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J. Paul Getty Trust Reviews

Updated November 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits once you complete the internship (in 14 reviews)

  • Also, great benefits, good work/life balance, beautiful place (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Moreover, it is run more like a for-profit than a non-profit such that communication and transparency are lacking (in 5 reviews)

  • Rarely the opportunity to move up (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Technician"

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and people. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Slow work environment, few opportunities for advancement.


  2. "Almost Perfect"

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

    I worked at J. Paul Getty Trust full-time

    Pros

    Consistent hours, set schedule, benefits if full time employee, paid vacation, and really great supervisors.

    Cons

    You don't have the ability to choose what set schedule you receive as a Visitor Service Associate. It's assigned to you with the possibility of changing it in the future IF there are any others available. You also cannot take any time off until you have at least one vacation day free.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for people to choose what set schedule they receive, don't just assign it to them without checking to see if it's agreeable with them.

  3. "Mostly good, some issues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J. Paul Getty Trust full-time

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, good benefits package, love my colleagues

    Cons

    Difficult to move up in company, no management training

    Advice to Management

    Provide management training to new and experienced managers. New managers need the help and experienced managers need a confidential working group from across the Trust with whom they can discuss challenges and rewards.


  4. "Beautiful place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J. Paul Getty Trust full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and incentives, good review process

    Cons

    difficulty with relocation not addressed

    Advice to Management

    More help for people new to area


  5. Helpful (4)

    "The benefits aren't worth the downsides."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at J. Paul Getty Trust full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are great. Good health care, paid time off, etc.

    Cons

    Incredibly slow moving behemoth of an organization. Very old school, top down structure. No one is willing to take chances. Many employees seem constantly scared of losing their jobs so they work from a place of fear. Management does not instill confidence in staff. Very little opportunities for growth inside organization.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great in theory, not in reality"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at J. Paul Getty Trust full-time

    Pros

    Every other Friday off, retirement plan match, loads of sick time (which people exploit), some positions allow you to telework once a week, free on-site gym, discounted lunch for staff, subsidized public transportation for work

    Cons

    Huge discrepancy in vacation days between salaried and hourly staff, extremely poor management across all levels and departments, low pay unless you are a manager, HR is always on the side of the institution/no point in reaching out to them, lots of staff (including managers) sitting around (doing nothing or close to nothing) waiting for retirement, very unmotivated staff (except for a small handful), the cheapest healthcare is abysmal while the only good healthcare is extremely expensive and only affordable for managers and above, very poor morale across all departments, no sense of community, extremely white staff, no room for growth/career advancement, no mentors, huge egos, no accountability for poor workers

    Advice to Management

    Mandate yearly management classes for all managers/supervisors,whether they are new or "seasoned." Inspiring leaders can sometimes make up for low pay, poor morale, lack of community, lack of exciting projects, etc. - unfortunately, you lack several dozen inspiring leaders, and don't pay well, and don't contribute to higher morale, and, and, and. Be better at what you do.

    Stop calling the meager merit increase a "merit increase." It is a cost of living increase, not a merit increase. And give legitimate, livable merit increases. If you want to be a "leader in the field," be a true leader in the field by not perpetuating the supported by spouse/paycheck-to-paycheck reality of the nonprofit/arts realm. (A classic Getty retort is that you pay more than minimum wage, but please live in the reality that just "more than minimum" wage does not build a future.)

    Instead of following other museums/orgs after they do something new, try thinking of something new and actually legitimate on your own. You'll be a much more respected institution for doing so.

    Stop throwing your money at projects that reach a narrow audience; the world is a much bigger place than those 5-15 (often white, rich) people. You have the resources do be more meaningful to more and different people - why wouldn't you at least try? (Another classic Getty retort is the high number of Title 1 students you bring in, but you've been using that line for the past several years now. Try something adding something new.)

    Lastly, where is the diversity among staff/trustees? Stop the tokenism - it's obvious!! If you want to stay a stuffy, boring, white organization that people only visit once every three years to peer at the LA views and not go into the galleries, you are granting your own wish. Why should visitors/your community be committed to you if you're not committed to them?


  7. "Designer II"

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    Current Employee - Exhibition Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Exhibition Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J. Paul Getty Trust full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborating with experts in the fine-art world, changing exhibits, always busy, working on projects from concept to completion, constantly learning new concepts and solutions, location.

    Cons

    Design by committee, high stress environment, non-profit pay, driving to location, low-tech hardware, sitting at computer for long periods, no incentive programs.

  8. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Media Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Media Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J. Paul Getty Trust full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Getty cares for its employees, and offers a peaceful, cooperative environment. I'm surrounded by intelligent people doing good work. We also get every other Friday off, which is a tremendous perk.

    Cons

    As with all big museums, there is some turfiness that leads to unnecessary political battles.

    Advice to Management

    Finding ways to break down silos between departments and encouraging cooperation would help create a more effective workplace.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Visitor Services"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J. Paul Getty Trust full-time

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere and great museum

    Cons

    Rarely the opportunity to move up. Raises negligible.


  10. "Research Associate"

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

    I worked at J. Paul Getty Trust part-time

    Pros

    Great Christmas party, very thorough training, nice people.

    Cons

    Riding the tram up the hill takes a lot of time.


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