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"It does well at some things."

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Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Good financial management under Kaiser. Not as political a management system as most DC nonprofits.

Cons

No focus on quality. The only accountability that exists is for Development (fundraisers) and ticket sales (Marketing). Everyone else makes decisions based upon whatever code of conduct they elect or is elected for them by their team manager. As such, it's filled with fiefdoms, antiquated and unproven programs, and, in the end, budgets that make sense only to those who draft them.

However, accountability exists where it must--at the points of entry for income. At least we get paid on time and stay out of the news.

Advice to Management

Unify your strategy and/or promote people who can develop a strategy and manage well enough to implement it.

Other Employee Reviews for Kennedy Center

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management feedback, hostile work conditions"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Prestigious, impressive, access to executives from around the country and world.

    Cons

    - promotion based on emotional sentiment of VP
    - salary fixed and far lower than market
    - hostile work conditions - vulgar language and unprofessional topics discussed
    - no transparency on management decisions
    - HR totally ineffective
    - job descriptions undefined
    - no professional development
    - no training

    Advice to Management

    - transparency on promotions, roles and responsibilities
    - allow for 360 evaluation


  2. "Excellent place to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great community, able to move up at lower levels.

    Cons

    At a certain point you the growth opportunities become limited. They pay is dismal.

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