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Moma Reviews

Updated February 11, 2015
Updated February 11, 2015
23 Reviews
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23 Reviews
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  1.  

    A fabulous place to be.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Moma full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Such a smart, talented group of people, and incredible perks like curator gallery tours, access to the museum when it's closed to the public, etc. I left this job for reasons having nothing to do with MoMA, and I miss it all the time.

    Cons

    It's a major cultural institution with an eye on the bottom line, and as such might feel a little corporate to some (this was not my experience, but I could imagine it). It also might be hard to move up/around within the institution, as the turnover rate seems to be relatively low.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great Experience, Little Internal Opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Moma full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Much of the positions at the Museum are unionized, so benefits were amazing. It is a great stepping stone to better outside opportunities. MoMA becomes a huge part of your social life.

    Cons

    Low salaries and no opportunity for growth. You are fitting that position title and level. They aren't willing to promote to keep good talent as there is someone waiting in line to take that position at the same or lower salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to keep talented staff around longer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Moma

    Pros

    Learned a lot. Treated well by coworkers. Felt like an integral part of the team.

    Cons

    The internship was unpaid. I lost money due to transportation getting back and forth, and providing lunch. Because I was such an important part of the team, I felt I should have been compinsated in some way, especially when I worked long hour days (10 hours)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I worked with Visitor Services for 3 month during Picasso Matisse exhibit held at transitional Long Island city location

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Visitor Services Representative
    Former Employee - Visitor Services Representative

    I worked at Moma (less than a year)

    Pros

    World class art and innovative museum. Engaged, bright and positive staff in visitors services. Some of our managers were wonderful. Also have had several friends working as carpenters. Great time, strong Union.

    Cons

    Visitor services - Low pay. Not much avail to transition from temp to full time,
    People covet their jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good experiences both as a researcher and a lecturer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Moma

    Pros

    great place to work among art museums in nyc

    Cons

    tough getting in and sometimes staying in

  7.  

    Eye opening experience into the world of various collections, exhibitions, and departments

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Moma as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Interning in the Library department was a great opportunity to learn and observe how libraries complement museums and operate within the larger framework of art museums like the moma. I spent most of my time in the stacks locating and processing materials for hold or reserve so I saw and read all kinds of fascinating art books. The photography books section was one of my favorite sections to work on. In addition to my departmental work, I had the opportunity to participate in "enrichment activities" each Tuesday designed to increase understanding of the Museum's various collections, exhibitions, and departments. Senior management was very friendly and respectful to staff members.

    Cons

    The only issue I had was the lack of any form of stipend or compensation although having free access to the galleries whenever I wanted was great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider giving out some sort of weekly or monthly stipend to your interns. It could go a long way in making sure interns are able to make to work every day.

  8.  

    curatorial intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Moma

    Pros

    great access to resources, scholarly & intelligent work

    Cons

    shows take a long time to plan and execute, company doesn't take as many creative risks as they could/a smaller museum, office culture can be very individualistic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create more of a teamwork atmosphere

  9.  

    Great, creative environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Moma as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great workplace environment if you're interested in the arts, and everyone was very approachable
    My department/supervisor was very accommodating and friendly, since there were very few of us
    Other interns had the opportunity to talk to senior level curators outside of their departments, and the interns were mostly sociable ad communicative themselves

    Cons

    I got the sense that the full-time hiring process was slow, and that some interns had less (or just less enjoyable) work than others
    Both my supervisor and other interns experienced some general disorganization, and myself and other interns had to jump around desks a bit

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very corporate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Moma full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Periodic all-staff meetings give some insight to the direction of the institution. Staff can attend openings, which are very nice events.

    Cons

    Very corporate. Little acknowledgement given to lower level staff. Long hours without adequate compensation, despite being unionized. Staff work out of fear of dismissal and hope of promotion that comes to very few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage with the lower level staff - they are very smart and have a lot to contribute to the success of the museum. Be mindful of the hours lower level staff are required to commit to when planning new projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Internship (summer)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Moma as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great resources in terms of exposure to art and the curatorial world.
    The head curators have written very strong essays and coordinated impressive shows, so take advantage of them if possible.

    Cons

    The environment can feel sterile and institutionalized. People often work alone or in very small groups on projects that go on for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster a greater sense of community and teamwork. Producing knowledge and being cutting edge both require creativity and inspiration.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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