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The Phillips Collection Reviews

Updated August 1, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. 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


  5. 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...


  6. 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.


  7. 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!

  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Can't imagine doing this long-term"

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

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

    Pros

    Co-workers were generally very nice people, and all the supervisors I met were great. It was cool having the opportunity to view works and exhibits that I would otherwise have to pay to see. The guest pass policy is quite reasonable. Leave requests are granted often and generously if one gives enough advance notice. The Phillips clearly wants to be an equal opportunity employer.

    Cons

    Salary isn't worth the toll this job exacts on your back and knees. No worthwhile opportunity for advancement. Departments don't communicate well with each other and it shows.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to leave feedback in the comment box. No paper, no pencil/pen?

    Let guards sit! I've been told by friends who've visited the Louvre that guards are allowed to sit when people are in a room. If it's good enough for the Louvre surely it's good enough for the Phillips. Forcing people to stand for eight hours without much movement is a surefire way to destroy their bodies. If nothing else, be more willing to grant exceptions to those with less hardy joints.

    And provide more training in terms of interacting with disabled visitors. (The buildings could be made far more accessible, but that is another matter.) The fire safety training I received told us to leave wheelchair users on upper floors, even if they could easily be helped down stairs and out the building!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "I enjoyed my experience at the museum. Interesting co-workers. Great exhibitions."

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    Former Employee - Engagement Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Engagement Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you love modern art, then The Phillips Collection is one of the best museums in the country to start a career. The rotating permanent exhibition and special exhibitions keep the job interesting.

    Cons

    Salaries are not on par with comparable positions at other museums.

    Advice to Management

    Fairly compensate all employees, especially museum assistants!


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