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Pros
  • Great benefits once you complete the internship (in 12 reviews)

  • Many of the staff have an alternating off-Friday schedule which is a nice work-life balance perk (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • There is little to no room for upward advancement or promotion (in 3 reviews)

  • Moreover, it is run more like a for-profit than a non-profit such that communication and transparency are lacking (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Longest 5 1/2 years of my life"

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

    I worked at J. Paul Getty Trust (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The place is beautiful , descend benefits, some of the employees were nice . Seeing nice art everyday was a treat. I worked by the beach.

    Cons

    The scheduling system was a nightmare couldn't plan your life , you only know what you are doing for four days. Lots of favoritism did not matter how hard you worked or how good you were at your job. Promotions were based on favoritism not skills. Benefits that were good are slowly taken away staff is becoming part time. If you are to smart they say you are rocking the boat and make up Gauls allegations about you to keep you from ever moving up in the company and to shut you up. Management is horrible they get paid a lot and do nothing and there is many of them, very top heavy. They are always looking to fire people, lots of turn over for in house security. Moral is very low and management likes it that way so people leave, they walk around like god.managers and supervisors commit lots of sexual harassment and sex on the property and this is condoned and others get fired for frivolous thing. I could go on and on do yourself a favor don't come here oh and your back knees and everything else will kill you, you stand all day no matter the place is closed open or full or empty.

    Advice to Management

    Fire your selves and bring competent people . A place with all this money shouldn't have people like you.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "I was unlucky enough to work here"

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

    I worked at J. Paul Getty Trust full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful building, access to see exhibitions, free parking, discounts on meals, a few good people in each department that you can connect with. I worked there 10 years

    Cons

    Too many managers at all levels, leaving little space to get anything done--everyone looking over everyone's shoulder--micromanaging everyone. Poor promotion within the organization. Snobby and distant senior management, who make far too much money to behave that way. Many middle managers unable to manage their own sections because of restrictions from above, and above, and above, and above.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves. In time, you'll see how your arrogance has damaged the institution.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Stay Away from Procurement, You'll Regret it, if You Don't !!"

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    Former Employee - Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful location,beautiful art, good benefits!

    Cons

    Stay far away from Procurement!!! It is a wasteland; HORRIFIC management, hostile work environment, instability and miserable drone-like employees. Not a place for a person with a pulse

    Advice to Management

    Lose the Procurement Department Management


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Incompetency within Trust Accounting ; no reward for hard work; TOO MUCH POWER within HR"

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    Former Employee - Senior Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supposedly, every other Friday off! Not while I was there though, as I had to put in overtime and come in on my "off Fridays!"

    Cons

    Too much politics, spying and backstabbing. Accounting/payroll & G/L department have their share of low educated and/or incompetent members handling mid-to-high level management duties. Payroll walks around like they own the place just because they print your checks for the work YOU put in. It's few members hardly put in more than 3-4 hours of workday. Lazy slugs within Procurement department. HR polices you, and calls you in for every asinine thing. Not at all what I expected from a museum environment. The environment is diseased at its core The place doesn't nurture; instead, it suffocates you!

    Advice to Management

    You can't run the place like a mob organization ~ giving monetary rewards to the ones who slug away at their jobs ~ while others put in 110% and get no recognition at all.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Poor performance in a toxic environment"

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    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Views are good. Building is clean. Every second Friday off (although you make up for it by longer hours the other days). Lots of good people to work with.

    Cons

    Lots of incompetence especially among the senior management of the museum, conservation, foundation, and research institutes. professional qualifications are considered far inferior to art history education. senior management is bloated and self-serving.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of having honest outside audits and reviews of programs and organizational/ business matters. Consider a board of outsiders responsible for each institute and that has power of veto over director appointments and funding of major projects. Outside review is critical to success; without it, organizations survive with nepotism, oligarchy, and even tyranny.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Disfunctional asylum"

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    Current Employee - N/A Affraid of Senior Management Revenge in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - N/A Affraid of Senior Management Revenge in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stay away unless you cant find your place in the "normal" world. The Getty seems to be a good place for those that can't fit anywhere else. There's a few human resources with intense intellectual capital, but those are few and far between. Most others are parasites. And they will make sure you die the death of a thousand cuts.

    Cons

    It's a dysfunctional asylum, everyone seems to be a veteran of either a mental institution or a sociopath farm. The politics are beyond any reasonable imagination. Since the Getty is a non-profit organization, employees don't really have to face a market driven force. Therefore, the lack of deadlines and market metrics is driving most of them to parasitic activities including huge ego trips and vendettas against those vastly more capable than themselves. This is the embodiment of pettiness.

    Advice to Management

    Change starts at home. Start showing the slightest trace of integrity and fairness and you'll be a much better manager and person.



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