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Bonhams & Butterfields Reviews

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Specialist"

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

    I have been working at Bonhams & Butterfields full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Endless variety in day-to-day tasks; colleagues are interesting, energetic and passionate about their areas of specialization.

    Cons

    Poor wages, management practically non-existent. Morale continually poor.


  2. "Client Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Bonhams & Butterfields part-time

    Pros

    Cool people
    Advancement opportunities
    Unique items to view daily

    Cons

    Bad benefits and compensation
    Horrible management


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great co-workers, fun work, mediocre company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist
    Current Employee - Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bonhams & Butterfields full-time

    Pros

    -Collegial and fun environment where people get along well and grab a drink after work.
    -Great passion for the product, whatever department the specialists and staff are enthusiastic about it.
    -Once you're hired, it is nearly impossible to get fired.
    -Great opportunity to because very integral to a given department (which in reality operates like a small business of its own within a larger ecosystem).
    -Huge responsibility given to even starting employees fresh out of college.
    -Unique opportunity to see and learn about a variety of collecting fields.
    -Decent benefits

    Cons

    -Salary is generally abysmal, especially for non-business getters such as administrators and support staff
    -No culture of internal promotion--colleagues who are hired from other companies make loads more, poached or not (usually not)
    -Management is largely absent
    -Minimal promotion of employee welfare--"non-salary benefits" are not heard of here
    -Zero training, you've got to learn everything on the job.
    -Poor communication between management and staff.
    -Little job churn, poor employees just stick around forever.
    -Massive bureaucracy can make getting things done difficult.
    -Dictatorial upper management sometimes acts in its own best interests which are occasionally deleterious to company morale and bottom lines.

    Advice to Management

    Take greater interest in your employees' welfare, especially among the administrators who are the glue that hold together the departments (pay them!). Training would be great. Less red tape. Management that is present, fast acting, and responsible. Less reliance on inefficient and poorly managed vendors with external ties to upper management.


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  5. "Viewing Staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bonhams & Butterfields as a contractor

    Pros

    Great experience, was able to get involved in lots of departments, worked with very interesting objects and people, always able to learn new things.

    Cons

    Sometimes sitting around doing nothing if no one is viewing or if you are in a quieter room.

    Advice to Management

    viewing staff could be used to do more as the front desk was always busy.