Woodruff Arts Center

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Woodruff Arts Center Reviews

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

    Great Company, Low pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Woodruff Arts Center as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Low pay and micro managed

  2.  

    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  

    Dysfunctional organization, traditional and unchanging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Every now and then there are real gems in the works of art produced. The people involved on the artistic side of things are inspiring

    Cons

    Culture is strictly top-down hierarchical and innovation does not flow much because senior leadership is clueless of the inefficiencies and self-interest perpetuated by middle management. The longer you stay at this organization the longer your skills go unused and you forget what it feels like to be a valued employee. Innovation was not fostered here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change leaders, removal of middle management as needed to foster a inclusive and innovative work environment. Progress is stymied by rampant self-interest, unskilled, and "CMA" personalities. Organized chaos.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    3 Years and You're Out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some amazing and dedicated staff members. Great art (when they're not shilling 2nd and 3rd class art that belongs to other museums). A good community of supporters for certain departments.

    Cons

    The directors of the HMA are a JOKE. You'll start working here thinking "they're not that bad" and leave realizing they are the devil incarnate. The head of the HMA keeps everyone fearing for their jobs so no one wants to take risks or speak up. Those that do will promptly find themselves looking for a new job. Case in point - when the new HMA opened in 2005 they hired 3 new curators who were promised great things. All 3 left within 5 years, mainly because the directors wouldn't let them do their jobs. I worked at the museum, but as far as I've heard, the whole WAC is deeply flawed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LEAVE and don't come back. Oh wait, no other museums in their right mind would hire you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Completely Dishonest Organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The actual day to day workers are awesome people to work with but they are scared of their jobs.

    Cons

    Horrible. Completely dishonest. If only the public new how horrible the inside inner-workings of this organization is. They do a great job at protecting themselves with high powered attorneys and great separation packages to keep you quiet. The truth about this fraud of an organization will be revealed soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management???
    They all should be in jail. All I can say is what they have done as of recently will bring this organization to its knees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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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