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New York Foundation for the Arts Reviews

Updated Jul 12, 2018

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fall Intern"

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    Current Intern - Internship in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at New York Foundation for the Arts for less than a year

    Pros

    they provide a comfortable environment and supplies and employees are very nice. Flexible working hours as long as you finished your work.

    Cons

    Maybe they need a more systematic executive plan for the Asian Program. Two employees brings their dogs to the office, so sometimes it's distracting.

    Advice to Management

    they need a more systematic executive plan for the Asian Program. and organizational communication needs to be improved further.

    New York Foundation for the Arts2015-09-24
  2. "Needs to improve and support staff."

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    Former Employee - Program Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York Foundation for the Arts full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Name recognition Good work supporting the arts

    Cons

    Non-senior positions pay below industry standards, but require above entry-level work history. Senior positions pay very well and are out of step with the rest of the staff.

    New York Foundation for the Arts2018-07-12
  3. "NYFA Review"

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    Current Contractor - Archivist in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at New York Foundation for the Arts for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work, great culture and nice people!

    Cons

    Small, not much room for growth.

    New York Foundation for the Arts2018-03-19
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Getting Better"

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    Former Employee - Program Officer 
    Recommends

    I worked at New York Foundation for the Arts full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Unbeatable office culture and atmosphere. The staff and majority of the directors are truly supportive of each other and collaboration is encouraged though not always supported. The organization was in the middle of a big transition, addressing many issues detailed here and their was a genuine effort to support positive change both within the org and through the mission.

    Cons

    Pay is low especially for a non-profit, so morale is very low overall among non-managerial positions.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your staff and listen to those on the front lines. Embrace change.

    New York Foundation for the Arts2017-07-13
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Worked there during a tumultuous time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at New York Foundation for the Arts full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful staff of interesting and engaged people who cared about providing effective programs to artists.

    Cons

    Difficult to have a long term career. Easy to acquire a higher work load, but not necessarily higher pay or title change. Office culture was in a state of transition and morale was low, but it's likely much different now.

    New York Foundation for the Arts2015-08-28
  6. Helpful (7)

    "Disorganized and misguided"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at New York Foundation for the Arts

    Pros

    New York Foundation for the Arts is obviously a great cause, and it's amazing to get a chance to work with artists!

    Cons

    Head of the org is completely separate, physically and otherwise, from the rest of the staff. Everyone can hear what everyone else is saying and see what everyone else is doing. Office procedures like going OOO were humiliating. Space was physically difficult to work in, despite cool location.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees. Give them more freedom, give them positive reinforcement, and give them the respect they deserve. They work hard, and not for very much money!

    New York Foundation for the Arts2015-04-08
  7. Helpful (8)

    "Nepotism + Shortsighted Management"

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at New York Foundation for the Arts full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful office, fun and smart staff, PTO policies not bad for the nonprofit sector.

    Cons

    Management does not value staff at all, save a few who are given carte blanche to pursue their own interests, even when said interests are in conflict with organization ethics policies, other staff roles, and even the mission itself. Those lucky few receive promotions, raises, resources, and responsibilities in excess of their achievements.

    Advice to Management

    If a third of your staff leaves in a year, the problem is you.

    New York Foundation for the Arts2014-11-30
  8. Helpful (7)

    "A frustratingly terrible and futile work experience"

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    Former Employee - Program Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at New York Foundation for the Arts full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The staff is dedicated, intelligent, and happen to be some of the best people I have had the privilege of working with.

    Cons

    Leadership thrives on negative reinforcement and fails to encourage personal growth for staff. As a result, staff turnover is insanely high. Resources are extraordinarily low, even for a nonprofit. Beware: salaries are abysmal and raises are not a thing that happen (ever). Leadership strategies make little sense and recently seem to harm the core mission of the organization. The name may be pretty and seem super great at first, but after working here for a few years, trust me -- your self-esteem will be destroyed and you'll question why you wanted to work in the arts in the first place.

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    Advice to Management

    Institute a proper HR solution Structure the staff in a logical manner Most importantly, treat your staff with a semblance of respect

    New York Foundation for the Arts2014-08-20
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Serious Issues with Management and Direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at New York Foundation for the Arts full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The small staff is dedicated, flexible, smart, engaged, and educated. Colleagues are friendly, interesting, and well-connected. The office is beautiful and comfortable.

    Cons

    NYFA has a serious problem with management and direction. Staff morale is very low due to poor compensation (even by the standards of the non-profit art world), poor communication, and abysmal management strategies. Strategy by management is either non-existent or bizarrely random and capricious and rampant miscommunication and mismanagement often cost the organization large sums of money or valuable time. Certain roles and plans are instituted, dropped, or altered at whim, while outdated methodologies and structures are kept in place. Plans to expand into national and international programming seem ill-advised and perhaps counter to NYFA’s stated mission. Some program staff are micromanaged at random, while other programs are left to manage themselves (with much better results). The board has very little contact with staff, and when a board-staff conversation occurs, board members seem surprised to learn details of program management and the state of employee compensation. Staff turnover is high: in a recent 4 month period over 35% of full time staff resigned, and according to long-serving staff members these periodic waves of resignations are common. Gender equity is also a problem, with 100% of director-level staff being male and approximately 80% of the regular employees being female. Staff make around 10% of executive level compensation. Rumors of unaddressed incidents of management-to-staff sexual harassment and abrupt firings are common. If hired, do not expect raises, rewards (or even praise) for good performance, opportunities for professional development or advancement, or potential for innovation.

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    Advice to Management

    Hire an HR director. Involve staff in strategic planning. Increase staff compensation. Create opportunities for staff to provide the innovation, development, and creativity the organization needs. Create a space for mediated discussion of management strategies.

    New York Foundation for the Arts2014-08-11
  10. Helpful (7)

    "Expertly run, badly led"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at New York Foundation for the Arts full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The organization's mission is wonderful, and as a direct-services provider, it has been a longtime bulwark for artists. Vacation and comp time are decent. The true treasure is the staff: tight-knit, extraordinarily talented, and so collaborative and supportive. Most are working artists, and deeply understand the challenges facing creative communities.

    Cons

    Management squelches the staff thoroughly. Staff turnover is extremely high, because of low compensation and the pervasive use of negative reinforcement, so those who rise to managerial capacities are chosen purely on tenure — rather than any real aptitude for leadership or project-management. There is also no human-resources department, so protocols for unethical or inappropriate behavior are ignored or unevenly applied. Ladies: be especially wary.

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    Advice to Management

    Hire an HR director or an ethics and compliance officer, reporting directly to the board. Collaborate with staff. Don't run the place like a lackadaisical Montessori. Structure the organization according to sector standards. Delegate responsibility evenly and strategically, and seek staff input on structural changes. Positive reinforcement and correct attribution matter a lot more than selective public recognition. You can't fulfill a mission without staff, so make morale paramount. Most importantly, communicate with your staff. Many of you have no idea how they accomplish what they do; it will astound you to understand what they are able to do on a shoestring budget.

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    New York Foundation for the Arts2014-08-01
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