Bonhams Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
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  1. Great palce to intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bonhams as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Small teams, meaningful tasks and possibility to contribute to the work of the department. One of the few paid internships in the industry. My supervisor took time to discuss my career interests and prospects, and gave meaningful advice. People truly dedicated to what their doing and sincerely interested in art.

    Cons

    NYC location offices are somewhat noisy

  2. Preview staff member - assisting customers in viewing items up for auction

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    Current Contractor - Preview Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Preview Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bonhams as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting items. Opportunity to learn about styles as they relate to various eras. Very part-time, depending on when staff are needed, and how many people the assignments are divided up amongst. Many nice people.

    Cons

    Long hours on your feet. Terrible pay. They don't treat people very well. Not much in the way of perks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people better. If you really can't manage that, then treat them better. They are not stupid - most are way overqualified for the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Only a foot in the door company, no career here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Bonhams full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to new issues to tackle

    Cons

    Extremely underpaid for location (Midtown) and work required

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  5. 5 people found this helpful

    Absolute Hell Hole

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Cataloger
    Former Employee - Junior Cataloger

    I worked at Bonhams full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great to be surrounded by fascinating objects every day. Some wonderful members of staff working there who were some of the most knowledgeable experts in their field

    Cons

    Lots of micromanagement and bullying in my department. I have never seen such blatant and unashamed sexism in my life before - referring to female heads of department as "jumped up secretaries" and phrases such as "girls can't phone bid" is not acceptable. Neither is groping your female employees. Training was almost non existent and the pay was deplorable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay, better training and eradicating archaic attitudes would be a start. Your staff are so passionate about their work, but you should start treating them properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Lots of potential for movement- relaxed auction house atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bonhams full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There is so much potential for movement at Bonhams- the preview worker program ends up supporting a ton of the Bonhams staff. The work environment is interesting and colleagues are friendly and welcoming. Less uptight than lots of other auction office spaces.

    Cons

    The company is a bit understaffed and operations are often frustrating. Lack of communication causes easy tasks to be harder than they should be. Also, generally positions are really underpaid.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great for PT, Terrible for FT

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bonhams

    Pros

    Flexible schedule for preview workers

    Cons

    Lack of fair compensation and benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. very poor management

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    Former Employee - Client Relations
    Former Employee - Client Relations

    I worked at Bonhams full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    interesting to see such beautiful objects everyday

    Cons

    no opportunity for growth or advancement, very low pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Bonhams is a dysfunctional company who mistreats its employees.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Bonhams full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The health care package is decent.

    Cons

    There is no training, none of the directors take responsibility for their teams' and/or any mistakes, but they certainly take credit for the good work others have done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your new employees and purge your upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Fun business to be in, but not for the long haul

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Bonhams

    Pros

    Its great to be surrounded with art and antiques, and you will learn a lot. Attending the auctions is exciting.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for advancement, low pay, and if you go to an exempt position you can expect really long hours. Company does not like to hire new people, so all areas are usually understaffed and work is dumped on the unlucky few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put together a structure where people can keep advancing and earn more, otherwise you will never be able to keep experienced staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Dreadful place to work, absolute abominable treatment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trainee/Cataloger in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Trainee/Cataloger in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Bonhams full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting colleagues who are really passionate about their craft.

    Cons

    Senior management doesn't have a clue, underpays their staff well below what is a fair market rate, demand absolute commitment outside of work hours, don't invest in development, don't offer any sort of incentives, don't provide the required materials to do the job correctly, and line managers don't champion their staff at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice necessary, they have heard it all before but still refuse to take care of their staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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