Woodruff Arts Center Reviews

Updated Jan 14, 2020

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Woodruff Arts Center President and CEO Doug Shipman
Doug Shipman
2 Ratings
  1. "An exceptional company to work for."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 for 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. "Unstable leadership, low salaries, toxic workplace"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodruff Arts Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Access to amazing art, staff committed to mission

    Cons

    Constant restructuring over the last two years has led to very low employee morale, fear and apathy. The staff works hard but is not adequately compensated and very little room for growth. Small or no salary increases. Leadership has not addressed the plummeting morale. Lack of cohesiveness and trust among departments. A drastic change in culture since new CEO came on board. A very different place under new leadership.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture, horrible workplace"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Access to quality art, music, and theatre.

    Cons

    Salary levels of mid management and above are GROSSLY larger than those on the lower levels. The amount of work expected vs. the pay I received was so misaligned. This is a really bad place to work. Very little support from upper management in problem solving, providing guidance and direction for work, etc. I had 4 different supervisors in 4 years because of the turn over - I mean, come on.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Patron Services"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "A nightmare"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center for 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.

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  6. "Surrounded by the arts"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodruff Arts Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Surrounded by the arts from visual to performing

    Cons

    Limited funding for non profit arts organization

  7. Helpful (3)

    "Competitive & Political Environment"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  8. "Great mission. Great access to events."

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Woodruff Arts Center full-time for 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.

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

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Artist in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Woodruff Arts Center part-time for 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.

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good People, Comfortable Culture, Tough Enviroment"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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