Mission: For over three decades, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has been an industry leader combining recognition as the Midwest’s leading fine art auctioneers with a global reach of buyers. Leslie Hindman remains a force behind high profile auctions of everything from contemporary ...
I have been working at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers full-time (Less than a year)
The environment of LHA is high paced and competitive. Each employee is given a wide spanning list of responsibilities with in their department. Working here you will quickly learn to be detail oriented, quick study and to never stop learning.
Employees are compensated very poorly for the amount of time and responsibility placed on their plates. Many employees are doing the work of three employees. Expect to work over 13 hours per day consistently throughout the year and work many weekends. There is not a clear strategy or process to promote employees. It is often that promotions are given to individuals that come from outside of the company. Mid and lower level employees have such a wide range of responsibilties, they are all doing work well enough to get by. Clients are very demanding and not understanding that the company is understaffed. Employees are used and not nurtured which causes many to get burned out and jaded. Strong employees are given new responsibilities without relieving or delegating their old responsibilities to other employees.
Advice to Management
Create a strategic plan for the next two years that incorporates a better HR department, hiring and promotion strategies and compensation plan (either with education, money or better company culture). The current state of the company is chaotic and burns employees out, instead of nurturing and motivating them. Expand departments such as business development, operations and department account executives to help manage the amount of new business you are getting as you grow.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers (Chicago, IL) in September 2017.
Brought me in for a 5 minute interview where they asked me about my background, which I described, and then was told that I didn't have the qualifications for the position. The interviewers did not seem to have much to say to me, it left me wondering why they would bring me in for an interview in the first place. Felt like a huge waste of time for both parties.