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Rubin Museum Of Art Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. "Excellent opportunity to learn and grow."

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    Former Employee - Publicity in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Publicity in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People here are passionate about their work, and even for those not familiar with Himalayan art, the energy and enthusiasm is contagious, and you quickly learn a lot and join the museum's mission.

    Cons

    It can sometimes be difficult to innovate and carry out new concepts.

    Advice to Management

    There is value in hearing the feedback from the "shop floor" so to speak.


  2. "Great for young professionals"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rubin Museum Of Art full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Staff has incredible energy and dedication

    Cons

    Sometimes slow to enact change

  3. Helpful (2)

    "No Opportunities for Professional Development"

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

    I worked at Rubin Museum Of Art full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to commute to compared to UES museums.

    Cons

    There's little room for professional development if you are hired in as junior staff. Managers are never created from within, they are always 9 times out of 10 hired in from outside organizations. Staff turnover at the Assistant Manager and Coordinator level is very high, and it's exceptionally frustrating to see positions open up over you, only to be filled by new hires with equal experience to yours, right down to the year you graduated college. Titles are confusing, and cause even more confusion when hiring in outside senior staff. Actual responsibility exceeds junior staff titles to an extreme degree, and there is an inexplicable disconnect between what department directors think their staff does and should be doing, vs. what they actually do.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that Director level staff are not constantly out of the office or in meetings, so that they can stay aware of what the day to day department priorities are. Promote from within. Hire more entry level staff and less senior level staff.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Confusing, Dysfunctional, Arbitrary, Burnout Central"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rubin Museum Of Art full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a very cultured environment and the access to events and free admission to other Museums is a huge plus. Youngish staff.

    Cons

    The offices are so understaffed that there is no time to manage any administrative tasks, managers often restrict access to use of volunteers and interns, and reward colleagues in an arbitrary manner. Promotions and bonuses go to the favorite employee and that's about it. Departments are very small, and there is no real room for advancement. There is no compensation for eligible overtime. It is easy to be reprimanded for a poor attitude but it is very difficult to maintain a friendly work demeanor in the face of such a demanding workload.
     Coworkers can be really snobby, and tend to be well traveled and very well educated, but not necessarily unsheltered; so you work around a lot of young clueless privileged people who talk like they run the museum practically by themselves but really spend most of the day fussing around on their phones before peacing out at 4:59 to take a long weekend somewhere nice. My boss had very little insight in to my day to day tasks, and would give contradictory advice about projects. There is nobody to manage projects or workflow so often assignments would come from outside my department, and coworkers have no qualms about asking someone to take on an unrealistic task without looping in their supervisor. Job titles are utterly inconsistent with a person's actual duties. I was repeatedly left out of the loop on projects and department related initiatives only to be embarrassed publicly for my lack of knowledge in to x y z thing.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people, be more flexible with titles, hire more clerks, project managers, and department coordinators, compensate for overtime, allow more staff to work from home, and reward exceptional work more quickly.


  5. "Good benefits for an unpaid internship"

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

    Pros

    Great museum, friendly employees. Good discounts, fun events. Lots of variety of departments to work in.

    Cons

    It is unfortunate that the internships are unpaid, but the discounts and benefits are good.


  6. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Rubin Museum Of Art (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, free admission to all major NYC museums

    Cons

    For being an intern there weren't many cons


  7. "Great Place For Temporary/Student Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rubin Museum Of Art part-time

    Pros

    Great environment with supportive supervisors

    Cons

    No way to move up-- outside hires

  8. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Community work environment is positive

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted even when taking on more responsibility


  9. "Great Team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Staff is cool and layed back
    Work place is calm
    Celebs come in unannounced at times
    Free museum tours and free Fridays after 6pm

    Cons

    At times, staff communication lacks
    The busy season, winter time as most job gets hectic.
    The pay rate is pretty decent not good but decent.

    Advice to Management

    I dnt think i realy have any advice. The Rubin is just one of those places that if you need a mind break go, its worth it. Other than that i just on here to look at reviews.


  10. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    Great people, great atmosphere, great experience

    Cons

    Pay, high turnover rate, and a lot of emails


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