Sotheby's Reviews

Updated October 4, 2014
Updated October 4, 2014
39 Reviews
3.1
39 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 (more than an 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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    nice place to work if you don't want to make any money and work like a dog

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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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    very social company, lots of young people, company hosts several employ parties during the course of the year. excellent benefits.

    Cons

    low pay for very hard work. they'd rather promote you in title only than pay you overtime. to get ahead, it helps to have a family with an art collection or lots and lots of money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing said here will matter. they "know" what they're doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sotheby's full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    unique opportunities, interesting people

    Cons

    High turnover, demanding amount of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More staff development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun environment, low pay

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

    I have been working at Sotheby's full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great access to art & property, internal initiatives like art talks and seminars provided by upper management, lots of young people

    Cons

    Impossible to get promoted in a specialist department, low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to cultivate the admins

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sotheby's

    Pros

    great art to view and learn

    Cons

    pay is low and not appreciated

  7.  

    Great at first, but easily burnt out

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - See great artwork and objects not easily seen elsewhere
    - Work with experts in the fields
    - Good benefits package

    Cons

    - Unless you are in a high up position, pay is minimal for the amount of work you put in
    - Strong personalities that can wear a person down after a while
    - Not always easy to advance up the company ladder
    - In certain positions the work/life balance is more work than life

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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.

  11.  

    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 (more than an 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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to foster careers of those not in upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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