The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts

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The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
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  1.  

    Nice concept but poor compensation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place! Awesome staff, lots of great rooms and beautiful building

    Cons

    You only get to keep 50% of what you make

    Recommends
  2.  

    Stay away- Not a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts

    Pros

    Most of the staff are very friendly and supportive of each other. You get to sometimes hear interesting music and meet interesting people.

    Cons

    It is necessary for staff to be so supportive of each other in order to survive the extremely unorganized and dictatorship style of upper management. As many of the other reviews have rightly pointed out, management will frequently step in any time and micromanage. Management can be borderline abusive as I've seen employees yelled at to the point of tears. It is not surprising that there is such a high turnaround.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relinquish some control and get someone with a background in business to help manage and run it.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3.  

    All-around bad place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts

    Pros

    They have some great musicians coming through, so you can set see some really good concerts for free. Also, there was a good supportive atmosphere among the employees (not including the management).

    Cons

    The place is unbelievably disorganized. Policies and procedures seem to change every day, but no problems actually gets fixed- they somehow get worse. The management has a really hard time delegating, so they micromanage every task and don't let you make the smallest judgement calls yourself. They can also be extremely disrespectful to employees and faculty, sometimes on a very personal level.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Eclectic job with little respect

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    Former Employee - Venue Assistant in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Venue Assistant in Eugene, OR

    I worked at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Varied work, good experience (if you have little work experience to start) in security, events support, food service, bar tending, front desk, and other things. GREAT JOB FOR A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT if you don't mind working hard and getting sweaty sometimes. OK job for a college student. Terrible idea for a college graduate/someone who expects a little respect. Although I did see a few people (females) get promoted up from being a Venue Assistant

    Cons

    Don't provide scheduled breaks but if you ask they usually give it to you. Little respect for VA's, managers are nice people but live in fear of the owners (Jim and Ginevra) who seem OK but are a little high strung/pretentious. This trickles down to the VA's who get a lot of negative energy as a result. There seems to be no change in operation, even when beneficial change can be made. In the summer, you will be made to distribute posters in 90+ degree heat in pants and a sloppy polo shirt. In this case, "distribute" translates to "check on" IE you aren't actually doing anything most of the time besides walking around uselessly carrying a bag of posters. This is a good example of poor management - time could be spent more efficiently instead of paying me to walk around for no reason.

    Really stale (literally and figuratively) atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace change if possible

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you enjoy feeling demeaned, feel free to work here

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    Former Employee - Venue Assistant
    Former Employee - Venue Assistant

    I worked at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts part-time

    Pros

    Hearing the music through the doors...sometimes. There were two staff members that kept my sanity alive. I got an olcc license out of it.

    Cons

    EVERYTHING ELSE. I second everything that has already been said on here. For a non-profit, they treat their employees like scum and the building is infested with God knows what that would always make my allergies flare up. The Executive Director is well known for yelling at staff and saying racist comments, homophobic comments, and you name it. You also get told how to do things by staff over and over again as if you don't know how to do simple tasks like putting stickers on envelopes (to be fair though, plenty of the staff telling you what to do are afraid of the Director too so they are too meticulous). The director also takes on responsibilities that shouldn't be his and he doesn't do well (programs often have simple grammatical/spelling errors). They also like moving you around to different tasks so you are never good at one particular task. My own explanation for this is a. the director is paranoid that his staff are out to get him and b. he enjoys yelling at them when they screw up. The list of madness goes on...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and replace yourselves with people that have compassion and respect for others

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place looks like a dream, can be a nightmare.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR

    I worked at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with national artists and get experience running events and festivals. Learn how to operate an organization on a very tight budget and in some positions solicit donations. Many positions are actually many jobs rolled into one.

    Cons

    Explosive, inconsistant management. Many of the staff are starting at their first job or inexperienced in the arts. Upper management will step in and micromanage at any time, running over anyone's authority. Be prepared to be thrown under the bus. Some years most of the staff quits after their first summer festival. High turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Board of Directors should replace the Artistic Director and hire someone with proven people skills who respects artists, then hire a graphic designer and subcontract a webmaster.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A decent venue for the arts, but a terrible employer.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR

    I worked at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts

    Pros

    The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts offers a very flexible schedule for most of its employees, especially its VA (Venue Assistants). If you are fortunate enough to work there for a while you may even get to encounter some of the more famous musicians that pass through to perform (though this is heavily discouraged by the management). The venue provides learning environments for musicians taking lessons and provides them with resources needed to improve. Working in this environment would make most employees feel satisfied that they were contributing to the community at large if it weren't for the many, many cons to working there.

    Cons

    Management, while existent, is poor and often incompetent. Employees are often given little or no training. Employees are often reprimanded by management for not knowing how to complete tasks that require training that they have not been given. These reprimands can range from unfriendly, petty behavior to subtle threats of possible termination to full-blown cussing. Management will also find it necessary to interrupt training of an employ in order to facilitate the completion of a mundane or unnecessary task.

    Employee input is not valued. Ever. Management often will ignore the good, hard-working employee and reward the employee who shows up late and is incompetent. Paychecks are often late and overtime is often not paid to employees who have earned it. Employee breaks are often ignored or discouraged by management. This means that during busier times of the year an employee (especially VAs) may end up working a ten hour long shift without a break to eat. This amounts to a blatant violation of Oregon law and it happens repeatedly. All of this results in an enormous employee turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no way to fix the problems of this workplace without a complete "restructuring" of all management. This could only be done by the board of directors, but it won't be. They are not ignorant to the failings of this establishment but have seen fit to turn a blind eye to these problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts- An Amazing Concept, an Unfortunate Reality

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR

    I worked at The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts

    Pros

    Full time salaried employees are eligible for decent health and dental insurance after 3 month waiting time, good resume builder as you're expected to perform an enormous amount of responsibility without proper direction, fairly flexible with hours depending on your position

    Cons

    Leadership is non existent. Management is inconsistent and lacks in providing the necessary tools and support for being a successful employee, rule by fear, very little room for advancement, employee input not valued and often punished, pay checks not often distributed when promised

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is non existent. Management is inconsistent and lacks in providing the necessary tools and support for being a successful organization. The Shedd would be better managed in different hands. Management needs to delegate more so as to have enough time to do the things only management can do. Don't be so controlling.

    Doesn't Recommend

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