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Moma Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
18 Reviews
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18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great, creative environment

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

    I worked at Moma as an intern (less than an 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
  2.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Moma as an intern (less than an 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.

  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    Very corporate

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    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
  6.  

    Internship (summer)

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

    I worked at Moma as an intern (less than an 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lousy pay, ingrained sexism, crazy politics, ugh!

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

    I worked at Moma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    everyone you know will respect you for working there.

    Cons

    below average pay, a management style that pits one department against another to meet random budget restrictions. A weird phenomenon of more male leadership at the top with female minions in the trenches. Creepy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your staff like your family, because at the salaries you pay-- there has to be some love to put up with it all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Internship program could use some work, but in general a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Incredible institution, you get to meet all kinds of people, almost everyone who works there is really cool and interesting.

    Cons

    Working in midtown = ugh, the way interns are treated varies widely by department which means some placements are fantastic and some are so-so. The museum has such a huge endowment that it's sort of hard to believe they can't manage to pay interns minimum wage or some sort of stipend, but I guess that's typical of museums that you work for free until you manage to get a paid job.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Creative and Inspiring in-house design department

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    Former Employee - Freelance Graphic Design in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Freelance Graphic Design in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Very talented designers at all levels
    Good production team that helps designers not have to do the production work
    Good learning experience
    Exciting museum environment
    Perk of getting to go to museum openings

    Cons

    Office politics between employees that have been a long time vs newer
    Low wages typical of non-profits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management in advertising/design is talented but too often "friends" with employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Moma

    Pros

    Great exhibitions and superior collection. Decent benefits. Talented staff.

    Cons

    Lack of focus and deteriorating environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Still new but...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Moma

    Pros

    The prestige of a name-brand institution like MoMA on your resume goes farther than you think, there's ample resources for training staff, great perks, oh and world-class ART.

    Cons

    Low salaries for junior and non-managerial staff (still higher than average in the art world), beaucoup office politics (same as any big corporations in the for-profit realm), and a high-volume workload that demands grueling hours from employees. Junior curatorial staff are on termed, fellowship-like positions (union-mandated) that leave you out in the cold after 4 years, fully trained, but with little chance for promotion within the institution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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