Jazz at Lincoln Center Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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  1. Great hands-on experience in the most prominent jazz non-profit on the planet.

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    Former Intern - Education Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Education Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Jazz at Lincoln Center as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great office atmosphere, passionate and friendly employees, flexible hours, fantastic professionalism, incredible expertise about jazz, desire to bring jazz to young people and adults everywhere, interesting work

    Cons

    NO pay for interns, limited feedback for interns, many interns split time with others and therefore only work 2-3 days a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation for interns, otherwise this is a company with a genuine and admirable goal that is absolutely worth working at

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Usher staff

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    Current Employee - Usher
    Current Employee - Usher

    I have been working at Jazz at Lincoln Center part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good coworkers, great vibe, see concerts

    Cons

    Limited hours, seasonally sometimes very busy but sometimes the opposite

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great Music, High Turnover

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

    I have been working at Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Pros

    Music is great. If you're creative and diligent you can expand your horizons and learn a lot.

    Cons

    Went through a management transition a few years back. There seemed to be a concerted effort towards corporate culture change that was difficult for staff to swallow. Because people were often fired without warning, many good employees felt their jobs were not secure and left. Others felt unappreciated. The restructuring continues, leading to continued turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Settle into a structure and give staff a sense of stability. High turnover jeopardizes productivity and leads to high stress in the ranks. Be careful of undue criticism and make sure good work is rewarded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jazz at Lincoln Center full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission and performance space. Probably a good place to work right out of college

    Cons

    no work life balance. very long hours expected of staff members. Lots of turnover of senior staff.

  6. Good for part time job

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    Current Employee - Front House in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Front House in New York, NY

    I have been working at Jazz at Lincoln Center part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Great management. Great staff.

    Cons

    No benefits, low pay rate

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. Good place to learn

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

    I worked at Jazz at Lincoln Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a neat place to work.

    Cons

    The jobs generally don't pay well.

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great free concerts, but they terminate their employees with almost no notice

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    Former Employee - Web Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Web Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Jazz at Lincoln Center part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great to be in a musical environment and enjoy free concerts (including being able to go to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola for free anytime). Plenty of fun and enjoyable coworkers.

    Cons

    A surprising amount of corporate bureaucracy and mismanagement. The administration shows almost no regard for employee loyalty and will terminate employees on a moment's notice if it's convenient to them, even for employees with an excellent track record. Also, some coworkers were very very sensitive so there's not as much freedom to express one's opinion and speak candidly as would be desirable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please treat employees with more respect, especially those who demonstrate a commitment to the mission and a love of jazz and have worked hard over the years. Some turnover is to be expected in order to bring about needed changes, but too much turnover is disruptive and counterproductive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Not a Healthy Environment Currently

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jazz at Lincoln Center full-time

    Pros

    The pros of working at Jazz at Lincoln Center are the exposure to the music and generally nice co-workers. There has been a major management change at the organization which has not been received well by many long-term, committed employees. Adrian Ellis is no longer the Executive Director. The new ED is Greg Scholl who came from NBC Universal.

    Cons

    The new Executive Director is not experienced in running a cultural not-for-profit. He doesn't realize that we could all be making more money in the corporate world but we CHOOSE to be in this world because we derive a sense of enjoyment from it. When that ceases, it ceases to be an enjoyable places to work. Upper management doesn't seem to care about the working class of the organization. Loyalty is not rewarded at this organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find an executive director who understands how to manage an arts organization and how to treat individuals respectfully. Creative Director Wynton Marsalis is distant and aloof as far as the day-to-day operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Public Relations Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Pros

    Great office culture, top music non-profit organization

    Cons

    Comparably moderate compensation or benefits

  11. Great experience, fantastic atmosphere, and great people.

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Pros

    Jazz at Lincoln Center is a fantastic atmosphere to work in, and the people within the company are fun while hard-working, making it a great place to work.

    Cons

    The only downside that I can think of pertains to the music - because the organization is working hard for the benefit of jazz, sometimes the jazz itself can be neglected.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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