Phillips de Pury & Company

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Updated January 6, 2015
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  1. Elitist, not much room to grow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Phillips de Pury & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    In the world of auction houses, this one is relatively small, so there's the opportunity to literally work with every staff member around the world and usually, meet them in person during the biggest sales. The sales include great pieces with very good installations, so you're always around new, exciting work. For contemporary art lovers, it's a great place to be. Staff is, for the most part, super knowledgeable. If you work in the art world, it's a very good place to help you understand how it works and who the key players are.

    Cons

    As with many auction houses, it's extremely elitist and very competitive, with constant drama between specialists and departments. Unless you're at the specialist level or above, don't expect anyone in any department besides yours to speak to you, let alone be friendly. If you're not in one of the sales departments, there are very few, if any, options for career growth, and roles are pretty straight forward, so there's not a lot of professional growth either.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employee development

  2. Helpful (1)

    Best colleagues, terrible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Services in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Client Services in New York, NY

    I worked at Phillips de Pury & Company part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Across the board from admins to specialists, employees were passionate and knowledgable about their field. W place to learn something new everyday.

    Cons

    No merit-based raises (when I worked there at least), rather raises had to accompany a promotion. Chaos amidst upper management. Rigid hierarchy meant junior employees are often treated disrespectfully by clients and management. Zero investment in employees, who are all seen as replaceable.

    Advice to Management

    Giving employees even a modicum of autonomy. Invest in their professional development.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Young, hip auction house. (not for everyone)

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

    I worked at Phillips de Pury & Company

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The youthful environment was exactly what I wanted. Specialities in only contemporary really help focus this company on what's important. Work is work, but at least I enjoyed all the small tasks that are thrown in the mix.

    Cons

    This place is a little bit disorganized, but it depends on the department. Also, you'd think a new sales floor would have phones and internet that worked during an auction.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Disorganized, cold, elitist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Phillips de Pury & Company full-time

    Pros

    Really none, they paid on time.

    Cons

    Reviewing the London base, words cannot describe how awful the people are you will work with. Cold atmosphere, no one talks to each other, if you have any personality this is not the place for you. Exceptionally elitist.

    Advice to Management

    Invest time in choosing candidates, not based on how aloof they are. Very shocked and I came from a media background, the most unfriendly place on earth, please don't waste your time.

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