Carolina Ballet

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  1.  

    Don't Expect Much

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    Former Employee - Office Staff
    Former Employee - Office Staff

    I worked at Carolina Ballet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Offices share a building with dance studios; Raleigh community embraces the company; Donors and sponsors are treated with respect

    Cons

    Not transparent with finances, although by nature a non-profit should be; Very dedicated Artistic Director but he needs assistance as he ages; No emphasis on marketing and PR

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure the company to fit the budget; Take care of the dancers.

    I would only recommend working there for a short time! Get your experience and move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    High turnover

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    Former Employee - Fundraising  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Fundraising in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Carolina Ballet full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working in the arts is exciting and interesting. High level constituents and interesting performances. Artistic director has great vision for small ballet company.

    Cons

    High stress work environment. No work-life balance - it's all ballet all the time. Low pay for mid-career professionals. Unreasonable expectations set and staff not set up to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Unduly stressful experience where catjhjering to unreasonable & unprofessional personalities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carolina Ballet full-time

    Pros

    Working with the dancers and nearly all of the artistic staff is a joy.

    Cons

    The ridiculous Diva personalities of the women on the board makes the dynamic between them and the staff one that fosters high anxiety and a "bend-over' atmosphere, preventing staff from just doing their job without drama. It also fosters similar behaviors among a few of the staff to the point that interaction becomes dysfunctional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the business professionals handle the business of the company. Instead of fostering conflicting directions, processes and multiple gatekeepers for every task, Artistic leadership should stop micromanaging areas you do not have expertise.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    My experience was mixed.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Carolina Ballet

    Pros

    The artistic product is really quite high and the dancers and staff are very committed to the company. The company has a very good board of directors.

    Cons

    The company tires to do too much. The company is underfunded for what it is trying to produce. Therefore, the dancers and staff are overworked and underpaid. The product at times looks very underrehearsed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to examine whether you can produce the kind of product that you say you are producing (world class) on your budget. You cannot also claim to be world class without any objective measure of that term by outside sources. You're not world class simply because the artistic director says so.

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    Telemarketing job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carolina Ballet part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They only take 3 hour shifts - you couldn't do more than that

    Cons

    No training or support really. You're talking to folks and don't even know what you're talking about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time with your new hires. Don't push sales over knowledge and excellence... felt like just another number - I'm sure turnover is really high and it could be due to lack to foundational training. Also sales support doesn't feel like part of the company. Take them around the studio. Help them feel like they're a part of what's going on, not just a piece of meat.

    Doesn't Recommend

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