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3.4
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85%
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Deborah F. Rutter
32 Ratings
Pros
  • "(in 3 reviews)

  • "Great exposure to arts administration, free shows, interesting projects to work on, possibility for full-time employment(in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Unpaid internships that require a full-time schedule to get the most out of, low intern conversion rate(in 5 reviews)

  • "Fast paced, high turnover rates(in 5 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "Good Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kennedy Center full-time

    Pros

    Discounted tickets to performances. Nice people and a beautiful space to work. Matches 403b

    Cons

    Hard to move up in the organization as most managers are there for a long time.

    Kennedy Center2018-10-06
  2. "hi energy low morale"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kennedy Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    deep dedication to the arts

    Cons

    lack of business savvy, systems, employee investment

    Kennedy Center2018-12-28
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not the best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kennedy Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Renowned institution with ability to move up in the organization

    Cons

    The bureaucracy stops us from being able to do our jobs to the best of our abilities, and the pay is too low for assistant and coordinator levels with no room for negotiation.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out the bureaucracy and pay us fairly. When someone moves from part-time to full-time and takes on a higher level position, their hourly rate should not decrease.

    Kennedy Center2018-10-05
  4. "Good-fast paced"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Kennedy Center full-time

      Pros

      Fun, interesting place to work

      Cons

      Fast paced, high turnover rates

      Kennedy Center2018-08-18
    • "So so"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at Kennedy Center full-time

        Pros

        -They offer a nice vacation plan -Cheap food in the staff cafeteria -Only have quarterly all staff meetings

        Cons

        -Give promotions based on time worked, not skill level

        Advice to Management

        Take lower staff issues seriously

        Kennedy Center2018-08-18
      • Helpful (1)

        "Working at the KenCen"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Kennedy Center full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        - immersed in the arts - incredible access to the arts - beautiful space to work - amazing body of colleagues - meaningful work

        Cons

        - challenging to promote up - long hours - low flexibility

        Kennedy Center2018-06-25
      • "All in all...not that bad!"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Kennedy Center full-time

        Pros

        It is a great organization with a mission I believe in.

        Cons

        Except when it's not.

        Kennedy Center2018-06-07
      • "Assistant in Development Dept."

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        Current Employee - Development Assistant 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Kennedy Center full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        highly capable employees with great attention to detail. great health benefits. good starting place in development world - move on after a year experience.

        Cons

        no professional development opportunities. very old school operating and zero to little flexibility in the workplace.

        Kennedy Center2018-05-24
      • Helpful (4)

        "Administration and Stratification Issues"

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        Current Employee - Development Assistant in Washington, DC
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Kennedy Center full-time (Less than a year)

        Pros

        High quality art production, very cool special events, large office. Office perks include free or discounted tickets to some shows, mostly NSO.

        Cons

        The most antiquated business you have ever seen in your life. Bureaucratic, obsessed with hierarchy, and wasteful of donor’s money. The managers are all of the people who didn’t move on to better things. No windows in the office space. Horrible morale. Over 30 people quit the department in the span of one year. No work life balance.

        Advice to Management

        Actually listen to the HR reports and exit interviews. So many managers don’t know how to manage their staff professionally or inspire them. Many of them don’t know how to manage their own workflows efficiently or effectively.

        Kennedy Center2018-03-14
      • "Washington National Opera/Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra"

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        Current Employee - WNO/KCOHO Musician in Washington, DC
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Kennedy Center full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Decent salary vs. time commitment, benefits

        Cons

        Unorganized, no communication between offices

        Advice to Management

        Hire people who actually like the Arts

        Kennedy Center2018-01-11
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