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Fashion Institute of Technology Reviews

Updated July 31, 2017
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Pros
  • good benefits, i really can't think of anything else honestly (in 7 reviews)

  • great place to create network in the field (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Development of and implementation of new curriculum and policies often gets bogged down in procedure and red tape (in 4 reviews)

  • Sometimes you get stuck with no room to advance beyond the confines of your position (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Full time faculty"

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    Current Employee - Full Time Faculty in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Full Time Faculty in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fashion Institute of Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse, motivated student population. Excellent support from administration & strong union benefits for both faculty and staff.

    Cons

    Development of and implementation of new curriculum and policies often gets bogged down in procedure and red tape.


  2. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fashion Institute of Technology full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, progressive culture, and excellent location

    Cons

    It does't really have any cons.

  3. "Museum Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Fashion Institute of Technology part-time

    Pros

    Great team
    Everyone is really cooperative
    Overall good experience

    Cons

    Not much issues to address


  4. "college"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fashion Institute of Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    learned a lot of things about graphic design

    Cons

    i had to do a lot of work

    Advice to Management

    nothing you guys are great


  5. "Toxic Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Staff in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Staff in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fashion Institute of Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    NYC is the in the heart of it all, pay is okay, and vacation makes this place tolerable at times

    Cons

    - Lack of leadership, cronyism, sabotage, cattiness, and pettiness
    - Judgmental working environment not conducive to professional growth
    - VPs that serve as the public face of entrance into the college that berate hardworking staff and praise slackers that consistently cheat the system by showing up late
    - High turnover rate - several departments at the VP level are in a state of flux due to lack of leadership, unethical practices, favoritism, and sabotage.
    - Reverse discrimination - VPs give some staff members a free pass to harass and make racially charged remarks toward other staff members with no recourse because they are a protected class. Affirmative action is not applicable, nor enforced for everyone as a result.
    - Staff that willingly step on coworkers toes to get ahead
    - VPs that tout the importance of anti-bullying in front of large audiences, but behind closed doors the vast majority of the bullying is taking place in their very own departments.
    - Nepotism for fear of the unknown with hiring on the outside
    -VPs that don't separate nor distinguish their work relationships from their personal relationships
    - Promoting people to leadership roles that do nothing but scheme and meddle in an effort to sabotage and force those who can't be controlled out and keep those that can be manipulated in for the sole purpose of pushing their own agenda on a VP, who also happens to be a friend.
    - Allowing someone to assist in disciplining students who lacks self-control, gets into screaming matches with other employees, storms out, and plays victim

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire administration that lack foresight, professionalism, and fairness. Remove the blinders and hire competent people from outside of the organization that have no connection to people within. Remove employees from search committees that don't set a good example and have a reputation for conflict. Most of the problems at the institution are a direct result of an absentee President and VPs that encourage or choose to ignore bad behavior.


  6. "Adjunct Lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fashion Institute of Technology part-time

    Pros

    Creative colleagues, great location, decent pay. Some students are very focused and think outside the box.

    Cons

    The evaluation process is overly student-focused. Hyperbole and libel on course evaluations can end your career there.

    Advice to Management

    Change the factors that go into part-time faculty evaluation to make it less like an IRL version of RateMyProfessor.


  7. "Frustratingly challenging..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fashion Institute of Technology full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Things move at a glacial pace and many at FIT want to continue operating the college like it's 1982. A little embarrassing given that the word "Technology" is in the title.

    Advice to Management

    Either completely unaware of the working environment (terrible) or in denial about the environment (equally terrible). Time to open your eyes....WIDE.

  8. "Working at FIT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    FIT offers tenure to staff as well as faculty after three years of successful employment. The benefits package and vacation offerings are generous.

    Cons

    The school is mired in bureaucracy and it is often very difficult to accomplish goals. Many regulations are not written down so it is often difficult to find out the proper processes.


  9. "Good pay"

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

    Pros

    Great pay and co workers

    Cons

    Not easy to move up.


  10. "Great Educators"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fashion Institute of Technology part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    FIT recruits great industry people to come teach and lecture at the school. I always meet interesting and engaged people there.

    Cons

    Onboarding, operational staffing needs work. There's not much focused assistance in getting your classes started. Some of the support staff lack the motivation and the understanding to be really helpful to those their charged to help.

    Advice to Management

    Train the staff that you have and take on a policy of "continuous improvement." It will increase the satisfaction for all involved.


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