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New Museum of Contemporary Art Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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  1. "New Museum"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New Museum of Contemporary Art full-time

    Pros

    Access to programming and interesting events and exhibitions within the art world of New York City.

    Cons

    Can be chaotic. Many people are overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Communication between senior and junior staff needs to be more open.


  2. "New Museum"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New Museum of Contemporary Art full-time

    Pros

    You learn a lot by working at the New Museum and it is in a great location, right in the LES.

    Cons

    There is a HUGE lack of communication and respect between departments.

  3. "Curatorial Dept. Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New Museum of Contemporary Art as an intern

    Pros

    Get a broader picture of how an art institution is run

    Cons

    - Unappreciative and rude staff.
    - They don't give you things to do, I spent 3 full days not knowing what to do during working hours.
    - Don't expect mentorship from the staff, they don't care about their interns.

    Advice to Management

    Don't post internship opportunities unless you are really willing to take someone in to do work.


  4. "unappreciative environment"

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    Former Intern - Curatoral in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Curatoral in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at New Museum of Contemporary Art as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    they put on some fantastic exhibitions, free access to other museums, security staff is really nice.

    Cons

    classic internship where you're left wondering if the place sees its interns as whole people. the internship program seems to serve little function both for the interns and for the curators. I oftentimes had nothing to do for hours at a time and my given tasks were usually simple research or menial work. people seemed to be quite overworked and the corporate vibe of the office didn't help. sadly I can't say I learned much about curating during my time there. I wouldn't even turn to them for a reference because I don't know what they would have to say about my skills, considering I was barely asked to do anything.

    Advice to Management

    if you don't need interns, don't take them on. or, alternatively, make them more involved and have conversations with them about your work! most of us aren't just there to put a fancy museum on our resumes.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Identity Crisis"

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    Former Employee - Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Development in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at New Museum of Contemporary Art full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Museum is in a great location - close to a lot of amazing restaurants and shops. The exhibitions are also incredible.

    Cons

    The New Museum wants to be a large institution (like LACMA or MoMA) but doesn't have the resources or budget. There are too many ideas with no thought on how those ideas will be executed.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people who know how to use computers, and less creatives who come up with extravagant ideas but no sense of what it takes to pull off a massive event.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Bookstore was Great Experience while I was a Student"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Store Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Store Sales Associate in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New Museum of Contemporary Art part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great exhibitions, bookstore is a gem, co-workers were cool and intelligent, shoppers were interesting. I didn't stay at this position for long because of various life circumstances, however it was a positive experience. I felt respected and was trained to do my job properly by patient managers. Hours were fair, pay was reasonable.

    Cons

    Staff in other departments was not friendly and looked down on book shop staff. I didn't see room for advancement into higher level positions, which was a minus as I took the job hoping it would turn into something more in the future.


  7. "intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    engaging internship in the exhibition and registrar departments

    Cons

    was not always something for me to do

  8. "Good learning experience"

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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at New Museum of Contemporary Art as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked during exhibition openings and events and met new people.

    Cons

    A lot of the time interning was focused on basic duties- copying, printing, filing, sending emails, running errands, etc.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting institution, needs organizational help"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New Museum of Contemporary Art full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting exhibitions and environment
    Close relationships with colleagues
    Many opportunities for learning

    Cons

    Pay is very poor, compared to other museums
    Lack of opportunities for advancement
    Leadership problems are apparent for all staff to see
    No Human Resources department
    High turnover

    Advice to Management

    Offer professional development opportunities to all staff
    Formal performance reviews would help employees to grow
    Hire a dedicated HR professional
    Focus on employee retention


  10. "A great team to join"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Retail Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Retail Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New Museum of Contemporary Art as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Motivated Staff.
    - New Ideas.
    - Challenging Exhibitions.

    Cons

    - Lack of room to grow.
    - Staff isolation.