San Francisco Opera Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Labor of love for an amazing company

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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 Opera

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working for the opera means loving and living the opera. It's a nonprofit, so you are constrained by budget limitations, as well as limitations in career advancement and professional growth. However, the product that you work for is unbeatable. When you go to a performance and think that your hard work contributed to this amazing production of art, the pride and joy of that moment is unmeasurable. There is a certain type of worker at the Opera -- dedicated, wickedly smart, and generous. The people could have chosen to go another route and make a lot of money, but they have chosen to dedicate themselves to preserving an art form and contributing to civic culture. Overall, the employees are fantastic. Other top reasons to work at the Opera: excellent benefits package, free tickets to performances, open-door policy by high-level management.

    Cons

    Compensation, like any nonprofit, is low. And it being San Francisco, it seems even lower. Other downsides are lack of structure, little to no opportunities for professional growth, and lack of promotions or raises. If you want to rise in this organization, you have to be proactive and seek it out for yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Employee retention is as important, perhaps even more important, than audience and donor retention. There should be a special program enacted to work on increasing employee retention.


  2. Needed: vibrant direction

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at San Francisco Opera

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big budget, many productions, excellent hall, talented people, big leadership change in a year

    Cons

    Labor relations, stuffy place, attrition, historical "restrictions"

    Advice to Management

    Be leaders, think creatively


  3. Deteriorating the cornerstone

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Systems in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Information Systems in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Opera full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you love or even like opera. This is a dream job.

    Cons

    Very low wages, no raises, no incentive to stay regardless of quality of output.

    Advice to Management

    Work on employee retention of key employees who have proven their loyalty. That is your cornerstone.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Worthwhile

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

    I have been working at San Francisco Opera

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Incredibly high artistic value -Renowned leadership in the field -Higher pay then counterpart organizations in NYC, Chicago, Houston.

    Cons

    -No room for advancement in most areas. -Company is doing little to advance the art form into the 21c. -No raises, no perks outside of the usual benefits. -Admin employees are the only aspect of the company not unionized.

    Advice to Management

    -Offer more opportunities for advancement and professional development. -Create more of a community within the administration through interaction and collaboration.


  6. Big time performing arts

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

    I have been working at San Francisco Opera

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The whole mission is creating beautiful works of art, what could be more sustaining than that? We have the best singers and musicians in the world. Where else can you meet people such as John Adams and Nicola Luisotti. To be able to go to work every day and be proud of where you work and what product you make is wonderful.

    Cons

    Very tight budget limitations. Non-profit pay scale, we live in one of the most expensive cities in North American and get paid a mid-western level salary. However the benefits are excellent.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with strategic planning. The


  7. They take wonderful care of their artists!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Francisco Opera

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Wonderful music staff 2. Beautiful theater 3. Helpful administration

    Cons

    1. Location can create a problem with traffic and parking



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