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Mission Renaissance Art Class Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Very Good Company to Work for but With Caveats"

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    Current Employee - Instructor
    Current Employee - Instructor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent training program in how to teach art in a logical and consistent manner and your art, even if you are well trained, will definitely improve. If you don't know anything about art, you can still teach because they teach you everything you need to know to be a good instructor and you are paid to be trained. Once trained, you have one free class a week. You can buy your paints and supplies at a discount. Almost everyone at HQ (management) is available to support you in teaching and can help advise in handling situations that may come up. As an assistant instructor it's a fun part time job. If you are a program director, it's a full time job.

    Cons

    As an instructor you get your schedule for the week that is coming up on Friday, and the work week is from Sunday through Saturday, so if you are an assistant or instructor you will have a really hard time planning your week to come as some weeks you may be working a lot and others very little or not at all. Financial raises only happen as you get trained up in teaching and they will only train you to what they need, so you can be stuck at a class pay for quite a while, even as the cost of living goes up, and some pay classes take a long time to complete. As an instructor there are no benefits including no paid vacation. You might be doing a lot of driving to get to a studio and only teach one class. Travel time is not covered, but some mileage is - but that has to be arranged beforehand. If you are teaching 3 or 4 classes, which happens on weekends, it might be hard to get any kind of break even though it's required by law.

    Advice to Management

    Give regular raises to assistants, instructors, and program directors. Have a newsletter for instructors that can be accessed on line on our home computers.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "If the only thing you want from a job is free art lessons, then it's alright."

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Glendale, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative in Glendale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Mission Renaissance Art Class full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you're into art and have never had training before, it can be fun to get some free classes. They say the techniques are unique to MR, but I have seen the same techniques taught at other places and even in just basic art books.

    Cons

    Zero benefits, terrible pay, no room for growth, tons of micromanagement. Considering they give their employees zero benefits and low pay, there's no reason for the classes to be so overpriced other than lining the pockets of the owner and his son. Rumour around the office was that people could get benefits if they joined the same church the owners belong to (Church of Scientology).

    Advice to Management

    Management commented on the excessive turnover rate from employees and doesn't realize it's because of their own doing. Business will be even better if you give employees some actual incentives (free art lessons don't pay bills, unfortunately) and treat them with basic human respect. The best businesspeople know that treating employees well means better customer service. Better customer service means better business.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "You going to be broke all the time"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Mission Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Mission Viejo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Mission Renaissance Art Class part-time

    Pros

    Great method to learn how to draw for the students.If you love art and love being in creative atmosphere feels great to come in to looking forward to interact with children. If want to understand how to draw it the part you realize every one is artistic.

    Cons

    The management principles are base in Scientology there lays the problem. Even if you a good employee come in on time and follow your duties once you question one thing or even ask why doing they doing, they want you out of there. It a secret society of reporting anything and everything of what you are doing just like reported in Scientology documentary on ABC 20/20. Weird robotical behaviour from all levels of management especially the strangeness of top management it not normal. Forget money they pay you only minimal and give very little hours. This job is for someone who doesn't need the money but loves art and children. Oh you need to love cleaning up because it really gets messy. No one is friendly because they create a atmosphere of distrust reporting every little behavior they question. The at-will contract you sign well it is at-will there no way of knowing if you ever going to keep your job.

    Advice to Management

    Just hire Scientologist since that what you want for employees.


  4. "Cult-like Atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Art Instructor
    Former Employee - Art Instructor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Mission Renaissance Art Class part-time

    Pros

    No positives unless you're just looking to waste your time there. If interested in a real art career, go work at a real art school and take real art classes. The information you are forced to learn and teach has no integrity to real art.

    Cons

    Bad management and organization. Incompetent admin. Legality issues. Treatment of art instructors poor. You will do a lot of driving around and the pay won't compensate for all the time and gas. They will lie and tell you what studio you will cover and then try to send you everywhere even 50 miles from your main location. Children are great, but program directors need to be replaced in Irvine kids program. Many students were discontinuing while I was there due to over-crowded environments and not learning anything.

    Advice to Management

    Send out upper management to review structure and management at each location more often. Many locations are not abiding by rules that instructors learn during training. Hire corporate management to handle your HR. Hire more more organized/capable admin.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bad management, poor pay"

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    Former Employee - Art Instructor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Art Instructor in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Getting to teach kids art.

    Cons

    Pay is confusing. They make it sounds like you are going to make 40k a year, but when your hired and you go through their bazaar training routine (its very Scientology, the owners are and they have under-tones of it in their business handbook, and Scientology techniques are used to manage the studios) and at the end of it, you barely get any classes....this goes on forever. I gave up as it wasn't worth my time.

    Advice to Management

    Re-think you management "tools" and let kids learn art!


  6. "Overall a decent place to work, but not a place to retire."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get to teach art to some amazing students. You are fully trained and aware of what is expected of you. Which makes it easy to do your job. If you are not a great artist you will get better with the artistic training the company provides to all it's staff no matter what department you work in. Once you are a program director you are in charge of running your own studio which is very rewarding. You build relationship with students and parents at this location and will have some students for years and get to watch them grow up and make leaps and bounds with their art.

    Cons

    You will have to drive all over the city and get stuck in traffic regularly. If you are not posted in one studio location be fully prepared to commute long distances and even occasionally if you are posted. If you become a program director especially if you are an adult program director or are highly trained it is difficult to get time off for a vacation. With black out days and not enough people trained to the highest levels (due to the lengthy but excellent training program) it's hard for these positions to take time off without significantly planning ahead. So last minute vacations are not very possible here. The benefits are bad, minimal health care and just plain forget about retirement planning.


  7. "Working at Mission Renaissance was a wonderful experience!!"

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    Former Employee - Program Director
    Former Employee - Program Director
    Recommends

    I worked at Mission Renaissance Art Class full-time

    Pros

    Being a part of helping, teaching or coaching children and adults become the artists they always dreamed of being is quite possibly the best job ever!

    Cons

    Travel sometimes can be a pain!

  8. "teach art, struggle at first, get your hopes up, find the man behind the curtain...."

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    Former Employee - Program Director
    Former Employee - Program Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Mission Renaissance Art Class full-time

    Pros

    you get to teach art, and that's pretty cool. they will teach you with a proven method (that works) and turn you into an artist first, and then a teacher of the same art. even if you already have an education in art, it will no doubt fill in the gaps of your past training.

    Cons

    you think you are just a teacher, but in fact you are a student. you are also, primarily, a salesperson who's priority is to 'grow the numbers'. numbers=students, which is how you get paid. in theory, the formula could/should work, but there are numbers, or enrollment, that they expect you to hit which are harder than what they tell you. enrollment is monthly so you are at the whim of the public; if and when they want to take classes. here's the other kicker... you only get paid if they actually attend class! of course you have absolutely no control over this as most of these people are extremely wealthy and often flake out on class, or take frequent vacations, or are currently involved in a million other activities! the reason the students are primarily of the upper class is because the tuition is too high! you really do enjoy teaching, but you are so worried about increasing your numbers that you can't truly enjoy what should be an enjoyable job! the school is located in southern california which has extremely high cost of living and the salary they pay you is just enough to barely get by, at best.

    now, on to management......im not going to divulge every detail, but be careful what you say and who you say it to. they will try to 'audit' you and, through certain training 'technology', try to control you. i know this sounds crazy, but it's true and it sneaks up on you until you start to feel crazy with self doubt. im not going to publicly throw anybody under the buss here, sorry to disappoint, but do a quick search for the company and some of the top results ought to fill you in on the rest. i hope you're able to put 2 and 2 together and choose not to work here and subject yourself to their behavior.

    im more sad than anything that my employment didnt work out because while i was teaching it was one of the most enjoyable things ive ever done. their system is rather flawed, and while they are probably aware of it, they are too stubborn (and behind the times) to change their ways

    Advice to Management

    your marketing dept has got to get with the times and be more aggressive; it really shouldn't be the program director's job to market the program! you are losing good instructors at an alarming rate due to the low pay and high expectations.