Kennedy Center Reviews | Glassdoor

Kennedy Center Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
58 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.2
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Deborah F. Rutter
24 Ratings

58 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • Jobs here can be a great start to a career continued at other organizations- great place to cut your teeth (in 7 reviews)

  • The staff is very open to informational interviews and helping interns learn about different career paths (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • I thought my time lacked a professional development component, though I tried to create that for myself (in 5 reviews)

  • High turnover for all of these reasons (in 4 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Assistant Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Development Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Assistant Development Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kennedy Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Upward mobility. Fun perks. Smart people. Loved it. Learned a ton.

    Cons

    Can be crazy hours. Lots of turn over in lower positions because people get wonderful experience and parlay that into big jobs elsewhere.


  2. "Assistant Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement within the organization

    Cons

    Limited paid vacation and sick time offered

  3. "Assistant Manager, Development"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kennedy Center full-time

    Pros

    Phenomenal organization that is in the middle of huge growth and movement in the right direction.

    Cons

    Salaries are far too little for the amount of nights and weekends you are expected to work. Fresh management is needed to ensure growth continues and is not stagnated by employees who have been there too long.


  4. "Excellent place to start your career"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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.


  5. "Beautiful building, poor management."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Kennedy Center full-time

    Pros

    Quality arts and strong education division.

    Cons

    Employees are not valued, flexible hours and telework are not supported, very little holiday time.


  6. "Kennedy Center"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kennedy Center full-time

    Pros

    Renowned venue; great performances; access to high-level patrons, donors, DC-types; autonomy; good health benefits; opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Inequality in pay scale both internally and industry-wide; incredibly long hours required; no employee perks; no flex schedule/telecommute options; no industry-specific professional development; no overarching strategy within department; inequity in work loads and team responsibilities throughout department; uneven experience/talent within department + lack of oversight/accountability=pockets of people shouldering the majority of the work load.

    Advice to Management

    Strategize; offer flex time and comp time; implement telecommuting options.


  7. "Sales Associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You learn great customer service skills, run into a few celebs, and see free shows.

    Cons

    You are on your feet with rarely a break. If you work concessions during the winter you are going to freeze next to the door.

    You are not allowed to collect tips but bartenders can.

    Schedule isn't flexible and you are notified the week ahead on what your schedule making it difficult to make other plans.
    You have to submit a paper time sheet. You don't have a receipt of hours submitted.
    I was fired via email a day before my shift.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who really care about employees !

  8. "Good place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kennedy Center full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, welcoming and hard workers

    Cons

    None. This was a great company to work for


  9. "Poor management from top down"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kennedy Center full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful access to culture and performance art (if you have time). Looks good on paper for your resume.

    Cons

    Unreasonable long working hour expectations upon mid to lower level employees with no comp time and no over time. Salaries for everyone (except VPs and President) are low to moderate at best, and not realistic or sustainable for DC area living (unless you are in the "union" or a government worker), especially given the hours employees are expected to work. Mismanagement from the top down comes from lack of understand basic job functions of the folks on the ground doing the important everyday work. Top level staff interested in "talking the talk" but not "walking the walk"--as that is left to the mid to lower level staff to do. Senior staff unappreciative of good, hard work that mid to lower level employees push out every day and night, especially given that work hours can often exceed 50+ hours per week with zero perks for the worker given there is no comp time and no overtime allowed. Little to no growth within the organization as they are most interested in recruiting from the outside and holding people in place once they are in their position. High turnover for all of these reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Top level staff needs to walk the walk. Stop holding big staff meetings and instead proactively meet the employees where they are: at their desks, on the ground, individually, etc. Show up at times they are working late and working hard. Show that you're a team player with them, not above them. Also provide perks to the employee for working such long hours through comp time or overtime. Only then will your turnover start to normalize.


  10. "OK but bad management from the top down"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kennedy Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great events, cool performances, nice colleagues

    Cons

    bad management, weird company culture, cult like

    Advice to Management

    stop being so antiquated with everything,


Showing 58 of 67 reviews
Reset Filters