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Spoleto Festival USA Reviews

Updated April 2, 2017
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  1. "Rewarding - Hard Work with Great People"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Journeyman Electrician in Charleston, SC
    Former Contractor - Journeyman Electrician in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Spoleto Festival USA as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to network, great place to learn. As an international theatre festival, you meet production companies and artists from around the nation and world. You work with crews from around the nation. The environment is light and enjoyable to balance the hard labor we do to keep the festival running. There is always time to enjoy the beautiful city of Charleston. Management takes care of the employees to make sure they get proper food and breaks despite long work hours. Compensation is excellent and housing is provided for out-of-town festival employees.

    Cons

    Hours are long and work is demanding. You have to be fit and willing to work extremely hard.


  2. "No Good"

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - General Manager in Winter Park, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Spoleto Festival USA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free Food, Cool Coworkers,

    Cons

    Crazy schedules, poor ownership, constantly having meetings


  3. "Extremely low pay, terrible living conditions and unclear expectations"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Charleston, SC
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Spoleto Festival USA as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good quality of shows and a well known festival. Able to see most shows for free. Also, Charleston is a gorgeous city and the weather was beautiful.

    Cons

    Terrible pay and dorms we were put up in disgusting. Had to pay for own travel arrangements. Full responsibilities of job not explained prior to arriving and were expected to take on more work than agreed to.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay and/or living conditions for all employees. Too much disparity between artists and crew.


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  5. "Good, respected organization to start career"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Manager in Charleston, SC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Respected and well-known arts institution in Charleston, SC. A good place to start and advance career in arts and/or non profit field.

    Cons

    Very low pay for low and mid-level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Raise employee pay and evaluate internal communication


  6. "Rewarding work but underpaid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    The artistry that's produced is an incredible thing to be a part of

    Cons

    Extremely low pay for summer only employees


  7. "Great opportunity and worth it if you work hard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It's a great foot in the door to the arts nonprofit world and gives you a lot of experience quickly. Ability to move up if you work hard

    Cons

    Long hours and little pay but still a great opportunity to get started with!

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. "Box Office Apprentice"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Spoleto Festival USA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Attending the shows, Charleston food and culture, provided housing

    Cons

    Be prepared to work, work, work. Different departments highly dislike each other, which makes inter-departmental communication very difficult. Dealing with assigned roommates. Best to find people with cars for grocery shopping and exploring the beaches.

    Advice to Management

    Box office team was great. Other departments felt unapproachable and extremely short-tempered.


  9. "Development Apprentice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Free housing in Charleston; direct access to all members of Development Office

    Cons

    98% manual labor, 2% data--not as advertised. Not a professional staff. Negative and unprofessional work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Rename position to "Special Events Apprentice," as no Development work is involved in position. Reevaluate position description online to make it more accurate. Evaluate work environment and employee professionalism.


  10. "Facilities Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Staff, Great Pay, Great Atmosphere

    Cons

    Chaotic but for only 2 weeks during the festival.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  11. "A good summer time job opportunity"

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    Former Intern - Box Office Apprentice
    Former Intern - Box Office Apprentice
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Spoleto Festival USA as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Around creative people, get to see some amazing artists, Charleston is lovely.

    Cons

    Long, strange hours. short employment life, small staff during the year, large staff during the festival