Kennedy Center Reviews

Updated February 2, 2015
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  1. chef

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennedy Center

    Pros

    An excellent place to work, great staff, awesome kitchen crew. exec. chef are amazing and very willing to keep one busy while there. Fun and happy work environment

    Cons

    I have none to speak of. I really enjoy working there, pay is terrific couldn't be happier! Great opportunity to learn in a fast paced environment. who would have cons about that?

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  2. crushing hours

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kennedy Center

    Pros

    learning how a studio works

    Cons

    extremely long hours, don't expect to have any life outside of the studio.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Another Step Along The Path of Life

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    Former Employee - Job Coach in Trumbull, CT
    Former Employee - Job Coach in Trumbull, CT

    I worked at Kennedy Center

    Pros

    They have a very friendly staff!

    Cons

    They don't train you thoroughly enough with how to handle situations with very combative clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually I have no real advice for the management of The Center.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. Intern

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    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Kennedy Center as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great mentorship, access to shows, cross-departmental training, and first access to open positions

    Cons

    Very low pay for internship

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Fundraising assistants enjoy awesome VP, cool experiences. Dept. is well-oiled machine with limited growth opportunities

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    Former Employee - Assistant In Development Department in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Assistant In Development Department in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The VP of the development department is amazing - has been at the KC for 15+ years, is great at her job and well-connected, and knows and greets all of her employees by name. Working in such a high-profile fundraising operation (many donors contribute to have access to prestigious events) provides a fascinating perspective on prominent Washingtonians and national leaders. Plenty of cool and "sexy" experiences backstage, at exclusive events, etc., even if all assistants do is stand around and direct guests to the next location, fun stories to tell your friends. Sporadic access to amazing cultural events. Many fundraising best practices in place in a very compartmentalized and mature development operation, it's a great place to learn the ropes from some real experts. Promotions in development department are just about always from within.

    Cons

    In the development department - Mediocre work-life balance (e.g., last-minute event staffing assignments), unwarranted favoritism to National Advancement team. Not a family-friendly environment, department mostly consists of young single people who can work terrible hours and afford not to have a life outside of the KC. In the KC generally - Low wages. Minimal investment in professional development (e.g., pathetic tuition reimbursement, no reimbursement for professional development organizations or activities). Promotions are limited, hyper-competitive, and in the end not for much more money or responsibility. Very isolated and inflexible culture - little dialogue with other organizations, arts or otherwise, so leaving the KC was like leaving a cult. Lack of technology investment (e.g., awful website, outdated internal systems), which means working remotely is impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deborah Rutter (new president as of September 2014) - I have so much hope for you! Please listen to your senior staff, enable them to invest in and reward their best employees, and bring the KC into the 21st century.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Awesome Internship...one of the best working experiences ever.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kennedy Center

    Pros

    A lot of passion and competence buzzing around the innards of that building. Incredible smart and talented and very nice people working there that expect a level of competence and professionalism from you which is very motivating.

    Cons

    Lots of boring work to make awesome things happen.

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    I was a great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    team oriented and very communicative with others.

    Cons

    need better coffee on break time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more internships

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Fun. part-time gig for those who love the arts.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    All of the staff are wonderfully nice and interesting individuals. The stores are made up of volunteers and staff so you work with many different people. You can't go wrong with this as a part-time job. Beautiful place, fun people, and your shifts usually fly by. Plus, even as part-time you can get inexpensive tickets to the shows.

    Cons

    The pay is not very high and raises are scarce. Alhtough, management really does support the worker and would pay more if it could.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better organization of schedule would be good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Don't go there

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The only thing I can say is getting free tickets for shows

    Cons

    The Kennedy Center has a heavy and slow byzantine machinery and people just don't care about being efficient, the only thing that matters here is POLITICS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Amazing arts job. Great addition to your resume.

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The Kennedy Center is a great place to get a strong foundation as an arts administrator. It looks impressive on your resume, there are no limits to what you can learn (except the limits you put on yourself), and the people who work there are some talented folks.

    Cons

    There's some elitism that goes with working at the Kennedy Center. It's competitive, and can be cliquish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mix up the departments - find ways to work in cross-functional teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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