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  1. Fantastic place to work.

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    Current Employee - Tech/Design in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Tech/Design in New York, NY

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Fantastic, promising, employee friendly company with lot of growth opportunities

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at artnet

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great Team Spirit, Exciting Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Overall I am very satisfied with working at artnet. I've been with the company for 3 years now and know it well by now.
    There is a good team spirit, people are nice, the office is beautiful and management under CEO Jacob Pabst is thinking constantly about ways to make things even better for everyone. You can sense that they really care about their employees. Again people are really nice and mostly work well together which makes it more than a job.
    I started about 3 years ago and the company has come a long way and made a lot of progress in all areas in the time I've been here. The new website for example is beautiful and we are working on many exciting projects and the latest technologies which makes it an interesting environment to work in for me personally.

    Cons

    It's a relatively small company with 100+ people and since there are not that many management levels it's difficult to grow, but I prefer that actually over working in a large corporation where the things you work on can be very limited. Management also always looks to recruit from within first when there is an open position so there are opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. The best art world firm to be working at right now

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Very friendly, exciting working environment
    - Management very capable, supportive, open to new ideas
    - Great growth opportunities, new positions from within
    - Young, forward-thinking CEO

    Cons

    - Very fast-paced, not suitable for those with below par work ethic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Continue to update website
    - Higher salaries are always appreciated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. So far so good!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Fun, relaxed working environment
    - Friendly, predominantly young co-workers who are always prepared to help each other out
    - Beautiful office - lots of artworks

    Cons

    - Communication between employees could be better. People siting within 6 feet of me send emails - more talking would be appreciated
    - Can be bureaucratic - challenging to implement ideas/projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Nepotism, Weak Leadership and No Business Plan

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Beautiful office space. A young friendly environment. Regular 9-5 work hours.

    Cons

    Nepotism and a lack of business strategy pretty much sums it up.

    The former CEO passed on his title to his son, J.Pabst, who has little .com or digital insight and a serious lack of business savvy. More family members have since been brought on and granted questionable titles/opportunities since Pabst took the reigns.

    The company lacks a clear business plan which is reflected in the severely outdated website, rapid turnover of staff and low pay. There have been frequent and abrupt changes in leadership over the 2 years and change Pabst has been CEO. Additionally pay is well below the standard of the industry and NYC living. Not to mention raises are tough to come by and rarely higher than a cost of living bump.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people in leadership positions who are actually qualified to do their job. Make decisions, stick to them and move things forward. Then maybe you'll be able to afford to keep talented people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Needs clearer direction, greater transparency

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at artnet full-time

    Pros

    Great, friendly, young, down-to-earth coworkers, beautiful office space, good way to break into the art market field

    Cons

    Lack of transparency from execs, low salary, little room for career growth, minimal vacation time

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company despite the management

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

    I worked at artnet full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great product, great employees
    beautiful office

    Cons

    badly-run, family-owned company,
    no appreciation from management,
    no clear vision for the future of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees and communicate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. artnet - PDB

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    Current Employee - Production Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Production Editor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great people, learning a lot about auctions and the art market, things you can't learn in school

    Cons

    No room for growth, jobs seem to be disposable and raises don't reflect the amount of work you accumulate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. IT leadership is seriously flawed

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Information Technology in New York, NY

    I have been working at artnet full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful company to work with, young CEO who acts like your peer and participates in all employee events, wonderful colleagues.

    Cons

    IT management is in shambles, too much favoritism, too much group mentality, as mentioned in the title the current IT leadership is in shambles, The current management is highly opportunist and will replace you with their own pre-screened person no matter what you did for the company. CEO has been apprised of the situation from multiple exiting employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the cons. If you want bright people to stay in this company replace IT leadership. They are running company like their own personal business with no respect for people who work hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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