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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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  1. "Visitor Service Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Visitor Services Assistant
    Current Employee - Visitor Services Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Professional development opportunities
    Dedicated management team

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement in the museum


  2. "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers and good job environment

    Cons

    Pay and annual raises were inadequate. Virtually no opportunities for advancement.

  3. "Positive experience from a former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum part-time

    Pros

    The staff at the Museum are some of the most passionate, creative, driven individuals in the Museum world. The Museum itself is a stunning space to work and it's easy to feel like you're making a real impact as a member of its family.

    Cons

    No cons, only positive experiences.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Security Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum full-time

    Pros

    no pros in this company

    Cons

    everybody sucks there they don t pay good. the worst place to work

    Advice to Management

    need to pay the employees more...


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not Recommended"

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    Former Employee - Greenhouse Assistant in Hingham, MA
    Former Employee - Greenhouse Assistant in Hingham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fairly nice people but not enough of them.

    Cons

    Low pay, work weekends, little room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Clear out all the old farts who have been sitting on a position for over 40 years. Let new growth come in.


  6. "Gallery Officer"

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

    I have been working at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum part-time

    Pros

    Beautiful place to work and some of the happiest, most courteous people I've met in Boston. Also, amazing perks to other art museums in the US.

    Cons

    Sometimes can be a little unorganized when it comes to new hires.


  7. "Volunteer Experience"

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

    I worked at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing group of people to work for: everybody has a positive attitude, are grateful to be there, and kind.

    Cons

    No cons, it was a great experience.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to add.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fair but dull"

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

    Pros

    Beautiful architecture, engaging work, good cause in a reputable Boston institution

    Cons

    People kept to themselves and their departments, the split within buildings created a sense of isolation for those on the historic museum offices


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Nice but..."

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

    Pros

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a fascinating place with one of the most unusual collections anywhere in the world. The environment is generally upbeat among the staff with a few very knowledgeable people in the education and conservation department.

    Cons

    There's a level of inflexibility and personal intrigue among the management which can be very toxic. ISGM has a revolving door personnel problem as a result. One result is that the guards who work there don't stay or get fired because of a hyper-personal approach to management.

    Advice to Management

    Show a little flexibility and try to take advantage of the talent within your staff. If someone isn't working out, say, as a security guard but has developed an incredible knowledge of the institution allow him or her to find something more suited to what can be offered. You might be surprised with how much more pleasant your place will be.


  10. "Great organization - continually improving"

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

    I have been working at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum full-time

    Pros

    This is a wonderful place to work. Each department has a different energy about it, but if you fit in with that particular energy, you'll love it!

    Cons

    Communication could be improved. Sometimes staff can be left behind when certain changes are made.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication to staff about what is happening at the Museum.


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