Guggenheim Museum
3.7 of 5 10 reviews
guggenheim.org New York, NY 150 to 499 Employees

Guggenheim Museum Reviews

Updated Jan 26, 2014
Guggenheim Museum – US – “guggenheim”

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3.7 10 reviews

                             

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Richard Armstrong

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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great work environment, terrible pay

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Guggenheim Museum

Prosyour co-workers are fun and professional

Conswhile the benefits are good, the hourly pay for store employees is dismal

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Important cultural institution, poor office culture.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Guggenheim Museum full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSome colleagues are at the top of their field. Benefits package is generous.

ConsThere is a demonstrated issue with employee retainment. Constant turnover, especially in the entry level and mid-career level, due to low salaries and zero emphasis on promotion.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive employees more support so they stick around.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Amazing Institution, Cultural Problems

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Guggenheim Museum as an intern

ProsSurrounding by brilliant experts in their fields, incredible opportunities to see art up close and personally. Great taste of the academic art world. My department was fantastic, and made up of kind people with lots of knowledge and invested in my learning.

ConsNo pay as an intern, which leads to less diversity to incoming art professionals. Huge turnover, I received 1-2 goodbye emails each week, due to lack of opportunities for career growth and a high level of bureaucracy. But the biggest cultural problem for me was the lack of communication: all communication is done through email, and you could easily go through a day without personally talking to anyone.

Advice to Senior ManagementBreak down barriers by putting less of an emphasis on emails, and more through personal interaction. Find corporate sponsors to support paid internships, allowing for a more diverse intern population.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work..

Visitor Services (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Guggenheim Museum full-time for less than a year

Prosgood working environment/ co workers

Conslow pay, no advancement opportunities

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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could be better

Intern (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Guggenheim Museum as an intern for less than a year

Pros-Very kind and warm team in the Curatorial Department
- For the most part it was actual work, and not a coffee-and-dry-cleaning internship
- Provides excellent exposure to other arts and cultural spaces in the city, through the Museum Culture Seminar held every week
- A very good and sincere attempt from Guggenheim Internship Department to make the internship enriching for interns
- Very open communications
- Although they do not have job placements, they keep the interns and ex- interns in the loop whenever there is a job opening at the Museum.

Cons- Does not pay
- For those who hold some work experience, the internship will not be particularly challenging. Personally I did not find the work intellectually stimulating.
- Very little opportunity for working across departments, or learning what other departments are doing.

Advice to Senior Managementpick up on the particular abilities and qualifications of interns, and allow them to use that to contribute positively to their work at Guggenheim. What is the point of hiring highly educated and qualified interns if they are only meant to do filing and data entry?

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Solid company to work for, but salaries could be more balanced across the board.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Guggenheim Museum full-time for more than 5 years

ProsBenefits package
Excellent health insurance coverage with low employee contribution and additional coverage for domestic partners
Successful 403(b) retirement plan options

ConsCompetitiveness amongst peers
Disparity in salary ranges between various departments
Some departments seem bloated with employees; others getting by with the bare minimum staff

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Great internship experience

Intern (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Guggenheim Museum

ProsAll of the interns do actual work (i.e., not just fetching coffee)
There are a number of departments to choose from when applying so interns are able to specialize
"Museum Culture Seminars" every week in which interns are given an inside look at various aspects of the art and museum world
Free admission to the Guggenheim and any museum in the city with your staff ID

ConsThe internship is completely unpaid though there is a stipend available to graduate student interns
Some of the Museum Culture Seminars can be boring

Advice to Senior ManagementI only worked closely with my direct supervisor and department so I cannot speak to the overall management but I was happy with my experience

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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exciting

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Guggenheim Museum

Proscollaborative, team building, can do attitude

Conslots of work, work around the clock

Advice to Senior Managementmore acknowledgment of staff's hard work

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Learning Experience

Intern (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Guggenheim Museum

ProsGreat intern program, good feedback from supervisors, opportunities to do more than data entry or filing, nice work environment

ConsNot much room for growth

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good connections, no pay

Intern (Former Employee)

I worked at Guggenheim Museum as an intern for less than a year

ProsMade good connections, learned a decent amount, enjoyed free museum entrance

ConsNo pay, given work no one else wants, little one-on-one attention

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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