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Fun and well-funded large arts organization
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJuly 15, 2018
SF Ballet is the oldest Ballet company in the country, and one of the best, most recognized in the world. Employees work hard, but enjoy a positive work culture.
Pros
Being involved in a major arts organization
Cons
Dependence on contributed revenue to sustain operations
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Unless you are a manager be prepared to be treated as disposable
Admin Assistant (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMarch 15, 2018
Poor management, poor pay, boys club culture that bullies anyone who isn't a manager or higher. They expect to pay you less than a living wage, do 2-3 people worth of work, and do it quickly because no one ever meets a deadline.
Pros
free tickets to shows
Cons
pay, culture, benefits, management
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2.0
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Challenging but yet fulfilling work environment
Soloist (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAFebruary 20, 2018
Typical day at work would be from 10am until 11pm at night.

Learned how to become a professional ballet dancer, trained and performed.

Workplace was competitive, cut-throat, stressful

The hardest part that came with the job was long hrs everyday, company class, rehearsals and performances. Not to mention injuries are bound to happen.

Most enjoyable part was finally performing the pieces and putting them onstage also touring with the company.
Pros
performing, traveling, dancing with a great company
Cons
a lot of hrs put into your work, injuries, late night performances, early wake up calls, politics, work environment
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4.0
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accomplished and professional, but lacking in opportunities
decline to state (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CAAugust 9, 2016
Arguably one of the best companies of it's type in the US, and successful at maintaining and promoting the art form. But for what it does well on the artistic side, it lacks in the administrative side.

While management is generally competent, there is no real upward accountability. in addition there is a glass ceiling between mid level management and executive levels here, so don't expect to be promoted in any major way despite you being qualified. Also while the everyday worker will know the best way to improve what they do, their opinions are often overlooked in favor of outside opinions and talent.

Overall a good place for the experience, but no real long term prospects.
Pros
access to dress rehearsals, good vacation and sick leave.
Cons
no real advancement opportunity, low yearly increases in salary (well below cost of living)
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4.0
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Amazing artists and staff that tries hard
DBA/ Software Development/ SQL / Network Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAAugust 19, 2014
I loved many aspects of this place. The artists are a treasure. The managers are up and down. Some are great and some are not. The workers are really top notch. Some times the management can be weak and not allow for proper funding.
Pros
amazing atmosphere, amazing people
Cons
Low pay, management can be insconsistent
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4.0
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SF Ballet is a great place with great people
BOX OFFICE MANAGER/TREASURER (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CADecember 22, 2017
SF Ballet attracts creative and unique people and encourages or thoughts and idea's. Wonderful coworkers and collaboration. Not much room to move up though.
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4.0
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Insightful view of a Professional Ballerina's daily life
Pre-Professional Dancer (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAMay 17, 2014
Working as an understudy at San Francisco Ballet was a thrilling experience. Hours were somewhat difficult to accommodate however, and a work permit was required for those under 18 years of age.
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3.0
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Very demanding place to be!!
Payroll Coordinator (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAFebruary 13, 2017
I had to identify and solve day-to-day problems, provide support to internal constituencies and recommending/implementing system and process improvements.
Pros
great pay
Cons
short to no breaks
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