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California College of the Arts Reviews

Updated February 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Interesting and inspiring environment to work in (in 3 reviews)

  • Great people, wonderful mission, exciting events (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay for a student job but not sure there was any option for more (in 4 reviews)

  • There is little to no support for professional development, unless it's free and you can do it on your own time (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Workstudy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at California College of the Arts part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment. It is really fun to help students and staff. Studio offices are very organized.

    Cons

    Workstudy students are hired by a semester bases. So if your class schedule conflicts with any shift availabilitys, you will be let go.

    Advice to Management

    If someone is going to cover another employees shift, it is a good idea to train the employee who is covering the shift on how to do the other employee's tasks


  2. "Residential Assistent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Residential Advisor in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Residential Advisor in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at California College of the Arts part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free Housing
    Good coworkers
    Most work at night

    Cons

    Ridiculous Hours, ranging anywhere from 40-100+ hours per week on call in some buildings
    Unfair wages, compensation for the entire year is roughly 9k
    Passive Aggressive Behavior- This department is not afraid to let you know that you're disposable and better behave.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your staff like actual human beings. We're out here busting our neck trying to give a safe and happy experience to our residents, and you make it known at every corner that you do not care about us or our needs, only about working us to death.


  3. "Lab monitar"

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    Former Employee - Lab Monitor in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Monitor in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    super chill and flex as a student

    Cons

    I cant think of anything


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  5. "Pretty Chill..."

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    Former Employee - Founder's Office Assistant
    Former Employee - Founder's Office Assistant

    I worked at California College of the Arts part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked as a Lab Monitor for the Animation Department
    -Boss was chill and understanding that we were workstudies with school schedules
    -Transferable skills

    Cons

    Most of my cons are intertwined with being a student


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A good but not very diverse school that neglects its Adjunct Professors."

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

    I worked at California College of the Arts (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    An excellent faculty of arts and design professionals and a tight support staff. CCA has a great local and national reputation and attracts good students, although in undergrad they mainly come for a design rather than fine arts education. CCA makes an good effort to give out many merit-based scholarships to low-income students nationally and with a concentration in the Bay Area.

    Cons

    The undergrad tuition is $45K/year and can attract students who have 'service-based' expectations of faculty. My department chair once told me to think of students as 'customers' and try to smile more and lighten-up my course content. Anonymous course evaluations can sometimes be written like scathing YELP reviews and have a lot of weight in determining a promotion or continuing employment. If you piss-off a student or if students feel your class is too challenging, you risk being fired.

    Advice to Management

    Adjunct Professors need to be paid a living wage and benefits that reflect their education, and professional experience. $6500 a per course a semester does not come close compensating faculties work with and for students in and outside of the classroom. What kind of message does this send to students about the standard of education they are paying for and their professional value once they graduate? The school also needs to face its lack of racial and gender diversity in both the faculty and student body.


  7. "As art schools go it has a lot going for it."

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    Current Employee - Faculty
    Current Employee - Faculty

    I have been working at California College of the Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant colleagues. Philosophical commitment to diversity. Not trapped in narrow art world or design career mindsets.

    Cons

    Tuition, work load, cost of living in SF, difficult to realize commitment to diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent. Reduce hierarchy. Resist biz dev mindset. Going in right direction.


  8. "Contrary to Steve Jobs, they hire smart people & don't listen to them."

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California College of the Arts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The amazing work that the students create. It's like getting paid to go to the movies every day of the year.

    Cons

    With very rare exception (Student Services) all communication stops at the VP level. They don't tell and when they ask, they don't listen to the answer. If they hear something they don't like, they spend a bunch of money to buy a contradictory opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Bridge the gap, listen to your talent.


  9. "Interesting but difficult place to work"

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

    Pros

    Fantastic group of colleagues who are dedicated to teaching and the arts.

    Cons

    The college currently employs 78% unranked faculty (adjuncts/lecturers) and 22% Ranked faculty. Unranked faculty have formed a Union, but CCA Administration has been very resistant to any of the job security and other issues presented in contract negotiations and among the schools in the area with adjunct unions, CCA remains one of the only ones to still not have a ratified contract. The disproportionate employment of adjuncts to ranked faculty also puts more of a burden on ranked faculty for serving on committees, etc (although some unranked faculty do serve on committees too).

    Advice to Management

    In building a reputation for being a school that values diversity and social justice, it's imperative to treat those who have helped to build this reputation with fairness and respect


  10. "Easy Work, Great Peers, Stupid School Bulsit"

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

    Pros

    Easy work, little over sight, no stress

    Cons

    school bureaucracy to the max

    Advice to Management

    keep ignoring reality


  11. "wewrew"

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    Former Employee - Student in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Student in Oakland, CA

    I worked at California College of the Arts part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    cool helpful nice awesome stuff

    Cons

    teacher was late. wasnt really into it. felt rushed



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