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Youth Education in the Arts Reviews

Updated April 5, 2018
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  1. "YED"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good mentorship program, necessary to teach children

    Cons

    No problems were at this job


  2. "The CEO belongs in prison"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Youth Education in the Arts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission to help the kids

    Cons

    The CEO uses his position to help himself to the kids. Very poor management skills and does not care about other employees. I would highly recommend the BOD to find a better suited person for this position

    Advice to Management

    Turn yourself in

  3. Helpful (1)

    "See the March 18th review? Yep....written by the CEO to keep it above 1 star."

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

    I worked at Youth Education in the Arts full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is virtually nothing positive about working here other than realizing you aren't the only one who was duped into a terrible situation and you can commiserate with others who are as busily working to get out as you are.

    Cons

    Too many to mention here. The CEO of this organization is just dangerous in so many ways - to his employees, to the groups, to the members of those groups and the list goes on. Deceit and intimidation are the watchwords here.

    Advice to Management

    Bow out. If there is ANY part of you that really cares about the worthwhile mission, you'll walk away. And take your puppet Board of Directors with you.


  4. "Board of Directors need to fire CEO ASAP."

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    Former Employee - Administrative
    Former Employee - Administrative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Youth Education in the Arts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I am attracted to the mission of this company.

    Cons

    It's not worth working with this sinking ship for the sake of the mission. Experience of the kids is rarely the priority within this organization, which makes me sad.

    Advice to Management

    New CEO ASAP.


  5. "Potential is there..."

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

    I worked at Youth Education in the Arts full-time

    Pros

    Mission of the organization is spot on. The students are what matters to everyone who works at the organization except one person.

    Cons

    Too many to list them all.

    Advice to Management

    Resign


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Non-Profit Professional? Stay Away"

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

    I worked at Youth Education in the Arts full-time

    Pros

    The staff is amazing (for the most part)

    Cons

    For a nonprofit that focuses on excellence, it does not know how to run a nonprofit that way. The work is less about the mission and more about the revenue.
    There is a push for recruiting in The Cadets & USBands because of revenue, not because a difference wants to be made in these children's lives. Even with the push for revenue, good luck getting a check to pay a bill. Credit cards were turned off frequently because they were not paid or hit the credit limit, relationships with business/organizations were ruined due to nonpayments. Being in the nonprofit industry money will always be tight, but there are also budgets in nonprofits. If you ask about a budget you will told there is one, but will never see it, even for departments. The Cadets frivolously spend money without blinking an eye all to ensure a successful top placing season, but checks that are owed to companies can go up to years without payment.
    Planning does not happen, management does not believe in a strategic plan at an organizational level or a departmental level and if you are caught planning, you will be told that is not what you were hired to do.
    Change is always talked about to become better and more effective, but it frankly never happens.
    Employees are thought of as disposable and it is always the employees fault if their department is unsuccessful. But there is no training, no "check list" and never anyone there long enough to create one. It is a miracle if an employee makes it a full year. Although there is no competition within organization, everyone fears for their job so much they keep information to themselves and never document information they may feel will 'secure' their job.
    You can always work for two weeks straight without a day off, but told you are not working hard enough. You will also fall behind on your own work because you are working on other items for other departments.
    You will questions ethics, for example, there is an event fundraiser where the members are required to fundraiser money, yet the event they are fundraising for never actually happens.
    The vacations/holidays may be great, but good luck taking more than one day off at a time. You will be asked to work a holiday in exchange for a day off later, which again good luck trying to take more than a day off at a time.
    If you have a family, you will find yourself choosing between your job or your family. There is no work/life balance at all.
    When you do finally leave both employees & ex-employees will congratulate you on getting out of there.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "The ...CEO .... writes ....his ...own ...positive ...reviews"

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    Former Employee - Customer Relations in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Relations in Allentown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Youth Education in the Arts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As for working here it was a fantastic way to get back into the activity after taking a break for a few years. The mission is great and you can really get into the nitty gritty of the work for each group. My favorite memories are the ones involving my time working on site with one of our groups. These young people are simply amazing. Working in "Customer Relations" aka not that at all, was a decent way of learning how to multi task and deal with angry individuals.

    Cons

    Sadly the leader of the sinking ship is not all he appears to be. He lures you in with provocative language and promises of making a difference and all that. Once you are in you find that your time is largely spent on his menial tasks while he micromanages you from his desk. Many a time I was asked to work weekends or holidays without and sort of pay. As for my title, well one of his biggest tendencies is to add ...to ....his ...writing for emphasis or something like that. It can be seen in all of his emails and the like. The board is made up of people who are associated with him personally so good luck asking them for help. Stay away if you don't want to waste time and energy.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new board of directors and get the CEO to just manage the drum corps.

  8. "event relations"

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

    I worked at Youth Education in the Arts full-time

    Pros

    The mission is a great one

    Cons

    The expectations of time and lack of consistent leadership are a real challenge. Very little training is a huge problem


  9. Helpful (7)

    "You want it to be good, but..."

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

    I worked at Youth Education in the Arts full-time

    Pros

    Unfortunately, not many. If you like the marching arts, you will gain experience, and most other marching arts organizations recognize what it takes to work at YEA!, so moving on to another job within the activity is easy.

    Cons

    Many.

    Salaries are stagnate, except for the CEO, benefits are expensive, PTO is plentiful, but actually scheduling and getting approval for time off can be more challenging than your job. Job turn over is high, in some critical departments, turnover is like a revolving door. Nepotism in hiring is the norm and it always gets messy. Every year is like reinventing the wheel, there are no process or procedures manuals, the CEO tends to make decisions without full knowledge of issues or regulations and there is no board oversight of his actions.

    Overall, as it is currently run, there is no potential for the organization, there is no strategic plan, no realistic budget, no employee stability, no work/life balance, no opportunity for employee growth and development, no consistency in programming, no financial stability, and the list goes on.

    It was once said that more time is spent planning an exit strategy than actually working.

    Advice to Management

    None. No one would listen anyway.


  10. Helpful (17)

    ""Plan" is a 4 letter word. Yes, it really is this bad."

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

    Pros

    The mission of the organization is what attracts people to work there. Often they are knowledgable of the main activities, or alumni of the sponsored programs. The people who work there all have huge hearts and want to do the best things for the kids.

    Cons

    There are a lot of comments regarding the executive leadership. Unfortunately these are all very accurate. The CEO does not have any practical experience running a business, non-profit or otherwise. He's "been doing things this way for 30 years." The financial instability is a daily struggle, and causes enormous stress to the organization. But there's no plan. The entrepreneurial spirit is often cited, (work more hours, but don't expect anything in return), but there is zero support of employees with real world problems. In fact, the exorbitant hours that are required of the full-time staff are borderline abusive, and certainly unhealthy. Events are often considered "all-hands", where every employee is expected to work 12-18 hours, but not provided food or lodging, and expected to drive company vehicles to the next event the next day, which could last just as long. There are numerous instances where e-mail and phone calls directly from the CEO chastise the employee for being sick, or having to take care of a family member, even if earned PTO is used to do so. The CEO does not trust his management team, openly stating this fact in management meetings. The Board of Directors, whose job is to manage the CEO and protect the organization, refuses to do so. Board reports are provided from managers on a monthly basis, board member feedback is always invited, and there is nothing but silence. Compliance with authorities and contracts is ignored as a matter of practice, and puts the organization and its programs at risk. Turnover is enormous for a company with 20-25 full-time employees. The office building is a shambles, and there is no effort to raise funds to repair or maintain it. There is no planning; there is only desperation to "find some cash". Spending is uncontrolled, and without a plan, impossible to manage. Debt is high. The organization is broken.

    Advice to Management

    The organization needs a plan; not a vision but a plan. A plan with achievable goals, with milestones, ideas, and tasks to get there. A plan that every member of the organization can measure their day against. There need to be great changes. The board of directors needs to either take control, or resign and let someone else take control. The CEO needs his duties re-written, or needs to be replaced. And the employees, especially the full-time employees, need to be cared for, not abused. They have the passion for the mission, but no leadership.


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