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New Museum of Contemporary Art Reviews

Updated November 14, 2018
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  1. "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


  2. "Average Capitalist Employer"

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    Former Employee - Visitor Services Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Visitor Services Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    By normal abysmal labor treatment standards, the New Museum is fine. We made the approximate "living wage" of ~$15/hr (no benefits), had a few sick days, and no one harassed me while I was there. Separate from labor issues, I had fun working there. The shows were cool and my coworkers were nice.

    Cons

    Most of the time I worked there, I was led to believe that I was a "temporary" employee. There were literally times when we didn't know if we would have a job the next week. Also, when the show was popular, for multiple months, they asked us to work 5-6 days a week (40+ hours), and though we got overtime pay, we didn't get benefits. And it was our hard work that translated directly into the Museum raking in tons of $$$ from that show. For all its "radical" posturing, the New Museum's "upstairs" people (execs, curators, etc) are old money bourgeois, and the security guards are working class, and I'm pretty sure did not have full time jobs with benefits, even though they definitely worked full time there. The upstairs people barely pretend that they all work at the same place, even though those same security guards have worked there for years. That's mostly why I'm giving 2 stars aggregate. I really have no words for how infuriating and hypocritical that is.

    Advice to Management

    Offer your full-time employees actual full-time jobs, pay $40,000 minimum, and give them benefits.

  3. "Hard work with little to no recognition."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New Museum of Contemporary Art full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great staff - wonderful people to work with aside from upper management

    Cons

    Hard work is expected but rarely acknowledged. They do not value their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Work on valuing the people who work for you.


  4. "Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at New Museum of Contemporary Art full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The New Museum has an amazing mission and finally found its place in the art scene with their Bowery Street building.

    Cons

    Better management structure is needed. Too much last minute planning.


  5. "fellow"

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

    I worked at New Museum of Contemporary Art full-time

    Pros

    Nice staff and top management, a lot of management changes recently. Coolest museum in the world

    Cons

    little room to grow for junior employee


  6. "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.


  7. "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

    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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Bookstore was Great Experience while I was a Student"

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    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.


  10. 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