“Life Is Not Always a Cabaret”
Subscription Agent (Former Employee) – Denver, CO – January 7, 2013
The saddest aspect of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is the loss of true greatness. The organization is filled with some of the most wonderful and talented people on the planet. However, due to the massive egos of a few at the top the potential for others to contribute and participate and have an impact is reduced greatly. Therefore, the organization's true potential is never reached - not even close. The people promoted into positions of management go to those most likely to maintain the status of mediocrity and never "raise the bar" anywhere. In many cases failed or wanna be actors playing the part of manager. Talented, capable people leave constantly due to the lack of upward mobility and stifling pressure by management to crush creativity, ambition posing a threat to their reign. The above facts create integrity issues, cause the outbreak of witch hunts aided by a more than dutiful HR department, and fosters "no faith" in management, and an "every man for himself" atmosphere. A real life tragedy. Save the drama for the stage. Otherwise, a really unique, interesting, enjoyable, and great place to work. I Would still be there if possible.
pros – the entertainment industry, customers/patrons, low pressure work environment, life &/or death does not hang in the balance of work assignments, modern campus and facilities, free access to live entertainment, eight hour work days, union representation, "just cause" termination requirement, diversity of co-workers
cons – shortage of experienced and progressive management, "peyton place" culture and environment, micro-management of employees, lack of employee impowerment or encouragement, individual initiative is discouraged, company's exagerated sense of relevance and importance to society, non-profit organization (for most), inovation and new ideas are highly discouraged