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Dallas Black Dance Theatre Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
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  1. "Awesome Job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Professional Dancer in Dallas, TX
    Current Contractor - Professional Dancer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dallas Black Dance Theatre as a contractor

    Pros

    Great work environment. Truly a friendly place filled with creativity and passion.

    Cons

    Don't really have any that I can think of at this moment!


  2. "All these bad reviews of DBDT are astonishingly ACCURATE, unfortunately"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a good cause
    The dancers are great
    I've made some good friends
    Location is cool
    People think you are cool when you say you work for a dance company

    Cons

    Oh boy, where to start. No job I have ever held in my life was as soul-sucking at this establishment. Zenetta Drew needs to be taken down as director. She will micromanage you to the point where you just check your brain at the front door every day. Seriously. If you decide to work here, I'm telling you, leave your brain at home in the mornings. Everything you do will be micromanaged to the point where you will question what is up and what is down, and you will be too scared to take a step on your own because Zenetta Drew will comment on how you are not stepping correctly. You will start to question your own common sense.

    She thinks that the more she manages your every detail, the better you will work. Effective leaders know otherwise. Micromanaging does nothing but stifle productivity. She has control issues.

    Oh yeah - BOARD MEMBERS - You know the budgets they hand out at the board meetings?THEY ARE MADE UP. The micely formatted budget page they hand out at the board meetings contain MADE UP NUMBERS. There are no separate "funds" for anything. Most of the donations DBDT receives go towards meeting payroll (which has been missed a couple times). You need to know this. Why do you think she always insists on taking the budget paperwork back? Why do you think employee turnover is so high? Z will make up stories about why employees left to make herself look better. Don't believe anything she says. People leave because they are incredibly unhappy. The security cameras are NOT for security. They are so she can see you come and go. They are also there because she has so many enemies.

    This Z lady talks really well in front of people. In my opinion, she's a very lonely, angry, overbearing, controlling woman who can't control her own life, so she tries to control everyone else's moves. f you knew what actually goes on...you'd go running.

    Advice to Management

    Training will not help. Step down.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great Artistic with great mission.... executive side needs work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Development Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Black Dance Theatre full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Artistic Department - The vision and of the Artistic Director is amazing, a dance organization in Dallas that produces highly skilled dancers and promotes multicultural harmony.
    - Educational Outreach - Students from all across Dallas are exposed to arts and culture right in the center of the Dallas Arts District.

    Cons

    - All the other cons posted are 100% accurate!
    - Questionable business practices
    - Consistent employee turnaround - I was there for 9 months and in that time on the executive side, there were 3 resignations in a staff of less than twenty.
    - No safe reporting mechanism for employee grievences and issues

    Advice to Management

    - I have nothing constructive to offer up other than executive management should seek extensive management training.


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  5. "Senior managements is a LIABILITY to this otherwise well respected organization"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Audience Development Manager/Ticket Sales Director in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Audience Development Manager/Ticket Sales Director in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Well respected, talented dancers, small organization

    Cons

    Micro managing, dishonest and shady

    Advice to Management

    If you have a position that is a temporary position, you should present it as such. Don't fill the position once a year and keep that person for 6-8 months, then let them go for a made up reason and fight them for unemployment.

    Other companies notice (the contact at Ticketmaster was exasperated at having to work with "4 different people in the past 4 years") and the Texas Workforce Commission is taking note as well.

    Also, senior management is a discredit to the rest of the people that work long, hard hours to keep DBDT afloat.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good cause but not very supportive of employees."

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    Former Employee - Audience Development Manager/Ticket Sales Director in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Audience Development Manager/Ticket Sales Director in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Dance company and academy that is the oldest continuously operated dance company in Dallas. Minority and female owned and operated

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement, severe case of micro-management, low level of trust among employees, low pay and no assurance of increases, dismal medical/health insurance package

    Advice to Management

    Trust your staff! You have quality employees that have stellar education and backgrounds, give them a chance to show why they are so good at what they do. Additionally, you should foster a team environment--not one based on suspicion and every man for themselves.


  7. "Fast-paced environment with hardworking colleagues"

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

    I worked at Dallas Black Dance Theatre full-time

    Pros

    --Historic organization and building with great mission and community impact
    --Beautiful artistic creations
    --Hardworking and fun colleagues

    Cons

    --Like most nonprofits, not enough resources to do job to best of your ability. Can be frustrating.
    --Micromanagement is a real issue.

    Advice to Management

    --Fire under-performers rather than micromanaging them


  8. "Typical nonprofit & arts org"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dallas Black Dance Theatre (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, hard working, supportive staff.

    Cons

    Often short on resources. Always last minute.


  9. "Ballet Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Dallas Black Dance Theatre part-time

    Pros

    Got to work closely with more experienced teachers, as well as mentoring students. Helped put on a yearly recital, involving choreography and teamwork.

    Cons

    Only work a few hours a week, very hard to get a full time job, upper management is resistant to new ideas

    Advice to Management

    Allow high school students greater ability to teach classes as a way to transition into full time teachers, more performances per year


  10. "Horrible place to work"

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

    Pros

    There is nothing positive about working here

    Cons

    Senior management needs to be changed

    Advice to Management

    Get training


  11. "I cannot recommend this employer at ALL"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The good - The dancers are always great to see, most employees are great people to know, and you are working for a good cause.

    Cons

    The bad - prepare to be micromanaged like you have NEVER been micromanaged before. The problem is that the person in charge severely lacks leadership ability, and does not trust her employees to do their jobs. It is a really, really, really bad place to work. When you first arrive at DBDT you will be impressed - but once you get on the inside and see the "real" side of things, you will want to run far, far away. My impression is that they do not want capable employees - they want flunkies - and every employee there feels this way, and everyone is miserable. People stay there simply because they have no where else to go. One girl in accounting tried to leave but got scared into staying via a guilt-laced letter from the director. She was terrified so bad by the words in the letter that she was crying afterwards. Believe me, if some people knew what actually goes on in that pretty brick building, the donations would stop and DBDT would be shut down immediately.