DANCE INSTRUCTOR (Former Employee) – Beaverton, OR – April 8, 2018
The dance training is strong. The AM syllabus is very good. The Arthur Murray system is not designed to build positive and healthy long term business relationships. Few quality staff members stay for more than two years. Gross pay is less than 9% of the sales brought in. Hours where staff is not teaching are not paid and expected to be used for training. Pushed to train (which is good) during non-teaching hours, however this time is unpaid and testing for certification often pushed back repeatedly so base pay does not increase. Focus is on sales more than the value of bringing dance to the lives of others. Phony attitudes towards students, leaving connections feeling hollow. Making a sale put above just about everything else. Staff making sales given trinkets and cheered on, staff having a bad week in sales treated poorly. Witnessed management angrily hanging up on someone asking for a reference of a recently resigned employee. Staff members showing success in sales and quality of dancing often promoted to leadership positions without an increase in base pay.
Dance Instructor (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – April 17, 2019
I loved teaching and had a sense of family here. I enjoyed my managers and had a balanced life work schedule It can be competitive but that is all part of how you perceive your interactions with your fellow teachers. The competition kept me driving forward and achieving my goals as a professional.