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www.bonhams.com
London, England (UK)
201 to 500 employees
1793
Company - Private
Retail
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Unknown
Bonhams 1793 (named for its founding date) is one of the world's leading auction houses for those looking to sell or acquire fine art and antiques. The group auctions art, antiques, and autos in more than 70 categories, including modern art, photography, coins ... Read more

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    "Great experience, great people, absent 'leaders.'"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonhams full-time

    Pros

    Despite an ever-changing environment by executives for unexplained reasons, the work, the bond between coworkers, and the morale make it worth fighting the corporate structure. The experience and exposure is a unique privilege that only we have access to, and no one day is like the next. There are always opportunities - the problem is that they are not consistent, they are not planned, and they are not structured. However, the sense of camaraderie and the incredible property are so unique that it makes us still believe in what we're doing everyday.

    Cons

    Bonhams is not a democracy - it's an aristocracy.

    Our opinions are the ones that should be heard before rash business decisions are made. We all see how the business work and doesn't work. We all see what needs to be changed, enforced, or addressed.

    Those who make these decisions don't even know our names.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people who have kept your company running without your guidance. Try to understand that a good leader does not work alone - that leader gathers insight and makes informed decisions. That leader does not cross the names of strangers off a list and re-tallies the numbers until it is to their liking.

    Cause and effect is not abstract - it is a scientific fact.

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    Marketing Production Artist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Bonhams (San Francisco, CA) in October 2015.

    Interview

    Very informative and engaging discussion with the Director of Advertising. Lasted about 45 minutes to an hour. Conversational, talked some about the scope of collectibles they buy and sell, how my experience applied to their needs and touched on the pay and benefits (lowish pay but good benefits).

    Interview Questions

    • Focus was mainly on my experience and fit for the job. It seemed as though they also wanted to get a sense of personality.

      Eventually they chose someone else and I'm very disappointed, I was really excited about the possibility of working for them.  
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