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Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Reviews

Updated July 7, 2018
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  1. "Efficient Organization that Supports its Staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences full-time

    Pros

    One of the best positions I've held was working for AMPAS. What impressed me the most of the support I received in the position that I held during the Oscars.

    Cons

    Can't really thing of any Cons. It was a great experience.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fool's Gold"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Good perks: attending the Oscars, watching old and new movies in outstanding venues, generous time off over winter holidays and during the summer, some public transit incentives

    Cons

    Low pay unless you are in upper management or the CEO. Lack of opportunities for advancement. Rampant cronyism, favoritism. Inept managers that are entirely disinterested in their employees, their work, their careers and the institution in general.

    Advice to Management

    Implement some 360 degree reviews to begin addressing some of the horrendous management. Pay salaries that are realistic for the cost-of-living in Los Angeles. Take your employees seriously when they come to HR with grievances. Practice what you preach regarding diversity and inclusion ... hiring women, People of Color and LGBTQI+ folks is an essential start, but as long as we are suffering under atrocious (and re: issues of diversity, absolutely clueless) management, you will be unable to retain us ... Oh yeah, one more thing. Offer some sexual harassment and sensitivity training to ALL employees, not just managers.

  3. "Great perks, not so great environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences full-time

    Pros

    The job comes with many great perks like getting to attend Academy Member screenings and getting to attend or seat-fill at the Oscars. Decent benefits. Environment varies depending what building you work in.

    Cons

    Overall, it's still an old-boys club. Not that many people get promoted. Employees who have worked hard and for a long time aren't always given the opportunity or raise they deserve.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge employees working hard and not with just a "good job".


  4. "Run."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences part-time

    Pros

    There are none, except getting to say you work for the Academy.

    Cons

    While the main building is glamorous, the IT department is dirty, unkempt, and hazardous. Management is unprofessional. No wonder they keep them separate from everyone else.


  5. "Sounds glamorous, until it's not"

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    Former Employee - Floater in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Floater in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Free membership screening attendance
    -Oscar tickets
    -Lots of free food
    -Paid week off for holidays

    Cons

    -Unstable environment
    -Low morale
    -Managers/directors don't know how to run departments
    -Part-time staff without benefits do a ton of the work for managers and directors, but never get the credit
    -Constantly reminding you how lucky you are to have a job as an excuse to overwork and take advantage of employees

    Advice to Management

    Pay you're part-time theater staffers more than interns, especially when these part-time workers who usually work over 40hrs a week in a department without benefits, have to train and supervise the intern.


  6. "old mentality, no growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences full-time

    Pros

    - Free membership screenings

    - Oscar tickets

    - Summer Fridays

    - Some really good knowledgeable people, who are a pleasure to work with

    Cons

    - Low morale

    - Might not be the most exciting place to work at for younger adults trying to collaborate in exciting projects - old mentality, no innovation

    - No opportunities for advancement unless you are considered a "favorite" of upper management

    - Some departments are run by unstable individuals, clueless about how to behave in an office environment or how to manage people

    Advice to Management

    - Have genuine respect for the people on the floor doing the work

    - Have a willingness to evolve with the times. Value knowledgeable staff and new ideas

    - Make an effort to keep your staff


  7. "cool place"

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    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Production Assistant in Hollywood, CA

    I worked at Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (More than a year)

    Pros

    interesting work place to be involved in

    Cons

    very competitive... also too many cooks in the kitchen

  8. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Free membership screenings on weekends, a chance to get Oscar tickets via lottery, summer Fridays, the opportunity to work with some really cool and smart people. Cutting edge advancement in film technology.

    Cons

    Compensation. Managerial support. No promotions. C-suite is sadly unaware of the real work being done at the manager, coordinator and assistant level.


  9. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences full-time

    Pros

    There are some cool perks to the job like movies and events

    Cons

    Leadership is terrible, everyone works in silos

    Advice to Management

    Get experience


  10. "Theater Staff"

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    Former Employee - Theater Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Theater Staff in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (More than a year)

    Pros

    lovely managers and co-workers. Really fun environment and fair pay for the work.

    Cons

    There really are no cons


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