Brooklyn Academy of Music

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Brooklyn Academy of Music Reviews

Updated May 1, 2014
Updated May 1, 2014
10 Reviews

3.6
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  1.  

    My experience at the Brooklyn Academy of Music is the best place to work at to get your foot at the door

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    Former Employee - Custodial Maintenance Worker
    Former Employee - Custodial Maintenance Worker

    Pros

    I was able to learn punctuality, attention to detail and a good attitude with the general public that I will do the best in future endeavors. Working as a team is essentially important for the position.

    Cons

    The atmosphere sometimes hazardous if safety is not considered, the lifting at times is heavy of trash to dispose in the bin.

    Recommends
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    BAM has a fun work atmosphere that compensates (but not fully) for its low pay/lack of upward mobility.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    BAM has a young staff. On Fridays many staff will drink at the BAMCafe and socialize. There's a softball team in the summer. Staff can go to the movies for free, and the opportunity to see other shows at BAM exists, sometimes. And sometimes you walk down the hallway and hey, there's Rick Moranis. Hi Rick!

    Cons

    There's a near 100% turnover rate in non management positions at BAM about every 2 years. Why? Well in my opinion, the lower level jobs (intern, coordinator) do not pay super well. And the opportunities for advancement are limited. This is the first job for a lot of people straight out of college.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set aside staff comps for some of the interesting shows.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    This was the best place to work 5 years ago.

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    Current Employee - Stage Crew  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Stage Crew in Brooklyn, NY

    Pros

    Free movies, also some of the best shows on earth.

    Cons

    The production team has no respect for their stage crews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please make a change in the management department .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    One of the best jobs I ever had was at BAM

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    Pros

    - People who work at BAM are passionate about arts and culture
    - Get to see amazing shows for free at BAM, and also at other arts organizations
    - There are some really impressive and awesome people at BAM
    - You really believe in the mission of BAM and are proud to work there

    Cons

    - There are some employees who have been there forever and are in positions they are no longer qualified for, or were ever qualified for
    - Not much room for growth or promotion (problem with any arts organization)
    - A lot of bureaucracy
    - Salaries are not that great
    - Too many meetings about nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Gather more ideas and recommendations from staff rather than board members or outside consultants

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic coworkers and perks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    Pros

    A truly vibrant and exciting place to work. No two days were the same. Constant free shows and other perks. I loved my coworkers; they were intelligent, fun, and hard working. Definitely a fun place to begin your career.

    Cons

    The salaries are low, at least for entry level. The organization as a whole has some pretty outdated and inefficient ways of operating in some cases.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great if you like stagnant, inefficient workplace but performing arts.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Brooklyn, NY

    Pros

    Great co-workers with incredible subject matter expertise in dance, film, music, theater, dance, art, education etc.
    Great work life balance, out the door at 6pm everyday.
    Free tickets to movies, shows, and master classes.

    Cons

    Workplace is filled with humanities majors with little or no eye towards efficiency. Current process for compliance of materials are based on a legacy system which was designed when the company was very small. People literally print things out, hand scribble notes and pass it on.
    Very low growth ceiling, very little pay, company does not give out a bonus and cost of living raises are taxed and equal out to very tiny margin.
    HR doesn't work to address any work place morale issues seem as if they're asleep at the wheel.
    Any initiatives requires high amount of approval and very slow to execute, can be very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Line managers should be required to read books, watch webinars, and attend workshops on workplace efficiency and productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The institution purports an admirable ideal but its employees rarely have the opportunity participate in that idealism.

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    Current Employee - Assistant  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant in Brooklyn, NY

    Pros

    There is a lot of individual passion and creativity. Many employees boast an academic background in theater and the arts, which is brought forth into the daily operations of the institution. BAM facilitates many fantastic presentations, each of which provide an opportunity for its employees to view.

    Cons

    There seems to be an inability of upper management to provide advancement opportunities. They seem to suffer under the misapprehension that they eternally occupy their roles. Suffice to say, there is a tremendous amount of ego. This can be challenging to those that desire less individual recognition and the increased opportunity to participate more directly in the institution's mission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I advise upper management to not assume that qualified individuals are willing to remain stagnant for as long as suggested. Younger and more ambitious employees have the energy and inclination to contribute more than they are currently allowed.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Assistant  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant in Brooklyn, NY

    Pros

    I'm proud to work for such a cultural and positive institution. The work culture is great-- people are dedicated to their jobs, but not obsessed. They are easy-going and fun yet professional. The work is interesting (depending what department you work in) and it's reassuring to know that you're doing it for a good cause-- the arts! The perks aren't half bad too-- BAM employees get free tickets for themselves and a guest anytime they want at the BAM Cinemas, and are (usually) always offered complimentary tickets for each performance. If comps aren't available, BAM employees can get tickets at a discounted price.

    Cons

    Even though it's one of the biggest arts institutions in New York City, it's still a nonprofit arts institution. This means not-so-great salaries. Most people who work there are extremely educated (think PhDs and Masters all around) but are still not paid very well. Or at least, that's the case with the entry-level jobs.

    There aren't really any other downsides to BAM that I can think of, besides the pay. It really is a great institution, and I had a wonderful time working there, and I hope that whoever reads this and gets a job there has a wonderful time too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think everyone's doing a really good job. Ideas are encouraged here, from everyone from Senior Management to the Interns, and I'm happy with the way things are run.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Internship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was really great work experience and the rare paid internship. They definitely do a wonderful job exposing you to all of the departments with lunches with executives. The benefits - free movies and performances - also make it completely worthwhile. Wonderful institution with executives that are willing to share what they're doing so you can learn.

    Cons

    Not a ton of opportunity to advance after the internship, although there were definitely former interns that had moved on to full time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great company

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    Pros

    It's a great innovative company with a lot of smart people who stimulate you. It's also a company with a lot of growth oppertunities.

    Cons

    It'a very big company. The vertical lines are very long, the head people are out of thouch with the floor workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The need to have a clear philosophy for the company so that everone in the company can get behind it.

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