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Sweet Adelines International Reviews

Updated May 19, 2018

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sweet Adelines is my dream job!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Sweet Adelines International

    Pros

    Sweet Adelines International has changed the lives of women for 70 years! Each and every day is a joy at HQ, I talk with our members (23,000 and counting) from all over the world! Fantastic work culture, we are a family and I feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful organization!

    Cons

    I really have nothing to put here!

    Sweet Adelines International2015-12-10
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Sweet Adelines International full-time

    Pros

    The pros to working at Sweet Adelines are a fairly flexible workday, good vacation-time policy and a generally good group of people to work with. The members can also be great to get to know.

    Cons

    Management here is awful. There is a NEW new CEO (the third in three years I think?) and no one feels like their job is safe. It seems like the lay-offs and firings are just non-stop. And there is no sign of anything getting better... the new CEO is the former COO and protege of the first CEO (see all the negative reviews from that time to see what I’m talking about). There is still a mean-girls club on the leadership...

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    Sweet Adelines International2018-05-20
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Quirky"

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    Former Employee - Copy Writer in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
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    I worked at Sweet Adelines International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, reasonable pay, solid hours, lots of paid leave at a nonprofit geared toward women.

    Cons

    Management is confused and misguided; business techniques are not in line with other successful nonprofits

    Sweet Adelines International2018-03-23
  4. "Low Membership & High Turnover"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Sweet Adelines International full-time

    Pros

    Benefits. The members that pay to be part of Sweet Ads keep me here. Their devotion is unquestionable and deserving of a dedicated team. They are amazing.

    Cons

    The continual mismanagement of valuable time, resources, and energy is a consistent reason for low moral amongst staff that have stayed and worked hard for organization. There is little time to accomplish the many demands placed on lomg term staff members due to constant rotating door. New staff are not provided with training and there is no consistant training for current staff.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your team by providing consistent guidelines and policy for respective duties and responsibilities. Adding responsibility should be a reward not the result of minimizing and/or eliminating positions. Create simple office policy and standard regarding basic office knowledge. Provide environment that encourages and empowers staff, rather than arbitrarily assign new responsibilities without prior experience or training.

    Sweet Adelines International2018-01-28
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Only staying for the benefits"

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

    I have been working at Sweet Adelines International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Doubt anyone could get better benefits anywhere else. And all the offices have doors, so personal space. There's also coffee... and sonic ice, sometimes.

    Cons

    Office politics are dreadful, moral in the office is worse than anywhere I've ever worked before. Everyone is pretty afraid they will get canned at anytime without any reason or warning. Expectations from management and organizational structure are constantly shifting. Workloads continue to increase for all employees without any plan for respite. Vacation time is great, but no cross-training to allow you to take significant...

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    Advice to Management

    Read above.

    Sweet Adelines International2017-06-16
  6. "Happy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Sweet Adelines International

    Pros

    Perks Great co-workers Great Acting CEO Productive Environment

    Cons

    Pay could be better but perks help to make up for it.

    Sweet Adelines International2016-08-29
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Lets hope things improve now that the CEO is finally gone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sweet Adelines International full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful organization, excellent fellow employees, great benefits

    Cons

    No job security, terrible leadership

    Sweet Adelines International2016-04-22
  8. Helpful (10)

    "Wonderful Organization with Dark, Dishonest Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sweet Adelines International full-time

    Pros

    I feel that this organization is a wonderful collection of creative, talented individuals who wholeheartedly support each other and the staff that works very hard to support them each day. Some of the best people I have ever met were/are members of this organization and I am glad there are memberships like this who can help young vocalists grow and become empowered to move forward in their music careers.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there are many cons to working at the headquarter office. Confirming that the other negative reviews on this site are accurate, the primary issue is the level of dishonesty, back stabbing and "girls club" management that exists behind it's doors. This organization is definitely not what it seems to be to the outside world - or to its board of directors. I believe that if you are assertive, show strength...

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    Advice to Management

    To the Board of Directors: Investigate the staff and find the truth about the culture at SAI - and make changes from the top down. Eliminate the fear based management style. Place an artistic, empowering, experienced female musician who knows the heart of an artist in the CEO seat and make sure that that person's primary goal is to further the power of the membership and it's talent, not her own position and personality....

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    Sweet Adelines International2016-04-04
  9. Helpful (9)

    "Employees work for the CEO, not For Sweet Adelines"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Sweet Adelines International full-time

    Pros

    Could be the most wonderful, fulfilling job possible if not for the leadership. Benefits are excellent! Employees are dedicated and love the organization.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, as much as employees love the organization and what it once stood for, it has now become an organization where employees work for the CEO. I would not recommend Sweet Adelines as a potential place of employment until the current leadership is changed. The CEO does not care about this organization and does not care about barbershop music. The CEO only cares about what she can get out of the organization...

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    Advice to Management

    Read the negative reviews on this sight. They are true!

    Sweet Adelines International2016-02-05
  10. "I love my job and Sweet Adelines"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Sweet Adelines International full-time

    Pros

    The people I work with and the members we support. We have a management team that is engaged and fair in my opinion. We are like family here!

    Cons

    I can't think of any. Everyday is a choice - we can come to work with a great attitude and make the best of whatever we are faced with or we can choose to be negative and spread that negativity and bad attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pay attention to the petty commentary that has been voiced through these anonymous reviews.. I find it interesting that people say they've "moved on" but yet are focused on hurting others through this venue. In the years I've been here, I've seen great progress in many areas. I think our senior team is doing a terrific job.

    Sweet Adelines International2015-12-09
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