The Kennedy Center

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The Kennedy Center Reviews

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
8 Reviews
3.6
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    It is very interesting working with the Kennedy Center.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in Trumbull, CT
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor in Trumbull, CT

    I have been working at The Kennedy Center part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are a plus.

    Cons

    The pay isn't really good.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience for steps to somewhere else

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Kennedy Center full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Employees are mostly friendly and you can find some people to work together with greatly. It's amazing experience and can be applied to another position somewhere else easily.

    Cons

    Very low pay, overworked constantly, cutting of benefits and vacation days, stressful and hazardous environment, incredible amount of bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management believes they are listening to their employees but they are not really hearing what they have to say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not bad, but needs some improvement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Kennedy Center full-time

    Pros

    This company offers quite a variety of services for people suffering with mental illness, addiction, developmental disabilities, and other mental health related issues. The day programs and sheltered work/voc. rehab services have been very helpful to some people and families. There are occasionally team building events like picnics, that bring together all the staff who don't typically interact which is nice.

    Cons

    There really is no room for growth here unless you further your education, which is costly and not in the cards for everyone. There are no incentives to stay, no merit based raises, a pittance of tuition assistance for college, very low pay, and terrible benefits. Of course, a lot of this comes with this field and working for a non-profit, but there are certainly things they can do to improve this, and increase employee satisfaction. Maybe if they did, they wouldn't have such a high turn over rate. Also, some of the people they hire for their group homes are very, very shady.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on boosting employee morale with merit based raises, offering more opportunities for growth/promotions, or at least give better paid time off/medical benefits.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The Cutting Edge of its Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Kennedy Center full-time

    Pros

    Very rewarding
    Work with excellent people
    Seem to be open to promoting from within
    Low stress
    A great place which allows less fortunate to live with dignity and self respect.

    Cons

    Salaries need to be bought in line to the going rate in the NY Metro area
    Sometimes there is a lack of communication between departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to do what you are doing in the industry. Try to broaden the areas of funding so you are not dependent on the State

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall potentially good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trumbull, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trumbull, CT

    I worked at The Kennedy Center part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I Enjoyed the position overall.

    Cons

    No medical benefits provided for part-time positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be considerate of unforeseen circumstances.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Rewarding, but low-paying

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Inclusion Counselor in Trumbull, CT
    Current Employee - Community Inclusion Counselor in Trumbull, CT

    I have been working at The Kennedy Center full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work with excellent people
    Have fun at work
    Trainings are rarely boring
    Highly rewarding work assignments
    Easy to advance quickly
    Lots of benefits

    Cons

    The pay is very low for the type of work you do, not enough to live off of.
    Can be very stressful, especially with difficult clients or families.
    The company is underfunded and understaffed, so employees are spread thin.
    Employees can gossip and criticize each other's performance in unhelpful ways

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote kindness in the workplace, as well as flexible attitudes.
    And if possible, try to get more funding. (I know money is tight.)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Better off some place else

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trumbull, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trumbull, CT

    I worked at The Kennedy Center

    Pros

    Good company with a good mission. Laid back atmophere

    Cons

    Good if you are looking to gain experience dealing with the developmentally disable, however most people stay there a few years to get experience and then move on to State jobs. The wages are embarassing and there hasn't been raises in years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more funding from the state to raise wages, they are a joke

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    The Nation's performing arts center

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Kennedy Center

    Pros

    - High quality of work
    - Great contacts
    - Well-known

    Cons

    - Learn and leave type of atmosphere in certain departments
    - Lots of resources, but very conservative.
    - Lack off communication at times, departments are very siloed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the entry/mid-level employee base better. Provide opportunities for continued growth and professional development.

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