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Christopher Koelsch
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, great team, great productions, questionable leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles Opera as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Almost everyone you work with on a regular basis is hardworking and passionate about what they do and what the company is producing. It's a lot of long hours, but that comes with creating a great product. You have to really love what you do when you work there, and it can then be very rewarding.

    Cons

    Some of the leadership has been there too long, and some of the new folks are all talk and I don't really know how they got their jobs. Just don't get in their way, and don't question them. It takes some "managing up" but if you can learn to work in that kind of environment, you will be fine. The place will never change, so don't even try. Oh, and the pay is terrible, but that's what you get for working at a non-profit arts organization in LA.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Give cost of living raises (or how about merit increases?). We can't all live on passion.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Innovative productions, archaic mgmt."

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    Former Employee - Office Administrative
    Former Employee - Office Administrative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The opera productions are world-class and you can sometimes see them for free, though you can never know in advance. Nice location downtown and the neighboring arts orgs offer free tix/admission occasionally as well.

    Cons

    LA Opera realizes that they must offer innovative productions onstage in order to survive. I'm not sure why they don't take this approach to management, however. Their overly hierarchical management structure is laughably archaic and incredibly frustrating. Showing initiative and making suggestions for much-needed improvements is either punished or disregarded, because it is seen as a threat to higher-ups. The message is basically, "stay in your lane." Because of this, they hemorrhage good employees.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate less on proper protocol and politics, and more on fixing your glaring issues. Keeping policies "the way they always were" is extraordinarily ineffective. Create a friendlier, more collaborative work environment. Be more upfront about important policies and work to improve the sorely lacking interdepartmental communication.

  3. "Wouldn't recommend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    World class opera, great productions.

    Cons

    No room for advancement, very little diversity.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Unfriendly work environment."

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    Former Contractor - Costume Shop Staff
    Former Contractor - Costume Shop Staff
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles Opera as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They had lots of interesting projects, and obviously it's a world-renowned organization.

    Cons

    Felt like a cog in the machine, very little appreciation for employee efforts.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible Business Model. Honestly, the worst."

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    Former Employee - Anything in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anything in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Los Angeles Opera full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The world of Opera is a great environment. Sometimes a magical experience with every performance. However, not at the expense of your life.

    Cons

    They will tell you it is a 40 work week, until they ask you to stay during performances which turns it into a 60 - 80 hour week, without compensation. Overtime doesn't exist here, and neither do raises.

    Advice to Management

    Become smarter people. Especially Christopher Koelsch your CEO. Bad sign that your CEO need to be smarter.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Choruster"

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    Current Contractor - Choruster in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Choruster in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Los Angeles Opera as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Singing with world class artists.

    Cons

    There is not enough work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "good"

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    Former Employee - Stitcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Stitcher in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great working facilities good machines

    Cons

    overtime is mandatory weekends are always subject to overtime

  8. Helpful (3)

    "A step in some direction, right or wrong..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in the business and a truly great way to expand skills, both interpersonal and artistic.

    Cons

    The company is in financial trouble (what theatre/opera/film isn't??) and it trickles down even to the lowest scale of employees (benefits, 401K, paychecks, etc). The hours can be overwhelming, and do not allow much for any "outside" life (family, friends, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to meet you...