Seattle Art Museum

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Seattle Art Museum Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    It was great

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Art Museum full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Pay and culture, benefits, company vlues

    Cons

    None none none none none

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Decent place to work, but not the best in terms of pay or benefits

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Art Museum full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The workplace is full of very intellectual, eclectic and talented people that share a passion for art. Many are artists and performers on the side.

    Cons

    Not surprisingly, minimum wage pay for retail sales associates. Upper management seems to lack trust in employees by making unnecessary rules and regulations. As a mature adult working there, it felt like employees were assumed to be immature and dishonest. To be fair, many people employed there were middle-aged adults that lived with roommates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To management at the top: Treat your employees as people rather than robots that clock in and clock out. The new timekeeping/pay system that was introduced made the work environment feel like employees were always being "watched" to be sure they were being honest.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great organization with a wonderful mission

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Art Museum full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful artistic program and great coworkers. Highly respected organization with decent benefits considering the size.

    Cons

    Salaries are low, but that is to be expected when working for a non-profit. Little room for career growth.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    For the Love of Art

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Art Museum part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I loved my time at the Seattle Art Museum. The free access to the museum and the premium membership as well as a metro card was worth it for me. The pay wasn't great, but as an artist and someone who didn't solely rely on the salary at the time, it was a great resume builder and a place of inspiration. The people are great too!

    Cons

    Lower salary and constant worry about budget cuts and lay-offs (I was laid off).

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Great opportunity for the right person

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    Current Employee - Development Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Development Coordinator in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Art Museum full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to incredible art, great resume builder. Fairly decent benefits including time off and a flexible schedule for non-hourly employees.

    Cons

    Poor pay compared to other local npos, management never leaves so even after several years there are no possibilities for promotion, people with phds have administrative jobs for 10 years... Despite the organization, the work has little to do with art or creativity of any kind. The work environment is very competitive and you are expected to downplay your intelligence so you aren't threatening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training - fewer people could do more work for less money if there was a bit of structure. Provide performance reviews so employees have some idea of their successes and failures since salary increases are strictly regulated due budgeting needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  7.  

    Full of artistic, inspired individuals and a culture-loving crowd

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Retail Sales in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Art Museum full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You are surrounded by creative people each day.

    Cons

    -Many of the guest-services employees are young, slightly immature and tend to be pretentious.
    -Pay for guest-services and retail employees is minimum wage, and most have to work two jobs or live with roommates to get by.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  8.  

    Amazing culture and passionate people, but a narrow-sighted hierarchy limits growth

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    Former Employee - Communications in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Communications in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Art Museum full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Access to the epicenter of the Seattle Art world. Constantly changing exhibits and events keeps work exciting. Awesome work-life balance. The art events are usually open to staff and it's encouraged to be engaged with the art as much as you like. A deep passion for the arts is evident in just about every employee.

    Cons

    Very, very stale hierarchy with limited vision. Trickle-down management styles do not tap into rising talent, or facilitate a culture of innovation. I saw many cases of territorialism between departments which made the work environment hostile at times. Low pay, even for a non-profit, which makes it at the bottom of the pay scale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risks. Facilitate the growth of personnel however you can. Create a culture of innovation by lessening the grip of top-down management styles, and create trickle-up structure where everyone is encouraged to be problem solvers across departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  9.  

    A great organization

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Art Museum full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, great work atmosphere, surrounded by art.

    Cons

    Pay was too low, didn't know how much my chance of growth was.

    Recommends
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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of leadership, poor working environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Seattle Art Museum

    Pros

    Love of art; free museum membership; access to many museum events and functions; discounts at the cafe and gift store.

    Cons

    The lowest salaries in comparison to other museums in the region and nationally; lots of uncompensated overtime; poor treatment of staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR and Senior management would be advised to match or exceed regional salaries at other museums; as it currently stands, the salaries implicitly ask people to make a commitment of only a year or two and move on to higher paying jobs elsewhere. Poor communication and leadership at the museum is well known throughout the Seattle community, and a shake-up is in order of the top leadership and board. The firing of beloved and effective former director Derrick Cartwright was a huge mistake.

    Doesn't Recommend

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