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Updated February 21, 2017
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  1. "Student Affairs Direcotr"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of the Arts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The students, the faculty, the staff

    Cons

    Severely understaffed and underfunded. Highly qualified people are overlooked.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the programs that exist and the students that are already enrolled rather than constantly pushing for new programs that may or may not flounder.


  2. "Very good place to work with, will be great with some changes"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of the Arts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, friendly people, great benefits/perks, great location, PTO is great, flexible hours when needed.

    Cons

    Salary is not comparable to other schools in the area, facilities need some work, some senior management need to figure out what direction they want to move in, some wasteful spending from departments

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and stick to it; constantly changing goals does not help achieve any single goal. Compensation is stagnant and needs to increase to continue to be competitive with other schools in the area.

  3. "Nice coworkers and students, low pay, exploitative business model."

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    Former Employee - Administrator in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Administrator in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at University of the Arts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are great, despite bad pay and little chance for raises and promotions. Great location, lots of time off, chance to work with young artists.

    Cons

    Pay is low, even for a small art school. Finances have been mismanaged for years at the highest levels. Admissions and Financial Aid are under enormous pressure to enroll any and all students, preferably high-income, to keep the money flowing. But high-income students are hard to come by, so UArts makes up the difference by bringing in low-income students and having them take on tons and tons of debt. The Office of Financial Aid should be renamed The Office of Crushing Loans. It's not unusual for a student to graduate with over 100k of high interest debt. Meanwhile, most courses are taught by adjuncts earning starvation wages. If you can't pay you teachers and have to cripple your students financially to keep the doors open (and your pockets fat), then you're not training artists, you're exploiting them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop deluding yourselves into thinking that sinking more student debt into fancy buildings will attract more rich kids and magically rectify your years of greed and incompetence. If you have to rely on crippling debt and impoverished adjuncts to keep your doors open, maybe it's time to close the doors.


  4. "University of the Arts is a friendly workplace"

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    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Lecturer in Phila, PA
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    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Creative people; friendly atmosphere, great students!

    Cons

    Would like to work full time!


  5. "Good people, but problematic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of the Arts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many of the staff members were also artists, there is a great creative community that truly cares about the students.

    Cons

    Pay is well below average, I left my position taking a lower position and title and still was making more. They cut some retirement matching. They were fairly transparent about lower revenues (fewer students) but constantly found a different person or department to blame, then overhauled the curriculum and speculated on buildings and new programs. They were letting anyone in and retention went down since many students were not ready for college, this while putting enormous pressure on admissions and financial aid.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to being a smaller school and do what you do well, really well, instead of knee-jerk reactions to bad times across all of higher education and private institutions. Be timeless not a misguided attempt to be with the times.


  6. "Housekeeper"

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    Former Employee - Custodian in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Custodian in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of the Arts (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The faculty and students were great to work for.

    Cons

    That my position was outsourced.


  7. "Great place to work, in spite of some dysfunction"

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    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of the Arts (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people: faculty, staff & students. Opportunities to see performances, art exhibitions and other events showcasing the talented student body. Generous benefit day package. Located in the heart of the city.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than industry standards. Many departments are understaffed and underfunded. Some internal dysfunction related to communication between departments and with the entire campus community, as well as some processes that need to be evaluated and improved. No opportunity to earn merit increases and some years not even a small cost-of-living increase.

    Advice to Management

    If possible, adjust salaries to match industry standards. Implement a method of recognizing staff via merit increases and/or bonuses. Focus on raising funds to increase departmental operating budgets, as well as grow to better staffing levels that will enable departments to function more effectively and avoid staff burnout and low morale.

  8. "Supportive staff; terrible pay"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of the Arts part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Supportive staff
    -Great Dean (in Liberal Arts)
    -Creative students
    -Small classes
    -Autonomy in teaching
    -Good work conditions (supplies, office, etc)

    Cons

    -Terrible pay
    -No benefits
    -Many students unprepared for a college environment
    -Some colleagues uninterested in improving teaching
    -No budget for improving rigor of curriculum

    Advice to Management

    Stop admitting everyone and cut courses like Creative Practices which teach no actual knowledge or skills. Stop hiring 70% part-time faculty teachers and consolidate to more full-time people. Give faculty a book budget so they can buy materials to use for teaching.


  9. "Inspiring"

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    Former Employee - Shop Supervisor in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Shop Supervisor in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of the Arts (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Faculty, Vacation,Benefits, Awesome location

    Cons

    Below average pay, Some staff are unprofessional


  10. "University of the Arts"

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    Former Employee - Facilities Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Facilities Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at University of the Arts full-time

    Pros

    Academic staff are very approachable and very professional.Extremely helpful and always accessible,friendly and kind.working hours were good with overtime during the holiday periods when students were away.

    Cons

    One or two of the facilities staff were lazy,bone idle and arrogant.Lateness and going home early when management were not around.Like to spend as much time as possible surfing the net and going shopping.No chance of promotion or progression.

    Advice to Management

    Root out the wasters and the image of estates will improve no end


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