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Arthur Murray Dance Centers Reviews

Updated January 29, 2017
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Pros
  • That is awesome for people that love dancing (in 3 reviews)

  • Great ballroom dance training, sales training, and an enjoyable place to work (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay, training is much better from a competing dancer/couple than in studio (in 6 reviews)

  • No room to grow, low base salary, no benefits, worked almost every holiday (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Studio Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Studio Manager in Lemoyne, PA
    Current Employee - Studio Manager in Lemoyne, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, able to teach dancing and help others. Lots of opportunities to grow in the business and compete. You get out of it what you put in it. Hard job, but rewarding.

    Cons

    Long hours, some weekends. 2nd shift. By far the most difficult job I have had, but also the most rewarding. All franchisees are different, mine was amazing and that made my experience incredible.

    Advice to Management

    Keep open communication with your staff, keep them involved, make sure they feel like part of the team and let them contribute ideas.


  2. "instructor"

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

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time

    Pros

    great incentives, meeting new people, learning new dances, coachings

    Cons

    long hours, low pay, no benefits

    Advice to Management

    take care of your instructors and offer them more and they will keep you running


  3. "Not bad for short term"

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    Former Employee - Dance Teacher in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Dance Teacher in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    In one year, you can learn as much as you would as a student in 6 to 10 years! You will learn the basics of how to be a good dancer, how to sell, and how to act confident even when you don't feel it. You will also be thoroughly trained on how to teach (which is what many great dancers often lack). This is an excellent opportunity for someone right out of high school who does not want to go to college. You will struggle for about 10 years on average, but if you stick with it, you can begin to make more money. This is also a great choice for someone who wants to take a break for a year from their ordinary routine to learn how to dance. With over a hundred years of experience teaching dance, Arthur Murray has created an outstanding curriculum that logically progresses even the most awkward students to make them comfortable social dancers. You will see lives healed through dancing when you're working at Arthur Murray and that is an awesome feeling.

    Cons

    Every studio is different depending on the management, but there do seem to be some common threads that are in most Arthur Murrays. The biggest problem is that Arthur Murray seems to be stuck in the "Einstellung Effect" over many areas, particularly management of employees. They are stuck in the management style of 100 years ago where they feel the need to micromanage their teachers. The pay is very low for the first several years, so they manipulate teachers by dangling unrealistic carrots and using social humiliation. For example, management will tell teachers that they will make more money than other professions that require a degree if they just jump through their hoops. In reality, it can take over 10 years for a teacher just to make enough to get off food stamps or move out from their parents house, and often times by that time they're having to look into other careers because of the damage of the physical demands of the job. They will also promise that you will be able to compete; however, not only is it difficult to find a partner, it's even more difficult to find the time, energy, and money to pull it off. In most studios, your dancing progress will plateau after a year or two (once you've learned enough to be able to teach any of your students). If you want to progress beyond that, you must do so in your own time and on your own dime. Also, you have to work so many weekends (that are often uncompensated) that even if you do try to compete your manager will often deny you the time off to go to the competitions. In the end, you're saving a lot of money and headache if you quit after a year and get a job that pays more. That way, you can use the extra money to buy the dance lessons that you cannot afford while you're working at Arthur Murray.

    Advice to Management

    Take the "Cadillac treatment" that you give to your students and give it your employees. Read the book <em> Drive</em> to help you understand what motivates people into becoming great employees. If you updated your management philosophy to something more modern and not stick to what worked 100 years ago when the company began, you'd be pleasantly surprised by how much the "prima-donna" attitude would disappear in your staff.


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  5. "10 Years of Service"

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    Current Employee - Management in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Management in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time

    Pros

    Always room for growth both personally and professionally. Great way to help people while learning about the world through others life experiences. Great balance of creative expressiveness and professional career mindidness. Not just a number. Worked here close to 10 years.

    Cons

    Hours can be hard but if you have decent disapline you can have a successful social life and professional life.

    Advice to Management

    Its all about people and the relationships you build. Staff and students alike


  6. Helpful (1)

    "High School Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Staten Island, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Staten Island, NY

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The students made the day go by really quickly. They were always so pleasant, and I really enjoyed being able to speak with them daily.

    Cons

    The pay scale is non existent. There is no room for growth as an admin, there were no annual revues, which meant no pay increases. Its a great job for a someone fresh out of high school.


  7. "executive"

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    Former Employee - Franchisee/Manager in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Franchisee/Manager in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Knowledge and training experience to train staff and students to develop dancers. Happy environment and challenging work and interests

    Cons

    not many loved working with people either staff or students but was frustrating at times when they wouldn't stay with the programs to attain their goals. Working with people is never perfect there are ups and downs but hopefully the ups out do the downs.

    Advice to Management

    Put your all into what you love and thats the last day you will ever work. Love what you do and who u are.


  8. "Depressing environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security, benefits, no need to take work home.

    Cons

    No growth, micromanagement, understaffed, outdated.


  9. "Ballroom Dance Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Ballroom Dance Instructor
    Former Employee - Ballroom Dance Instructor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Inspiring atmosphere. Training here could land you a job anywhere.

    Cons

    Check outs were the only way to get a raise and they were not always easily scheduled.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for teachers to check out of each level. More opportunities for growth. Higher pay!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good training, bad pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arthur Murray Dance Centers full-time

    Pros

    They have some of the best training in terms of working with people. It's an active, lively job and if you're starting out in this business, it's a good way to become a dancer.

    Cons

    The pay is all based on how many lessons taught in the studio. People cancel and there's no protection if someone does cancel on you last minute. The base pay varies from studio to studio. Honestly, not worth the time considering how much you put in.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people better. Don't rely on others good will to keep your business running. Listen to your employees needs and be upfront with how long it really takes to earn a substantial amount.


  11. "Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Instructor
    Current Employee - Instructor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Arthur Murray Dance Centers (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good training. Fun atmosphere. Could be a place to grow. Like teaching and helping my students grow. Fun competitions also

    Cons

    Horrible management. Staff sleep with students and nothing happens. Fellow instructors are drunk or high for lessons. No wonder we keep losing students.

    Advice to Management

    Stop sleeping with your students.



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