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Pros – To be surrounded by a world-class art collection. Most days are an on-going lesson in art history as well as contemporary works in the art world today. To make friends with staff employees—most of them are practicing artists themselves. Like all places, there are managers who know how to advocate for their employees, and there are some who don't. It all depends on which department head you work for in terms of learning more, doing more and being compensated for a job well done.
Cons – I suppose the biggest draw back is the fact that it is a union job, therefore creating an "us vs. them" mentality between the staff and upper management. There is a strong sense of hierarchy from the very top, starting with the Trustees. It is a trickle down effect and can be painful at times for those at the bottom—the salaries are there to prove it. The union was only able to convince management to allow for an average of a 2 percent raise over more than a decade. There is also a lack of cross-functioning opportunities—many departments work in silos. Technology upgrades have to be fought for through the IT dept. There are a lot of very intelligent people on staff, but with that comes a lot of egos to deal with.
Advice to Senior Management – To level the playing field. There would be no need for a union if all work tactics, benefits and relations between all employees are above board and out in the open. The staff will continue to hang on to the union for as long as they feel the strong sense of hierarchy and fear they won't be treated with fairness and respect.
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