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Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Overall good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at artnet full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a great company to work for not only for the people and environment, but also for artnet's role in making the art world more transparent.

    Cons

    There is a lot of upper level turnover.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Some good, some bad

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    Current Employee - Gallery in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Gallery in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at artnet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a nice place to work on a day-to-day basis. The office is beautiful, my coworkers are fun, smart and hardworking. Great work/life balance! There are also good benefits and fun perks, like breakfast on Fridays and great vacation policy.

    Cons

    There's regular change in management and it's not clear that upper management (the CEO really) has a long-term strategy. Or at least if there is one, it's not at all clear to anyone. It's really not clear whether the CEO truly cares about this company or just his cushy lifestyle.

    Advice to Management

    For a long time, there was no competition but now that there are better funded, more creative companies doing the same thing (only faster and better), you need to hire a talented C-suite that can help you with solid strategy. Artnet needs to get its act together and do something cool! Also, how are key people in upper management chosen? It seems totally random and most do not work out. Currently, there's also no head of Sales, no head of Auctions and no head of Gallery anymore. Who's leading those teams? No one and it's kinda chaos. At least someone just got hired in Technology but we don't really have any clarity into what goes on over there. You need to hire super smart department heads who have great ideas and can motivate their teams. Stop firing people (or sending them to other depts) and not replacing them. Change doesn't always equal innovation.


  3. Has potential but not quite there

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at artnet full-time

    Pros

    Nice people. Decent hours. Interesting aspect of the art world. One of the pioneers in their field.

    Cons

    CEO tends to fire his senior staff members so the company is being run by very your people with very little experience

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the turnover.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Cool place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cool people and a good environment

    Cons

    From what I have seen, there is not much advancement. And if you do, your only raising your chances of getting fired.


  6. Great pitstop. Not pore than 6months

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at artnet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have a lot of challenges but they don't seem to want to overcome or improve . The founder made his money through crooked deals and has taught his kids very little about how to run the company .

    Cons

    It's very hard to take this family seriously . They maybe worth just a few million but they act as though they are above middle class . They aren't

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing . It will be difficult for them to get out of the hole they have dug . Just enjoy it while it lasts !


  7. Helpful (1)

    Gallery rep

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at artnet full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office, possibility to learn a lot from the art world, and to be part of interesting projects.

    Cons

    The management is not efficient The company is ruined by the family that owns it. Some people of the family work there, and they are still figuring out what they are doing. HR should pay more attention to the employees, a lot of turn over. People are fired without any consideration after many years working there. Projects are implemented without any strategy, wasting time and resources. A promotion can be considered only if you are friend with the right person. Managers don't listen to their teams and can be intrusive.

    Advice to Management

    Think of a new management


  8. depends on department

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at artnet full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    beautiful office, largely friendly staff, many opportunities to network in the art world

    Cons

    quality of leadership greatly varies depending on what branch of the company you're in (auctions, editorial, price database, etc). some managers don't appear to know what they're doing, and often don't treat their team well but are rarely reprimanded from upper management/HR (who may not even be aware of certain situations, or just choose to turn the other cheek). also, there is a ton of special treatment granted to members of the CEO's family, who have been brought on with made-up job titles and few actual responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    be more involved in what's happening in each branch of the company, and terminate people who aren't positive leaders.


  9. busy, but largely fulfilling

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at artnet full-time

    Pros

    friendly staff, good vacation policy

    Cons

    long hours, no holiday bonus

    Advice to Management

    flex hours in the summer to make up for lots of unpaid overtime during the year


  10. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech/Design in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Tech/Design in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at artnet full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It has been a great year at this company, a beautiful space which has been thought about with great detail. Not just another office. Everything is open plan, very nice light as there are windows on both sides which makes it a very nice place to work in. There seems to be a great team spirit and no space for office politics. Employees are not being micromanaged which results in people working hard as they enjoy what they do. The hours are very flexible as long as the work gets done, what counts is the result. Great environment if you are self motivated, want to push yourself and advance your career. The projects vary a lot, so you get to work in many different fields while at the same time learning and being exposed to new advances in design, technology and the art world. Artnet have moved in a great direction with regards to its design and branding. The new website and its various products are testament to this. The company made a conscious decision to work with talented designers and brand experts, the results are visible. They have a new vacation day policy that allows a lot of flexibility, people are allowed to work from home, there is breakfast at the office, parties in exciting locations and ping pong. Informational meetings with the CEO are held regularly to let people know what and how the company is doing. The CEO is accessible to the teams and involves everyone, he's open to people's opinions and ideas which produces great results at the end of the day.

    Cons

    I have not found there to be any cons while working at artnet.


  11. Fantastic, promising, employee friendly company with lot of growth opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at artnet for over 6 years. I had very good experience working there with fantastic people, and working for the leading online company in art world. I am not able to understand some of the bad reviews that are written here...maybe bitter ex-employees who were let go. Overall, there is good team spirit and people love to work for artnet. The management is very employee friendly, and the CEO Jacob Pabst himself is working hard to continuously improve the culture and work environment. Sometimes, the business strategy is not well enough communicated and can change, but it is a dynamic environment and understandable. Anyway, this is an area, where management can do better job of communication to employees. Overall, it is an excellent company to work for with very good benefits and other perks, and more importantly, with lot of growth opportunities. It was an absolute privilege to be working there with some amazing people. I miss working for artnet!

    Cons

    Communication of strategy from management could be better.



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