The Metropolitan Museum of Art Employee Reviews

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great environment
Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 7, 2016
As a research assistant tasked with cataloguing the collection, I had more freedom than most employees. Everyone is dedicated and enthusiastic about their jobs. There is a disconnect between staff and the administration that can be difficult. The HR department, however, is extremely supportive. In general, it is a wonderful place to work.
Pros
staff cafeteria, benefits, great co-workers
Cons
distant administration
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Graduate Communications & Costume Institute Intern (Former Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 16, 2016
• Assisted Coordinator for The Costume Institute’s Annual Gala Events
• Organized private funding and acquired new museum members through Friends of The Costume Institute program
• Created event programs and led media efforts to promote museum exhibitions and private viewings (i.e., photography and video)
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Senior Production Specialist (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJune 4, 2012
The Museum is a wonderful place to go each day, in respect to the building and collections. It is truly one of the most beautiful institutions in the country, if not the world. For those who appreciate beauty and the art world, it is an amazing place to come to each day. Professionally speaking, the work/life balance is good. The hours are fair and the benefits package is excellent (retirement, health). In terms of compensation, the pay is lower than comparable jobs in the marketplace. There is very little room for growth or advancement, even for those who truly excel within their positions. There are also many layers of upper management with a much smaller pool of individuals doing the majority of the work. The top heavy management causes timely delays in decision making as well as conflicting and confusing directions for subordinates.
Pros
healthcare, retirement, access to museum anytime
Cons
top heavy management
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great work life balance
Merchandising (Former Employee) –  New York, NYNovember 12, 2015
Ends here. Too large of an institution for one department to know what the other departments do. Size makes collaboration and teamwork very difficult.
Pros
benefits
Cons
management
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Impressive and overwhelming
Security Department, Associate Dispatcher (Former Employee) –  New York, NYDecember 13, 2015
A typical day included answering phone calls, managing/liaising emergency situations with the proper and competent authorities. Or working at the administrative level with the personnel, imputing data entry, payroll, scheduling days off, vacation for staff, etc. The jobs also ranged from preparing evening events, escorting dignitaries, VIP's (a tremendous outlet for the limelight), supervising staff members and being an ambassador to the thousands of visitors who came to visit when these moments arised.
Pros
Learned a great deal on office administration, structure and order from a varied/mixed staff. Developed a wonderful rapport with museum personnel.
Cons
"Reactive" depending on the gravity situation. Fomentors of departmental favortisim, nepotism, promoters of gossip and harborers of grovelling.
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Come on Indeed
Studio Designer (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMarch 9, 2016
I only worked there as a student and that was a long, long time ago.
It was a eye opening experience and that is why it is still only resume. I am so glad I landed my first job there because employers notice the MMA on your resume.
Pros
Recognizable name
Cons
Huge entity with many departments
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A wonderful place to work
General Staff (Former Employee) –  Met Museum PresentsFebruary 14, 2015
The people at the Met, from the Director to the curators down to the cafeteria workers, are a pleasure and all are very approachable. The working environment can't be beat: being surrounded by all that eye candy lifts your spirits, and the glimpses of behind-the-scenes activity is exciting. Wonderful benefits: 5 weeks of vacation from day one! You really feel valued and part of one of the world's great institutions.
Pros
Atmosphere, staff, benefits
Cons
The commute can be long and involved, with a long walk from the subway
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not the best place to work at
Stockperson (Former Employee) –  Middle Village, NYSeptember 21, 2015
This place is ok to work at but there isn't the ability to advance in the company. The place is very diverse. Your hard work goes unnoticed. If your friendly with the boss you might get the chance to advance with this company.
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Amazing building in which to work, nice perks.
Supervisor for Customer Service (Current Employee) –  New York, NYDecember 29, 2014
Perfect career starter for someone who appreciates or practices art. Great, diverse staff. Limited mobility in position and pay grade.
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PRODUCTION SPECIALIST - APPAREL (Former Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 25, 2015
Great environment and atmosphere to work in. The Merchandising team was efficient and very skilled in their profession. The most enjoyable part of the job was the ability to walk through the museum at any time any day - simply priceless.
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Great Learning Experience
Group Leader (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 15, 2015
I love working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its wonderful working in such a great art institution. All of the people that work there are upbeat, hard working and positive.
Pros
great co-workers and managers, its great to view the exhibitions befor everyone
Cons
not a lot of room to grow in your position
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A good place to have work/life balance
Associate Marketing Manager, ecommerce (Current Employee) –  Assistant Marketing Manager,ecommerceJuly 13, 2015
It's fun to work at the Met however it can be very stressful being here. The most difficult thing here is departments and teams work in silos. You never know who to communicate with and when the projects are going to be done.
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Work with interesting people in a beautiful place while serving a diverse audience
Group Services Associate (Current Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 2, 2014
I love speaking to visitors, whether it is their first visit or they've come too many times to count. I focused in Art History at Bennington, so it is great to be around the Met's encyclopedic collection each day. It is so large, however, that it is difficult to feel my work has an impact.
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Great Cultural experience!
Sales Associate/Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 25, 2015
Absolutely loved this job. I worked here right out of high school at the gift shop and loved the art, getting to meet the tourists, and selling during the holiday season. My work days were so quick because I was staying active all day and it was a great opportunity to be a part of the met team!
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Laid back place
Visitor Services Assistant (Current Employee) –  New York, NYNovember 8, 2013
It's a real laid back place.. The art is beautiful but the manager just care more about guest feelings then there employees.. If you complaining about something don't expect a change!!!! They dont help!!!
Pros
Co-workers
Cons
Rude guess, managers care more about the guess then your feelings, getting paid every two weeks
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Educational Organization
Assistant Designer (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJuly 9, 2014
-Designed brand identity curatorial deparments, special exhibition, upcoming exhibitions and product development
-Designed products and packagings for stationery, souvenirs, textile, home decor, and special publication
-Worked directly with curators, developers, and vendors to meet design needs.
-Assisted with departmental events
-Gift shows
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Productive, great learning experience
Temp (Former Employee) –  New York, NYMarch 19, 2014
Everyday was different but for the most part, easy-going. The employees were friendly and well educated. I learned something new from the curators on a daily basis which was nice. Coming from an art history / business background, I was impressed with the diversity and intensity of each employee. It was great.
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Very Great job that gets you back up on your feet!
ID Specialist/Security Personnel (Former Employee) –  Manhattan, NYAugust 14, 2014
Great job, nice peeople and staff to work with. Great atmosphere, HR is friendly, co-workers are friendly.
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My time at The Met was Wonderful!
Executive Assistant (Temporary) (Former Employee) –  New York, NYJune 25, 2014
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the premier cultural institutions in the world and I cannot explain how wonderful it was to work there. The people were lovely and the environment was creative and stimulating.
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Beautiful place to work
Floor Manager (Former Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 2, 2014
Lovely people to work with and beautiful place to work. The artwork, concerts and special events make each day exciting.
Pros
great place to work
Cons
none.
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4.2
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