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Bonhams Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2019

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2.7
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27%
Recommend to a Friend
13%
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Robert Brooks
24 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great coworkers who are happy to be at work and a very positive supportive work environment(in 4 reviews)

  • "Very exciting to be surrounded by all kinds of artworks(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Very low pay, cutthroat, preview workers often looked down on/overworked(in 9 reviews)

  • "(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Bonhams

    Pros

    Lots of work to do and amazing people to work with also the pay was great (about 10$ an hour)

    Cons

    The work isn't very creatively stimulating from a graphic design standpoint

    Bonhams2016-01-29
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic place to learn, but you will sell your soul."

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    Former Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bonhams full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The employees on the West Coast are amazing, highly intelligent and dedicated to their careers. Exposed to every field of fine art, furniture, cars, jewelry, Native American - it is exciting and you will always be learning.

    Cons

    Extremely demanding schedule, little to no job recognition, East Coast does not cooperate with the West Coast (they have a very small opinion of our qualifications and refuse to let us work autonomously), very corporate environment, difficult to have an opinion or to be heard. Very long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at the dedication of your employees, and listen to their input. Understand that they are working for YOU, they are the ground soldiers who are doing everything they can to make you look better. Your staff is highly intelligent with a strong worth ethic that you constantly take advantage of - they are burning out - there is no "thank you", "you are doing a great job", "we appreciate you" - all we hear...

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    Bonhams2019-05-02
  3. "Company culture"

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

    I worked at Bonhams full-time

    Pros

    People are nice, a great place to see art.

    Cons

    The management spends too much time solving old problems and offers no future vision of the company. There's no clear direction of how to improve.

    Advice to Management

    It'd be great to hear from top management team some positive feedbacks and a clear message of the company culture.

    Bonhams2018-07-23
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Preview Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bonhams part-time

    Pros

    Exposure to knowledgeable, talented professionals and really incredible pieces.

    Cons

    Very low pay, cutthroat, preview workers often looked down on/overworked

    Advice to Management

    Make your pay competitive with Sotheby's and Christies for the preview worker program!

    Bonhams2017-07-24
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Artsy Fartsy"

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    Former Employee - Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bonhams full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The ability to work and collaborate with a diverse group of people with arts and interest. To be able to touch and handle actual art and put my degrees to work. Good access to libraries and catalogues.

    Cons

    Staff are often dumped on. When I had the rare chance to complete an auction in a rare subject, it was not a challenge because I couldn't get the material, but rather how competitive the staff had been to me when I was trying to use the computer. Bonhams would not provide me with an office or a regular phone extension because they are cheap. We had one photographer for 13+ sales that year. Staff members act like prima...

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    Advice to Management

    Start being a participant on the ground. Get out from the top of your building and start seeing what your employees are capable of doing. Start also seeing what they are abusing in terms of their staff and the art itself. Hire competent people. Perhaps you do not need a representative in Florida as a VP?

    Bonhams2017-01-14
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Bonhams Client Services"

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    Former Employee - Client Relations & Business Development Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bonhams for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice staff, national and international travel opportunities

    Cons

    Corporate management, facilities & location (San Francisco), pay

    Bonhams2016-09-28
  7. Helpful (11)

    "A company that has sadly lost its way"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bonhams for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Getting to work with very dedicated and interesting people, meeting fascinating clients all over the world and seeing wonderful things on a daily basis.

    Cons

    The company has lost its identity in recent years and is most definitely on a downward spiral with a complete lack of engaged senior management and no interest in moving the company into the 21st century and as such it continues to loose its position in the market. Bonhams continues to be a poorly run business, tied to legacy systems and traditional ways of doing business, just try to buy something, pay for it and collect...

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    Advice to Management

    New blood in senior roles is a must if this company is to achieve its potential. Invest in "real" technology partners rather than Quru, this company it killing you. Stop spending all your money on buildings that you can't fill and instead spend on people and technology. Stop thinking you're Sotheby's or Christies, you're not and don't need to be, look at where you should be in the market place and go out there and...

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    Bonhams2016-09-15
  8. Helpful (10)

    "Why is there no option for zero stars?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Bonhams

    Pros

    Bagel Fridays. Carbs were my only motivation at this company.

    Cons

    Everything else at this company is deplorable.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be management.

    Bonhams2016-09-15
  9. Helpful (8)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    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,...

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    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.

    Bonhams2016-07-30
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great experience low pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Bonhams

    Pros

    Learn interesting things about art

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities. Not gonna get hired for a real job.

    Bonhams2016-07-23
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