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Berklee Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  • no room for advancement or increase in salary based on performance (in 3 reviews)

  • There is an inverted pyramid with top heavy management using a dictatorial top-down style of management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Not a Bad Place To Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Summer Program Resident Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Summer Program Resident Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Berklee part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome community! Things are always changing, so this is a fast paced environment. Most of the people you work with are on the same page as you and enjoy doing their job(s.)

    Cons

    Things are always changing, so sometimes policies change that were different from previous intervals of time. Pay is iffy.


  2. "Berklee Staff Yays and Nays"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Equipment Room Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Equipment Room Specialist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Berklee full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment (campus), facilities, and resources. Endless opportunities to continue education and stay immersed in academic environment while learning on the job skills. Great work environment with friendly and caring coworkers including other staff members, faculty, upper management, and student employees

    Cons

    Serious lack of interdepartmental communication and not listening to suggestions from the staff members who are on the ground floor and witness and experience the daily issues that could be remedied or at least addressed but because upper management and/or faculty do not experience these issues, it is out of sight, out of mind, and therefore, ignored. Additionally, ignorance of staff members who prove to be versatile and knowledgeable in multiple areas and who also consistently go above and beyond what is expected of them. Sadly, even when it is noticed, staff is neither notified nor rewarded for their hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Management need communicate and pay closer attention to staff work ethic, knowledge, and growth capabilities. By not doing so, an environment of stagnation develops where there is no room for growth because nobody know exactly what an employee is capable of to give them a better position or more responsibilities. The result is a staff member who feels unappreciated for working extra hard and the feeling of a dead-end job where they can't really climb any higher than their current position. In addition, it would behoove management to communicate more with staff anyway since they are the eyes and ears and know what's really going on within the department amongst faculty and students on a daily basis. If issues arise, they just might be the people to turn to for intel and potential solutions.

  3. "Stage Crew"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stage Crew in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Stage Crew in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Berklee part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Berklee is amazing to work for. The pay is good, and the staff is nice. Stage Crew is very educational and a great opportunity to learn! They also work around your class schedule, but give you enough hours to make good money, too!

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons to working at Berklee!


  4. "Great Performing Arts College"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Berklee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A phenomenal college for music. Located in the center of Boston and provides competitive salaries. Administrative staff very supportive and world class faculty. Vibrant performing arts community, great student body and with the merger with the Boston Conservatory, a wide breath of performing arts.

    Cons

    Recent changes has made it challenging. A merger has required some position eliminations, changes in job descriptions, and restructuring. Chalk it up to growing pains.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "It's a wonderful place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Marketing Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Student Marketing Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Berklee part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment and lots of learning/hands on opportunities

    Cons

    As a student, the pay is minimum wage which isn't that great.


  6. "supervisor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer/Software Developer/Sound Designer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Producer/Software Developer/Sound Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Berklee (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, friendly working environment, and learning experience

    Cons

    not a competitive salary,


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours and wonderful faculty. You get to meet some pretty cool people in the music industry.

    Cons

    The pay is quite average.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Less talk, more action"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Berklee full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Autonomous, self-directed work. Friendly people. Love being around the music and the technology.

    Cons

    The motto is "esse quam videri," which means "to be rather than to seem." Berklee is guilty of seeming, rather than being a great institution. Disorganized. Miscommunications are abundant among departments. I have been doing work for more than a year and a half that is not in my job description and I have yet to be paid for it. They have been slow to review our positions and give us a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Respond better to the people who keep your school running. Pay them fairly and appreciate their work. Labor isn't free! If you are asking more of your employees by expanding their job responsibilities, you need to give them a raise to compensate them. More benefits would be terrific, including bigger transit discounts.


  9. "Audition Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You can choose to work or not by Monday of every week. (Audition is on Saturday)

    Cons

    Work begins at 7:00AM
    It is not consistent job.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Berklee full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Motivated students, great colleagues, Back Bay location.

    Cons

    Moving away from previous "musician" culture to a more "corporate" one. Senior leadership seems to suffer from ADD by taking on more initiatives than staff can properly handle.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency.


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