Austin Lyric Opera

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Great Art, Exceptionally Poor Board Leadership

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

I have been working at Austin Lyric Opera

Pros

Awesome productions
Community leadership
Innovative ideas
Positive leadership
Flexibility in work schedule
Great vacation time
Community engagement
Respected in the industry

Cons

Cut throat staff members
Long time staff fearful of new ideas
Poor departmental communication
Board doesn't raise money
Extremely poor board leadership
Country club atmosphere at board level

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Board needs to step up and help the organization and partner with the staff. Must be responsible for fundraising and not just pushing the responsibility on the staff and then demeaning the, when goals aren't met. Board is too insular, too much bickering. Boards needs to realize that the company's doing fantastic work and they should be ambassadors for the company and not tear it down.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Great performances, horrible management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Austin Lyric Opera

    Pros

    ALO puts on consistently great productions despite the economic recession. They attract wonderful artists, and provide a valuable art form for the community.

    Cons

    The board and executive leadership choose to remain firmly entrenched in years of tradition and refuse to change anything about the way they actually do things, making it more difficult for the current employees to achieve their assigned goals. This is unfortunately an industry standard for opera. The company wants to reach new audiences but is resistant to any changes that might make this possible.

    The ALO board has very little respect for the staff and is quite open about it (and there is no support for the staff from executive leadership regarding board relations), so consequently burnout, low morale, stress, and turnover are a recurring problem. The new ED is a great person and very enthusiastic about opera but is not a good manager; he burns employees out and has problems with boundaries (last minute requests after business hours with no advance notice and too little lead time, and then procrastinates to review or approve, no authority with the board and leaves staff out to dry, etc.).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move away from dual allocation positions (stop overwhelming employees and pointing fingers when it doesn't work out) and hire adequate staff, treat the staff more fairly and show appreciation with more than meaningless lip service (ex. fairly compensate or at least trust them to to do their job without micromanagement), and consider flex time. Since this is a small company and there are little to no opportunities for advancement, consider another way to motivate employees, perhaps if they had more ownership and support from management and the board they would stay longer.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Austin, TX

    I worked at Austin Lyric Opera

    Pros

    Fantastic colleagues and truly high quality services to the community make Austin Lyric Opera a place I was proud to work for.

    Cons

    Employees are not adequately compensated, especially at lower levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a barrel of money

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