Rubin Museum Of Art Reviews

Updated 15 Apr 2020

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14 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good Place to Visit, Not so Great to Work at"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rubin Museum Of Art full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great collection of Himalayan Art and strong public programs. Employees have free access to most Museums in US.

    Cons

    Bloated senior management that mismanages the budget and fumbled with the creation and implementation of the Museum's plans. The work life balance and general company culture doesn't match what is presented to the public as a mindful place to work.

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Go work there if you enjoy being hazed and gaslighted"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Education Coordinator 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rubin Museum Of Art part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free access to museums and cultural institutions across NYC.

    Cons

    Upper management have no valuable strategic direction. Supervisors are petty and take credit for their direct reports' work. Grant funding is misappropriated to different departments. Poor benefits offerings. Almost zero perks. Periodic mass layoffs.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sinking ship"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Level in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rubin Museum Of Art full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Rubin Museum has offered a wonderful experience for the visitor. Unfortunately, the executive staff has grown to a ridiculous size with new appointments unfit for the role due to lack of experience.

    Cons

    Sinking ED and unavailable board bringing everyone down with them.

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  4. "Enlightened Community with NFP Bureaucratic hurdles"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rubin Museum Of Art full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Amazing coworkers, good benefits, beautiful art, great location. Excellent Director but the Board needs updating. Despite smaller salaries there is a high retention rate because it is a great atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Despite efforts to strengthen the internal community, departments often work independently so a clear vision for execution is lacking. Understaffed and underpaid are repeated themes, but that is likely for most non-profits.

  5. Helpful (4)

    "Don’t be fooled"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rubin Museum Of Art full-time

    Pros

    Nice Museum space Friendly, young, and hardworking staff

    Cons

    The junior staff are the only saving grace at this institution. Upper management (from non-curatorial fields), continued to meddle with curatorial matters to the extent that exhibition content became diluted and confusing. E.g. concept of an annual theme co-authored by employees results in a vapid exhibition mission statement, leaving visitors perplexed. External Affairs, in particular, was an overwhelmingly negative environment. Management in External Affairs frequently lashed out, put others down, and micromanaged. The environment became toxic and needlessly stressful for such a small institution. This pointless stress comes entirely from an insecurity-fueled leader who gets thrills from boasting and bullying underlings. Non-curatorial staff package and dilute exhibition content; although necessary in the art world to communicate to audiences, the Rubin’s dilution frequently verges on Orientalist. Human Resources ineffective; allegations of harassment repeatedly ignored. Strongly think twice about accepting an offer here. Don’t be fooled by the shiny museum and promise of “calm”; find someplace to work that’s more established and that pays better.

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "More Turnover Than a Charnel Ground"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rubin Museum Of Art full-time

    Pros

    Nice location, Always lots of fresh faces

    Cons

    Incredibly high turnover rate, Disgruntled staff, Lack of leadership

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  7. "Accountant"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rubin Museum Of Art full-time

    Pros

    Offer days off, simply and easy

    Cons

    Not very professional, not many opportunities to be promoted

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Status quo museum"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rubin Museum Of Art full-time

    Pros

    -small size, not overwhelming to see in a day -good food in cafeteria, nice place to chill. -devoted visitor base -occasionally some interesting exhibitions

    Cons

    -very elitist and very white. Every leader has been a white European man (preferably with a distinguished accent) -near constant infighting among departments and extremely difficult personalities in senior leadership and curatorial. Only the meanest survive. -unprofessional culture and lack of value for employees. management actively discourages recognition of individual accomplishments. Staff has bad morale. Rounds and rounds of layoffs. Museum is considered to have a bad reputation or be irrelevant to the art world. -New age and neocolonial perspectives are taught as universal Buddhist values. Programming caters to wealthy senior citizen age women. -Staff members are fearful to speak up about problems around race and inclusion, as people who have done so in the past have disappeared

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Give credit where credit is due"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rubin Museum Of Art part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting Art, non-western art base Good lectures and programming Great base of members

    Cons

    -Over-worked, under paid employees. Too many part-time positions who are worked as full-times, without benefits. -Huge power divide between full and part time staff -Necessary positions do not get filled in a timely manner after vacated; positions are all demoted once vacant - Small hope of promotion or acknowledgment of effort -Extremely high turn-over rate (currently hemorrhaging staff) -White male promotion rate is unjustly high

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "Culture vultures"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Rubin Museum Of Art

    Pros

    Free access to the museum

    Cons

    Essentially a bunch of middle-aged white hippies exploiting their flimsy understanding of Himalayan culture to squeeze money out of public agencies and multimillionaire donors.

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