Corcoran Gallery of Art

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    Nice place if you land in the right department, but high staff turnover and lots of institutional drama

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corcoran Gallery of Art full-time

    Pros

    A lot of the staff are smart and hardworking, especially at the lower levels; good work-life balance without a ton of overtime. Great access to classes, programs and exhibitions, which is a plus if you're an art lover or want to go back to school in an artistic field. Good benefits, including tuition, expensive but comprehensive health insurance, and Smartbenefits. They also tend to promote from within so there is opportunity for advancement depending on the department.

    Cons

    High staff turnover, especially in key departments like development; virtually no employee training/career development efforts; excessive amounts of money spent on consultants; weak public perception of the institution; uncertainty over the institution's long-term financial stability; widespread distrust of senior management; cultural divide between College and Gallery staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be as forthcoming with staff as you possibly can in all-staff meetings; reduce spending on consultants.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Frustratingly unprofessional

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corcoran Gallery of Art full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great art in a historic landmark building. If you like dressing any way you want, no one to follow-up on whether you are there or not, like two hour lunches....this is the place!

    Cons

    There are "in" crowds and "out" crowds of employees. Very important to be liked rather than perform good work. Employees and management speak about change but really don't want to do the hard work necessary to achieve that; it becomes a territorial issue rather than an institutional one. Like watching a soap opera---miss a few months, return to it, only to find that they are still discussing the same problem with no results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The money wasted on consultants over the years is shameful; only proving that leadership doesn't have a clue how to manage. Many opportunities to change for the better have been squandered. A very harmful situation takes place repeatedly; people enthusiastically arrive, try to make a difference, realize that they are dealing with unprofessional people, give up and become part of the problem. The higher up the rung of management, the more prevalent this becomes. Use the money earmarked for consultants, pay a decent salary for an experienced group of people to come in and clean house.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    An extremely dysfunctional family

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Corcoran Gallery of Art

    Pros

    I appreciate the creative atmosphere, the ability to take classes for free, the lax dress code policy and I enjoy the company of my coworkers (they really do feel more like friends). I'm also able to easily take time off.

    Cons

    Upper management is out of their minds and completely out of touch with reality; I can only assume they all have mercury poisoning, based on the erratic and nonsensical decisions that are made at the upper level. They also breed a culture of failure and inferiority as an institution. Upper management does NOT consult with employees about MAJOR changes and expenditures. Also, the dysfunction between the college and museum is marked and profound. The College is expected to fund the museum's shows (there hasn't been a profitable one since the 70s) and yet the college is regularly denied much needed upgrades and improvements (even though college money funds the entire enterprise). Overall, the Corcoran seems to be unable to make a decision about anything: it's identity, purpose, and overall goals for the institution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of spending millions per year on outside consultants (there has been a consultant on the payroll at the Corcoran CONTINUOUSLY since the mid nineties) it's be great if they just listened to the suggestions their employees have (and actually implement them).

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disorganized

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corcoran Gallery of Art as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great collection right down town.

    Cons

    So disorganized - they might lose their building

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