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Full Sail University Orlando Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible hour sometimes, great people to work with, nice environment (in 21 reviews)

  • Great work environment employee culture is exciting (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • upper management doesn't listen (in 17 reviews)

  • low pay, feel like a cog in a machine (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Admissions Quality Assurance Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Full Sail University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great top leadership group, excellent

    Cons

    going through a time of change/adjustments.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Course Director"

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    Former Employee - Course Director in Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Course Director in Winter Park, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Full Sail University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Managers are very relaxed, and the overall culture is good. There is a great deal of flexibility for Instructors who are allowed work from home a few days a week, otherwise I believe they would have a mass exodus.

    Cons

    Most of the upper management team have recently earned online terminal degrees, unfortunately those degrees are from those less than desirable PhD and EdD factories, suspect to say the least. Recently it was suggested (by upper management) that the Graduate programs change the grading criteria to pass/fail for all courses, what a joke, but quality of education is really not in their wheelhouse! Last but not least, those of color should apply elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Slash and burn upper management, move them out and gain some sort of academic respect for the University.

  3. "Full Sail is my Home"

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    Current Intern - Character Modeler in Orlando, FL
    Current Intern - Character Modeler in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Full Sail University as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love being an intern at Full Sail University mainly because I am working under an instructor that is both talented and willing to patiently share his knowledge. I have full access to the facilities and instructors even after I have graduated and I feel like I am a part of the family in a bigger way.

    Cons

    I wish I could receive a stipend, but alas, Full Sail does not offer a paid internship.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Course Director in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Course Director in Winter Park, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Full Sail University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent visual environment and it's exciting! Gary Jones is one of the most decent, talented and effective leaders in the industry. He has my utmost respect and admiration. This is a person that means what he says!

    Cons

    Full Sail has the same constraints as every other University so your work (in some cases) is dictated by accreditation rules which can be frustrating

    Advice to Management

    Do not forget that your employees are Full Sail - the bigger you have gotten, the smaller the employees have become on your priority list. You have one high level manager that does not value her people (and it is a large group) and it trickles down in an ugly way.


  5. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - International Admissions Guide in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - International Admissions Guide in Winter Park, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Full Sail University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, for profit education with outlook and tools for students to succeed. Management is looking to train and develop its employees. Give them the tools to do their jobs and look out for the students best interest.

    Cons

    Salary is a bit low and at the moment there is no overtime to make up some of the salary disadvantages


  6. "Intern at Full Sail"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Winter Park, FL
    Current Intern - Intern in Winter Park, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Full Sail University as an intern

    Pros

    Great art directors and teachers, people are very nice and the environment is fun.

    Cons

    Unpaid internship, tight schedules, management problems

    Advice to Management

    Paid internships would allow for more students to seek them, raising the value of the school and make more dedicated professionals.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sacrificing Education For Profit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Full Sail University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Faculty and many staff members believe in what they do and try hard to deliver on what is promised to students when they enroll.

    Cons

    Executive management (they call themselves the 'Lucky 22') misrepresent information provided to prospective students and direct tuition funds to pet perks (retina scanners to executive offices) and instead of investing in student degree materials.
    Accrediting standards also have their reporting guidelines 'massaged' to fit a narrative that is factually inaccurate in order to bring in more students. They same is true of their placement numbers.
    None of the management speaks up because they fear retribution.

  8. "Student Records Specialist"

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    Current Employee - SRS in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - SRS in Winter Park, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Full Sail University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, relaxed dress code, occasionally during a holiday coming up let go early with pay.

    Cons

    Management having favorites, treated with disrespect, manger lazy, unhelpful. Low pay, double the work load due to staff that have left. Work environment very negative and unhappy co-workers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees on what is really happening regarding your manager that is unprofessional, speaks to employees with disregard and says things that are HR worthy to report. But if you do report nothing happens, instead you have a target on your back and your manger treats you even worse.


  9. "Great environment to work"

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    Current Employee - Course Director in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Course Director in Winter Park, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Full Sail University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Schedule flexibility
    Great teams
    Employee perks
    Vacation/holiday
    Benefits are great

    Cons

    The pay could be better

    Advice to Management

    No advice. Things are great as is.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Hope this helps!"

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    Current Employee - Lab Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Lab Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Full Sail University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Surround yourself with and learn a lot of expensive gear
    2. If you enjoy being in a classroom environment for the entire duration of your shift this job is for you
    3. Good benefits

    Cons

    1. Poor management
    2. Corporate environment
    3. Lack of communication
    4. A lot of negative energy from staff
    5. No growth opportunities


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