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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Reviews

Updated Aug 14, 2019

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston CEO Malcolm Rogers (no image)
Malcolm Rogers
21 Ratings
Pros
  • "Conducive to good work/life balance(in 5 reviews)

  • "Get to do what an assistant curator would: write gallery labels, work on future exhibitions (to a lesser degree, of course)(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Limited chance for full time positions(in 6 reviews)

  • "low pay, no training, different educational departments don't work together, overall management could be much better(in 4 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "Intern"

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    Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for less than a year

    Pros

    friendly work environment free access to galleries

    Cons

    did not hand much work or responsibilities

    Advice to Management

    Hand more responsibilities to inter

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston2018-07-19
  2. "Wonderful Organization"

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    Former Employee - School Groups Coordinator 

    I worked at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Wonderful organization to work for.

    Cons

    Not many cons I can think of.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston2019-08-14
  3. "Supportive Environment"

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    Current Employee - Studio Art Teacher 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -helpful staff -great supplies -free museum access

    Cons

    -some of the security guards aren't kind

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston2019-06-28
  4. "MFA takes advantage of employees' passion for the work"

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

    I worked at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful, caring and hard-working coworkers who make the job worthwhile. Interesting and intellectually stimulating work environment.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay for work that requires advanced degrees. Lack of opportunities for professional development or advancement within the institution for those in entry-level positions. Little communication between departments. Museum relies on the blind loyalty of staff, but that loyalty is quickly waning. Staff are disgruntled and fed up with leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff - they are hurting, overworked and underpaid.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston2019-06-27
  5. "poorly managed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    amazing environment to work in

    Cons

    does not compensate staff well; understaffed and organization is chaotic.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston2019-06-04
  6. "World-class museum, antiquated employer"

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

    I have been working at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston full-time

    Pros

    - Best coworkers. Overwhelmingly kind, hardworking, and talented. - Beautiful place to work - Great place to learn -

    Cons

    - Low pay for the talented staff - Most staff does the job of four people at other museums and are just pushed harder. - Basic operations and HR concerns are beyond the capacity of management.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston2019-03-30
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible unpaid internship"

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    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for less than a year

    Pros

    It's just a great museum

    Cons

    No payment whatsoever You're hired on artistic premise and then required to do manual labor Condescending management Traditional, stiff approach to everything

    Advice to Management

    Fire the random old people, hire young fresh minds so you can keep this museum relevant!

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston2018-12-25
  8. "Member and Visitor Service Rep"

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    Member and Visitor Service Representative in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for less than a year

    Pros

    Slow days- access to a computer/internet gives you time to work on side projects. Great museum atmosphere to work in. Lots of free access to museums because of staff badge.

    Cons

    Members are often rude and crazy. They are unfortunately rewarded when they exhibit this behavior. Open house days are non stop, often resulting in loss of voice by the end of the day. The slow times can be excruciatingly boring. Hard to move up to other areas of the museum. (there are some nice gems)

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston2018-08-22
  9. "Very interesting place to work, but lots of challenges"

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    Former Employee - Assistant House Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of interesting events, nice benefits for full-time staff, interesting people to work with. Really nice physical environment.

    Cons

    Very demanding, workload unevenly distributed, staff who don't work with visitors don't understand or appreciate the experience of front line staff. Different departments don't always communicate well.

    Advice to Management

    Expose curatorial staff to front-line operations if they are going to make demands on front-line staff.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston2018-07-02
  10. "Coordinator"

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    Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for more than a year

    Pros

    The Art is great and that's where it ends.

    Cons

    Management stuck in their ways. VERY CONSERVATIVE environment. Low pay, low moral, awful benefits, stuck in 1990.

    Advice to Management

    Start fresh.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston2018-07-19
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