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Updated July 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "You sure do learn a lot about the office system and auction process" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Access to art, intimate knowledge of how the art world works, constant opportunities to build art expertise and hone client service skills" (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is very little emphasis on work-life balance" (in 15 reviews)

  • "long hours, hard to move forward" (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Positive. Incredibly high learning curve, intensely demanding, stressful, but stimulating and fascinating"

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    Current Employee - Junior Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Junior Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to art, intimate knowledge of how the art world works, constant opportunities to build art expertise and hone client service skills

    Cons

    Stress. New hires on the specialist track (I.e. cataloguers) should be prepared for 70+ hour weeks during deadline, which is biannual and can last for months at a time.


  2. "Excellent Experience but don't treat staff well"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Christie's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Extremely passionate, smart people. Access to art and clients is unparalleled. Educational aspect is incredible.

    Cons

    Work/life balance. Employees not valued or invested in (both financially or in a professional development sense). Nepotism favored over those who are talented and work very hard.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people.

  3. "Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Christie's full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, passionate about the art. Fast paced environment.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Low pay, way below market.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in training.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Despite much corporate rhetoric to the contrary, company rare proves it cares about its people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great access to objects and works of art if that is your primary interest in a job

    Cons

    - Poor work-life balance. In the larger departments working 60-70 hours a week during busy periods (generally 4-6 months out of the year) is the normal - some roles regularly work even more than that for weeks on end

    - Very low pay. Company knows there are few alternative options for people who want to work in the industry and therefore has small incentive to allocate any more budget than is absolutely necessary to employee salaries

    - Limited growth potential. In many cases promotions carry only nominal pay-rises that are incommensurate with increases in responsibility

    - Company has made numerous statements in the past year about being committed to and investing in its "people" but many employees, especially those at intermediate stages of their careers, have seen tangible, meaningful results

    - Have had multiple experiences of a senior level manager making both implicit and very clearly explicit promises & commitments about career development only to have them be conveniently forgotten about, reneged on completely, or in one specific case adamantly pretend that an offer was ever even made

    - Company has very little ability to retain talent

    Advice to Management

    Actions speak louder than words


  5. "Gallery Assistant - Asia Week"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Christie's part-time

    Pros

    Loved being at Christie's during the height of one of it's many sales!

    Cons

    Uniformity. Requirement to use locker room for personal affects.


  6. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Thankless but exciting!! Some very nice people, though it varies from department to department. Positive experience overall.

    Cons

    No upward mobility, relatively low pay.

    Advice to Management

    Train employees so that they can move up in the company


  7. "Cataloguer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Christie's full-time

    Pros

    Surrounded by various artworks on a daily basis

    Cons

    Very busy during the auction sales

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Poor work environment and attitude"

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

    Pros

    You get to learn about and see some amazing pieces by artists all around the world from all different eras
    Getting to see the auctions in person is pretty interesting

    Cons

    Very little internal growth for most people
    Favoritism and elitism is rampant
    Overworked and underpaid
    The general attitude here is terrible and instead of trying to solve problems, many people here like to point fingers, lay blame, and belittle others


  9. "Gallery Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    intelligent people, good culture and arts

    Cons

    long hours, hard to move forward


  10. Helpful (2)

    "No career growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    passionate people, exciting to be around art

    Cons

    slow or no career growth

    Advice to Management

    articulate career paths to your staff and invest in them


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