San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Reviews

Updated April 14, 2014
Updated April 14, 2014
7 Reviews
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7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Employees are very passionate about their work. Surrounded by experts and top-quality exhibitions/collections, many opportunities to attend events, learn more, take advantage of perks. Employees generally friendly, open to sharing expertise and ideas, and bring incredible knowledge and energy to work.

    Cons

    Low pay (consistent with field in general). Somewhat separate between external relations (e.g., development, marketing) and curatorial staff, and high turnover in areas like development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate program/curatorial staff and administrative staff more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great retail job

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    Former Employee - Store Sales Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Store Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great institution to be a part of and support, the best exhibits, working along side fun people, many of them artists and creative types. Interesting to meet people from all over the world. Fabulous store with an array of great books, jewelry, home design accessories, kids books and fun product. Great perks like free entry to museum and all others in Bay Area as a staff member, store discount. Opportunities to work in other departments of museum.

    Cons

    Can get super busy, may not be for someone who cannot work at this pace, not much opportunity for promotion within department itself. Too many different products, can be overwhelming for customer, even sales associates to keep up with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers need to lead as a team more and communicate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Enjoyable intern experience

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Engaged staff, supportive atmosphere, freedom to follow your own passions, really helpful advice and lunch and learn sessions that showed us different departments within the museum. I formed strong friendships with the other interns who were working at the same time as I was.

    Cons

    The lack of guidance was often frustrating considering that mentorship was something I wanted to get out of this experience considering it was an unpaid position. Most of the full time staff didn't bother with interns and that made me feel like I wasn't part of the community.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your interns. Even a small stipend is better than nothing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting company

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    Former Employee - Finance  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Able to learn and grow. Good employee benefits.

    Cons

    Could have better manage employee retention

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Excellent colleague. Stimulating environment. Glacial when it comes to change though.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for more than a year

    Pros

    Access to the museum and other museums, great and fun colleagues.

    Cons

    Understaffed and low salaries. Policies slow to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Frustrating but occasionally rewarding environment

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    Former Employee - Curatorial Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Curatorial Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

    Pros

    Engagement with art and artists. SFMOMA is a high-profile institution connected to cutting edge projects and artists locally and internationally. Substantial resources, dedicated and talented staff, exciting schedule of exhibitions and programs. The work environment is intellectual and liberal, and relatively casual. Significant opportunities for learning new skills, professional development, and interacting with a broad range of people, ideas and cultures.

    Cons

    Bad management, no advancement, low pay. Ego politics are the driving force behind most management decisions. Financial planning and leadership seems at times to be amateur. Employee morale is often low, as there are few chances for raises or promotions despite the intense workload and the demands for excellence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and reward the talents and commitment of your staff

  8.  

    Inspiring but bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

    Pros

    Colleagues are for the most part fun, interesting, creative people. Management tends to be flexible. It's amazing to be surrounded by so much art and the little perks like museum passes and special events and behind-the-scenes stuff is wonderful.

    Cons

    Pay is low. It can be a bit stodgy. Trying to float new ideas is often frustrating, because as an institution, it tends to be stuck in its ways.

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