Sundance Institute Reviews

Updated March 8, 2015
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  1. Great environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sundance Institute

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. Because most of the employees are temporary for the Sundance Film Festival, everyone is basically new and trying to get to know other people. Team-building activities are weekly and are a great way to get to know your co-workers. It's also great to be working for such a great cause.

    Cons

    Sometimes the challenges come in the same way the benefits do...It's difficult working with so many people who are all trying to figure everything out at the same time. It's also located in Park City, which is not a very convenient place to get to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider having a Festival office in Salt Lake. It is much easier to find temporary housing and transportation than in Park City.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Overall, a fun company to work for. Lots of new people to meet!

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    Former Employee - Assistant Coordinator in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Assistant Coordinator in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Sundance Institute

    Pros

    Energized and upbeat environment.
    Festival is a blast!

    Cons

    They don't support their staff much
    Low pay for the hours most staff put in

    Recommends
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    From the outside it would seem like the perfect opportunity to be in show business, from the inside its a huge mess.

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    Former Employee - Database/Web Developer in Park City, UT
    Former Employee - Database/Web Developer in Park City, UT

    I worked at Sundance Institute

    Pros

    Park City is a great place to experience, the office is cool. Perched on the side of a hill and next to a ski lift, it's an active persons dream job. One gets an inside look at how the industry works. The founder and top directors are top notch.

    Cons

    The Institute could care less about what it takes to survive on an income in Park City. Most of the seasonal staff are trustafarians in their 20's and 30's. If you aren't one of the cool kids be prepared for your experience to compare to 'Mean Girls'. The Institute neglects to spend money on its technical infrastructure and is like a house of cards about to come crashing down. It's amazing to watch how inefficient everything is run as management is afraid of change and technology. But what does one expect from people who are paid the absolute lowest on the pay scale for their position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend money on technical advancements. Don't be afraid of change. Take a close look at some of the 'Directors' and see how they publicly make the Institute a mockery. Practice what you preach, it's all about 'Supporting the Artist' and yet they exploit the seasonal staff to work for next to nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great mission and potential - epic fail in execution

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

    I worked at Sundance Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The organization's mission and desire to promote independent artists and film makers, who might otherwise find it tough to find an audience, is genuine and very commendable. They have talented individuals who have such a strong desire and passion to carry out this mission, often for pay far below industry standards.

    Cons

    I have never, in my life, worked for a company that had a human resource department that treated employees like pledges in a sorority house. Not all of the members of this department behaved this way, but it only takes one bad apple (in this case two) to destroy the bunch. I witnessed behavior that I would expect from high schoolers...poorly raised high schoolers. Have you ever seen the movie "Mean Girls"?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Multiple complaints from various employees in different departments, various levels, fell on deaf ears. Your HR department embodies the culture of your company. If that department would rather run a popularity contest than treat your employees like PEOPLE and you just enable it, it's pretty maddening to hear you ask "why is morale so low" and pretend you play no part in it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. One of the greatest work experiences of my life.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Park City, UT
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 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
  7. A great place to facilitate the bond between independent artist and audience.

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

    I worked at Sundance Institute as an intern (less than a 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people 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
    Negative Outlook
  9. 3 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.

  10. 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 a 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 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 a 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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