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Woodruff Arts Center Reviews

Updated February 12, 2017
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  1. "An exceptional company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Great mission. Great access to events."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "Great mission, tough enviornment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!


  5. "Your mileage may vary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Ticket Agent in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Ticket Agent in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic atmosphere. Always something interesting going on.

    Cons

    No raises. Constant turnover of upper management. Parking can be an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate between departments. Listen to your employees.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Lacks competent leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The art produced can be good.

    Cons

    There is a literal game of musical chairs happening where executives hop across job roles in the organization but never really accomplish or improve anything. The organization has proven to be allergic to efficient planning, promoting from within, collaborating or communicating across departments, valuing employees, providing growth opportunities, or learning from past mistakes.

    Sadly, the Woodruff Arts Center, provides a toxic work environment where, passing the buck is encouraged, and status quo is king. Employees are not encouraged to share ideas, grievances are dismissed, and projects are embarked on based on hunches, and opinions. Business practices like data driven/informed decision making, working remotely, team meetings, process development, employee training, or long term planning are all things that don't happen.

    If you're interested in the textbook, top-down management hierarchy where managers are not interested in your thoughts, opinions, professional development just the amount of hours you can dedicate to fill in the gaps caused by their lack of planning, then this is the place for you. Hate to say it, but don't let the pretty looking art fool you and dodge this bullet.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace younger leadership, conduct an employee survey (anonymous or not) and ask real questions about how much time & money is wasted due to mismanagement.
    or
    Hire people that are retirement age if you want to give your employees go-nowhere jobs and treat them like cogs in a wheel.


  7. "A great place to gain experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers in an upscale non-profit environment.

    Cons

    Occasional weekend and evening work hours.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great Non-profit committed to excellence"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Woodruff Arts Center Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Woodruff Arts Center Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love working for a non-profit that does so much in the community. It's a great organization with good values and good leadership running it. We have had some positive leadership changes in the past 1/1.5 years and I see things only getting better.

    Cons

    Average pay-probably consistent for non-profits. Probably low for corporate america. Also not enough vacation time for the amount of hours put in.

    Advice to Management

    Do more company appreciation. HR doesn't really have the resources to do many HR related team-building initiatives. Usually these team building activities are organized by the department you are part of.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "One of the worst jobs in my career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intermediate Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Intermediate Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They paid very well. The people (direct coworkers) are very nice to work with. Other than that there is not much I can say that is nice. I was happy when my contract ended.

    Cons

    IT software and technology is extremely dated. Most software is 10+ years old. That alone will set back your career as a developer. So do not expect to learn anything new and exciting. The management and director level staff is clueless for the most part. They have directors that are in way over their heads. Ex: Managers that are managing departments that they have no clue what the department actually does on a day to day basis. They hire paper pushers for all the management positions so explaining technology to them is like explaining quantum physics to an orangutan. The upper level managers treat their departments like fiefdoms and there is always infighting about resources. This place turned me off from ever working at a non-profit again.

    Advice to Management

    Fire most of the managers/directors and hire new management that knows what they are managing.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "The WAC was THE worst place I ever worked."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administration - WAC in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Administration - WAC in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inspiring surroundings, nicer people in the Divisions (High, ASO, etc.)

    Cons

    60+ hours a week, with no overtime, a fight to take vaca days you're entitled to, leaving your desk for lunch is "frowned upon"; No recognition of good performance; Inept (at best) people at the top of management; discriminatory management ... Overall, a completely depressing, unfulfilling and denegrating place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the top managment in Strategy and Inititatives and start all over again.


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