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Updated December 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooklyn Academy of Music full-time

    Pros

    The artists, the staff, Brooklyn!

    Cons

    Understaffed in some areas, but no physical room for growth in many.


  2. "Great for those beginning their careers but otherwise, there's no future for talented employees"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brooklyn Academy of Music full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) Colleagues - most have a real passion for the organization which is what brought them there in the first place. They really believe in the mission and are knowledgable and enthusiastic. The organization's reputation is what is bringing in the talent.

    2) Work - this directly relates to the employees. Because there is such poor leadership, the lower employees have the opportunity to shape the work and take ownership of it. By having no larger direction to go by, employees are forced to be resourceful with no direction and no budget. As a result, there's been some amazing work to come out scarcity and necessity. This is all credit due to the workers, not senior management.

    3) Environment - Because it tends to be a younger crowd, the work environment is pretty easy and casual. It can be great as there's a scrappy nature to it to just getting things done but also can sometimes feel a bit like a high school cafeteria with mean girls. The hours are usually between 10-6, depending on your role.

    4) Medical insurance - pretty good. one option pays for 100% of the costs and BAM contributes to your HSA after you put in a certain amount.

    5) The name - BAM's reputation precedes itself so once you have the name on your resume, it can be very helpful.

    Cons

    1) Pay - pay is disgustingly low and borderline illegal. the organization relies too much on its reputation and name to attract young talent at very low salaries (think low-mid $30k). they are blatantly taking advantage of youth and inexperience and oftentimes gives off the air that employees should be grateful to be there. This has been publicly conveyed by senior management and the President numerous times. Telling your staff to remember that they're here for the mission when denying them much deserved raises is not the way to retain staff.

    2) Diversity - there is none. BAM has been aware of the problem for years and only recently (as in the last month) decided to hire a consultant to see what the problem is how to fix it. This is not good enough. Just because BAM is "on par" with the rest of the NYC non profits in their lack of diversity does not mean it's ok. Brooklyn is so diverse, however, the staff and the programming does not reflect this. If you go just based off those two criteria, you would think they're a white organization that caters to the esoteric tastes of old white men.

    3) Poor leadership - why have senior and executive positions increased while lower administrative positions been cut or greatly reduced? how does the organization expect the actual work to get done? however poor the vision is, they still need people to carry it out since senior management won't actually be doing the execution. but instead of rehiring positions, they will often not fill it, claiming the role is no longer needed or hire at a lower level but expect that person to do the role as it was left (i.e. a manager leaves but they rehire at a coordinator level). The lack of good leadership is setting everyone up to fail.

    4) NO upward mobility - there's nowhere to go. Since there's no investment in current staff, talented people will find themselves in the same role for years. Occasionally job titles are changed but that doesn't come with the appropriate salary bump. it's an empty gesture. This, along with dismal salaries, are the main reasons why BAM has lost so many talented people in the past three years. Employees don't necessarily want to leave but are forced to when their work isn't recognized monetarily or with accolades.

    5) NO transparency - decisions are made all behind closed doors by a very limited amount of people and told to the staff with no forewarning and followed up with no explanation. Staff are often blindsided. there is no criteria for raises and very much seems at the whim of the director who gets a raise and who doesn't. there is a horrible culture of fear that at any time, anyone can lose their job and senior management does nothing to calm it. they are often checked out and only care about their own agenda, whatever that is.

    Advice to Management

    I don't know what to say that would be taken as constructive criticism and not as a personal attack. Everything I've said is common knowledge. Whether they decide to listen or just wait for all the vocal people to leave, I don't know but I'd put my money on the latter.

    Senior Management + Executive Board - do you really want to be the team that brings down a great organization?

  3. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Brooklyn Academy of Music (More than a year)

    Pros

    good health insurance
    fun place to work
    can see a lot of shows and movies for free

    Cons

    salary too low need to be more competivie

    Advice to Management

    retention efforts


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Assistant
    Former Employee - Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brooklyn Academy of Music (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and shows; fun programs

    Cons

    Lots of hours and little room for advancement, but the name is good!

    Advice to Management

    I know we're in a deficit but try to keep moral up for people who ARE here


  5. "Office 365 Administrator, Desktop Support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brooklyn Academy of Music full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful Environtment, people oriented, friendly,

    Cons

    No Cons, the best place to work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Stepping Stone for Young Careers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Brooklyn Academy of Music full-time

    Pros

    Great stepping stone for creative careers— get opportunities to lead huge campaigns as a young professional, smart and funny coworkers, lax office culture, generally convenient for most people because of its proximity to many trains

    Cons

    opaque upper management, low salaries, annoying micro-managing time trackers, low budgets for projects, bends over backwards to support real estate developers and the new rich residents that will supposedly move in

    Advice to Management

    cut excessive programming and/or redistribute the wealth from the top rather than having most of middle to lower employees scrounging for change and afraid of being laid off to make fiscal budgets break even every year.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Historic Institution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brooklyn Academy of Music full-time

    Pros

    Caliber of arts being presented by the institution is rightfully internationally respected. It's very satisfying to be working for a place that produces such important art.

    Cons

    The institution itself is old (150+ years in fact) and like many performing arts orgs has a set, even antiquated, way of doing things and struggles with funding. For a millennial it can be a frustrating place to be creative or feel productive.

  8. "Digital Media Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brooklyn Academy of Music part-time

    Pros

    Easy to learn
    Fun environment
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Besides the normal work gossip everything is fine


  9. "Great place to work with great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Creative environment, exciting, progressive yet historical. This is a wonderful theater and if you love the arts, you will love being a part of the process. The people are incredible and if you stay long you will be rewarded with great friends and cake.

    Cons

    No cons except that there aren't enough bathrooms and salaries are hard to improve.


  10. "Supportive and Energetic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Like-minded employees. Open to new ideas from all levels.

    Cons

    Lines between department responsibilities can be blurry


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