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  1. Helpful (1)

    "The Management got a lot better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Gallery Attendant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Gallery Attendant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Museum of Sex part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stable hours and stable schedule every week with opportunities to pick up hours. Weekly paid. The staff here are nice and cool, no cliques.

    Cons

    Sometimes, the customers don't give you respect because they think this is not a museum. Museum of Sex is a museum. It's not a strip club or a sex store.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Each day here is a new experience with new people. You just have to make the best out of it"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Gallery Attendant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Gallery Attendant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Museum of Sex part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the customers are fun and engaging
    Employees are cool
    And there is a 50% discount on all the toys

    Cons

    Management management management
    They out making money over proper maintenance of the Museum and some of its attractions

    Advice to Management

    Get new management and owner because some of the team members are disjointed and only have their needs to worry about and not the employees

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Plenty of Unfulfilled Potential"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at The Museum of Sex full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Although working in the shop is indeed retail, it's a very abstract and fun environment thanks to the eclectic staff and interesting customers.

    Cons

    There is no true structure, direction or appreciation for the employees at this company. No matter how well you perform, you're efforts are still worthless. And don't you dare demand any respect!

    Advice to Management

    Be open-minded to ideas of the individuals you are leading, as well as the customers. Give people the room and opportunity to be fully utilized to their greatest capacity. Most importantly, hire people in corporate who are actually in tune with modern times. There's a whole other market you have yet to tap in to, due to not being progressive or open-minded. And if you don't respect and appreciate the work your employees do for you, you'll soon be out of work as well.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Museum of Sex full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun people to work with when they aren't talking behind your back, like children. Great customers who ask great questions and make selling the products fun.

    Cons

    Gossip town, Im pretty sure there is some ethics issues as well as bullying. Questionable HR personnel not sure if they are in touch with current laws. If your not looking to go too far in your career and want to see hoe not to run a business this is surly the place for you!!

    Advice to Management

    Go find work at a place where you can learn and grow, that values your input and will train you so our lives will be easier. Stop last minute planning that's how you waste money and stick with one idea !


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Politics"

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

    I worked at The Museum of Sex full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You can trust few people, not plenty and that is okay. They are flexible with hours and relaxing environment to work in as you get the hang of what you do. Everyone is "nice".

    Cons

    Too many office politics and talking behind each other's backs. CEO will not hear you out and only trusts certain people he shouldn't trust. People who have been there for a long time don't get as much pay/credit/benefits as the new employees. CEO changes his mind VERY quickly and doesn't appreciate the work you do. He expects you to do it NOW, NOW, NOW and finish in the next five minutes after he explains the project. If you dont finish, he gets frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of people who have been there for such a long time! Don't take advantage of them and APPRECIATE the work they do for you since beginning.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Entitlement of a Rich Man could go only so far"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Museum of Sex part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People that attempt to change things for better

    Cons

    CEO himself is not a businessman, he needs to step down and let competent people run the business. Often curses employees out which results in a hostile environment. What's the point coaching if calling your employees dumb F''' apparently is the better way of giving feedback? Unless you are desperate to get a job and willing to be constantly harrassed, stay away and maintain sane.

    Advice to Management

    Stop acting upon your emotions, take a management class. Lead by example instead of trying to conform everyone to your brilliant idea of how to approach your subordinates. Learn some loyalty.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "If you like interesting content but never getting a raise & working for an entitled rich kid, this is the place foryou."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual work environment. Obviously, given the content of the subject matter, majority of staff are liberal thinking and comfortable with their sexuality/individuality and generally have a good sense of humor. Though a couple on the core staff thought themselves above the rest and treated lower level employees in a condescending manner. A lot more interesting than the average office and retail space work environment but ultimately best suited for those who are working but don't actually need money i.e. trust fundies and the like. It's the tourists who keep this place in business.

    Cons

    Low pay for both hourly and salaried employees The latter are expected to be grateful to have a "cool" job and never question that they won't ever have a chance for a raise, promotion or annual review. The out-of-touch owner/founder/CEO comes from money and uses this funded-by-Daddy operation to help pay for his other, fledgling ventures. Often, he makes "business decisions" while not in a lucid state of mind and has even fired people with no prior warning about work performance or whatever reason is behind the dismissal. When I worked there, he was too cheap to have direct deposit and often just "didn't get around to signing paychecks." I remember forcing lunch money loans on co-workers who couldn't go eat since they were counting on getting their check on time and then did not get it.

    Advice to Management

    Try and remember that people aren't working for you for fun or bragging rights. They need to pay rent, put food on their tables and don't have rich Daddys to run to when they find their bank account in the red. Listen to the qualified people you've hired to manage the place on your behalf on a daily basis and don't just waltz in when you feel like it and undo the work they've done simply because you can or you feel like acting on a whim. Your staff is so small, it wouldn't take much effort to get to know them as human beings right down to the hourly wage folks. Stop making important decisions when you are in party mode.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "A sandbox for a rich boy to play in--Company is a dead end. Museum is immature and not serious."

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    Former Employee - Former Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Former Creative Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Museum of Sex full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Appeals to the fringe element--the tatooed, body-pierced, gay, etc. Is not a serious buiness with a serious plan for growth or success. It doesn't matter--the owner comes from money and doesn't need to succeed. Any positive reviews on this site have likely been placed by the owner, who routinely employs internet "shills" to make false positive reviews about his Company on this and any other venue.

    Cons

    As other reviews have indicated, the office culture is poisened by the owner who is hot-tempered, immature, and simply not a business person. He's impulsive and his abilities are limited, quite frankly. Any attempts to work in an organized, planned matter get squashed by him in short order. He also surrounds himself with people less competent than himself as he has a definite need to be the smartest guy in the room.

    Advice to Management

    The top guy really should turn over the keys to a professionally capable manager. With a mature hand to guide things, the concept could possibly stand a chance. However, as it stands now, it is an amateurish hobby store with no legitimate future.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Intimidating atmosphere, socially bias company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Museum of Sex full-time

    Pros

    Interesting exhibits at times. Nice retail store and bar.

    Cons

    Owner demands unrealistic target end dates. Yelling at employees and using the four letter "F" word is a common occurrence by owner and operations manager. Health insurance and other benefits are only given to a few upper executive. The only paid holidays are Christmas and Thanksgiving given to selected lower management. Hourly worker get nothing. Employees have been fired without prior warning

    Advice to Management

    A recommend anger management programs for emotional or verbal abusers.


  10. "Creatively ambitious"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Museum of Sex full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is without doubt one of the most creative places I've ever worked. Intense, but in a good way. Owner is nuts, in a good way. I've been able to do things and have creative opportunities unlike any other places I've worked and have learned a tremendous amount in the process. The upper management staff is incredibly devoted, most long-term and some (including me) have refused higher salaries to stay in this energized environment. The people who write negative review here (as is typical of most review sites) are likely sour grapes and likely couldn't cut the mustard. Owner is demanding but fair sometimes letting bad stuff slide too long with staff.

    Cons

    It can get chaotic and overly intense. I've been burnt out on more than one occasion. Sometimes silly office politics but that happens everywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Have better judgement on some of the hires. Get more organized to extent possible.


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