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Updated March 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Encouraging of work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Great Benefits, promotions, sense of communtiy (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Fairly low pay compared to other schools (in 7 reviews)

  • Not much room for advancement, although there are some opportunities (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "CIDA Team Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CIDA Team Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - CIDA Team Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at School of Visual Arts part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Hours
    Great Faculty
    Helpful Facilities
    Good pay

    Cons

    No bad comments or cons


  2. "Salaries have not changed since 1990."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Support Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Support Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at School of Visual Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are great people, environment is fantastic, benefit are good, great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Salaries and wages are half what they should be, departmental management is largely inept and there is virtually zero inter-departmental communication/ cooperation.

    If you're going to work here as staff, demand a higher rate of pay than they will offer you.

    Advice to Management

    Retire and let someone more competent take your place.


  3. "Internship in SVA's International Students Office"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internship in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Internship in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at School of Visual Arts part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Even as a lower-level employee like an intern manning the front desk area, I never felt unappreciated. I had friendly, generous colleagues, cushy office space, and flexible hours. The small, diverse office group is always very welcoming and considerate.

    Cons

    Any and all cons came from students delaying on submitting important documents, causing some traffic within the office that can get hectic. Traffic is especially common during lunch hours, when there are less student advisors in the office, and close to closing time.

    Advice to Management

    One key issue that I've faced with my work is in how document storage often depends on outdated technology, technology that is actually holding the office back from fully upgrading.


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  5. "Freelance Writer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, community. Encouraging of work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not much for advancement within the College.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excessively Toxic Work Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at School of Visual Arts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with some incredible students, access to equipment and studio space

    Cons

    Just about everything else. Working in the photography department is like living in the movie Mean Girls. Everyone is exceptionally passive aggressive, gossipy, and generally not very interesting or good people. They gang up and force out anyone who is different, or attempts to show any shred of individuality or personality.

    There is absolutely zero communications skills in this department. Instead, if an employee or co worker is having issues, or doing something wrong/incorrect/inappropriate the official course of action is to document it, and then present it at a later date. Instead of, you know, actually talking to the person who is having the issue, addressing the problem and discussing it, then allowing it to resolve.

    The photography department chair is nothing more than a grown up rich kid having his fun running a photo department. His vision is aimless and not thought out properly. His involvement in the actual happenings in the department is minimal at best, except when someone would like to bypass management.

    Do not work here, ever.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate problems and issues with an employee when the issue actually happens, instead of compiling a long list of things. Not addressing a problem when it happens does not help to correct this problem. The only way to learn from your mistakes is to know you've made one.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good community"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant to the Chair in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant to the Chair in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at School of Visual Arts (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good community, very depend on the department

    Cons

    Not much room for upward mobility


  8. Helpful (1)

    "SVA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility of hours. Open to creative solutions.

    Cons

    Every department is an island


  9. "Good resume builder for students"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at School of Visual Arts (Less than a year)

    Pros

    At SVA, as students you get to work closely with a department of choice that you prefer. Everyone is really kind and helpful, they understand the fact that students need a few jobs on campus before they can get out in the real world.

    Cons

    The HR management is lacking, communication between departments is not that great. sometimes it's even hard to get things done since some of the management level people don't really care what you do.

    Advice to Management

    Let more students know there are on-campus job opportunities! and maybe give student workers more attention.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Worst job environment i've experienced"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at School of Visual Arts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people (below management level) to work with, good end of year party, good health insurance.

    Cons

    Out of control Chairs of departments, overpaid Presidents, ineffective HR department on the side of the company, overworked employees, low pay, little opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to the management, they're aware of how they've structured the school: Extracting maximum profits at the expense of the employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Professional Faculty of Working Artists"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at School of Visual Arts (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Community of creative artists in many disciplines. Informal atmosphere. Good classroom equipment.

    Cons

    Lack of oversight of faculty. No classroom observation by administrators. In some departments, erratic, inconsistent curricula.


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