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Sotheby's Reviews

Updated Aug 14, 2019

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3.5
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Sotheby's CEO Tad Smith
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56 Ratings
Pros
  • "(in 22 reviews)

  • "Great art, amazing art expertise(in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay for work, hard for entry level positions(in 27 reviews)

  • "Working long hours should be anticipated(in 19 reviews)

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  1. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sotheby's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    beautiful objects to see and learn from

    Cons

    little transparency about salary for people with same job title

    Sotheby's2019-07-16
  2. "cataloguer"

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    Current Employee - Cataloger 

    I have been working at Sotheby's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Professional and respected by clients.

    Cons

    Not that well paid like imagination.

    Sotheby's2019-08-03
  3. "You Eat What You Kill"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sotheby's full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Room to grow if you are motivated

    Cons

    No one will help you do it

    Sotheby's2019-08-05
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company - No room for growth"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sotheby's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I came to Sotheby’s with a year of experience from the competitive auction house. There is a lot of freedom to learn and grow if you’re able to make connection internally with staff.

    Cons

    There is no career path for lower tiered staff and no mentorship from senior staff. It’s difficult to forge growth - not to mention the long hours and mounds of workload...

    Sotheby's2019-06-13
  5. "Get in and Get Out"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sotheby's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a good spring board for your career. Sotheby's is a name institution and you will acquire the skills of the industry that can be applied to other jobs. In addition, you'll get to see incredible art shows that change frequently.

    Cons

    Long hours. During auction season, everyone is expected to work very late. The deadlines are completely insensitive to peoples time and sanity. You'll find that Sotheby's has a very high turn around time. They're far more interested in hiring a steady stream of newbies for low wages than fostering long term employees who understand the company and are paid fairly.

    Advice to Management

    Work to live, not live to work.

    Sotheby's2019-06-11
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Honest review of Sotheby's"

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    Current Employee - Digital in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sotheby's full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Museum access in NYC and globally

    Cons

    Serious lack of training. Company has no training for digital requests and was honestly a disaster. The day is spent triaging requests from people about the website not functioning and then being scapegoated by "senior" team members.

    Advice to Management

    Create a proper training system for escalated technical errors. Don't allocate them to individual people and then place blame when there are issues that are causes by developers.

    Sotheby's2019-06-02
  7. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sotheby's part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great knowledge of the art market

    Cons

    Office space cramped because no windows where I sat

    Sotheby's2019-05-06
  8. "I didn't leave the South Side for this"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Sotheby's full-time

    Pros

    Proximity to fantastic art; glamorous parties and clients; cocktail party stories

    Cons

    Everyone seems overworked and underpaid. There is a culture of recrimination and finger pointing, trickling down from the top. It is not worth the stress and loss of personal life to work here.

    Sotheby's2019-05-15
  9. "Terrible"

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    Former Employee - Post Sales Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    I worked at Sotheby's full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good entry level pay, beautiful artwork

    Cons

    Horrible environment, overworked staff, cutthroat coworkers, no work/life balance, rude staff, no windows in office, absurd turnover rate

    Sotheby's2019-04-25
  10. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Sotheby's part-time

    Pros

    Good environment. Amazing artwork. Good reputation

    Cons

    Repetitive jobs. Very competitive. Stressful

    Sotheby's2019-04-04
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