Sotheby's
3.2 of 5 28 reviews
www.sothebys.com New York, NY 1000 to 5000 Employees

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85% Approve of the CEO

Sotheby's President, CEO, and Director Bill Ruprecht

Bill Ruprecht

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Learn about the auction world and global art market

    Floater (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsMuseum quality, important art works, cataloguing, exhibition experience

    ConsCompetitive, low salaries starting off

    Advice to Senior ManagementI rate HR weak in early talent retention and development

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, bad compensation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBeing surrounded with art, expertise.

    ConsUnfair pay structure, inconvenient location

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    Working here was a wonderful experience.

    Client Services (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThe salary is on the low end.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it gracious as to not lose its class tradition.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Accounting (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Generally OK place to work.

    Fine Art Specialist (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsExcellent exposure to culture, auctions, art, etc.

    ConsPay is obviously low for the vast majority of employees (difficult if trying to live in NY), but this is generally something that people know about and have to accept before working there.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsThe name is big in the art world

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

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    Worth the experience!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat company, tremendous upside and the management team is superior!!

    ConsLower the industry, but good for the resume.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    dream job

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosbeautiful art, interesting coworkers and clients

    Consnonstop pace, very low compensation, high pressure,

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue and support employees who have advanced art history education and give superior client service.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Incredible access to art, but very low pay

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsAmazing access to art, the auctions are exciting and fast paced, some opportunities to travel, incredible opportunity to see the wheelings and dealings of the rich and famous.

    ConsCompetitive work environment, expected to work long hours and weekends for very low pay. Nepotism runs rampant, very easy to feel like an outsider if your upbringing did not involve boarding schools, summers in Europe, and trust funds.

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    Designer (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsInteresting projects
    Interesting area to work
    gallery walk

    ConsNo lunch time during the work. I had hoped to knew how many projects I would manage per a day, culture of the office, and explained what kind of projects I was going to do during the interview. I wish I know the ending date before few days or before a week from the ending date so I pan for something else. The management team was arrogant and bossy. Not really welcoming culture.

    There were too many layers to get projects done and It was not easy to get approvals from different people all at once.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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