Park West Gallery Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. I liked my job, but wasn't crazy about the company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Park West Gallery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good experience in an art field. Can be very hands on depending on the department. Was able to learn the necessities of a fast-paced COMMERCIAL art dealer (most of their business is reproduction art on cruise ships).

    Cons

    Be prepared to work long hours. This environment is good for you if you have a very strong backbone.

    Advice to Management

    You have A LOT of really hard working employees, and almost none of them are recognized/paid for it. More respect is needed!


  2. Looking to move up... and move forward

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Auctioneer
    Current Employee - Auctioneer

    I have been working at Park West Gallery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Personal growth through traveling the world. Gain experiences people could only dream of. Leave with sales/business/management experience that would take years for the average person to learn. Unforgettable memories.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work 12-16 hours on sea days, and depending on Auctioneer on port days. It's a 7 day per week job... So at this point don't expect anything less. That's life on a ship! Unfortunately being a great sales person, doesn't make you a great manager... You can definitely find that on some ships. Unfortunately some auctioneers are not talented in a management position which definitely impacts some associates which may have had a lot of potential. From the other side, being in a managerial position head office will sure send you some duds. These ones sure make you wonder how these people are falling through the cracks. However the heavy turnover rate, lack of communication when transferring teammates and erratic ship changes are enough to do anyone's head in! You may one day be extremely successful, and the next get an email to be packed and ready to catch a flight the following morning at 8am to the other side of the world right after a 16 hour auction day. OR it could be your best and ONLY legitimate associate getting transferred with no notice leaving you with a team of incompetent humans. OR you could have teammates come and go every cruise which makes it very hard to build any sort of training structure/successful associate when you are too busy training the next person who will unexpectedly leave the following day... A TON of work with no return. Lastly, don't bother working on board if you are American and looking to earn money... If you are looking for the experience, that's one thing, however the payment structure/hidden fees/ questionable unexpected money loss seems to happen too frequently... You may sell $100k one cruise and wind up with only $2500 in your bank account for the month with no explanation...So I don't recommend it... However if you are from another country the conversion rate seems to be quite beneficial if you are willing to put in the hours... I just haven't seen it as an American. **this is not a career, consider it temporary, as the past 2 1/2 years I have literally been working for free. (Luckily accommodations are paid for, as the money I get is only enough to sustain school loans)

    Advice to Management

    Consider alternative pay structure, there are some things that are not clear that we are continuously penalized for that goes under the radar. Especially for Americans who can be working as management wind up making roughly only minimum wage even when very successful numbers ship-side... **CHANGE THE PAYMENT POLICY FOR COUPLES** One wage to split between two people... Or work apart for 6 months??!!!!? Unreal.


  3. Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Park West Gallery full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Is ok this job in artworks

    Cons

    not good pay, none opportunities

    Advice to Management

    inprove to the employees a better salary


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  5. Sales Associate in Miami, FL

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Park West Gallery

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing positive to say about this company--terrible to work for.

    Cons

    A terrible job! I work 12-16 hours on sea days. It's a 7 day per week job. Pay is horrible and no benefits. No respect. Sale associate is underpaid for the work that is expected. Negative work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Art Gallery should not be on cruise line such as Carnival Sensation.


  6. Trash You

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL

    I worked at Park West Gallery

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    International experience Travel Art Knowledges Sales Prefessional Experience

    Cons

    Hard Work Enviroment Hard Work Overall Disrespectfull Company Policy They will trash you! Do not call people from faraway to work and than kicked them in a but with no shame by behind like Bithess!and Scaglione Believes in God!LOL POOR SLAVES YOU ARE

    Advice to Management

    Treat People Like Humans So much to tell in few words but mostly HR problems-They hire NoN Stop!


  7. Be Careful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at Park West Gallery full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The earning potential is there. As long as your ethical about it.

    Cons

    I saw false bidding, broke labor law for working more than 14 hours a day and they fine you for things that you cannot control

    Advice to Management

    Just because an Auctioneer makes you money, you shouldn't turn a blind eye to the unethical practices of the Auctioneer.


  8. Best Job I've Ever Had

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Park West Gallery

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Travel the world, make good money if you're willing to learn and work hard

    Cons

    I can't fault anything that Park West did for me.


  9. Merchandiser

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Merchandising in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Merchandising in Southfield, MI

    I worked at Park West Gallery full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation for overtime hours - time and a half Interesting work Always work to be done

    Cons

    Does not offer competitive wages Micromanaged Over worked and underpaid Forced to work weekends If you work too many hours management gets mad and at times will not compensate you for all of the hours you actually worked, however if you work only the required hours (9 to 6) you'll get in trouble as well Extremely negative work environment (lots of negative talk about coworkers behind their backs and sometimes to their face) No opportunity for advancement within the company Horrible healthcare benefits

    Advice to Management

    Offer more competitive wages Better healthcare plans Be more present within the company and notice how bad attitudes and low employee morale can negatively affect the productivity of your employees


  10. Helpful (4)

    Seems nice at first, but unsettling.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI

    I worked at Park West Gallery full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Getting to interact and deal with unique art works on a daily basis - Telling people you work for an international art company - Occasional trips to Miami to company events at their other office

    Cons

    This review is relating to the main corporate office in Michigan, so it should not necessarily reflect the auctioneer positions on cruise ships as those are very different in scope and experience. Park West is a messy place to work. You are promised lots and given little in return. There is an unhealthy amount of nepotism that takes place here - putting unqualified people in power simply because of their family relationship to the CEO. Internal organization, office politics, and direction are all over the place and you will never be truly satisfied or feel proud of your work. Heavy micro-managing from the top down over the most minor details are very frustrating and are counter-productive. You also have to clock in using a biometric hand scanner, benefits are little to none, low vacation time (unless you're a family member of the CEO). Raises and performances reviews are few and far between, so negotiate a high salary when you get hired. Lastly, they have a bad reputation in the art world and don't treat their clients very ethically. Do your research online before considering working here.

    Advice to Management

    Rework your hierarchy. Replace family members with tried and true professionals in the industry. Strive to become ethical in business practices instead of chasing more profit.


  11. Finance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Park West Gallery

    Pros

    Good learning opportunities. Decent pay with room for advancement. The ability to work on multiple projects if you seek out work.

    Cons

    Very micromanaged with poor technology. Benefits are lacking compared to most other companies. Expected to work long hours in order to keep up with a large work load.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology and listen to employees. Stop with tedious data entry and focus more on in depth analysis.



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