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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Reviews

Updated Mar 29, 2019

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3.3
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Neal Benezra
21 Ratings
Pros
  • "The collections and exhibitions are enough to inspire but what makes SFMOMA special is the incredible staff(in 6 reviews)

  • "Diverse work environment with interesting opportunities(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "low pay, extreme hierarchy, lacks inclusivity(in 6 reviews)

  • "Underpaid, fiercely competitive, low morale(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "On-call AV tech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art part-time

    Pros

    Great staff, often hire internally, respectful superiors

    Cons

    Wish I worked here full time!

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art2019-03-29
  2. "The staff make the museum"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The collections and exhibitions are enough to inspire but what makes SFMOMA special is the incredible staff. You won't ever work with more interesting people.

    Cons

    The museum has grown immensely with the addition of exhibition space and staffing. They are still adjusting to this growth so there has been a lot of turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. The ideal candidates are in the building!

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art2018-12-27
  3. "Admin Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art full-time

    Pros

    The art, programs and events

    Cons

    low pay, extreme hierarchy, lacks inclusivity

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art2018-12-20
  4. "Inconsistent Culture"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Access to art and programming, culture that encourages and fosters learning, great base pay for younger people entering the workforce, interesting coworkers who are passionate about art

    Cons

    Almost no opportunities to move up (despite what many in management say), stagnant wages, culture that privileges passive aggressive behavior over directness, cliquey interdepartmental environment

    Advice to Management

    Stop denying or glossing over the struggles of frontline staff. Treat them like coworkers, because they are.

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art2018-10-22
  5. "Not worth it - don't bother"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art full-time

    Pros

    fantastic art collection, fantastic coworkers

    Cons

    Toxic workplace, terrible leadership, low morale. Most of the senior staff make crazy money while the assistants can barely afford food and rent. The pay disparity is horrible and hypocritical for a community-focused museum. Turnover is constant, nobody stays for longer than a year.

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art2018-10-15
  6. "Assistant Registrar"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I worked at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Working with a dedicated team/staff - Working with an unrivaled art collection - Located in the heart of San Francisco - Opportunities to advance within the organization - Lots of opportunities for independent work and team work on projects

    Cons

    - While the pay is good for working in a non-profit, the cost of living in San Francisco makes it difficult to maintain a healthy financial lifestyle

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art2018-08-06
  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Reflecting on my time at SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, my first full time, post-collegiate job, I am extremely grateful for the opportunities to learn, network, and expand my skill set. The staff were exemplary and the museum itself, world-class. It’s so important that undergraduates in majors like mine, Art History, know that it is very possible for us to be employed, and that museums are indeed willing...

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    Cons

    Some issues arose in my time and I wish that management had addressed them better. Loved working here, but when issues were allowed to fester it made coming to work slightly uncomfortable

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art2018-08-03
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic culture and rampant megalomania"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The art, the view from the lunch room

    Cons

    Lack of advancement for internal applicants, Inexperienced middle managers who were promoted/hired because they’re good at doing the work but completely lack people skills, senior managers are incredibly out of touch with the day to day realities of the bulk of staff and larger Bay Area community, advancement and career development opportunities are reserved for managers’ favorites, below cost of living wages

    Advice to Management

    Climb down from your tower and really try to understand the reality for the bulk of your staff and members.

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art2018-07-04
  9. Helpful (10)

    "Lack of Inclusion and Diversity"

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    Current Employee - Front Line in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Art education whenever you want (I mean going through galleries on your own), free museum reciprocity to other institutions

    Cons

    SFMOMA would have been a nice place to work at if there was inclusion, diversity, and collaboration. Co-workers on the same level as you are great but if they're higher than you even with a step forward, they look down on you and treat you like how white elite members treat you. Yes, if you're thinking of applying as a front line staff, think again especially when you're a person of color because people treat you like...

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    Advice to Management

    As long as no one represents POC in key positions. There'll be no change. As long as the administration / board is white / men, there'll be no change... especially in the near future.

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art2018-03-28
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Front of House"

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    Former Employee - Visitor Services in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The workplace is beautiful and you are always surrounded by engaging art. Most of the front house staff is generally pleasant, friendly, and intelligent.

    Cons

    True lack of diversity among management and back of house staff. Like many large museums, they hire People of Color to work on the floor and engage the public so that the staff seems diverse to visitors but there is a lack of non-white staff behind the closed door. This has been a problem in the museum world for decades and even in progressive San Francisco, the largest art museum in the city plays the same game as the...

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    Advice to Management

    Don't just hire token minorities to make the institution look good on paper. Staff the entire museum from front to back with diverse people who bring different perspectives to the workplace.

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art2018-04-27
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