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J. Paul Getty Trust Reviews

Updated July 14, 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 5 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. "Beautiful Place to Work - Management Needs Work"

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    Former Employee - Editor
    Former Employee - Editor

    I worked at J. Paul Getty Trust full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Getty is a beautiful place to work - you can't beat it. My colleagues worked well together and people in general were nice. You can't beat the vacation package either. And I will forever miss every other Friday off.

    Cons

    Top-down management, more bureaucracy than not. Salaries are wildly inconsistent and most managers do not seem to care. Very hard to advance, esp. when you have been there a long time - you will not be rewarded monetarily, though they may throw a fancier title at you.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Evaluate salaries for similar jobs and have them align. Value employee work and acknowledge it.


  2. "GCI work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at J. Paul Getty Trust full-time

    Pros

    A truly international environment. The most valuable asset of the Institute is its staff who bring an exceptional array of perspectives, knowledge, and expertise.

    Cons

    An extremely corporate environment with a rigid and stifling hierarchical structure. The organisation is extremely risk averse. The decisions it makes are too often influenced by a concern for branding and the advancement of institutional profile.

  3. "Great Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    The Getty is an amazing place to work: flexible time, off-Fridays, great benefits, great retirement, smart colleagues

    Cons

    It is hard to move up

    Advice to Management

    Keep being a great place to work


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Overview"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very artistic place and people

    Cons

    Too many layoffs and job reduction


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing experience, if you don't need to make money."

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

    Pros

    I mean...do you really need me to tell you the pros here? It's an amazing, ridiculous place. Like an incubator for art history. The campus is stunning, and working there feels like being at a major leading university. You're surrounded by brilliant, hard working people, and most of them are genuine, down to earth and friendly. I can honestly say I meet someone incredible there once a week. Always events, symposia, visiting scholars...if you're in this field, it will be like your wildest dreams come true.

    Also, great benefits, good work/life balance, beautiful place. Very stable, in that you know they're not going anywhere, you're always gonna get your paycheck, and your retirement is safe.

    Cons

    all the reviews are correct. the pay is terrible and doesn't improve much with time. the only people who really make money here are specialists brought in with a flurry of publicity. makes being a normal person who wants to do their job well and contribute feel insignificant. like all big museums, the Getty wants to maintain their image so they spend the billions they have on flashy stuff, not actual working people's salaries. because of this, there's a lot of turnover in many of the lower-mid level jobs, though some people will put up with the terrible money, work 2-3 jobs on the side to make ends meet, and stay, because the experience is worth it.

    the commute sucks, there's no way around it, the Getty's not gonna move locations so you have to just factor in 15-20 mins extra to get to your desk from the parking lot. You can only park top of the hill if you carpool or drive a motorcycle--and even then, it's not guaranteed. yet all the security and admin folk seem to be able to park there whenever they want. not very fair.

    nowhere to move. some departments are organized poorly and have had their staff cut. there's never enough people to finish anything. management are great people, but bad at managing. more interested in their own work.

    have reputation for being digital leader...but are not actually a digital leader. they need to practice what they preach.

    Advice to Management

    like another review said, they ask every year, but never make changes, so what's the point? it is what it is. my real advice would be: pay your employees better. it's expensive in live in LA and many of your staff are overqualified with burdensome student debt.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellence in everything"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at J. Paul Getty Trust full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, nice offices, picturesc views

    Cons

    no bonuses, raises are COL only,


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Visitor Services Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at J. Paul Getty Trust full-time

    Pros

    Company has good benefits and is a great place to work if you are a student because they are willing to work with your school schedule. It also pays well for the position and is pretty easy.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement. Supervisors are not very professional. It is a large company and it can be difficult to work with and get to know other departments even though they are all related. Moreover, it is run more like a for-profit than a non-profit such that communication and transparency are lacking.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fanastic Cultural Institution - Almost no opportunity for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Incredible environment. International workforce. Great colleagues. Driven to excellence. Very good benefits. Great perks.

    Cons

    Virtually impossible to be promoted - incredibly hierachical organizational structure.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great Work-Life Balance and People, Limited Upward Mobility"

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

    Pros

    1.) Work-Life balance. Every other Friday off!
    2.) Really comprehensive benefits. The on-site gym and transportation program are a plus.
    3.) For the most part the people here are very friendly.
    4.) Beautiful location and advanced access to exhibitions.

    Cons

    1.) Not a great place to be if you're entry-level. Not a lot of people leave and if they do a lot of the time they hire someone from outside instead of inside.
    2.) The only way to get a significant pay increase is if you move up, which is rare and difficult. We have performance reviews, but the increases don't really reflect reward for a exemplary work. It's more like a cost of living adjustment. Been here a while and my pay is still close to entry-level.
    3.) There seems to be a bottleneck with upper management. Things take a long time to get approved even if it's something simple.

    Advice to Management

    The employees here are very loyal. Most of them understand pay doesn't go up much, but the Getty should at least explain the math for how the endowment is budgeted. Teaching managers how to succession plan would be good too but doesn't seem likely.


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