MFA Boston Reviews

Updated June 21, 2014
Updated June 21, 2014
20 Reviews
3.9
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great benefits/Poor pay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MFA Boston

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, fun place to work, always changing

    Cons

    Little opportunity for growth. Minimal family loyalty

  2.  

    Worth the time!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at MFA Boston as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great connections, personable staff, ability to ask questions and learn from professionals

    Cons

    No pay no matter your experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since you're working as a volunteer for free make sure that you make known your time available and keep in contact regularly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  3.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Education  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Education in Boston, MA

    I worked at MFA Boston as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Well-organized projects for interns.
    - Friendly staffs and welcoming atmosphere
    - People really appreciate what you do for them

    Cons

    - Lack of job opportunities

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enriching opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MFA Boston as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Getting to know the amazing art collection in this behind-the-scenes way was a wonderful privilege. Everyone in the department was nice and very interesting to talk to. My tasks were varied, I learned a lot, and there were several opportunities/events just for interns, which was appreciated.

    Cons

    I really enjoyed my internship except for my supervisor, who was the most anal and demanding person I have ever had the displeasure to meet. She took the internship WAY too seriously, and I was always terrified for our weekly meetings (again, way too seriously) in which she seemed to take joy in making me feel lowly and inept. I wish having provided free labor for several months would result in at least an acknowledgment of the several job applications I've submitted since.

  6.  

    Pleasant Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at MFA Boston as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    A good opportunity to understand museum marketing. Coworkers were nice.
    I liked it especially when I had some time to walk the museum looking for inspiration for marketing materials.

    Cons

    No full-time or part-time job opportunity after internship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work at MFA

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Coordinator  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Department Coordinator in Boston, MA

    I have been working at MFA Boston full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice art collection and attractive buildings.

    Cons

    Terrible work environment. Difficult people, bad pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at MFA Boston as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    as an intern you get great access to the museum and how it runs

    Cons

    no chance of advancement after internship

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Assistant  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Department Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at MFA Boston full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful people. Great perks in addition to traditional benefits like free or discounted admission to museum events. Casual work environment and dress code. Nice to work at a place with great name recognition that people enjoy and respect.

    Flexible hours (varies by dept.; must be approved by your dept manager); the museum has "core hours" for the middle chunk of the day when all employees are required to be working in the office so that everyone has a period where their in-office hours overlap, but many managers seemed open to allowing employees to shift their schedules to come in earlier and leave earlier or vice versa.

    Lots of ability to shift around to new roles one you've been hired. This was something I was told in the interview and was pleased to see that it was actually the case. Lots of people have been there for many years and held many different roles.

    Cons

    Not many! I my role, I worked with most people over email only; there are people that I worked with frequently who I never actually met in person. This may be the case with many larger companies, but I had worked only at smaller companies where you knew peoples' names AND faces, so that was kind of a bummer.

    Not a lot of opportunity to wear many hats in your role; roles were pretty specific and there wasn't a lot of encouragement to branch out and learn new things if someone else in the dept. already handles it. This may vary by dept., and although a con for me, may not be to others.

    Although there was a lot of opportunity for movement within the organization, opportunities for actual advancement in your dept can be limited Each dept. only has maybe 3 "levels" of roles, so unless someone else leaves there can be limited opportunity to move straight up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing specific - overall I had a great experience there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Development Officer  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Development Officer in Boston, MA

    I worked at MFA Boston full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Colleagues, learning, hours, the cause

    Cons

    Slow pace of nonprofits overall

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The MFA Boston is an excellent place to work and learn.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MFA Boston as an intern

    Pros

    The museum boasts a special culture that fosters creativity and learning in one of the country's most well-respected institutional/educational environments. I would say it's truly an enjoyable working experience, allowing one to participate in the preservation and exhibition of famous and esoteric arts spanning all media from across the globe.

    Cons

    There are few negative things to say about interning at the MFA. Perhaps, a stipend for travel would be appreciated by the many students offering their time to the museum.

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