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The Phillips Collection Reviews

Updated May 8, 2018
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  1. "Internship Review"

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

    Pros

    The Phillips is an amazing place to intern. Its a smaller museum so you have the opportunity to learn a lot about the inner workings of a museum, get to be involved in a variety of tasks and experience various facets of museum work.

    Cons

    There are none that come to mind.


  2. "Cool place, but not much room for advancement."

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

    I worked at The Phillips Collection part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - lots of time spent with beautiful artwork
    -some really awesome staff members
    -free museum entry

    Cons

    -if you start from the Museum Assistant position, there isn't much room for advancement/mobility to other departments even for highly qualified Art History and Museum Studies graduates
    -very haughty and catty attitudes amongst senior level staff

    Advice to Management

    Give more opportunities and mobility to Museum Assistants. It's really strange that there are so many master's degree holders working as MA's who have been in that position for more than two years.

  3. "It's what you make of it"

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    Former Employee - Museum Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Museum Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Phillips Collection part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The staff is lovely - everyone is passionate about art and many of the other Museum Assistants are artists or aspiring art historians. The supervisors are very supportive and generally flexible.

    Cons

    You are required to work Saturdays or Sundays when starting. It can be difficult to change your regular shifts. The Museum is strict with their no sitting/no distractions policy when on duty.


  4. "Museum Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Phillips Collection part-time

    Pros

    People are awesome and it's such a beautiful museum. The culture is positive and they pay isn't amazing but it's very decent for part-time work. Also, you can pick up additional shifts every now and then to make more $.

    Cons

    The job is standing all day long, which is sometimes very exhausting, and you sometimes need to deal with less than polite guests.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for people to move up and around to different areas of the museum.


  5. "Museum Assistant"

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

    I worked at The Phillips Collection part-time

    Pros

    Great pay, flexible schedule, fun supervisors/coworkers, interesting place

    Cons

    Have to work a weekend day, long hours standing, nothing too major


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Soul-sucking"

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

    I have been working at The Phillips Collection part-time

    Pros

    Peers are lovely to work with

    Cons

    low pay, no chance for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Treat your part-time and support staff with respect. I feel like a piece of furniture


  7. Helpful (1)

    "teacher programs coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Phillips Collection full-time

    Pros

    colleagues, community, collaboration, space to create, and excellent programming ideas

    Cons

    no room to grow, little value placed on staff...

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, gorgeous surroundings"

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    Former Employee - Museum Assistant
    Former Employee - Museum Assistant

    I worked at The Phillips Collection part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a fantastic organization and the supervisors were in my experience simply wonderful to work with. You are always surrounded by breathtaking art, my coworkers were smart, cultured and friendly and it's close to metro.

    Cons

    Low pay, very cold year round in the galleries, it can get boring at some posts, the occasional obnoxious visitor having a bad day. Not much room for advancement but it's a great starter job.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Museum Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Museum Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Museum Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Phillips Collection part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pros are that the museum is air conditioned and beautiful. The people are nice and the supervisors are flexible.

    Cons

    The pay is only $10.19/hour and they only give you part time hours. You are also required to stand for hours at a time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop only promoting people under 30! That's age discrimination!


  10. "Interesting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The art was very pleasing.

    Cons

    Everything is outdated and old fashioned.


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