I worked at Bay Area Video Coalition full-time (More than 3 years)
Amazing staff of brilliant artists and technology gurus who are passionate about using media for social justice. I got a chance to work with instructors, students, and media makers of all stripes who are simply awe-inspiring in their talent and work ethic.
Like many non-profits the org is very lean. Some issues or inefficiencies festered since we couldn't throw money at them to make them go away.
I worked at Bay Area Video Coalition full-time (More than 5 years)
Great vibe, mission driven, you are supporting a great cause while being at the forefront of technology and innovation that values the importance of storytelling and community engagement. When I was at BAVC, there it was a vibrant time, and I met some lifelong friends.
pay scale ceiling, ebbs and flow to morale largely based on job cuts and terminations.
Advice to Management
try to compensate employees more with pay and/or professional development opportunites
Great learning environment, support and talent.
expect to be paid very late
I have been working at Bay Area Video Coalition full-time
Great location in SF
Benefit package included chiropractic
Can railroad anyone they no longer view as valuable to the organization
Very high turnover
I worked at Bay Area Video Coalition full-time
The full-time staff is passionate and engaged. The mission is solid and the organization's 40 year history is the stuff of legends. The work environment is flexible and free-spirited and ostensibly transparent, employees can speak their concerns freely. It's an excellent place to learn and grow, especially for early-career individuals.
Leadership does not value long-term staff members and encourages high-turnover to keep salaries low. An ill-conceived restructuring completely dismantled the organization financially and demoralized staff. Employees left en mass as their jobs were re-designed to fit the goals of the new model. Many were not rehired. Remaining staff were forced to take on twice as much work without a raise or any other incentive.
Advice to Management
The promise that one director can take on the leader responsibilities of two or three is deeply flawed and obviously untenable. Please hire the staff members needed so that directors can direct, and managers can manage.
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