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San Francisco Ballet Reviews

Updated May 8, 2017
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  1. "Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at San Francisco Ballet part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free premium tickets all the time to see all kinds of shows.
    Never micromanage, relax and good company culture

    Cons

    Lack of development and transparency. Since it's a non-profit org, pay rate is lower than usual but an overall great company to work at.


  2. "Politics and Bias are Abound"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at San Francisco Ballet full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The work is usually interesting and challenging. The guest artists and the visiting choreographers are the best.

    Cons

    This is not a great place to work. The internal politics make more like a for profit than a nonprofit art organization. They do not value their employees

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the mean spirited bigots, bullys and megalomaniacs in your midst.


  3. "A interesting experience"

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    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at San Francisco Ballet part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free tickets to various shows, some nice employees, you get to meet people you would otherwise never know and learn about things you would usually never hear about. Somewhat simple work. They are fine if you know nothing about ballet.

    Cons

    There is an uncomfortable feeling of judgement from upper staff if you make a mistake. It would be helpful if there was open discussion rather than awkward feelings. The pay isn't very high and sometimes they expect perfection.

    Advice to Management

    Please be open to constructive feedback towards you as well. Just because you are management does not mean you are infallible. Not everyone is desperate for work and afraid to speak their mind. Denial is a problem.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "A unique environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at San Francisco Ballet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working in the administrative branches is a pleasant experience overall, with a relaxed but professional office environment, good benefits and a few perks as well. Employees take their jobs seriously, but they can also have a lot of fun along the way as well. Management is very approachable and communicative. There is an overall camaraderie and a "were all in this together" attitude which helps one through the rough spots.

    Cons

    General staff tend to be pigeon-holed within their departments, and find it difficult to advance within the company except for very specific instances, and you will never be promoted into management, period.
    Management tends to look to outside resources for solutions, often ignoring solutions proposed by staff. There is a lot of talk given to innovation and new ideas, but no serious action is given to real risk-taking, leading to missed opportunities.
    As with all non-profits, compensation is average at best, and yearly increases are below average and do not keep up with the changing fiscal environment.

    Advice to Management

    While Artistic opinions for company decisions are important, it tends to overwhelm any progressive decision-making processes and errs on the side of conservatism. It holds the company back from it's true potential. Tipping the balance towards a more modern view if the culture we work within will serve the company better than fear of change.

    Compensate your non-management employees better and promote from within. The company, and each position, has a large amount specific, esoteric knowledge that cannot be documented or taught easily due to it's constantly flexible nature. Keep people who know the company, and you won't have to re-invent the wheel each time someone leave for better opportunities elsewhere.


  6. "Makeup Artist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great people, fun environment.

    Cons

    Basement area is dark, old furniture.


  7. "One of the best jobs I've ever had"

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    Former Employee - Development Officer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Development Officer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at San Francisco Ballet (More than a year)

    Pros

    The best things about my time at SF Ballet:

    - the incredibly talented administrative and artistic staff
    - a great deal of transparency and communication at the leadership level
    - a healthy culture of cross-departmental collaboration
    - an organization-wide commitment to innovation

    Cons

    A number of staff positions could stand to have revised titles that match/compete with similar positions at other arts organizations. When the same position comes with a better title elsewhere, it can be hard to retain top talent.

    Advice to Management

    Do some benchmarking re: titles and job descriptions at similarly sized arts organizations and bring staff titles up to date accordingly.


  8. "a strong non-profit, but slow to change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at San Francisco Ballet full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    excellent benefits, PTO, holidays
    friendly, relaxed work environment
    exposure to the art form and the people who make it happen

    Cons

    - pay is not up to local averages
    - tend to hire outside for upper management positions
    - work styles often mired in tradition, "too-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen" style of decision making hinders growth

    Advice to Management

    grow beyond a dictatorship management style, value the people who actually get the work done, and don't be afraid of the future.


  9. "What could have been a wonderful experience..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at San Francisco Ballet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Full benefits package (Medical, Dental, 401K, decent PTO)
    Performance attendance (!)
    High calibre of dancers and choreography
    Looks great on a resume

    Cons

    Limited (read: no) room for growth
    Support staff underpaid and hugely undervalued
    Disconnected executive staff
    Overly bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Please encourage dialogue between senior and support staff, and between administrative and artistic departments.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Major gap between old guard and new guard; very corporate, harassment-paranoid culture."

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at San Francisco Ballet full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Health care including dental
    401K
    Diverse staff
    Tickets to ballet, opera, symphony
    Consistent work hours

    Cons

    Camaraderie and mingling between departments is all but banned. Seems to be tied to measures to prevent sexual harassment. Seriously, asking someone about their weekend is regarded as risky. A lame, monthly birthday celebration for all employees and holiday parties are the only times you mingle with coworkers outside of your department - which does not foster teamwork. Gossip is a major issue. Stuck-up senior management acts like they work in the White House, and make you feel like you are oh-so-lucky to share an elevator with them.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourselves. You're holding the organization back by cruising on your power trips.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good but could be so much better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at San Francisco Ballet full-time

    Pros

    Staff who believe in the mission, access to world-class dance, generally open to new ideas, nice people, transparency in future plans.

    Cons

    Low salaries (it's an arts nonprofit so no surprise there), satisfaction depends on direct manager, cross-departmental communication can be better, too much emphasis on artists which sometimes leads to artists disrespecting administrative staff, mediocre benefits.

    Advice to Management

    More management training, fair pay, opportunities for growth within company.


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