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Woodruff Arts Center Reviews

Updated December 2, 2018
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  1. "An exceptional company to work for."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scenic Technician in Acworth, GA
    Current Employee - Scenic Technician in Acworth, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodruff Arts Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of opportunity for overtime, plenty of support from co-workers. Center is right in the heart of mid-town Atlanta

    Cons

    Very long hours, unexpected changes in schedule, no real room for growth within the company. Long commute for anyone outside the Atlanta parimeter.


  2. "Patron Services"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center full-time

    Pros

    The experience to be part of Atlanta's major cultural and arts center. It is always changing and innovative.

    Cons

    There were very poor morale and a lot of backbiting. This was the most toxic work culture I have ever experience in my many years. I would not recommend anyone to work here. But if they have to, then do not work for longer than a year here and only if you really needed the credibility for your resume. You have a potentiality of being overworked and compensated for your exhaustion and emotional well being for the pay with no work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better leadership and invest in your employees. If you cultivate compassion and want to have that image in the community, it must start with caring for one another and taking care of each other to inspire better ideas. Stop favoritism and provide dignified pay for lower level staff. Listen to your employees and management that are begging for better treatment and resources. Diversify your high-level management and Directors. I will not rate Doug Shipman because he has just recently started in his position, it would be unfair to judge him.

    I will say some of the revonations all over campus was poorly planned without much care for how it would affect their employees and their health which did lead to a mass exodus of a lot of good people with the inclusion of myself.

  3. "A nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good places to get coffee close by- one shop was even on campus
    Complimentary tickets to events
    Had some wonderful coworkers
    Met some neat people
    Saw shows before they went to Broadway

    Cons

    Where do I start? This place is terrible. Its business practices are shady and corrupt. They will string you along, promising promotions and pay raises that don’t happen. Other divisions are cliquish and act like they’re doing you a favor by allowing those outside that division to do extra work for them (without any extra pay). Higher level employees would refuse to speak to those of a lower level and would get offended if someone lower than them spoke to them or asked a question. Parking is ridiculous. Employees who don’t qualify to have monthly parking deducted from their paycheck are forced to pay $15/day to park or park down the road in a neighborhood.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and get over your superiority complex. Stop taking advantage of your employees, don’t give them management work without management pay. Be available and provide customer-facing employees with the proper information and resources to do their job. Also, if the weather is too bad for management to drive to work, it’s too bad for those of lower levels to drive to work as well.


  4. "Surrounded by the arts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodruff Arts Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Surrounded by the arts from visual to performing

    Cons

    Limited funding for non profit arts organization


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Competitive & Political Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center full-time

    Pros

    The work itself is rewarding and even fun! The programming and community-relationships make working at the WAC fulfilling and engaging for arts-lovers.

    Cons

    The departments are highly competitive with one another, cutting each other down whenever possible. There is no "team" mentality, it's every person for themselves. The office politics are tiring and unnecessary.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to make it clear that office politics and unhealthy competition between departments isn't welcome. Creating a goal-oriented work environment where every employee/department is working towards the common goals (and supporting each other) would make the WAC a wonderful place to work.


  6. "Great mission. Great access to events."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Passional people work at the Woodruff Arts Center, so it can be a place with a lot of good energy throughout the day. The events that take place there are really great and employees have access (though many times limited) to these events. Many folks have worked there for years, so long-term success is possible.

    Cons

    Lots of initiatives and sometimes not the best resources to support those initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    Be more strategic about priorities.


  7. "A Wonderful Arts Center to Work for and Support."

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    Current Employee - Teaching Artist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Teaching Artist in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodruff Arts Center part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is an excellent art center with wonderful people and rewarding experiences!

    Cons

    Working with people who want to make a change and develop professionally.

    Advice to Management

    More team oriented professional development activities for the employees to have more opportunities to collaborate professionally and artistically.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good People, Comfortable Culture, Tough Enviroment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Leadership changes were heading in a good direction. Great product which is offered free to staff for most events. Comfortable place to work with good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Tough environment - fundraising for the arts. A lot of turnover in both leadership and staff. Pay isn't extremely competitive which creates this turnover and also fosters ill will and lack of motivation for some, but certainly not all, employees.

    Advice to Management

    Create a concrete plan for keeping your best people and getting rid of dead weight. More buzz needed concerning why it is such a great place to work - because it is, the story just isn't told very well. HR needs improvement.


  9. "Great mission, tough enviornment"

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    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Mission, the arts and opportunities for staff to partake in museum, symphony and theatre

    Cons

    Very tough enviornment, staff feel
    Consistently threatened and unstable leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees ; hold divisions accountable!


  10. "So lucky!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodruff Arts Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing art and visionary artists! Feel lucky every day to be surrounded by such talent. Great CEO, strong leadership team. Lots of exciting changes happening.

    Cons

    Tight budgets, can't always accomplish all the good ideas the staff have. Some employees uncomfortable with changing times.