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Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "On the upswing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A great mission: living and breathing art
    Exciting exhibitions and programs
    Interesting colleagues
    Room to grow
    Never a dull moment

    Cons

    There's a lot of transition under the new director which can feel chaotic, but it's moving in the right direction.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff, empower them and respect them. They are your greatest resource.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Run, do not walk, from this organization."

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    Current Employee - Administration in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administration in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lovely building, some nice people, great potential with new leadership.

    Cons

    The most currupt, unknowledgable HR deptartment I have ever experienced. Unfair, no equity, lower pay for women, no reward for hard work, gossipy, overpaid staff ever.

    Advice to Management

    Make changes in hr, senior management, reward your staff, listen to ideas from lower levels, needs a stronger marketing and development head, know your audience.

  3. Helpful (12)

    "FAMSF: Not for those serious about their careers"

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

    I worked at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good collections, beloved and supported by Bay Area. Some incredible colleagues on staff, commiserating/ struggling in the same boat.

    Cons

    Shockingly unprofessional work environment with no clear direction or mission. Incompetent middle- and upper-management with no opportunities for growth. Promises to staff and donors are made on shifting sands. Abhorrent lack of communication and support for staff. Toxic environment where most are just looking out for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    -Create a mission statement!
    -Communicate with and support your staff. Give them proper tools to do their jobs.
    -Create clear and honest opportunities for professional growth


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Public Service Aide in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Public Service Aide in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Creative staff, beautiful building, got to see a lot of super exhibitions, usually fun dealing with visitors from all over the world. Nice as a part-time, second job.

    Cons

    One of the weirdest corporate cultures you'll ever find. Many full-time, behind-the-scenes employees seem unhappy. Prospects for frontline staff to move up the ladder are slim to none.

    Advice to Management

    Stay positive. Don't let your employees feel like they are in a hopeless situation. Continue to build camaraderie outside of work through group outings. It works! Listen to what your employees have to say, and fight for them.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Not a Happy Place"

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    Former Employee - As Needed Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - As Needed Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Co-workers, museum environment, clean atmosphere.

    Cons

    Dreadful middle management, unhealthy and uncomfortable working conditions

    Advice to Management

    Stop your policy of, as you call it, "separating and elevating". Middle management, especially in retail sales, is awful and they need to learn how to be humans. Get off your high horses.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Great Employees, Beautiful Museum ... Awful Management!"

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

    Pros

    Wonderful art work, mostly great exhibitions, beautiful setting in the middle of Golden Gate Park and Lincoln Park, Great pay and benefits. In the first few years it was great. For a long time I looked forward to going to work, engaging with people from all over the world. I worked with some wonderful people over the years.

    Cons

    In the first few years it was a wonderful place to work, there was team spirit, then greed and power mongering set in. Management in my department changed and I observed as the new management belittled and bullied some employees to the point of tears and others into leaving. They pitted employees against each other creating an uncomfortable and fearful work environment. If you were in the least outspoken, all of a sudden you had an awful schedule or they just flat out ignored you. I have witnessed at least one of them (on more that one occasion) yelling at employees and storming off. Then another one stepping up (playing Good Cop/ Bad Cop) trying to smooth it over. They talked about some employees negatively in front their peers, and constantly took credit for employees accomplishments.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are your "greatest asset". If you bully and belittle them it comes out when they deal with the public. You are not better than or morally above the people that you manage, it should be a team. Spying on employees does not evoke respect and trust. If you treat people as equals and with respect you will have a happy work environment. Constantly telling employees how wonderful you were in past jobs does not matter. If you are unhappy with the job you are in, move on....


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Beautiful art - poor management"

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    Former Employee - On Site Membership Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - On Site Membership Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Access to wonderful art and a wonderful coworkers

    Cons

    No room for growth and bad management

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Good luck with this place"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    one works in an art museum here, so there is art to look at

    Cons

    Governance is in a state of shambles


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Fantasic community of people at De Young poor upper Politics"

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    Former Employee - Public Service Aide in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Public Service Aide in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great youthful people that hang out together out of work and very social within the workplace during respectable times

    Cons

    upper management was very disconnected with the current dynamic of what exhibits would actually work out, and is very influenced by the people who donated to it

    Advice to Management

    connect with the community more, not the people that at fund raising drinking wine


  10. Helpful (16)

    "Like being in an abusive relationship with a great looking person"

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    Current Employee - MVSA in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - MVSA in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    "World class museum". Impress your friends and relations with where you work. Looks impressive on your resume. Sounds fun to your Aunt. Coworkers rock! Some guests are truly fun to work with. Surrounded by great Art.

    Cons

    Horrible pay. Poor treatment. Zero job growth. Psychotic management. Corruption. Nepotism. Cronyism. High turnover. Extreme culture of exclusion. Depressing level of inability to raise beyond the rank that you are hired into, unless you know someone or have a PhD. Once you accept an entry level position, you will not rise above that level, so be very careful. And you had better know people or have important family members if you want to get beyond the visitors services level.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and allow for job growth. Reward people for hard work and excellent worth ethics rather than youth and beauty. Enough with the corruption and stop allowing Mrs. Wilsey to get herself in the papers for her corrupt ways.


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