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Updated October 15, 2018
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Pros
  • "You sure do learn a lot about the office system and auction process" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Amazing access to the art world" (in 26 reviews)

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

  • "Long hours, low pay and highly competitive for roles" (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Real Estate Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Advisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Christie's part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company Culture, Team, office space,

    Cons

    Have to work long hours


  2. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Christie's part-time

    Pros

    Access to amazing art and smart people

    Cons

    You should pay your interns!

  3. "Client Service Representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Christie's full-time

    Pros

    First job after college, and learned a lot.

    Cons

    However, it was difficult to move up.

    Christie's Response

    Oct 16, 2018 – Recruitment Advisor

    Dear Glassdoor Member,

    We are glad to hear you enjoyed working at Christie’s and found it to be a rewarding experience.

    We are developing a robust career path framework to try and give clarity... More


  4. "Gallery assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Christie's full-time

    Pros

    get to know auction process

    Cons

    no path to develop within the company

    Christie's Response

    Sep 7, 2018 – Recruitment Advisor

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear that you are enjoying working at Christie’s.

    We have identified a need for more structure around career progression are therefore creating a more... More


  5. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "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

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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


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