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Updated Feb 10, 2021

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1.7
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Michael Kehoss
5 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Previous reviews are NO LONGER RELEVANT

    Jun 26, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great mission, friendly staff to work with, slowly but smoothly recovering from CEO drama.

    Cons

    Working for this company unfortunately comes with the baggage of people knowing what happened in the past. You're often taking the blunt heat from everybody regarding the company's past issues.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Great experience

    Nov 10, 2020 - Project Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Friendly working place, colleagues were nice

    Cons

    I can't state any cons

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  3. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Too little too late

    Feb 10, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Allentown, PA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great mission, well intended team

    Cons

    Overworked, underpaid, under-resourced, bad building

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  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Lots of Band

    Apr 7, 2019 - Staff Accountant in Allentown, PA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Lots of band. Coworkers become family. Travel to various sport arenas.

    Cons

    Very long days. 20 hour day is not out of the question. Very high turnover. Including new CEO.

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Never Work For This Organization

    Mar 25, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    With the right leadership, this organization can be something special. It focuses on a great cause, but has by far the worst leadership I have ever experienced.

    Cons

    I have worked for a pretty poor organization before, but Youth Education in the Arts is bar the worst working environment I have ever been a part of. The CEO is an absolutely egotistical, self centered, selfish, masochistic, unprofessional human being. Not only that, he lies to his employees, does not pay the bills on time (or at all for that matter), is rude and childish. If you are someone who cares about their future and wants to be successful, do yourself a favor, steer clear of this organization. Aside from the CEO, the employees that work for him are great, hardworking, dedicated individuals who deserve so much more. The CEO has the Board of Directors in his pocket and all of them should be fired. This organization needs a CEO and Board of Directors that actually understand business and how to properly run an organization and successfully manage employees. If you read many of these reviews, they are all 100% accurate with the exception of 1 or 2 which the CEO wrote himself. In his emails, he uses "......" and random spaces with incorrect spelling, such as the ones you'll see in the positive reviews that he wrote. Lastly, the CEO asks his employees to work weekends without any overtime pay whatsoever. You as an employee are not viewed as an employee to this man, you are a "fee". Again, if you value your future and your career, do not work for this organization. Take a job anywhere else but here.

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    13 people found this review helpful
  6. 1.0
    Former Employee

    The worst place I have ever worked

    Mar 16, 2016 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The only pro that is worth mentioning is the dedication of the staff, not including the CEO. There are some really talented people that are unable to contribute and effect change due to the inability of the CEO to allow anyone but himself any opportunity to do so.

    Cons

    The CEO is childish, egotistical and should not be running this organization. Under proper leadership, this company could excel and profit in its mission. The Board should be ashamed of themselves for allowing the behavior that continues to alienate good, smart, hardworking people from this company. Turnover is the highest I have seen at any company- 93 people in 5 years. With a staff of about 25-30 people, do the math. This is not normal. The benefits are terrible and expensive. Vacation time is given but grudgingly. Overtime is expected and unpaid, including "helping out" on the weekends without any compensation or mileage paid. The actual physical office is a mess. CEO definitely focuses on who can make him (yes him, to support his lifestyle and exorbitant fringe benefits) the most money and views everyone else as useless/stupid. Again, under smart, professional and focused management this could be a phenomenal company but unless the board fires the current CEO I would completely steer clear of this place, no matter how much BS you are shoveled to join the "team." Trust me, it is all crap and there is no "team."

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    17 people found this review helpful
  7. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Welfare is better than this.

    Feb 11, 2016 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    You learn what an incompetent, arrogant, self centered, egotistical, strung out CEO looks and acts like. If you date him you'll get a job, and so will your dad. The feeling of quitting something so toxic is a euphoric rush like you won't believe.

    Cons

    You slowly lose all concept of humanity and what it means to be kind. Your personal life dies as does your soul. You start to realize the messages set forth by the CEO are lies and that he himself does not follow any of them. The pay is decent at best and you can't always count on the payments to go through on time. You get a week vacation during the holidays....unpaid of course. Don't worry the CEO still gets paid for that week though. The drama starts with the CEO and you realize you have no voice or say. Once you start you see that all the fancy job descriptions of drama free and being part of a team are all fabricated lies. The temper tantrums and child like outbursts both in person and online snap you into reality. The embarrassing Facebook with misspellings and inane ramblings convince you to never put this on a résumé because people may think worse of you for working under such a CEO. Fires key people in important positions in ensembles and office.

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    11 people found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Professional bridge burners

    Apr 11, 2016 - Development Director in Allentown, PA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Working with a great staff, who are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done; it’s Drum Corps for God’s sake…or is it. See, that’s the thing: it is not Corps. It’s a bunch of fragmented efforts to field a corps and provide a certain lifestyle for its Director.

    Cons

    If you are a development professional, stay far away from here. It's that simple. The Executive Director will entice you with salary, abuse your spheres of influence, experience, and abilities and then take credit for whatever comes from those burned and exploited relationships. No plan, no budgets, no leadership, no Board involvement, no business success. The CEO has had the same job since 1982 and lacks an advanced degree. Serious lack of real-world, diversified-leadership-experience. If that isn’t telling, please read on. The crown jewel of the organization is The Cadets, but they go underwater, every year, by hundreds of thousands of dollars. So, you ALL work weekends and nights, slinging bags of candy at band shows. BAND SHOWS! You might sleep overnight, on a bus, to be ready at 5:30AM the following Sunday. Are you a business professional with 15 years’ experience raising millions of dollars for other worthy organizations?…too bad…you’re selling candy to band moms. I could go on, and on, and on. I think you get the idea…

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    19 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

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

    Apr 1, 2017 - Customer Relations in Allentown, PA
    Recommend
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    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.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Not For the Faint Hearted

    Feb 11, 2016 - Merchandise Manager in Allentown, PA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    If you love marching band, drum corps, or music in the marching arts, then this is the place for you. You won't ever get to SEE any pageantry, other than the office antics of the over-bearing CEO, but you will live a life involved with the activity.

    Cons

    The CEO is a sham, an arrogant child who takes whatever he wants while reminding YOU that it is a privilege to work for him.His life's work has been "preaching magnificence" while he himself has no integrity. Having never been a Cadet, it is of the utmost hypocrisy that he attempt to shape the minds of those who follow the organization, it's beliefs, it's creed - none of which have ANYTHING to do with the current power hungry and financially greedy C.E.O.. It is widely understood that the "Hop" talks are a waste of time as they are the very foundation of the wide-spread hypocritical bull that the CEO preaches, while treating everyone around him as though they are subservient. Any company chair person who constantly begs for donations, while taking over 200K in salary and benefits has absolutely no business preaching about shaping the minds of youth.

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    11 people found this review helpful
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