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Pros
  • Great benefits once you complete the internship (in 13 reviews)

  • Also, great benefits, good work/life balance, beautiful place (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 (2)

    "Staff Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at J. Paul Getty Trust (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    liberal holiday schedule & paid sick time
    Insurance coverage and good retirement benefits with a 403B (like a 401K)
    opportunity to see new art exhibits before the public
    nice fellow employees
    free gym for full time staff

    Cons

    condescending management
    has become extremely corporate
    no separate employee parking for hourly staff -wait for the employee bus-hope you get on top of the mountain in time for your shift.
    Staff forced to park on lower parking levels for the benefit of the public.
    Difficulty to depart in a timely manner with a rush of public departing from the same garage.
    overly complicated financial reporting systems, keeps ITS busy
    Mid level and lower level staff members fearful to confide in HR

    Advice to Management

    Be genuinely nice to your staff if you want to boost morale. There should not be an us against them mentality which sadly exists now.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Think Before You Accept Work Here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Library Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Library Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Getty grounds are beautiful. Views are exceptional. Employees get 24-hour access to an on-site gym.

    Cons

    First of all - the pay is terrible. Most GRI library staff know very little about art history and artists' books. I was incredibly surprised and disappointed by this. Job description was misleading, verbal description by supervisor was even more misleading. Reference means scanning all day and library assistant work means paging all day. I mean manual labor ALL DAY. You will be sore and disgruntled when you leave the office. Safety is not a priority here. I was injured on the job and the conditions under which I was injured have not changed 2 months later. Staff are still being asked to do heavy physical work with no accommodations. The Departments are very compartmentalized, so employees do not gain new skills, interact, or collaborate - therefore it is hard to move up or switch career paths. The physical location at the top of a hill means that the commute is terrible for ALL EMPLOYEES. Even if you can manage to live in Bel Air or Brentwood or Westwood, you still have to park in an overcrowded garage and make your way up the hill. Forget it if you live on the East side. The commute will ruin your life. This isolation means once you get up to the top you are stuck. There is no relief, no way to run errands, pop out for a quick doctors visit, lunch, or any other home life tasks. The food options for lunch are terrible. There is one café and the few times I ate there I got a stomach ache.

    Advice to Management

    I would make safety a priority. I would also carefully consider applicants and hire those with just enough qualifications. The Getty seems to hire VERY overqualified persons to do jobs that will not challenge them. Productivity here will suffer without the proper safety conditions and daily challenges that make persons interested and invested in their own work. I would make an art history background a priority for employees working in the largest art library in the United States.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Top heavy, uninspired everything"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Brentwood, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in Brentwood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great view
    Getty catalogues
    Nice equipment
    The coffee
    Tram is fun sometimes

    Cons

    Too much red-tape
    Top heavy management
    Decision making snail pace
    Conservative
    Snobbery

    Advice to Management

    Do LA a favor and work on succession policies as yall are way to past it


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "The Pits"

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    Current Employee - Visitor Services Associate in Brentwood, CA
    Current Employee - Visitor Services Associate in Brentwood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at J. Paul Getty Trust full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Met some great co-workers who have remained friends. Pretty views, the art.

    Cons

    Nowhere to go. Doesn't matter how many degrees you have or languages you speak- your initiative, hard work and suggestions at improvement are not rewarded and mine was even discouraged in a "you're rocking the boat" kind of way. Pay is low. Stagnant atmosphere. HR is a nightmare. Hierarchy is absurd with multiple levels of supervisors stumbling over each other.. Pay is laughable - you can make more at In n Out Burger. Everyone was working overtime, all the time to make up for low pay. At first they offered benefits - that were taken away.

    Advice to Management

    Value and listen to your staff and pay them what they're worth.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great non profit to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at J. Paul Getty Trust full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and free access to two of the best museums in the Los Angeles Area. Also the alternative work schedule is great. Parking is free.

    Cons

    No chance to move up or get promoted. Getting to work is tough unless you live in brentwood, because of the the location. Its off the busiest freeway in the world 405.


  7. "The corrosive effect of money on a non-profit"

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    Current Employee - One of the Minions in West Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - One of the Minions in West Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Being part of an organization that shares and cares for some of the great works of art in history. You're helping to educate and bring art to the public.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, ethically-questionable senior staff promotions and salaries. Bad managers promoting other bad managers based on the candidate's ambition rather than competency. A PhD in Art History doesn't necessarily make someone a good manager.

    Advice to Management

    Do something because you should and not simply because you have the money to do so. The Getty's money is its Achilles heel. Trust your staff. This distrust is causing very low morale - especially among junior staff.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Days feel like years."

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    Former Employee - Visitor Services Associate
    Former Employee - Visitor Services Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, free gym for employees, occasional celebrity sightings, did I mention beautiful gardens, good benefits, friendly coworkers, pay was very good.

    Cons

    A LOT of high class attitudes, management needs improvement in working together, little to no opportunity for advancement, scheduling department needs improvement, supervisors aren't always helpful, days can be VERY long, commute there is terrible no matter where you're coming from.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more advancement opportunities for those who are qualified!


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Corporate Non-Profit"

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    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice facilities
    Steady pay
    Limited overtime
    Sick pay
    Standard vacation
    Average benefits
    Free training and advancement to help you find a better job after!
    Some other perks but not really worth while considering how much money the Trust has and how much better it could be.

    Cons

    If you started at the Getty back in the early 2000's it was great. Not so much anymore
    Very corporately structured for a non-profit
    Huge difference in pay from management positions to ground floor entry level.
    Limited advancement
    Incompetent people in manager and supervisor positions.
    Micromanagement
    Bureaucracy
    Unusual procedures and work policies only seen at Getty.
    Weird culture
    Revolving door workplace

    Advice to Management

    Too many cooks...stupid ones


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