Brooklyn Museum

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Brooklyn Museum Reviews

Updated July 1, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014
15 Reviews
3.0
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work,

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brooklyn Museum full-time

    Pros

    schedule is perfect, to work in.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Place full of snubs people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brooklyn Museum full-time

    Pros

    Exceptional co workers who are great to work with

    Cons

    Poor leadership, no place for growing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best but not the worst either!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brooklyn Museum full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is outdated and not in touch with current trends.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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Brooklyn Museum Response

    Mar 24, 2014HR Generalist, Volunteer Coordinator

    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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  5.  

    A great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brooklyn Museum part-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Even 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.

    No opinion of CEO

    Brooklyn Museum Response

    Mar 24, 2014HR Generalist, Volunteer Coordinator

    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

  6.  

    Great museum, but working there was disappointing.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Brooklyn Museum as an intern

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    People 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 ManagementAdvice

    Offering better salaries would maybe help boost morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great environment for arts internship

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Brooklyn Museum as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Everybody 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.

    Cons

    Zero 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 ManagementAdvice

    No experience with management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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    Current Employee - Data Research and Collection  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Data Research and Collection in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Brooklyn Museum as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the collective needs of the departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Think twice, especially in how this will benefit your career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Brooklyn Museum full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing 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.

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    One in a lifetime experience working here. Enjoyed it thoroughly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brooklyn Museum as an intern

    Pros

    Great working environment. Allows for creativity.

    Cons

    salary is not that competitive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing Place to Start a Museum Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Education Intern  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Education Intern in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Brooklyn Museum full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide more support in terms of finding a job beyond the BK Museum after the internship.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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