Whitney Museum Reviews

Updated 13 Jun 2020

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3.1
46%
Recommend to a Friend
26%
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Whitney Museum Chairman Emeritus Leonard A. Lauder (no image)
Leonard A. Lauder
12 Ratings
Pros
  • "Museum access, get inside look at upcoming exhibitions(in 11 reviews)

  • "access to other museums for free with plus one admission(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance; People work long hours here and they all work really hard(in 5 reviews)

  • "My job required a lot of overtime work, and there was little to no help received even when asked multiple times(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Burns you out"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Coordinator 
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Whitney Museum full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - colleagues are smart, wonderful, and supportive - the programming and exhibitions are insightful, intuitive, and great - fun perks

    Cons

    - there really is no room for advancement and the pay is extremely low for the job. When I presented proof of pay disparities to my manager, it wasn't taken seriously. My job required a lot of overtime work, and there was little to no help received even when asked multiple times. I loved this job, but the amount of time and work it required of me was way too much in comparison to the compensation. I didn't feel valued as an employee and I saw there was no actual room for me to grow despite promises in my initial interview.

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  2. COVID-19

    "Amazing job"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Educator in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Whitney Museum part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great, healthy and positive environment. They provided the proper training.

    Cons

    Unfortunately because of the COVID-19 many positions were terminated

  3. "Assistant Position"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Whitney Museum full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Access to the museum's events, shows, artists.

    Cons

    Pay is low for the city and role.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Demeaning to work on the front lines"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Member Services Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Whitney Museum part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I cannot think of a pleasant moment from my time at the Whitney. This job was the worst job I ever had. I don't even list it on my resume anymore.

    Cons

    The middle management team (specifically visitor services & membership services) are the most condescending people I have ever met. They openly yell at front-line staff and demean them in front of visitors and other staff. There is little to no chance of advancement for these roles, but they tell you otherwise when you interview. Do not work as a visitor service assistant or member services assistant at the Whitney!

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  5. "Excellent work environment"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Whitney Museum full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Engaged staff who care about the organization

    Cons

    Typical challenges of working at a non-profit

  6. "Decent place to work, bad management"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Visitor Services Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Whitney Museum part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, can add or drop shifts (so long as someone will pick them up) Good coworkers Museum access, get inside look at upcoming exhibitions Paid sick days/vacation accrues after a few months

    Cons

    Management treats you like a child Can be very boring working certain posts General Customer Service awfulness

  7. "Terrible"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Visitor Services Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Whitney Museum part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They offered extended hours so it was a great opportunity to pick up hours, lots of events, and extra hours for the biennial.

    Cons

    Managers are rude, do not discreetly reprimand you but embarrass you in front of everyone, one manager even put her hands on me and physically pulled me off of a stanchion because I was leaning on it during a 12 hour shift of just standing, they don't rotate staff fairly and definitely don't promote fairly, all promotions are based on favoritism and the color of your skin (needs to be white), the manager is black but thinks shes white and is racist to other people of color. Managers do not care if you are being sexually harassed by other staff members they just brush it off and give them a tap on the hand.

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  8. "They treat their employees terribly"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Whitney Museum part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Free museum entry is the main plus - they have reciprocal agreements with other museums in the city.

    Cons

    The customers are unbelievably rude, especially the members. People yelled at me all the time over small things, complained when we didn't have products they wanted, and so on. Your manager won't stand up for you. They hired me as a temp employee and promised they were going to keep me on. Then they fired me with no notice, so I had no time to look for a new job. They also tried to force us to skip lunch breaks and leave early so they could save money. Their board is also full of despicable people, who own private prisons, manufacture weapons, etc.

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  9. "Meh"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Visitor Services Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Whitney Museum part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Without these 2 qualities this job would get 1 star: 1. Great and interesting colleagues. 2. Building is a nice place to work.

    Cons

    A lot of standing and the job is very repetitive bc visitors always ask the same questions. Job barely pays above minimum wage. There are NO possibilities for advancement to other positions within the museum even though quite a few colleagues would be very capable. Promises were made to provide professional development courses. Managers are super self-absorbed and get offended when being asked simple questions. Managers really do not know what's going on on the floor and tend to have tyrannical management qualities.

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  10. "Great"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Gallery Assistant 

    I worked at Whitney Museum full-time

    Pros

    Great to look at art everyone

    Cons

    No cons about this place

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