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Savannah College of Art and Design Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Jul 15, 2019

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Savannah College of Art and Design President Paula S. Wallace
Paula S. Wallace
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  • "Block schedules don’t allow for work life balance(in 30 reviews)

  • "Upper Management is bad enough to make a majority of their Residence Directors quit(in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Savannah, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Savannah College of Art and Design part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers are amazing and you’re constantly surrounded by talented artists

    Cons

    Low pay, upper management impossible to get a hold of.

    Savannah College of Art and Design2019-06-29
  2. Helpful (14)

    "Beware!"

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    Former Employee - Director 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Savannah College of Art and Design full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Visually stunning buildings and decor. Resume boosting opportunities.

    Cons

    SCAD has so many secrets. For those in positions that are less involved with the President's office, I am sure it can be a fun place to work. However, if you're considering any opportunity that involves directly working with upper-level management, be prepared to be thrown into a major tornado of disorganization and an overall "Devil Wears Prada" atmosphere. Upper management includes a plethora of sycophantic two-faced narcissists who brown nose and bulldoze their way to the top - no matter who they hurt in the process. Incompetence runs rampant at the top, and appearance seems to get you farther than intelligence and drive. Those who are deemed a threat will be cut at the drop of a hat. SCAD may be a place to build some experience, but run as fast as you can before you get hurt. It's a grand facade of an establishment that "ooh's" and "ahh's" potential students with its grandiose and opulent buildings. Beneath it all lies overworked and micromanaged employees who report to a "yes man" management system comprised of nothing but insecurity, pettiness, and judgement. For a place that totes an inclusive environment, it is anything but.

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    Savannah College of Art and Design2019-07-15
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Coworkers and Immediate Supervisors, Horrible Upper Management"

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    Former Contractor - Resident Assistant in Savannah, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Savannah College of Art and Design for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the best bonds I've made with people have been through this job. I still talk to a lot of former coworkers and bosses.

    Cons

    Upper Management is bad enough to make a majority of their Residence Directors quit. Job hours can be bad enough to burn out RAs within a year.

    Savannah College of Art and Design2019-06-08
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Graphic Designer"

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

    I have been working at Savannah College of Art and Design full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Global exposure of your work, good health benefits, good retirement, annual cost of living increase, occasional bonuses, good real-world experience

    Cons

    Limited work/life balance, shallow tolerance for mistakes, upper management creates a fearful working environment at times

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees how you would like to be treated by your authority. Don't micro-manage; allow your subordinates to shine once in a while. Mistakes happen; it doesn't have to be anyone's fault.

    Savannah College of Art and Design2018-12-14
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Faculty"

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Savannah College of Art and Design

    Pros

    Creative environment, dynamic professors, spanish moss

    Cons

    Faculty are treated with disrespect and like kids by upper management

    Advice to Management

    Faculty are humans, too.

    Savannah College of Art and Design2018-09-20
  6. Helpful (12)

    "Professor"

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    Current Employee - Professor in Savannah, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Savannah College of Art and Design full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very glitzy. Can be exciting at times with the fanfare of events. Buildings are gorgeous and beautifully designed.

    Cons

    Only about 10% of the students are engaged. Upper management is very demanding. Lots of long hours and additional work. Forget about making your own work. Student satisfaction comes first.

    Advice to Management

    Give faculty opportunity for professional development. Consider how budget is allocated. Enough with the micromanagement.

    Savannah College of Art and Design2018-01-02
  7. Helpful (17)

    "Stay Away"

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    Current Employee - Professor in Savannah, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Savannah College of Art and Design full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    *Some very talented students *Many talented faculty *Higher level of remuneration than public institutions, albeit absent any tenure *Annual contracts; leave at the end of an academic year without paying any penalty (leaving at another time may incur a $5,000 fee)

    Cons

    *Follow the money. Check out the school's IRS 990 forms *Upper management untrained, unskilled, inexperienced in many of the vocational fields or university departments they now control *Ongoing curriculum churn *Continual staff and faculty churn *Recruitment is now the primary focus, often supplanting academics - grade inflation *This recruitment often fails to use standard, time-tested, industry-specific methodologies for determining the best undergraduate and graduate candidates in the various schools of the university; it's more about numbers *Students (and their families) have become clients to woo and keep happy through a lessening of academic vigor *Institution is incapable of sustaining a prior commitment - new employees: start a paper trail; get everything in writing *Fundamental lack of trust from management: surveillance of faculty - culture of intimidation; infantilization *Attendance actually taken by management at meetings; faculty and students(!) are "volunteered" for multiple weekend new student recruitment activities *No faculty organization; in the past, the 'ethics officer' and Ombudsman have been friends of the president *No real student government (the school chooses someone)

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    Advice to Management

    It is time for the founder and president to be rightly honored and retired. It is time to stop the acute nepotism of the founding families. It is time to have a top management cohort whose knowledge, accomplishments and experience honestly mirror the salaries they earn. It is time to place our student's education, first.

    Savannah College of Art and Design2017-07-23
  8. Helpful (15)

    "Smoke and Mirrors"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Savannah College of Art and Design full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Highly designed and creative facilities Hard-working and talented students, faculty, and staff

    Cons

    -Absolutely no work-life balance - employees are expected to work overtime, nights, weekends, etc. with no compensation or flex-time -Incredibly low employee morale -Management leads and thrives off of culture of micro-management and fear -Lack of financial support for human resources, student programming, employee development, office supplies, etc. while lavish spending on marketing, executive salaries (especially the president and her family), and furnishings (keeping up appearances) -No communication or transparency from upper-management -Lack of serious academic rigor - faculty are encouraged to pass students so that student retention numbers stay high -Incoming students are barely screened, so anyone can get in leading to wildly divergent abilities among students -Limited employee benefits -Lower than average and inconsistent salary/compensation ranges -Constant turnover in faculty and staff

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    Advice to Management

    I titled this "smoke and mirrors" because it was blatantly apparent that the only things that management cared about were profits, fame, and appearances and not about the students, employees, or quality of education. I saw this diminish greatly over the past few years and I'm not sure why so many resources are being pulled from student, staff, and faculty programs that have always brought the college great success. From all accounts it appears that this money is just going to line the pockets of the over-paid and power/fame driven executives. This is truly sad because the college has such great potential.

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    Savannah College of Art and Design2017-07-11
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great Institution, but..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Savannah College of Art and Design full-time

    Pros

    Great Place to work and learn a lot

    Cons

    Upper management needs to listen more to employees at all levels

    Savannah College of Art and Design2017-03-05
  10. Helpful (20)

    "Student Success Adviser"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Savannah College of Art and Design

    Pros

    Surrounded by great staff within department and you get to work with really talented students. The faculty for the most part are also very nice to work with.

    Cons

    Heavily micromanaged by coordinators and supervisors. Within this department of about 25 advisers we have 3 bosses to report to who constantly check to ensure you are at your cube. The position requires a Masters degree, yet we are treated like high school students who need monitoring. We have monthly one on one appointments where your boss is able to ask anything about your personal life they wish. This interrogating situation occurs an hour every month. There is no bonus system for working hard or going over and beyond. You will be forced to volunteer on many weekend events throughout the year; no comp days at all. As many have also mentioned, Scad is 110% ran on fear by upper management. All employees here are treated poorly.

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    Advice to Management

    The President and those under her (who are all her family) should be replaced with people capable of running a major institution. Allow for employees to train for personal development.

    Savannah College of Art and Design2016-08-15
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