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Pittsburgh Symphony Reviews

Updated Oct 18, 2017

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  1. "Development Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern 

    I worked at Pittsburgh Symphony

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers Supporting a fantastic music organization

    Cons

    Drab office general nonprofit troubles (funding)

    Pittsburgh Symphony2017-10-18
  2. "in decline"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Pittsburgh Symphony full-time

    Pros

    If you love classical music played by an incredible orchestra, this is the place.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional management team, declining audiences, lack of vision for the future, unwillingness to adapt, mixed messages from senior management.

    Pittsburgh Symphony2017-10-19
  3. "Good Place to Work"

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pittsburgh Symphony

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work with a world-class orchestra. Benefits were good, and because the staff is small, you gain experience doing a variety of tasks. The job is what you make it.

    Cons

    The pay for lower level management is low, as well as the perks. It would be nice for them to move into paid time off, versus vacation/sick hours.

    Pittsburgh Symphony2017-05-17
  4. "program director"

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    I have been working at Pittsburgh Symphony

    Pros

    you get to work with world class musicians to produce concert for a diverse audience in the community

    Cons

    sometimes work hours could be really long depending on production schedule

    Pittsburgh Symphony2016-10-03
  5. "Operations Intern"

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    Operations Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Pittsburgh Symphony for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment, Friendly staff

    Cons

    Did too many "intern" stereotypical work tasks and did not have an arts management experience as I wanted to have.

    Pittsburgh Symphony2016-04-22
  6. Helpful (2)

    "A sad state of affairs"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pittsburgh Symphony

    Pros

    The building is beautiful, it's fun to be part of Pittsburgh's vibration arts scene, and the people there worth their space make working there very fun and fulfilling.

    Cons

    You have to wait for someone to die or retire to get promoted or even make a lateral move. Managers do just enough to actually manage, but I did not experience any mentorship. They're great in a crisis, very understanding of extenuating circumstances, etc. But there was no opportunity to work on skills under a supervisor's mentorship; you're pretty much on your own in the arena of self-improvement. Coworkers... who don't work enough or impede others' work are not reprimanded. In fact, management seems afraid of them. This brings down morale big time. 80% of the musicians have awful attitudes. They'll argue at the box office window about nog getting enough free tickets while standing in front of people who are about to shell out $100 to sit in the Dress Circle to hear them perform Bolero for the 70th time. They're bossy and treat staff like they're less-than.

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    Advice to Management

    Help your employees create some real goals to work on. Instead of the annual review being a status quo meeting, make it count. Give people something to strive for. And when people meet those goals, reward them.

    Pittsburgh Symphony2016-02-12
  7. "Accounts Payable Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Accountant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pittsburgh Symphony full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Management, nice environment, a lot of perks like free concert tickets

    Cons

    The salary is not high enough

    Advice to Management

    To raise the salary for an Accounting personnel

    Pittsburgh Symphony2015-06-01
  8. Helpful (1)

    "All the wrong people are given accolades."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pittsburgh Symphony full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The majority of the people working there are wonderful. The lower you go on the ladder, the more genuine and hard-working the people are, the more they care about the organization. The young employees are devoted, fun, and hard-working.

    Cons

    No one is held accountable for when things go wrong, so it makes it hard to care about things going right. The lowest-paid people are the ones running the place, and the highest-paid people get all the credit, even though they have slowly driven the organization into the ground. The orchestra is magnificent; unfortunately, they are a bunch of morose snobs who think the staff live to serve them and not the *patrons.*... Going to a performance is a big bummer because the performers look annoyed and irritated the entire time instead of, you know, like they are getting paid six figures (STARTING SALARY) to do what they love every weekend. There is no communication and all of the supervisors push their responsibilities off because no one likes conflict, which results in some gross people eeking by and bringing the work quality down.

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    Advice to Management

    Upper management should realize that while they are sitting in meetings all day, there are dozens of people working hard and running the place. Lay offs are incredibly poorly chosen and are usually dependent on who "plays favorite" with upper management because they are an ego boost to these guys.

    Pittsburgh Symphony2014-08-26
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lacking vision for the future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pittsburgh Symphony full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It is possible for a young person entering the field to get a lot of experience quickly. The orchestra is very good.

    Cons

    The organization has absolutely lost sight of its mission, and there is no meaningful vision for the future. Sole focus is on finances, which causes moral to be very low. There is a large responsibility (and pay) gap between VPs and next level below, with very little meaningful delegation of ownership and decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Create a compelling vision for the organization beyond balancing the budget. A vision which can motivate people and unify the staff. Balancing the budget doesn't cut it as a vision for an Arts organization.

    Pittsburgh Symphony2014-03-21
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Wrong People in Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pittsburgh Symphony full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    World-class, well known international reputation. Pittsburgh is a great city in which to live and work. Company has potential to have a great culture after a good housecleaning of the Board and upper management.

    Cons

    Poor pay. Poor treatment of staff - hardest working, most dedicated and successful employees, treated as ineffective and ignorant, and then made to feel as though it's a privilege to work for the company. CEO and COO manage like it's 1950. Board is permitted to make hiring decisions without staff input. Numbers are spun to make it look as though new employees in leadership roles' implemented changes are making a... difference.

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    Advice to Management

    CEO, CFO and COO should better assess decisions made at the VP level and add oversight to prevent wasting money in an already financially distressed organization.

    Pittsburgh Symphony2014-01-07
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