San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association FAQ

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7 English questions out of 7

January 30, 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association?

Pros

Interesting and fulfilling work Competitive benefits Free concerts at San Diego's most beautiful venue

Cons

Non-competitive pay Non-existent company culture No advancement opportunities (both in career and salary) Favoritism of some employees while others are left feeling unvalued

Advice to Management

Please begin to value the talent that is right in front of you before you lose every single one of your dedicated, hard-working employees. It saddens me that management treats most employees as if they are disposable, while some of the less hard-working employees are favorited because of "who they know." I worked hard at the San Diego Symphony for a number of years, and did not receive a raise in five years. I did, however, take on a number of additional duties. After a while, it became clear that I was not as valued as I would like to be in the workplace. I know that many others felt (and feel) the same way. Luckily, there is life after the San Diego Symphony, and I was able to find a job in which I feel like a valued member of the team.

No advancement opportunities (both in career and salary)

January 30, 2019

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March 21, 2019

How is diversity at San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association?

Pros

The work is wonderful. The outreach work the symphony does is incredible and the orchestra performances are amazing. The people are passionate about what they do. The diversity of the concerts makes for the work itself to be diverse and each day is different and can be exciting. Of course, attending concerts is a great perk.

Cons

There's absolutely no potential for growth and you'll never get a raise. You're expected to take on additional responsibilities for the "honor" of working at the symphony, instead of being fairly compensated for additional responsibilities. Upper management is very exclusive and favoritism abounds. If you're not favored by upper management, they will derail your career. It is a stifling environment that sets up junior-level staff for failure and keeps them locked out of ever receiving any fair compensation or respect. The organization talks a lot about needing to attract new audiences for the sustainability of the organization, but refuses to change or do more of the exciting programming that sells well. Management refuses to consider the ideas of its own staff.

Advice to Management

Learn the names of your staff -- it shouldn't be too hard because there's only 40 or so on the administration staff. Treat your staff like human beings and show actual appreciation for the amount of work they do while still being paid in pennies, instead of giving out a free bagel once a quarter and acting like it's a gift from heaven. Lastly, you can afford to pay your staff. You just would rather spend that money on your own bonuses.

The diversity of the concerts makes for the work itself to be diverse and each day is different and can be exciting.

March 21, 2019

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May 14, 2019

How is management perceived at San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association?

Pros

The work is fun, interesting and ever-changing. The venues are stunning. The staff is passionate. Working downtown is convenient and fun. Seeing legendary names in music for free/at a discount is an undeniable perk. The benefits package is incredible.

Cons

The salary you will be offered is guaranteed to be abysmal - especially considering the amount of work you will be expected to do. Don't expect to feel like your ideas, input or work is valued. It is made clear that low level employees should not expect upward growth. Instead of helping their employees grow professionally and rewarding them, the Symphony prefers to continue dumping work on their employees without fair compensation until they are forced to leave and find a higher paying job elsewhere, regardless of their passion for the Symphony's mission and work. It is also clear that staff morale is not a priority judging by how and where management spends their time and money. Arrogance and favoritism are deeply ingrained in the culture set by upper management. Do not expect support or mentorship if you are not favored by upper management.

Advice to Management

Realize that you need dedicated and talented employees just as much as they need you. It is sad to see passion for the arts die out because of the troublesome work environment lower level employees are subjected to. Spend more money rewarding your staff for their hard work, whether it be on salaries, staff parties, bonuses, holidays or office improvements. We know the money is there. Do the right thing with it.

Arrogance and favoritism are deeply ingrained in the culture set by upper management.

May 14, 2019

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January 30, 2019

What is the company culture at San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association?

Pros

Interesting and fulfilling work Competitive benefits Free concerts at San Diego's most beautiful venue

Cons

Non-competitive pay Non-existent company culture No advancement opportunities (both in career and salary) Favoritism of some employees while others are left feeling unvalued

Advice to Management

Please begin to value the talent that is right in front of you before you lose every single one of your dedicated, hard-working employees. It saddens me that management treats most employees as if they are disposable, while some of the less hard-working employees are favorited because of "who they know." I worked hard at the San Diego Symphony for a number of years, and did not receive a raise in five years. I did, however, take on a number of additional duties. After a while, it became clear that I was not as valued as I would like to be in the workplace. I know that many others felt (and feel) the same way. Luckily, there is life after the San Diego Symphony, and I was able to find a job in which I feel like a valued member of the team.

Non-existent company culture

January 30, 2019

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January 30, 2019

What is the salary like at San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association?

Pros

Interesting and fulfilling work Competitive benefits Free concerts at San Diego's most beautiful venue

Cons

Non-competitive pay Non-existent company culture No advancement opportunities (both in career and salary) Favoritism of some employees while others are left feeling unvalued

Advice to Management

Please begin to value the talent that is right in front of you before you lose every single one of your dedicated, hard-working employees. It saddens me that management treats most employees as if they are disposable, while some of the less hard-working employees are favorited because of "who they know." I worked hard at the San Diego Symphony for a number of years, and did not receive a raise in five years. I did, however, take on a number of additional duties. After a while, it became clear that I was not as valued as I would like to be in the workplace. I know that many others felt (and feel) the same way. Luckily, there is life after the San Diego Symphony, and I was able to find a job in which I feel like a valued member of the team.

Non-competitive pay

January 30, 2019

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