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Phillips Auctioneers Reviews

Updated March 30, 2017
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  1. "Accounting"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Accounting in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Phillips Auctioneers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, exposure to great art, established policies, easily set responsibilities

    Cons

    mostly lateral movement, sometimes long hours,

    Advice to Management

    upgrade systems


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Decent job, difficult boss"

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

    I worked at Phillips Auctioneers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Because it's smaller than Christie's or Sotheby's, I really had the opportunity to work very closely with everyone in the company. Especially before new management, I had no issues speaking to the CEO on a weekly basis, often daily during busy spells. Outside of the season, work/life balance is great. I have hope for the new management but didn't stay long enough to really see where it was going.

    Cons

    If you are not a specialist, there really is no room for career advancement. Raises are next to impossible to get. During high season, work load is incredibly challenging. I also had a particularly difficult boss, who was well-known by everyone to be quite a challenge. This person was nudged out the door shortly after I left.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more professional development and realize that employees in support roles are as knowledgable about the business as those in specialist departments. Provide more room to grow. I would have wanted to make a long-term career at Phillips but didn't feel Phillips wanted that for me.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Business Development"

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    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The business is interesting and the people seem to be nice.

    Cons

    Each department is very closed and within a department there might be a sense of camaraderie, company-wide there is no sense that as a group they support each other or Phillips.

    Advice to Management

    Look around you. There are great people who want to do well and succeed. Give them the tools. Feeling connected and feeling appreciated actually can be achieved in other ways than salary, but the people who don't earn a great salary aren't given passes to museums or invites to fairs. New management is smug and blazing a new trail but will fail.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Best colleagues, terrible management"

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    Former Employee - Client Services in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Client Services in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Phillips Auctioneers part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Across the board from admins to specialists, employees were passionate and knowledgable about their field. W place to learn something new everyday.

    Cons

    No merit-based raises (when I worked there at least), rather raises had to accompany a promotion. Chaos amidst upper management. Rigid hierarchy meant junior employees are often treated disrespectfully by clients and management. Zero investment in employees, who are all seen as replaceable.

    Advice to Management

    Giving employees even a modicum of autonomy. Invest in their professional development.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Young, hip auction house. (not for everyone)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The youthful environment was exactly what I wanted. Specialities in only contemporary really help focus this company on what's important. Work is work, but at least I enjoyed all the small tasks that are thrown in the mix.

    Cons

    This place is a little bit disorganized, but it depends on the department. Also, you'd think a new sales floor would have phones and internet that worked during an auction.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Elitist, not much room to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Phillips Auctioneers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    In the world of auction houses, this one is relatively small, so there's the opportunity to literally work with every staff member around the world and usually, meet them in person during the biggest sales. The sales include great pieces with very good installations, so you're always around new, exciting work. For contemporary art lovers, it's a great place to be. Staff is, for the most part, super knowledgeable. If you work in the art world, it's a very good place to help you understand how it works and who the key players are.

    Cons

    As with many auction houses, it's extremely elitist and very competitive, with constant drama between specialists and departments. Unless you're at the specialist level or above, don't expect anyone in any department besides yours to speak to you, let alone be friendly. If you're not in one of the sales departments, there are very few, if any, options for career growth, and roles are pretty straight forward, so there's not a lot of professional growth either.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employee development


  7. "Not the best"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    401k Is the Only Thing Beneficial

    Cons

    No work life balance. Over worked and underpaid. Not civilized and very cut throat

    Advice to Management

    Give ppl a work/life balance and better pay plus better benefits


  8. "Accounts"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Phillips Auctioneers full-time

    Pros

    Non really.. maybe they pay in time

    Cons

    Cold and stressful working enviroment. No one talk to each other.

    Advice to Management

    Look more for your people.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Proceed with caution"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Phillips Auctioneers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great offices, good perks. Frequent travel and fun clientele. Company is small enough to know all or most of your colleagues personally. Very little bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Extreme office politics, very little upward mobility, frequent short term objective changes by the owners. Big boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out the drama and give clearer leadership. And take your staff more seriously. Invest in them.


  10. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    It's ok for starting your career

    Cons

    It's not as dynamic as it should be

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any advice


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