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Current Employee - Post Sale Manager  in  New York, NY
Current Employee - Post Sale Manager in New York, NY

I have been working at Sotheby's full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Peers are interesting, collaborative and great to work with.
Middle management is progressive and wants the best for their teams.
The company is working hard to be a better place to work.

Cons

Many people at the top are "lifers" and because opportunities within the industry are perceived as limited, the default is to protect your position rather than mentor and grow upcoming talent.

Compensation ranges and breakpoints are not transparent.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Reward and recognize people that grow others.
Make compensation structure transparent.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Good place to learn and work

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    Current Employee - Administrator  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sotheby's full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you want to work hard and learn then it is a good place to work. The people are great, but you have to make an effort. When it comes to the art there is always an opportunity to talk to a specialist and get more information.

    Cons

    Many employees feel dissatisfied with their ability to advance. While others move forward or are promoted, some employees feel forgotten about or strung along and there isn't too much of an effort from management to explain why.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps suggest a workshop (if one is available) to employees based on what areas they need to improve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Interesting experience with broad exposure but little security

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

    I worked at Sotheby's as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Opportunity as a floater involves moving from department to department based on the auction house's needs. You could theoretically experience working in a specialist department as well as operations and front of house as client services. There is therefore much to be said for being able to see how these departments work together inside one of the premier auction houses in the world, not to mention great opportunities to see famous and important artworks/jewelry/designed products etc. first hand. You are encouraged to apply for positions internally which means that you have an in for jobs that are likely not advertised publicly. In some ways, there are plenty of opportunities to make a life-long career there if your interests and knowledge are well-aligned with Sotheby's.

    Cons

    As a floater, you are on a short term contract, hourly pay, without benefits and without any job security (you can leave whenever you want and they can let you go whenever they want). The pay is fairly low and some departments have disproportionately large/difficult amounts of work for the same pay for easier/less demanding positions. Your position is always tenuous and navigating Sotheby's corporate culture is a full-time job in itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Checking in with floaters and guiding them more can go a long way to making a better relationship with future long-term employees. Not only do you improve their chances to find long term opportunities at Sotheby's, but you also make them feel more comfortable or at least well informed of the situation at the company. Goals and expectations as a floater should be more clearly defined; the often vague nature of the "job description" does not make floaters feel any less anxious about their general life state (often as liberal arts graduates who are faced with a difficult market and cutthroat competition).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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