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Washington National Opera Reviews

Updated December 9, 2017
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  1. "Work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    This is a group of very talented, committed people who do an amazing job. They take their work seriously and people work very hard, but they don't forget to have fun along the way. Plus their events (and of course the operas) are fantastic!

    Cons

    Opera is expensive and there is never enough money to do as much as the group would like to do.


  2. "Contract Employee"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Washington National Opera as a contractor

    Pros

    You get to work alongside some talented people.

    Cons

    Odd hours, highly competitive, few positions.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps it would be helpful to stop trying to break the union.

  3. "Stitcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with - everyone pitches in and acts as a team. Attending the dress rehearsals is a huge bonus.

    Cons

    Work is physically taxing at times, long hours of hand work can be very hard on your back and neck muscles.

    Advice to Management

    It might be good to have some events where employees of the costume shop can get to know each other better, like a dinner before a performance or a coffee break.


  4. "A very rewarding experience"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Washington National Opera as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, high artistic quality, very good facilities, sound leadership, skilled colleagues . . . I'm not sure what else to say! It has been one of my favorite employers.

    Cons

    The only drawback is in the nature of the employment itself, or perhaps that of the interest in and cost of producing opera, in that there are only a few contracts available per season as the company only performs a few productions a year.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Recurring negotiations with the union seem to always go very well, and job satisfaction seems phenomenal, at least from my perspective.


  5. "Little room for growth, decent place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Opera!, flexibility, great co-workers and events.

    Cons

    Limited mobility and innovation, internal communication could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    The state of leadership is currently undergoing reorganization. This, of course leads to a lot of communication misalignment and confusion. As soon as this is resolved, WNO will be in great shape.