Sundance Institute

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Sundance Institute Reviews

Updated June 18, 2014
Updated June 18, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    One of the greatest work experiences of my life.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT

    I worked at Sundance Institute as a contractor

    Pros

    Training is complete and efficient. You are encouraged to get your hands into new projects and assignments. Everyone is extremely friendly and very open to helping/teaching where they can. Office culture is friendly and cohesive. Dog friendly office!! Office is 50ft from a ski lift, so no complaints there.

    Cons

    Contract job. Downfall of being a nonprofit, most of the festival staff are contract. Tech and internet service in the office should be upgraded.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to facilitate the bond between independent artist and audience.

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    Former Employee - Script Reader in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Script Reader in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Sundance Institute as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Provided with opportunity to volunteer at Sundance Festival, which is a great experience. Work is rewarding. Friendly work atmosphere. Open to critique.

    Cons

    High turnover rate. Jobs in high demand so loyalty to previous employees is not predominant in the work culture. Volunteering full-time at the festival can be stressful, rather than an opportunity to celebrate the work of the institute.

    Recommends
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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Benefits, High Turnover and Little Career Growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sundance Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefit package is really good with low cost health insurance and a great 401k.

    Cons

    There is not much room for career growth or salary increases and a very high turnover in the year-round staff. Yearly bonuses are very low (1%-2%) and are given in a very arbitrary manner.

    Senior leadership is really lacking in planning and in leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on long term growth and development and make sure you have the proper resources to support that growth before moving forward with new ideas. Recruit more senior level staff and stop relying on junior hires because they are easier and cheaper to find. Some departments are under-performing because of lack of experience amongst the workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great mission but horrible work life balance for many staffers.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sundance Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The organization's mission is fantastic. Benefits for single employees have low premiums and they offer a great 401K.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement. The organization continues to add programs but there are not enough staff to properly support new initiatives. Leadership is not transparent and doesn't fully answer staff when complaints/issues are brought to their attention.

  6.  

    Summer Camp: Fun for a short time, but it gets old quickly.

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    Former Employee - Assistant/Coordinator/Temp in Park City, UT
    Former Employee - Assistant/Coordinator/Temp in Park City, UT

    I worked at Sundance Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume

    Park City is a beautiful location

    Casual, laid back work environment

    Many people were very smart, talented and resourceful. You can see those who do work year round certainly have earned it.

    The values and mission of the Institute itself and the Film Festival are noble and inspiring.

    Cons

    Very unprofessional. Fun is valued more than doing well.

    Not so much a workplace but a Summer Camp. People travel across the country to work here, and live/eat/socialize together in all aspects.

    Cliquey. The returning "festival hoppers" act above the newcomers, with the 30+ somethings being the worst of the bunch.

    No growth. About 10% make it to full time. While a position at Sundance may be a stepping stone for someone early in their career, there is virtually nowhere to proceed upward.

    Disorganized. The problem with so many temporary employees is that processes aren't communicated and executed efficiently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more structure and discipline. You can still be fun and social while also being firm and having direction.

    While it's important to create a social environment, actually strive to have people create relationships with each other than just casual drinking buddies. Things like team and leadership building instead of just drinking.

    Make the goals of each position more definitive before people start. While there are unavoidable conflicts that come with hiring dozens of temp employees, many can be avoided by making sure each new hire isn't a fish out of water.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  7.  

    Great experience, lots of fun, virtually no pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT

    I worked at Sundance Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing work atmosphere - surrounded by not only amazing natural surroundings and great facilities, but working among some of the most interesting and talented people in the industry.

    Cons

    Low level workers don't make much money - like an internship - the free food and lodging is kind of part of the benefits package.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to attract great people to your programs!

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Your experience depends completely on your relationship to your supervisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sundance Institute

    Pros

    - Great Energy and intensity leading up to Festival
    - Diverse group of people from many different backgrounds, but all great people
    - Many great experiences working long hours in a fun, energetic environment

    Cons

    - Not always clear expectations
    - Need to be able to sift through many tasks, shooting for most important first. Sometimes no win situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a film festival, you're doing the best you can with what you have. Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    A lot of work, a lot of fun

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Park City, UT
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Park City, UT

    I worked at Sundance Institute as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Casual atmosphere, friendly people, a lot of emphasis on employees socializing. Great learning and work experience

    Cons

    Many seasonal positions, few year round jobs to move up to -because no one in those positions wants to leave! There are no benefits for contract positions, and holidays are very very short.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fast paced during the festival

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    Current Employee - Festival Coordinator in Park City, UT
    Current Employee - Festival Coordinator in Park City, UT

    I have been working at Sundance Institute

    Pros

    Get to watch movies when you are free
    If you are not from Park City likely you will get housing during the festival
    Surprised they paid a stipend while housed during the festival
    Nice people

    Cons

    Totally disorganized work space/office environment
    Lack of professionalism
    High drama
    Everyone is contracted on during the festival therefore no time to make changes

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    An eye opener to the world of film festivals.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT

    I worked at Sundance Institute

    Pros

    If you are interested in becoming part of the film industry and want to see the latest in indie films this is a good place to get started.

    Cons

    This is based on working for the film festival- communication is key, and that was lacking a lot in the organization of the festival.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More diversity in the work place as well as communication with your staff and team.

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