Brooklyn Museum
3.1 of 5 15 reviews
www.brooklynmuseum.org Brooklyn, NY 150 to 499 Employees

Brooklyn Museum Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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3.1 15 reviews

                             

57% Approve of the CEO

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Arnold L. Lehman

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62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great place to work,

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosschedule is perfect, to work in.

    ConsMonday and Tuesday the museum is closed so you been working on the weekend.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Place full of snubs people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExceptional co workers who are great to work with

    ConsPoor leadership, no place for growing

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not the best but not the worst either!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSchedule, flexibility, vacation, sick, holiday. Low employee contribution to benefits.

    ConsNot a very professional place to work. Longevity is an excuse for inappropriate behavior. Salaries are in line with non profits so of course it is on the low end of the spectrum.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management is outdated and not in touch with current trends. There is great talent within the staff that could carry the museum so much further but the upper management is stuck in an 80s mindset. It may be time for some top level employees to consider retirement and passing the torch on to more equipped leaders!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Brooklyn Museum HR Generalist, Volunteer Coordinator responded to this review Mar 24, 2014 EditDelete
    Thank you for your feedback. We are proud to offer a competitive compensation package to our employees including medical, dental, vision, 401k & employee pension plan at little to no cost to our ... More
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    A great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA very nice and friendly environment with passionate people who really care about the museum. The art collections are outstanding.

    ConsEven if some of the benefits are good (holidays, health), the salaries are some of the lowest in the New York museum art world. Take a job at the BM if you are passionate about art, not about the money.

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    Brooklyn Museum HR Generalist, Volunteer Coordinator responded to this review Mar 24, 2014 EditDelete
    Thank you for taking the time to write this review. A healthy work environment is important and we are glad that you enjoy, not only our collections, but the professionalism and dedication of your ... More
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    Great museum, but working there was disappointing.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Brooklyn, NY

    ProsYou get to work in a world-class museum and to look at so much amazing artwork; the name is recognizable so it looks good on your resume; they are really community oriented as an institution, which isn't always the case in the art world.

    ConsPeople working around me weren't very friendly and often seemed frustrated, maybe because the salaries are low; there isn't much support working here, and there doesn't seem to be much mobility in terms of moving up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffering better salaries would maybe help boost morale.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great environment for arts internship

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Brooklyn, NY

    ProsEverybody at the museum is super willing to help, they keep a very positive attitude. They have a lot of events/ parties within the museum community so overall a very pleasant environment. Departments are small so you get to know curators in person. You also get a membership card for the Heart of Brooklyn consortium.

    ConsZero upward mobility.
    Very slow work days. Even though my supervisors were willing to assign me tasks, there wasn't much intellectually stimulating work for anyone apart from the curators.
    No matter how well you perform, your internship most likely won't turn into a full-time offer.
    Low salaries.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo experience with management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good introduction to the not for profit art world (Education department)

    Data Research and Collection (Current Employee)
    Brooklyn, NY

    ProsPeople passionate about their work
    Opportunity for hands on experience
    Real assignments with impact

    ConsLack of constant communication or attempt to keep interns in the loop
    No training (especially for the project I was working on)

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize the collective needs of the departments

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Think twice, especially in how this will benefit your career

    (Former Employee)
    Brooklyn, NY

    ProsAmazing collection, beautiful building, great location.

    This is a world class institution that offers deep cultural benefits. It's underutilized nature creates a wonderful 'night at the musuem' like working environment. You can get intimately acquainted with the collection and the space with very little interference from the public.

    Free entry into other museums and discounted access to some local non-profits like BAM are great.

    Benefits are solid. You even get a pension. This might be good if you're at the end of your professional line, but not so much if you're at the start and contributing peanuts... but hey, it's better than nothing.

    ConsManagement does not seem to care about performance, rather focusing on attendance. Performance evaluations are non-existent or filled out solely by management. There is no feedback channel. The Personnel Department has no teeth. Junior staff is left to fend for it's own.

    Salaries are puny and there is virtually no upward mobility. Senior management has a death grip on their positions. Many have been there for decades. There seems to be no concerted effort to right this trend. Siloed departments fight for attention and generally derail progress and productivity in the process.

    There is a pervasive attitude that you should feel lucky that you even have a job. The culture is one of mass disappointment and disapproval.

    The place garners much attention through negative publicity.

    Advice to Senior Management10+ years in your role means that you're part of the problem. Please stop taking advantage your staff, especially the young and eager.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One in a lifetime experience working here. Enjoyed it thoroughly

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat working environment. Allows for creativity.

    Conssalary is not that competitive

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing Place to Start a Museum Career

    Education Intern (Former Employee)
    Brooklyn, NY

    ProsWorking at BK Museum as an intern is like working with a family. People from all levels and departments are supportive and caring and want each you to succeed. Structure of internship gives a lot of responsibility and visibility into the inner workings of the museum. The research paper component allows for the interns to come away with a piece of work that is tangible and shows the depth of what was learned in the 10 months.

    ConsThere is a high turn over and the compensation is very low. It is an internship in the arts, but it's also a full time job for 10 months, so the amount that I was paid in the time that I did it was very hard to survive on. Also difficult to have another job as there is so much work to do there is little time for much else.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more support in terms of finding a job beyond the BK Museum after the internship.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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