything that the Woodruff should, and can, be.

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    Former Employee - Secretary  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Secretary in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center

    Pros

    Woodruff is a wonderful, worthwhile and inspiring institution. Art in every form is all around you. Various ways of supporting the arts are made available to employees. Everyone is there for reasons beyond salary or prestige - they are all serving a higher purpose.

    Cons

    There is only one person in complete control of the business management of the Center - and it's not the person who should be in control. The person is who is ruling all is incompetent, unprofessional and has substantial control issues. There is no reward for work well done, no recognition of putting in 10-hour days AS THE STANDARD, and no support for the higher aspirations of the Center as an artistic inspiration and support to the community. Those are the nicest things that I could say. Earlier references on this site are correct in their assessment of the WAC as place where only certain people can succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Board should have the CEO take control back. Responsibilities for the various business areas of the organization should be divided among VPs in charge of those areas. Diverse responsibilities should remain diverse to assure that voices and control are balanced among the different areas. There is no one, single person who is the expert in EVERYthing - and no one, single person should be given such power and control over an entire organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great programs, but employees are not set up to succeed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Woodruff Arts Center

    Pros

    Access to world class art on a day-to-day basis
    Creative environment
    Talented, dedicated colleagues
    Personal / professional growth through opportunities within the HR department

    Cons

    Senior management creates barriers to information that can help employees perform at their best
    Environment of blame and finger pointing often interferes with employees taking productive risks
    Significant red tape
    Frequent changes to org chart creates a sense of instability
    Personal relationships between staff members in senior positions reduces objectivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should explore ways to prepare new hires for success from above rather than expect that staff will provide training from the bottom up for new hires.
    Management should take stock in and get to know the staff in its entirety and keep open channels of communication.
    Management should build an environment in which staff and board work together and support each other rather than a relationship in which staff simply defers to wishes of the board

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Woodruff Arts Center, despite the name does not embody the spirit of the arts.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Woodruff Arts Center

    Pros

    Being at the Woodruff Arts Center – (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, Alliance Theatre and Young Audiences) you are surrounded by the very best in the arts. It is personally very rewarding to be involved with the arts. There are wonderful opportunities to touch people with great art, music and theatre. It can also a creative and fun place to be.

    Cons

    The arts should be an inspiring place to work. It should attract creative, interesting and caring people - but this arts center does not value those qualities in it's employees. It is very political and a bit racist - especially under the new management - Most people unless they are top management are looked at as easily replaceable and not important. Also the new direction of the arts center has become very shortsighted and much more interested in building buildings and raising money than touching people with the arts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meet and appreciate the people who work here for their talents and what they offer to the arts center. Most of the people who come to work at a place like this do it for the love of the arts not for money (we are paid much less than corporate jobs) If you tap into that love your employees will do just about anything for the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend

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