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Museum Associate

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Current Employee - Museum Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA
Current Employee - Museum Associate in Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Getty Trust

Pros

Compensation is good off the bat for your position. Instead of starting small they start you according to the max your dept. can spend for your position or what it has for its fiscal budget which is usually divided up pretty fair. The grounds are unbelievable and the people that come through are really cool.

Cons

Its a world class museum run completely by really good Artists who don't really have any business management training. I work in Visitor Services and not one of the 15 managers,supervisors, leads, or assistants have any formal business management training. It used to be the perfect place to work until the recession. Morale is low now, they are not hiring at all in the many museum sections besides the bookstore, and they are not promoting within in my very large dept. They have a record of hiring non-qualified / lost managers throughout the entire trust (which means both the Getty Center and Villa) and its a shame because this is the most prestigious museums you will ever see.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If I were to say one thing they need to do to better is only hire people with a combination of proven leadership skills with equal education completion in a business setting and not just artists who usually come in with some emotional problems.

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    Great organization, going through a rough time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Getty Trust

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, wonderful people to work with. Benefits were nice and affordable. Because most people never left the grounds during working hours, there was a lot of informal communication between the departments.

    Cons

    Several growing pains of a rather young organization. Low moral among those who had been there for a long time and kept seeing their perks taken away. Lots of layoffs even though their endowment is in the billions. Made for a stressful atmosphere and a constant "who's next?" fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent. Let employees feel as if they have some sort of input when it comes to big decisions. Be grateful for such a dedicated staff.

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    The corrosive effect of money on a non-profit

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    Current Employee - One of the Minions  in  West Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - One of the Minions in West Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Getty Trust

    Pros

    Being part of an organization that shares and cares for some of the great works of art in history. You're helping to educate and bring art to the public.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, ethically-questionable senior staff promotions and salaries. Bad managers promoting other bad managers based on the candidate's ambition rather than competency. A PhD in Art History doesn't necessarily make someone a good manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something because you should and not simply because you have the money to do so. The Getty's money is its Achilles heel. Trust your staff. This distrust is causing very low morale - especially among junior staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
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