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Peabody Essex Museum Reviews

Updated May 8, 2017
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  1. "Development Intern"

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    Former Intern - Development Intern in Salem, MA
    Former Intern - Development Intern in Salem, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peabody Essex Museum as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work culture at the museum. Full-time staff are very friendly and willing to assist interns in learning and growth. Great internship for those interested in museum / nonprofit development.

    Cons

    A top-heavy institution. Upper management expect a lot from interns who are uncompensated.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great staff. Great benefits. If you are not a Top admin or executive, the pay is low."

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    Former Employee - Security in Salem, MA
    Former Employee - Security in Salem, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peabody Essex Museum (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you like art and history, GREAT place to work. Knowledgeable staff. Many historical things to see.

    Cons

    Money is horded at the top. There is a class line drawn in the imaginary sand. People from the Museum Office look down at some staff that work in the actual Museum. Pretty sad when the Mr. Monroe will go out of his way to say hello while other "co-workers" act like you dont exist.

    Advice to Management

    The museum lost sight of how it came about: Local maritime trade.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Salem, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Salem, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Peabody Essex Museum (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot and was able to meet people in numerous departments. As well as network and develop skills in the field u wanted.

    Cons

    At times the work load was scarce and I found myself trying to keep busy on my own.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "do a couple of years and them move on"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Salem, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Salem, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Peabody Essex Museum full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    PEM is doing impressive work in the museum world, great exhibitions, great design, great community programming. One could add some strong work to one's portfolio here. They're striking a good balance between being popular, tourist-pleasing exhibitions and legitimately interesting curatorial work--far surpassing the MFA in that capacity.

    Cons

    They continue to add upper-level management and not enough worker bees to get anything done. Huge political rifts between departments, extremely territorial and difficult to move between departments because of it. There was 100% turnover in the marketing department during my time there. Manger berated and belittled his staff, so we became adept at predicting his moods and second-guessing our decisions, not at taking creative risks and doing strong work. It's notable that they are rarely able to hire from within the northeast museum world--their reputation for having a terrible work culture precedes them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting management's obsession with PEM's national reputation ahead of employee satisfaction. Way too much ego at the top.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent Facility and Perks"

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    Former Employee - Guest Services Lead in Salem, MA
    Former Employee - Guest Services Lead in Salem, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Peabody Essex Museum part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Perks: Free Museum Admission to several area museums. Great access to cultural events and lectures. Educated atmosphere with healthy collaboration between departments.

    Cons

    Little room for upward mobility. There were riffs between certain departments with no chance of bridging the gap when looking to change departments.

    Advice to Management

    Give every applicant a chance to change positions, regardless of the department in which they begin their career with your company.


  7. "Excellent org"

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    Former Employee - Collections Manager
    Former Employee - Collections Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Peabody Essex Museum full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big, growing organization that has big dreams. Always seems to be expanding

    Cons

    Top heavy, so big you can get lost as an employee. Emphasis on funding as opposed to scholarship.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good people / Lots of turnover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Peabody Essex Museum (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people who work there are usually great to work with. The exhibitions are fantastic and collections are amazing.

    Cons

    Salaries are well below competitive Boston museum comparable. Upper management is top-heavy. Promotions are few and hard to come by. The director spends oodles of money on his travel.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more and actually promote people.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "top heavy management, great worker staff"

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    Current Employee - Staff
    Current Employee - Staff

    Pros

    good hours and creative environment.

    Cons

    top heavy senior management. No room for advancement. Due to numerous layoffs because of "re-structuring" the staff has absorbed the responsibilities and duties of former staff with no extra compensation. Obscene amounts of money spent on travel and entertainment by senior staff and no raises for regular staff.

    Advice to Management

    Provide incentibe to staff to advance...put your money towards staff salaries