Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Great place to work, but very bureaucratic.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Metropolitan Museum of Art full-time

Pros

Great art, beautiful location, great people...

Cons

Departmental barriers is led to lack of communication.

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    Too Much Power Given to Department Heads

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Metropolitan Museum of Art full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are top-notch. Five weeks of vacation, unlimited accrual of sick time, affordable health insurance with low copay.
    Many departments mean lots to see in the galleries, and a lot of opportunities to meet new people in the museum.
    Free admission to other non-profit museums in the city, and after hours access to Met's galleries.
    Work-life balance is amazing. See five weeks of vacation above.

    Cons

    The pay is not so great. One almost has to rely on credit cards or a trust fund to make it in NYC.
    The individual department heads have too much power when it comes to compensation and managing employees. Department heads can--and have--give a very paltry annual raise, or none at all, on the sole basis that they do not like you, with no regard to your performance review. They can also strictly enforce rules on one employee, yet be lenient with others, with little to no recourse.
    Complaints to the Human Resources department result in little to nothing being done. Their answer to employee issues are either to "See your department head." (Not helpful if they are the problem), or "Find another job."
    It is difficult to move to another department unless you know someone. There are too many outsiders being hired, and not enough opportunities given to current employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to have more oversight over individual department heads, because some of them are borderline abusive toward their subordinates. Human Resources also needs to do a better job of solving employee concerns instead of just telling people to "find another job".
    Pay your employees slightly better. I realize the Met is a non-profit, but your employees have the same living expenses as those who work for corporations.
    Relax the bureaucracy over every little departmental purchase. People should not have to have their small office supply purchases (e.g. pens and Post-It Notes) scrutinized by the purchasing department.

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    Good internship experience at a great museum

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Metropolitan Museum of Art as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    good leadership, office environment, good cafeteria

    Cons

    some boring tasks and hard to ask for more responsibilities as an intern

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