Bonhams Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Specialist

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    Current Employee - Specialist in San Marino, CA
    Current Employee - Specialist in San Marino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonhams full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get to travel to big cities, meet interesting clients, great place to develop people skill, friendly co-workers. Great art of course.

    Cons

    Bad management, inefficient operation system, lack of general direction, pay is unsatisfactory.

    Advice to Management

    Please spend more time on improving the system instead of telling us what's not doable/achievable. Please put more effort on helping employees to do better not telling them no.


  2. Good place to work but.....

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    Former Employee - Administrator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bonhams (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice work environment. Interesting and challenging. Different people and different objects everyday. Ethical and moral place to work as far as auction houses go.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no room to grow or advance within the company. If you're happy staying in the position you're hired in then you'll be fine. If you want career advancement you'll have to go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Help your staff grow as people. Help them gain more skills so they can take on greater responsibility. Your staff will get bored and leave if you don't take career advancement seriously


  3. A great job for the self motivated and knowledgeable

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    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bonhams (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best thing is less bureaucracy than the larger firms which is great if you know what you're doing and don't need direction.

    Cons

    The bad news is that working here is better for those with already substantial training and experience at a prior, arguably larger firm. Systematic training is lacking here.

    Advice to Management

    Help us help you


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  5. Helpful (1)

    It's not the right way, its the Bonhams way!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bonhams full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people who end up working here are mostly good hearted, down to earth and fun, and thats how they manage to keep most of their staff from jumping ship! If you just want to punch in 9-5, be a worker bee and do the minimal amount of work on a day to day basis, this is the place for you! A lot of flexibility to do other things other than work, maybe even a second job!

    Cons

    Low Wages, No interest in new ideas. Thinking out of the box seems to be discouraged. Inefficient business process's and systems that go down for days at a time. Bureaucracy out-weighs what is best for the company! It's an old boy's club, so don't expect that being good at your job or woking hard will get you a promotion or raise. It won't, and I'm not just referring to myself!

    Advice to Management

    Try being a meritocracy and reward the people that work harder than those around them! Listen to your staff's suggestions and ideas! Supply some kind of in house training, its hard to do the work when you dont know how to use your outdated and proprietary tool set!


  6. Poor work environment, low pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location in new york city

    Cons

    Terrible work environment. A model of its industry - very competitve environments, low room for growth, and very low paid.

    Advice to Management

    More organization and career opportunities. Management is very poor. People do not help each other out.Employees kill themselves for a job, and are poorly rewarded.


  7. 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


  8. Helpful (7)

    Absolute Hell Hole

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    Former Employee - Junior Cataloger
    Former Employee - Junior Cataloger
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Lots of potential for movement- relaxed auction house atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  10. Great for PT, Terrible for FT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule for preview workers

    Cons

    Lack of fair compensation and benefits


  11. very poor management

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    Former Employee - Client Relations
    Former Employee - Client Relations
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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



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