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  1. "An exceptional company to work for."

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    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. "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

  3. 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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. 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.


  7. "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!

  8. "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.


  9. "Your mileage may vary"

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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.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Lacks competent leadership"

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    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.


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