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"Professional bridge burners"

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Former Employee - Development Director in Allentown, PA
Former Employee - Development Director in Allentown, PA
Doesn't Recommend
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I worked at Youth Education in the Arts full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Working with a great staff, who are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done; it’s Drum Corps for God’s sake…or is it. See, that’s the thing: it is not Corps. It’s a bunch of fragmented efforts to field a corps and provide a certain lifestyle for its Director.

Cons

If you are a development professional, stay far away from here. It's that simple. The Executive Director will entice you with salary, abuse your spheres of influence, experience, and abilities and then take credit for whatever comes from those burned and exploited relationships. No plan, no budgets, no leadership, no Board involvement, no business success. The CEO has had the same job since 1982 and lacks an advanced degree. Serious lack of real-world, diversified-leadership-experience. If that isn’t telling, please read on. The crown jewel of the organization is The Cadets, but they go underwater, every year, by hundreds of thousands of dollars. So, you ALL work weekends and nights, slinging bags of candy at band shows. BAND SHOWS! You might sleep overnight, on a bus, to be ready at 5:30AM the following Sunday. Are you a business professional with 15 years’ experience raising millions of dollars for other worthy organizations?…too bad…you’re selling candy to band moms. I could go on, and on, and on. I think you get the idea…

Advice to Management

Suck a bag of them...

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (18)

    "Good Mission, Bad Leadership"

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

    Pros

    The mission, the kids, working in a field you love.

    Cons

    The CEO. I find it funny that the only positive review ... is ... OBVEEOUSLY ...... ritten ... by the CEO !!!!!!! OK?


  2. Helpful (13)

    "Never Work For This Organization"

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

    I worked at Youth Education in the Arts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    With the right leadership, this organization can be something special. It focuses on a great cause, but has by far the worst leadership I have ever experienced.

    Cons

    I have worked for a pretty poor organization before, but Youth Education in the Arts is bar the worst working environment I have ever been a part of. The CEO is an absolutely egotistical, self centered, selfish, masochistic, unprofessional human being. Not only that, he lies to his employees, does not pay the bills on time (or at all for that matter), is rude and childish. If you are someone who cares about their future and wants to be successful, do yourself a favor, steer clear of this organization. Aside from the CEO, the employees that work for him are great, hardworking, dedicated individuals who deserve so much more. The CEO has the Board of Directors in his pocket and all of them should be fired. This organization needs a CEO and Board of Directors that actually understand business and how to properly run an organization and successfully manage employees. If you read many of these reviews, they are all 100% accurate with the exception of 1 or 2 which the CEO wrote himself. In his emails, he uses "......" and random spaces with incorrect spelling, such as the ones you'll see in the positive reviews that he wrote. Lastly, the CEO asks his employees to work weekends without any overtime pay whatsoever. You as an employee are not viewed as an employee to this man, you are a "fee". Again, if you value your future and your career, do not work for this organization. Take a job anywhere else but here.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the Board of Directors and the CEO if you want this organization to be successful

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