Sotheby's Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
33 Reviews

3.1
33 Reviews
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Sotheby's President, CEO, and Director Bill Ruprecht
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  1.  

    I enjoyed working at Sotheby's as a weekend receptionist.

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    Former Employee - Receptionist  in  Lafayette, CA
    Former Employee - Receptionist in Lafayette, CA

    I worked at Sotheby's part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work was simple, but taught me about customer service, databases, and real estate. Good time off for lunch. Little supervision so can independently develop my skills.

    Cons

    Not enough hours because I was only working ten a week. There was not a lot of work to do and the main receptionist was very anal about cleanliness.

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    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lack of opportunities to grow with the company or advance for even the hard-working, dedicated or loyal employee.

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

    I worked at Sotheby's full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Exciting, fast-paced environment working with many smart and talented people.

    Cons

    Expect to work long hours (and weekends) for low pay. Organization lacks the desire to develop young and dedicated staff or provide on-the-job training to those who express an interest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your junior staff financially but also by improving existing and developing new skill sets. Junior staff need to be challenged (not by volume) in order to have an incentive to stay committed to the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Revolving door of employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sotheby's full-time

    Pros

    You get exposed to an enormous amount of top-tier art, artists, and collectors. You learn to work hard in a fast paced, demanding company.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay, no transparency in regard to moving up in the company, up to 80-90 hour work weeks, and absolutely no loyalty for their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show loyalty to your good employees, make growth possibilities more transparent, and use more money for salaries than on the executives' superfluous spending.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Low salaries.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sotheby's

    Pros

    Nice place to work, interesting art and artifacts always on display.

    Cons

    Low pay, very difficult to get a raise.

  6.  

    Meh

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

    I worked at Sotheby's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Name recognition goes far when trying to find another job

    Cons

    no work/life balance, and they tend to hire client's children

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    Need to foster careers of those not in upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Learn about the auction world and global art market

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

    I worked at Sotheby's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Museum quality, important art works, cataloguing, exhibition experience

    Cons

    Competitive, low salaries starting off

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    I rate HR weak in early talent retention and development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company, bad compensation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sotheby's

    Pros

    Being surrounded with art, expertise.

    Cons

    Unfair pay structure, inconvenient location

  9.  

    Working here was a wonderful experience.

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    Former Employee - Client Services
    Former Employee - Client Services

    I worked at Sotheby's part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fascinating environment. An education in all kinds of art and antiques.

    Cons

    The salary is on the low end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it gracious as to not lose its class tradition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A wonderful company to work for with a lot of perks.

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

    I worked at Sotheby's full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Friendly staff and result oriented employers who will push you to deliver your best work.

    Cons

    overworked place you may lose yourself there. high employee turn over.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is a company built on the back of young people working very hard for very little money.

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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 Sotheby's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The name is big in the art world

    Cons

    The only career development is oriented toward business getters, other roles are seen as revolving doors and are paid nothing.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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