Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Reviews

Updated April 21, 2014
Updated April 21, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great place to work but there are issues at the top

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    The art, most of the staff, the energy of working in a great institution.

    Cons

    Low staff morale, institutional dysfunction, staff are undervalued in some departments while incompetence is tolerated in others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are one of your most valuable resources. Replacing good ones, and tolerating bad ones, both cost money and time.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2.  

    Interns Beware

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    Current Employee - Education Department Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Education Department Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice to work with the artists in residence and to interact directly with patrons.

    Cons

    Not encouraged to get real jobs at the museum, not offered any mentorship. Interns treated like idiots. Made me want to leave the museum field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While I was at the de Young, the Museum was hemorrhaging staff and in a terrible transition phase without an Executive Director and with a Board that was dominated by one person terrorizing the staff. Moral was low, and there was no time for interns' development.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3.  

    Poorly run in almost every department.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    Pros

    Free viewing of great art

    Cons

    over work, won't let you claim overtime, no reviews on your work until it is too late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    meet with your employees to discuss their job performance, work out problems together.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Good place to be if you like art.

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    Current Employee - PT Sales Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - PT Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great environment, creatively stimulating, great collection

    Cons

    highly political, front-line staff are not given opportunities to advance

    Recommends
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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Surrounded by art, but negative work culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco full-time

    Pros

    -Generally a 9-5 work schedule with minimum overtime
    -Surrounded by artwork which is a huge inspiration
    -Getting to see the exhibitions before it opens to the public
    -Educational
    -Being cultured

    Cons

    -Pay sucks; not competitive for being located in San Francisco and when it has high rent (the pay here would put you in the low income tax bracket if you get hired on as a Union employee)
    -Culture is horrible; everyone I knew that worked there hated working there and wanted an out (some even told me they wouldn't mind getting fired)
    -Upper management lacks leadership
    -Always seeking change, but never implementing it; all talk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Reward employees for doing a good job
    -Focus on improving the work culture

  7.  

    FAMSF is a good org to work for during transition, but not a career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    Pros

    1. Great art, unlimited access to exhibitions
    2. Pleasant work environment
    3. Good co-workers and satisfactory middle-management
    4. Good pay rates

    Cons

    1. Little to no communication with upper management; rarely seen or heard really
    2. Substantial cutback in hours in-between exhibitions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco could be improved with a more active and engaging method of management.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Exposure to amazing art helps out weight some political issues.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

    Pros

    Great exhibitions, beautiful art to see - always changing and vibrant environment. Excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    Overworked staff who have been there forever. Reluctant to change, new ideas and new processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better salary scales.

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