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Park West Gallery Reviews

Updated October 15, 2018
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Albert Scaglione
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Pros
  • "Travel the world, work hard and you shall receive" (in 22 reviews)

  • "Work and live on a cruise ship, and host live auctions" (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Somewhat long hours, but it pays off" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Well, EVERYONE onboard a cruise ship works really hard" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "My Dream Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Park West Gallery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have always wanted to work on a cruise ship because of the excitement, the entertainment, and the overall luxury experience. After working with this company for 3 years I can happily say this is the best job to have on a cruise ship. This job has opened doors in many ways, the hiring and training process challenges you in ways to become a better person. I feel like there are never two days that are the same because of the people you meet and the places you see! If you want to be challenged, make friends and clients from all over, plus waking up in a new country, this will be your dream job too.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work, you will be working every day for at least 5 hours for 5 months at a time. It’s well worth it though!


  2. "A Long Journey with Lasting Dividends"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Travel
    Pay
    Accommodation
    Sales Training
    Rapid Growth and Promotion

    Cons

    New hires often not ready for transition
    Breaking through takes time

  3. "Interesting Work"

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

    I have been working at Park West Gallery full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best parts about working for this company are the people and the dynamic nature of the work. Whether you work on board or on land, every day is a little different and you work with interesting people from all over the world. If you like working with people, traveling, public speaking, sales, and thinking creatively about problem solving, you'll love it.

    Cons

    A lot is expected of anyone working on board or on land. It's not an easy job and if you don't have a strong work ethic, you won't last.

    Advice to Management

    Continue offering transparency to staff


  4. Helpful (1)

    "The Best Job!"

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

    I have been working at Park West Gallery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sales skills, public speaking skills, continued & growing training's, traveling the world, room for career growth

    Cons

    Some guests may be more tough to cater to. Can have long days while out at sea, but then more low key days while docked in port to balance it out.

    Advice to Management

    Continue developing the training's so that it's always improved for every class


  5. "Booming business and visionary leadership"

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    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Park West Gallery full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very dynamic and thriving business in a growing industry with progressive and visionary leadership.

    Cons

    systems and technology have not grown at the same pace as the business but that is being remedied.


  6. "The most rewarding job out there!"

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    Current Employee - Art Director
    Current Employee - Art Director
    Recommends

    I have been working at Park West Gallery full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic sales training, opportunities for growth in the company, leadership skills, make friends and meet coworkers from all over the world, travel the world, great for people who are driven and like to be rewarded based on the effort they put in.

    Cons

    You will work hard in this job, but the more effort you put in, the more you will get out.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Art Associate"

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    Current Employee - ARt Associate
    Current Employee - ARt Associate
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Park West Gallery full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's the most fun job in the world. Work and live on a cruise ship, and host live auctions. I didn't have much of an art background, when I started, but the training session is excellent and teaches you art history, sales skills, and public speaking skills.

    On the cruise ship, your job consists of speaking with guests in the gallery, and helping with the live auctions. The days can be long, but it's a good fit, if you are a people person, and don't want to be sitting at a desk all day.

    There is also great growth potential. I started 8 months ago, and plan to become an auctioneer within a year, which is very achievable. Overall, it's a great job if you want something a little different.

    Cons

    Your pay is delayed one month, in case guests return their artwork, so you don't get your first paycheck for about 6 weeks.

    You have to do a medical exam for the cruise ship that can be quite expensive.

    The hours onboard can be long on auction days.

    Advice to Management

    Overall, management seems to be quite strong. Keep up the good work!

  8. "Great company, really interesting industry, lots of opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Creative in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Creative in Southfield, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Park West Gallery full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, great work environment, company is well-funded and secure, exposure to clients from all over the world

    Cons

    Occasionally long hours. Trying to satisfy customers can be challenging.


  9. "Art Director"

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

    I worked at Park West Gallery full-time

    Pros

    Travel the world, work hard and you shall receive

    Cons

    Long hours, months away, no benefits


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Onboard Art Associate: a labor scheme"

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

    I worked at Park West Gallery full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    you'd say travel, but that also comes with sharing living quarters smaller than a police cell. the training in Miami is actually rather good, but the benefits of a skilled home office end there. It's nice you get food on the ships, too bad you're often literally not even given time to eat.

    Cons

    The absolutely unrealistic expectations placed on you as the company serially under-staffs Art Prepares and instead expects the commissioned staff (Art Associate & above) to do two jobs but get paid for one...which works great for the Auctioneers and Gallery Directors because they've been hazed enough into the mob-boss mentality of the system to pressure you to work beyond reasonable extremes (and beyond the hourly limits of cruise lines & the International Labor Org ILO), always getting off work past midnight on some lesser-well-managed-ships (which might happen because, well, you're out at sea and stuck with whatever underqualified management team you have who rose-through-the-ranks for questionable reasons...with no reasonable way for HQ to really see what's going on), and often times closer to 1am, when you're due up at 5:30 am....no heed to the fact that ILO & the cruise lines mandate you need at least 6 hours from the end of one shift to the beginning of the next....

    ...if you bring that up, you'll just be encouraged to lie on your timecard because hey you're just a body to be thrown on the fire. Most people leave either within the first 2 weeks, or if not that, first 2 months when the see the structural inefficiencies that you're just expected to deal with...think of lockers so overstocked that it takes you (bare with me now) 20 minutes just to get to something in the shelves because you need to take broken-trolleys out& down the hallway that are stuffed with 'art' just because the lockers are so overstuffed that every time you close up the locker, you have to wheel in trolleys filled to the brim in on top. Seriously on most ships you will play such a constant game of "tetrus" trying to find a place for everything that what could be loaded away in an hour will take you at least two hours just to cram everything in.

    Also, if you have a conscience or sense of decency, when you realize even art-works of decent "taste" are really just computer reproductions with a clear-coat of GLUE glazed over them to look like someone put paint-strokes of color, its a little hard to approach clients with a straight face. But really, the art itself is debatable...the REAL problem with this subcontractor is that they indenture a cult-like attitude of "buy in & commit yourself 16 hours a day with 5 hour sleep between one day and the next, or cop out" (so much for the fact you're not even effective when they treat you like that sleep is unreasonable) when a lot of what you end up spending your time on is systematic waste that should be better organized, for both you individually AND THE COMPANY to better make money...and the way to rise through the ranks is to adopt this attitude yourself, to become adept at pushing others to extremes that are not just unreasonable but also not productive. Taaaadaaa you get ship after ship managed mostly by unreasonable children who have been so indentured into the system that they don't know any better but to continue inflicting what they've "learned".

    ALSO: beware of the unrealistic "high ratings" this company has gotten on here, I am reasonably certain employees who are in the mid-way of "sticking it out" (as my roommate was) are encouraged to leave positive reviews as they convince themselves it's worth the while....most employees leave if not within the first 2 weeks then the first 2 months. Many of the reviews on here are from the few people who have staid around to join the cult/labor pyramid scheme, rather than the majority who leave.

    Advice to Management

    If you say you're going to have Art Preparers to support Art Associastes, actually do it. There is already such an enormous (and frankly unreasonable) mark-up that you get on all these (largely) computer copies that you can at least do your teams the decency of staffing them appropriately...rather than letting all the duties of the Art Preparer fall on the Art Associates who inevitably will be bullied into fufilling those duties by the little managers of their fiefdom/ships. Really 5 hours of sleep (or often less) a night is totally unreasonable when you need to be not just 'present' but 'patient' and 'engaged' with guests the next day. Employees deserve to be treated with humane and reasonable standards...there's a reason ILO standards exist. You'll get better results from your employees (and maybe a higher retention rate) if they're given the ability to rest and eat.

    Also, small note: Albert (CEO) should stay away from the religion talk at training...just kinda makes it seem even more of a cult where everyone there has to drink the kool-aid.

    Additionally, Art Associates should make a higher commission bonus off their pre-bids or sales that go through, because otherwise it just makes it obvious how much a pyramid scheme this is where the only way to make money is rising to be the fiefdom boss (I mean "auctioneer") who makes vastly more than the associates, regardless of working a ton less hours. If we're in this together, treat us like 'each role is valuable' rather than the 'only end-game is to get to Gallery Director or Auctioneer', because the pay structure's balance reflects a pyramid scheme.