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Updated August 15, 2017
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  1. "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sundance Institute (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, culture, and work environment

    Cons

    Not a ton of career mobility


  2. "Festival Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sundance Institute part-time

    Pros

    Lots of training, which is great for first-timers. Easy to meet co-workers.

    Cons

    Long commute and it's hard to find a place to live for the short amount of time you are contracted.

  3. "Mission driven organization with hardworking and purposeful employees"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sundance Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The work that Sundance Institute does to support independent artists and connect them with audiences is important and all of the employees I have worked with believe in and support this goal. The programs I worked with felt vital to the growth of independent artists globally and brought a lot of personal fulfillment. And of course participating in the Sundance Film Festival in Park City and Next Fest in LA is fun!

    Cons

    We work hard and sometimes long hours but we do it together and that helps it feel less draining. Like many non-profits, I think the salaries are lower than equivalent positions at a for-profit company.


  4. "Great location, people, and culture"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Park City, UT
    Current Employee - Manager in Park City, UT
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sundance Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting environment with a passion for the arts

    Cons

    Low wages which leads to high turnover


  5. "Loved it!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sundance Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Absolutely loved working for the Sundance Institute for 2 festivals. The energy of the office makes it a great place to go to work everyday and everyone is dedicated to working hard. Long hours are expected as the festival gets closer, but there is always extra support from management and the team you're on.

    Cons

    Most people in the PC office are seasonal so there are a lot of staff changes, but I think the Institute does a great job in making sure people end their position with detailed wrap reports for the next person in the role. Pay isn't great, but it's expected in a seasonal job for a festival and the unique experience and fun work environment makes it worth it.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Park City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sundance Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, Work from home on Fridays, dog friendly office, many opportunities available, Cares about their employees

    Cons

    Year-round positions can be scarce
    Pay can be low, but that comes with nonprofit
    Commute during Winter isn't always the best

    Advice to Management

    Continue to acknowledge people who are constantly going above and beyond (so none really, I have nothing bad to say about the company)


  7. "Festival"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Access to the Sundance Film Festival

    Cons

    Very hard work for very little pay.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mission driven, but lack of growth and fair salary are difficult to deal with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sundance Institute is a great place to work when you consider the mission of the institute. Fostering important stories and giving a voice to filmmakers and creators from around the world is truly inspiring.

    Cons

    If you are below a director position, the pay is pretty terrible. For the skill level required for most jobs at the institute, the pay is not competitive. Additionally, this is not a place for growth. It is very difficult to get promoted or even grow skills and gain responsibility at current levels.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees! Foster their growth within the company and pay them fairly.


  9. "An adventure"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Graphic Designer in Park City, UT
    Former Employee - Environmental Graphic Designer in Park City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sundance Institute (More than a year)

    Pros

    The environment is very exciting, with a clear sense of urgency in the middle of Festival season. I love all of the other side departments focused on education and inclusive programs. Everyone is very welcoming and you feel like you're contributing to something grand and awe-inspiring.

    Cons

    As with most Not-for-Profit groups, they will take every bit of energy you are willing to give and then ask for a little more.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Lead IT Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Orem, UT
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Orem, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sundance Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You are part of something important, helping storytellers to bring forth wonderful pieces of fiction, drama, action and reality to the world. I always felt I was part of something important a place that in his way, try to changes the world. I loved working with celebrities and screenwriters, actors and producers along with all the wonderful personal who shares services at Sundance Film Festival.

    Cons

    The salaries for those who are not in the directors level are very poor and you are constantly seeing the disparity of it.
    Sometimes the expectations are out of proportion to the tools and time given to complete those task.

    Advice to Management

    Certainly review the salary scales for those employees who are seasonal and certainly those who are not at the level of your VIP directors.


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