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Tate Reviews

Updated March 19, 2019
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  1. "Research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people listen to you and provide constructive feedback.

    Cons

    None. I always had good communication and help from the people above me.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!!


  2. "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tate full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, learn lots, working hours,

    Cons

    Low pay, corporate, lack of involvement within in the arts

    Advice to Management

    Hire a more creative workforce

  3. "Art-Fun, hard work sometimes"

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    Current Employee - Events Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Events Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tate part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice environment, food, good discount packages, training opportunities

    Cons

    Unstable hours, Sometimes not enough, good if you study or have another part-time job


  4. "Does anyone have a clue?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tate full-time

    Pros

    Admissions to other galleries.
    Working for institution like Tate

    Cons

    Management contradict each other and are a little stuck in their ways. New ways of thinking is a good thing.

    Advice to Management

    Modernise your ways of doing business.


  5. "Experience did not meet expectations"

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

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

    Pros

    Activities happening around the Institution: staff networks, Tate Exchange, volunteer opportunities, external resources for psychological and legal support, etc; free entry to many UK museums with Tate staff pass.

    Cons

    Though working at Tate is considered to be a prestigious opportunity amongst arts professionals, my personal experience was far from what I was expecting. Business practices are convoluted with bureaucracy, response to incoming requests and pressing issues is slow and inefficient, management is oblivious to contemporary management practices and ideas and there is a tremendous lack of diversity in the department I worked for (despite Tate's notable efforts to increase diversity). Because of the size of the organisation it really comes down to who your managers are and whether they are efficient and good at their job. The HR department is not helpful at all and is definitely prioritising personal gain and making sure that they are covered, over ensuring employee satisfaction or support. Due to the structure of the company you can find yourself in very frustrating situations often, and due to the amount of work it is difficult to stay connected to staff networks and activities that would improve the overall experience.

    Advice to Management

    To HR: Be more open and understanding, offer further support and above all else listen to the employees' concerns.

    To Management: Get better at managing people and recognising their strengths and weaknesses.


  6. "Art galleries"

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    Current Employee - Invigilator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Invigilator in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tate full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Unusual work, nice public, challenging.

    Cons

    Bad HR practice, no money.


  7. "Good, but beaurocracy is tiring"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tate full-time

    Pros

    Great people, fantastic perks, puts you in a good position for future jobs, you learn about entire industry very quickly, opportunity to be very close to the art and the ground breaking exhibitions.

    Cons

    Everyone is overworked and underpaid - unless you're in a senior role. No real room for development, or career progression, until someone above you leaves - then they'll hire someone completely external who you'll probably have to train for six months.

    Advice to Management

    Having a more democratic and less hierarchical institution will help you - both in remaining a cutting edge and forward thinking gallery, and retaining your staff

  8. "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tate part-time

    Pros

    Great people and amazing spaces to work in

    Cons

    Sometimes there isn't a great feeling of support from higher up for customer service workers


  9. "Brilliant Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tate (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culturally and socially - an amazing place to work

    Cons

    The remuneration is not great


  10. "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tate full-time

    Pros

    Work with incredible, good focus on staff well-being

    Cons

    Low pay, not much upward movement opportunities