Macphail Center For Music
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Macphail Center For Music Careers and Employment

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  • Company size
    51 to 200
  • Revenue
    $5M to $25M (USD)
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    Macphail Center For Music website
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Early Childhood Music Educator in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN
on May 29, 2015
I have worked there with the aim of connecting with professional colleagues, having new opportunities in music teaching, and being part of a community. Those aims have been, and continue to be, achieved. I would wish for as much internal customer service as the school's excellent external customer service. Teachers there, including me, continue to advocate for better pay, better working conditions, and the quality work environment to match our hype outside the institution.
Grants Manager in Minneapolis, MN
on January 10, 2020
I worked in Development at MacPhail for four years, and it was bad from the start. I had four different supervisors; one was fired, one was interim, one was laid off. They have no respect for administrative employees; you will be micromanaged and mistrusted. Your skills and expertise will be squandered and ignored. They will restructure and lay off employees on a whim, depending on what the latest consultant or new hire tells them to do. There is no regard for stability of work environment or the toll this takes on a team or donors, particularly in Development where relationships are everything. Development is routinely shouldered with unattainable goals and then scapegoated for budget shortfalls. There is constant undue pressure, criticism and mistrust. You will be watched and scrutinized and mistakes will not be tolerated. The organizational culture is not philanthropic and most faculty don't even like the fact that some kids are attending for free. The COO has way too much power in the organization. He micromanages all of his staff, and even manages to get his grip around those who don't report to him. He sits on every committee and hinders growth of new leaders. No decision can be made without his approval, and suggestions for improvement are seen as personal criticisms. There are shady dealings with restricted grant funds; they do no get spent the way they are supposed to in many cases, which ultimately hurts the quality of programs. Ethics are not placed above survival and the administration is somewhat a house of cards balanced on unsustainable funding. If you don't drink his kool-aid, you will not be there long. The CEO and Board do not stand up to the COO, who can make excuses for anything. It is a very messed up, toxic power structure with major Founders Syndrome going on and no accountability. None of the leaders truly understand what it takes to become a responsive, inclusive, diverse, community-based nonprofit. DEI is a joke -- they do what looks good, not what's right. Students of color are paraded in front of donors and then dollars contributed on their behalf are spent elsewhere. Overall, until the COO is booted and there is a new CEO, the organization will not improve. I have my doubts it will even survive, which is very sad considering it is more than a century-old institution. I do hope things get better because it's worthy of saving. But the Board will have to grow a spine first. I feel for my friends who still work in that place.
Cashier in Minneapolis, MN
on June 4, 2018
Working here was fine. Work was fine, people were fine. it was ok. Benefits were ok, pay was good, advancement opportunities could be there. Management was hard to work with.
Private Lesson Teacher (Trumpet, Part-Time) in Minneapolis, MN
on March 18, 2016
MacPhail is a great company to work with. Everyone is excited about the work they are doing and the change they are seeing in the community.
Facilities Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
on May 15, 2015
I would go to work to help set up for a concert and then when the concert was going on I would set up classrooms for the classes that would go on the next day. Then after the concert was done I would put all the material back to there starting locations.

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