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Asian Art Museum Reviews

Updated April 13, 2017
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  1. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good environment, nice coworkers, great perks

    Cons

    Nothing to complain about. Wish to work there longer


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Wonderful museum, misguided leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Asian Art Museum full-time

    Pros

    Creative, smart coworkers. World-class art. Always something fascinating going on. Convenient location. People are passionate about their work and the future of the museum.

    Cons

    It's a shame that leadership has embarked on such a poorly planned expansion project, with seemingly little consideration for the impact it would have on the financial security of the museum and the ability of its dedicated staff to do their jobs successfully. There is no job security there right now. Be warned.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that you have gambled the museum's future on what now seems like little more than a vanity project.

  3. "Wonderful place to be"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent place to work with a wide variety of different clients and vendors

    Cons

    None come to my mind


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Committed people, directionless leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Asian Art Museum (More than a year)

    Pros

    The museum has pockets of true experts in their field, wonderful people committed to their craft and a real opportunity to do great things, given their location and subject matter. There is a lot of thought given to how to innovate and be creative in how to present art and culture to the visitors and most of the staff is very professional and highly skilled. The physical space is beautiful, and it is very fulfilling to work in an environment surrounded by ever-changing art.

    Cons

    The primary "con" of the museum is a lack of vision and direction to a common mission. The director is hands-off to an almost negligent extent in any aspect of teamwork and there is a considerable lack of trust both vertically and horizontally. Individual fiefdoms compete (sometimes nastily) for scarce resources and work in silos, ludicrous in an institution this small, and the product and overall progress suffer as a result. Turnover is high at every level, and those who stay eventually perpetuate the mistrust and dysfunction.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is undertake a serious effort to break down the mistrust and silos and operate the museum at a professional level to take advantage of everyone's skills, interest and input. Make decisions quickly and stick with them, don't be afraid to fail, and present a solid vision not just for the public-facing components of the museum's future, but how it will operate inside the walls. Employees feel very disconnected from any kind of influence, despite almost continual lip service paid to gathering feedback.

    Failing that, the current director's primary strengths are clearly the art itself and fundraising. He needs to acknowledge that he needs help developing his organizational skills, get some assistance in operating the institution, or be replaced.


  5. "glad to be part of the team"

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    Current Employee - Rental Events Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Rental Events Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Asian Art Museum (Less than a year)

    Pros

    intimate, cheerful, and proactive team

    Cons

    on call position. Room for growth?


  6. "Quick snapshot"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart, passionate, unique people make it a stimulating and fun workplace. Challenging too.

    Cons

    No bias for action due to indecisive or dysfunctional senior management

    Advice to Management

    Please take care of your best talent. Nurture them and help them grow their careers. Don't drive them away.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Run away! Don't work here! HORRIBLE!!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nothing good here, keep looking elsewhere.

    Cons

    Sexual harassment, racist managers, total phonies. Nightmare, LEAVE. Seriously, everyone here is leaving.

  8. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Asian Art Museum (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Chill and laid back work at information desk and coat check.

    Cons

    Proper training needed for museum store. It's hard to know what the artifacts are and what it is made of if there is no one there to teach you. Need a proper trainer to inform new volunteers


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Nightmare at the museum"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The collection and building are beautiful.

    Cons

    The organization is a mess and rude across nearly every level. High level of tension, and everyone seems to hate each other.


  10. "Fun starting position"

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

    I have been working at Asian Art Museum part-time

    Pros

    Great to be surrounded by artwork and changing exhibitions. Docents and volunteers are all very friendly.

    Cons

    Position required a lot of standing.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more opportunities to move around.


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