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  1. "Good for the first 75% of my time there, then went downhill when sold"

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    Former Employee - Admissions in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Admissions in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The students are amazing! The old instructors were amazing, the staff and employees had a true love for working there.

    Cons

    Enrollment declined with the recession which led to many reductions in staff and then dwindled more. The magic so to speak started to lessen.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately none of the management I worked with are no longer there, but I would recommend getting into the trenches with your people and learn how valuable each employee is.


  2. "Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Back in the day, the faculty was an incredible array of folks with deep industry experience, and the students were talented and hard working.

    Cons

    We hit hard times a few times over the years, which made it hard for us part-timers, and the turbulence also affected students.

    Advice to Management

    Once SAE took over, they did not listen to or even seem to ask us faculty about what was working and what we needed to improve our delivery of the best educational experience possible.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Gone down the tubes."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopwood, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopwood, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great staff. And adequate faculty.

    Cons

    Cutting corners for profit sacrifices the quality of education.

    Advice to Management

    You have lost the close family feel that once was and have adopted a cookie cutter approach to education that will not work in today's market.


  4. "Lots of changes - fine for staff, bad for students"

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    Current Employee - Instructor
    Current Employee - Instructor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for a recent MFA graduate. They pay a little higher than what I got working in the industry, and the work is very independent and self-directed.

    Cons

    There is very little oversight as to what goes on in the classrooms. I've only had one brief performance review after teaching for almost a year, and I've only received student evaluations once. It's hard to improve when you're working in a vacuum.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that this is a school. The only thing that really ought to matter is what the students are learning inside the classroom. Spend more time helping teachers put together the best possible classes, and less time composing pointless memos.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bad Times Ahead"

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

    Pros

    dependable co-workers that could be counted on to cover absences and special projects, flexible hours that allowed most class times to be scheduled off peak traffic hours making traffic congestion easier.

    Cons

    Administration is in the worst shape it ever has been. Poor before the SAE buyout, and miserable after. The school has gone through administration changes several times during the last couple years and nothing's sticking.

    Advice to Management

    Reinvest SAE money into the school in order to keep the program going. As it stands right now the technology on campus is outdated


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sad for the college that was."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues with a shared dedication to their craft and to sharing that knowledge with the students. It was a place brimming with creativity, mixed with irreverence, fun and energy.

    Cons

    With a very few exceptions, an administration unwilling to support, invest in or listen to the people who were actually teaching and doing the work. Dismal salaries for teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Shave off some of your thousands and pass them along to the underpaid staff and teachers. And shave off a few more and lower the tuition. LISTEN.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lost its way."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The faculty and staff are great people and care about the students. As in any college, the students come first. This is especially true at Ex'pression.

    Cons

    Management has lost its way after the purchase by SAE international. The employees are paranoid and the mood is one of depression. Your best people are leaving as soon as hey find other jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Try to gain the employee's trust and strive for the individually that once was. You have turned this school into a copy of all your other schools which is very bad.

  8. "Ex'pression College is a fun and rewarding place to work. The staff and Instructors are amazing."

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    Former Employee - Creative Services in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative Services in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Family environment, amazing facility, great equipment.

    Cons

    Now owned by SAE Institute, which isn't a good match for the school.

    Advice to Management

    Learn more about transparent communication. Stop lying.


  9. "Financial Aid can be stressful but working in it comes with valuable skills"

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    Current Employee - Financial Aid Assistant in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Assistant in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ex'pression College is an extremely creative environment with high energy employees.

    Cons

    The financial departments are almost constantly understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop firing all of the directors. Their jobs really are crucial to keep a flow


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Constant insecurity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A creative, low-key environment; generally pleasant co-workers. College is year-round with week-long breaks in spring, summer and holidays.

    Cons

    Historically poorly managed and now bought out by transnational education company, SAE Institute.

    Advice to Management

    Listen


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