Jewelry Manufacturing Arts Instructor (Current Employee) – New York, NY – July 3, 2018
A typical day at work would be instructing your class. Including using examples from your experience in the trade. Experience in the trade is a prerequisite which is a requirement to obtain the positions. Students are usually from the industry, and the instructor needs to be proficient in their occupation.
Diamond Grader (Current Employee) – Carlsbad, CA – July 18, 2018
It can be challenging at first while learning the intricacies of the job and the training period can be stressful as there is a time limit on your progress, but with effort it does become easier. Although certain work expectations, quality/quantity, are required, the work becomes more on the independent side which enables you to excel and progress at your own pace. The job culture for the most part is great and colleagues are respectful. One of the best aspects of the job, is the understanding of "life" circumstances and managements willingness to work with you in regards to this.
Highly productive with multiple simultaneous projects
America (GIA) - Subject Specialist (Current Employee) – Carlsbad, CA – June 1, 2018
Enjoyable interactive and creative environment with like-minded individuals of a similar skill set. I learned advanced CAD skills and the GIA rendering process, and provided communications, predictive analytics, design and engineering to create a holistic product for delivery to education and marketing.
Preliminary Step Diamond Grader (Current Employee) – New York, NY – March 25, 2018
Spent 5 year there, and really wasted my time. You can exceed your quotas and have a high degree of accuracy and they will still be unhappy. The rate of pay is not enough for the NY area. Poor ergonomics.
Editor, Gems & Gemology (Current Employee) – Carlsbad, CA – March 24, 2018
This is a wonderful place to work, with many opportunities for advancement and personal growth. Educational opportunities are available to all staff members. I cannot recommend this organization enough.
Diamond Grader (Former Employee) – Carlsbad, CA – January 6, 2018
I do not recommend this company. There is no place for advancement. Managers play favoritism and encourage a culture of politics over proficiency. This workplace is not too different from a sweatshop. The company has wildly inconsistent criteria that change on a daily basis.
Facility secured by armed guards
Work space overrun with vermin, disease spreads quickly.
School Administrator (Former Employee) – Carlsbad, CA – November 1, 2017
The GIA was one of the best jobs I have held, it provided me with a challenging well balance place to work with a team of professionals that was a pleasure to be associated with, from the instructors, administrators and students. The campus provided a opportunity to learn a wealth of information and networking with people from all over the world.
There was no hard part of the job.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the whole campus environment and the staff who was some of the best I have ever worked with.
Lots of opportunity to learn about the Gem Industry, Lectures and seminars
Quality Specialist/Quality Assurance Dept (Former Employee) – New York, NY – July 14, 2017
GIA is a very diverse company with many locations all over the world and the work environment is just as diverse with people from all backgrounds and unique individuals work together. Excellent Benefits and pay can be rewarding as long as you work hard. Advancement can be challenging, but there us usually a few internal positions to look into. Most of us wear many hats, for example my morning was dedicated to working with the Quality Specialist team and afternoon mostly dedicated to Fancy color diamond grading. An individual's day can be broken up into different activities, like participating in special projects, traveling etc. Overall I had a great experience working there and learned a lot! The power to grow and advance rests within the individual and the amount of effort they put into their job
Extremely well-organized and meticulous work environment.
Diamond Grader (Former Employee) – Carlsbad, CA – July 6, 2017
Working in a high-security diamond lab required adhering to strict rules about showing up on time, accountability for all diamonds graded, and always working with co-workers and supervisors on the final grading of all diamonds.
Staff and co-workers were very helpful and friendly - I maintain friendships with many of the people I worked with at the lab. We had a very unique job, and as such, found that being able to spend time together outside of the lab was a great way of unwinding and learning from each other on how best to excel at a job that required us to basically stare at diamonds under a microscope for 8 hours a day.
Great working environment, clean, secure and well organized.
Extremely repetitive nature of the job, after a few months of working there most of us needed glasses! Diamond grading is tough on the eyes.
Diamond Grader (Former Employee) – New York, NY – June 1, 2017
I worked as a diamond grader at GIA NY. They have 2 shifts as morning(7:00-15:30)/night(15:30-23:30) and both were hard commute in my situation. Only 30 mins lunch break was not enough to eat/rest and switching sheet from morning to night daily was totally mess(losing your own stuff even chair everyday!) Plus by unorganized management and too many people in small rooms squeezing and arguing, employees are stressed and worn out. The good thing is the benefit though the salary is not enough to live in NYC. Good to start making your career in Jewelry industry as they offer free classes and the work experience at "GIA", but not a lifetime job.