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Updated August 11, 2017
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Pros
  • You sure do learn a lot about the office system and auction process (in 14 reviews)

  • Excellent exposure to the inter-workings of the commercial art world (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • There is very little emphasis on work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Long hours at times, old fashioned culture (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "All"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Christie's full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Making money and meeting new people

    Cons

    Money is not always guaranteed.

    Advice to Management

    They're doing a great job

    Christie's Response

    Nov 22, 2016 – Recruitment

    We appreciate your feedback and will take your comments into consideration.

    Kind regards,

     The HR Team


  2. "Gallery Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Christie's part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Environment and Co-workers, with Christie's I have had the best learning experience. As one of the leading art auction houses, we are able to see the best artwork available from very top artists. I have also had the opportunity to work with the most talented specialists in the art-world and have secured friendships with so many kind and brilliant co-workers.

    Cons

    A large company with many locations that must be intricately managed. At times a difficult task to co-ordinate and work with all staff, clients and lots.

    Advice to Management

    To show patience and give priority to all staff levels.

    Christie's Response

    Aug 17, 2017 – Department Coordinator

    As a current employee we are happy to hear your feedback. Your comments will be discussed and taken seriously. Regards, Christie's HR.

  3. "Join if you'd like to be glamorous & poor"

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

    I have been working at Christie's full-time

    Pros

    Access to beautiful art, great clients, and reasonable benefits

    Cons

    Extremely low wages. Like, how-can-you-survive-in-NY low wages. Very rigid structure. Management doesn't appreciate or promote young talent and pushes them around.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the junior workers a living salary, promote them, and appreciate their work. Many of them are highly educated, hard working and dedicated individuals, and you are paying them near minimum wage. It's shameful and Christie's can do so much better. Also promote people when they've paid their dues, instead of stagnating their career only because it would be 'inconvenient' to fill that role. This is the surest way to bleed talent. No self respecting individual is going to stick around for that long!

    Christie's Response

    Aug 11, 2017 – Department Coordinator

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, it is great to receive positive feedback and we do appreciate all feedback and take your comments seriously. Christie’s aim is to provide... More


  4. "Vice President"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Christie's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company offers great benefits and rewards expertise.

    Cons

    There is very little emphasis on work-life balance. Communication could use improvement.

    Christie's Response

    Jul 24, 2017 – Department Coordinator

    As a current employee we are happy to hear your positive feedback. However, we are very sorry you feel this way regarding current work-life balance. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your workload... More


  5. "Sale Coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sale Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sale Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Christie's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great experience! good networking and learning.

    Cons

    no direct path for growth, very competitive

    Advice to Management

    create a ladder for growth

    Christie's Response

    Jul 24, 2017 – Department Coordinator

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, it is great to receive positive feedback. We take your comments seriously and we have identified a need for more structure and therefore... More


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Christie's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great environment for learning. Exposure to the upper tiers of art and society. Unprecedented access to masterpieces.

    Cons

    Nepotism and Sexism prevent great people from being prompted. If you aren't from a specific tier of society or unable to capitalize on your relationships, forget moving up the ladder at Christie's. The upper management is divorced from understanding the needs of their workforce. There is a severe lack of long term vision. Compensation is below market value at comerable roles at other companies, but generally equitable for the auction world. If you ever want to support yourself without a husband, put in your two years and move on to another industry.

    Advice to Management

    Value lower level employees more. Encourage promotions based on merit, rather than nepotism. Just realize that without interns, your scores on Glassdoor would be abismal.

    Christie's Response

    Jul 19, 2017 – Department Coordinator

    Dear Glassdoor member, we are sorry to hear of your experience. Christie’s strives to create a meritocratic culture, where people are recognized for their skills and ability and not for their... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Gallery Assitant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the title of the company is the only pro I would say

    Cons

    bad management team, terrible salary, my experience is negative.

  8. "A dream job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Access to the world's best art, and the most knowledgeable specialists.

    Cons

    Departments can be very siloed. Widespread resistance to embrace new technology.


  9. "Christie's NY"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Christie's full-time

    Pros

    Company is reputable in art world.

    Cons

    Company does not compensate accordingly or provide best upward mobility.


  10. "Administrator to the Deputy Chief Marketing Officer"

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    Former Employee - Administrator to the Deputy Chief Marketing Officer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrator to the Deputy Chief Marketing Officer in New York, NY

    I worked at Christie's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment. Intelligent coworkers. Exciting atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward mobility.

    Christie's Response

    Aug 10, 2017 – Department Coordinator

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review, it is great to receive positive feedback. Kind Regards, the HR Team.


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