San Francisco Ballet Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
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  1. Friendly work environment, world class arts organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Francisco Ballet full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free tickets to the ballet, comprehensive benefits package, generous 401(k) employer match, oppurtunities for interdepartmental collaboration

    Cons

    Smaller departments can make long term career advancement more difficult

    Recommends
  2. Artistically pleasing but don't expect a raise

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Francisco Ballet full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free tickets to performances. Opportunities to watch the dancers rehearse onstage and off. Great history and SF Ballet is the oldest ballet in the United States.

    Cons

    Lots of hierarchy, no room for movement once hired. Disgruntled and under paid employees. All the money floats to the top. Hard to take time off from work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the fact that employees are only getting 2% raises a year. Benefits need improvement, especially with the health benefits. It is near to impossible to have a family working at SFB.

  3. Stuffy, depressed work environment with disparate old guard, new guard philosophies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Francisco Ballet full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits.
    Tickets to ballet and opera.
    (Over)Protective HR department.

    Cons

    Way too many imperial power trips at the executive level.
    Very corporate atmosphere
    Barely any room for advancement
    In my specific position, was kept at 33 hrs. per week so I would not approach overtime, and was constantly told how much "spare time" I have for other part time jobs. Newsflash: 33 hrs is not part time.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. What could have been a wonderful experience...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Ballet full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Full benefits package (Medical, Dental, 401K, decent PTO)
    Performance attendance (!)
    High calibre of dancers and choreography
    Looks great on a resume

    Cons

    Limited (read: no) room for growth
    Support staff underpaid and hugely undervalued
    Disconnected executive staff
    Overly bureaucratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please encourage dialogue between senior and support staff, and between administrative and artistic departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Major gap between old guard and new guard; very corporate, harassment-paranoid culture.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at San Francisco Ballet full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Health care including dental
    401K
    Diverse staff
    Tickets to ballet, opera, symphony
    Consistent work hours

    Cons

    Camaraderie and mingling between departments is all but banned. Seems to be tied to measures to prevent sexual harassment. Seriously, asking someone about their weekend is regarded as risky. A lame, monthly birthday celebration for all employees and holiday parties are the only times you mingle with coworkers outside of your department - which does not foster teamwork. Gossip is a major issue. Stuck-up senior management acts like they work in the White House, and make you feel like you are oh-so-lucky to share an elevator with them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourselves. You're holding the organization back by cruising on your power trips.

    Doesn't Recommend

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