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American Musical and Dramatic Academy Reviews

Updated July 2, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work, wonderful people!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Musical and Dramatic Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is an excellent place to work with really wonderful people who are very passionate about what they do and the students. Management cares a lot about the staff, faculty and students.

    Cons

    The school is growing which can sometimes mean growing pains. Change is not easy for an organization. The changes are all positive though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Keep having clear and transparent communication with the staff about what the mission and goals are as this helps employees to understand their roles and help with the transition.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great coworkers and passionate students. However, upper management is out of the loop and very difficult to contact."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Musical and Dramatic Academy full-time

    Pros

    The students and lower level staff. The students really create a great energy on the campus (LA Location). Some staff members are really dedicated to their work and it shows. I also have met some really great quality people who have made it easier for me to continue my work. We all support each other because there isn't much from management. The pay is fair, not great. Job titles are a bit inflated for some people when they are not really doing any type of managerial work. Decent vacation/PTO package.

    Cons

    There is a huge disconnect between senior management and everyone. There is almost a lack of middle management, so not much advocacy and support from the majority of employees. Good luck communicating with HR, they are a nightmare to work with. They sometimes do not reply to emails. Where do you go for help if HR is not even available? My biggest complaint are the benefits. The Health Coverage is awful! I have worked for organizations with really tight budgets that have been able to prioritize employee health and provide good coverage. Through AMDAs health plans, expect to spend a good amount of money on your healthcare with a pre-existing condition. I was shocked when I read through the medical benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Please be available. Sometimes people just need to be heard and acknowledged. It really goes a long ways to building an actual working relationship. Work on improving health benefits and create an evaluation process for staff.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Member of the faculty."

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    Current Employee - Faculty in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Faculty in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Musical and Dramatic Academy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful student body that is enthusiastic and hard working, with colleagues that are dedicated and professional. Always a pleasure to walk through the doors of this great institution.

    Cons

    Administration is not always helpful. Lots of red tape and hoops to jump through without much direction. Sometimes you feel like you flounder figuring out what's happening. Fellow teachers are far more helpful.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Opportunities never materialized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice sized budgets for designs and materials. Very hard working students, and talented performers.

    Cons

    The organization is run like a club-house. Lots of talk about growing, and creating a professional performance experience, but no actions were ever taken to move forward in that way. Many times I would suggest improvements, or request changes - but received lip service only.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people you hire to do the job you hired them for. Don't undermine the efforts of the staff by misleading clients or being unclear on expectations.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Possibly the worst place I've ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Musical and Dramatic Academy full-time

    Pros

    The pay is competitive for performing arts schools in the area and they offer average benefits. If you're a good game-player, you can probably get a promotion. Hyper-inflated titles make your resume look good.

    Cons

    Abhorrent management. The place is run by a Tea Party republican from Florida who isn't technically even an employee and is very out of touch with reality and current technology. Ideas for improvement are very much not appreciated, unless you have an important enough title. Complaints about abuse from middle management not taken seriously by HR, even with proof. Every move upper management makes is shrouded in secrecy and deception. Turnover is extremely high for higher education, and there's a reason for that. This is not a healthy environment. Communication between departments is a joke, everyone's ego inflates to match their made-up title and it really makes it impossible to function. Promotions are not based on ability or knowledge. Intelligence is frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a real consultant, not the CEO's sister. Stop taking advantage of people. COMMUNICATE BETTER. Stop lying to your staff and students. Quit buying new software programs that don't work together just because you get a kickback for beta testing, you're decreasing institutional efficiency dramatically. Stop setting quotas for Admissions staff - eventually someone will realize that's against the rules of NAST accreditation and turn you in.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "AMDA, Inc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is definitely a sense of community at AMDA, and the students and faculty are wonderful to work with. For the most part, the staff is supportive of each other and lend support when needed.

    Cons

    There is a lack of organization and foresight in some areas, which can make it difficult to complete your own tasks and projects.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make decisions which put the good of the student body at the forefront. Provide support for staff and opportunities for professional development.


  7. "Great Employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Musical and Dramatic Academy (More than a year)

    Pros

    From the first day to the last day that I worked for this company I felt at home. Roles and responsibilities are well organized. I never felt overwhelmed at work and everyone is always willing to help. The environment is fun and relaxing. Even during crunch time you won't feel overwhelmed. The company rewards their employees when they have met goals. They do a great job at employee appreciation.

    Cons

    Annual compensation is not the best especially for the location of the school. You would think that being located in Los Angeles their pay scale would match the cost of living. Since they are a nonprofit organization that might have something to do with it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work with motivation and vocalizing the expectations. Please reconsider the pay scale. It's hard to stay loyal if the compensation is not there.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Liars"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The recent surge of positive reviews are a farce.

    Cons

    Do you have all day

    Advice to Management

    Close you school and stop ripping off your students


  9. "AP position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great employment with great benefits

    Cons

    not great pay but decent for higher education


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Front Desk Manager"

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    Former Employee - Front Desk Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Front Desk Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at American Musical and Dramatic Academy (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of down time, if you're in school or are multifaceted you'll be able to get a lot done.

    Cons

    Lots of down time; time management is key in this position.


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