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Sotheby's is a British-founded American multinational corporation headquartered in New York City. One of the world's largest brokers of fine and decorative art, jewelry, real estate, and collectibles, Sotheby's operation is divided into three segments: auction, finance, and dealer. The company's services range from corporate art services to private sales. It is named after one of its cofounders, John Sotheby.

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Registrar (Former Employee) says

"If you start your career here as an intern and work your way up through the ranks and never work anywhere else, they will love you. Otherwise, they don't want to hear about your other experience or expertise. Management is only out for themselves and middle management throws wrenches left and right to puff themselves up and really don't care what the consequences are for their staff. Just avoid altogether."

Client Liaison (Former Employee) says

"Interesting experience to work with great artworks, however, the company does offer additional training or areas to improve performance. There is definitely a lack of clarity in promotion requirements and reviews and very little rooms to grow."

Manager (Former Employee) says

"Sotheby's is not competently managed. Departments and employees do not work as a team. Senior management are aloof and do not support employees. There is a high turnover of employees at Sotheby's. Communication between departments and senior management is poor. The bottom line at Sotheby's is making money. Employee salaries and benefits are poor. Policies and procedures are not complied by employees and senior staff is not in touch with employees and the problems at Sotheby's. A high volume of property consigned to Sotheby's is often misplaced and damaged.NonePoor benefits, low salaries and poor management. Employees are not treted fairly."

Sales (Former Employee) says

"Good environment. Good culture. I enjoyed it. The people are great. Management is exceptional. Most enjoyable part of the job is being around the people and the objects."

Hardworking Employee (Former Employee) says

"If you see a job listing posted by Sotheby's, think twice before you sell yourself to the devil. I firmly believe that once you find out why these jobs have become available, you wouldn't ever want to work for them. Don't let the name and reputation fool you because the company has a great deal of issues that are being neglected which will eventually lead to its failure. The lack of culture and human empathy, the abundance of conspiracy, envy and greed are causing more and more poorly made decisions.You might think, "Hey, a job is a job. At least it's money." But you will soon find out that all of the sacrifice you make and possible humiliation the company would put you through are not worth the insulting salary they offer.Several staff members have extremely unprofessional behaviors which you might find unbelievable.you can tell people that you work for sotheby's.you can't tell your family how much you're making at sotheby's for what you do."

Hardworking Employee (Former Employee) says

"If you see a job listing posted by Sotheby's, think twice before you sell yourself to the devil. I firmly believe that once you find out why these jobs have become available, you wouldn't ever want to work for them. Don't let the name and reputation fool you because the company has a great deal of issues that are being neglected which will eventually lead to its failure. The lack of culture and human empathy, the abundance of conspiracy, envy and greed are causing more and more poorly made decisions.You might think, "Hey, a job is a job. At least it's money." But you will soon find out that all of the sacrifice you make and possible humiliation the company would put you through are not worth the insulting salary they offer.you can tell people that you work for sotheby's.you can't tell your family how much you're making at sotheby's for what you do."

Graduate Assistant (Former Employee) says

"I worked hard to get experience in a business and get 5 A levels, a business qualification and a degree in History of Art and got a job easily within the auction house, however, I struggled with the competitive cut throat culture and left after a year. I am sure there were really great people there, but I was exhausted from the 12 hour days, minimal holiday available and Devil Wears Prada situations.long hours, snobby, no job security, no paid leave for graduates, being usurped by interns from wealthy backgrounds"

Specialist Assistant (Current Employee) says

"Talent isn't cultivated; low pay; long hours; minimal communication between management and employees; can be a toxic and catty environment; nepotistic"

Someone who dreamed about working at Sotheby's (Former Employee) says

"It's pretty simple - if you are one of the following, you'll do fine:1) A business getter2) A specialist who is the best at he/she does3) An extremely smooth talker4) A descendent of a super wealthy family, most likely a client5) A graduate from Sotheby's Institute of Art (sometimes)Otherwise, learn as much as you can to build up your asset and find another job. You might hesitate because some of the colleagues are truly knowledgeable and amicable but their management team will not be hesitant to release you once you are no longer considered a "valuable asset".There is no one genuinely happy at their job nor is there anyone who can inspire. Those who want a normal life quit their jobs because they are miserable without the proper compensation.opportunity to see world's greatest works of art and to learn about the business, great networking opportunityyou will work really hard and regret working hard for them."

secrétaire en agence immobilière (Former Employee) says

"très bonne réputation, mais très mal rémunéré chez eux."

Art Technician (Former Employee) says

"if you are an aspiring individual this is not the place for you Most days are very quiet during the day but then lots of stressful overtime till late night"

Vice President (Former Employee) says

"If you're passionate about art history and want to be in the business of working with art this is a good match. The senior management team was toxic though."

Proposal Writer (Former Employee) says

"Many management changes in few years - too much inconsistency in messaging to the company. Hierarchical. Not very efficient. Culture of staying at the office very late even if no work is being done."

Rental Agent (Former Employee) says

"A good company I just needed to move on and expand in something different , find the sales agents get more support than the rentals Dept. Your day and work can be very long as most appointment s and viewings happen after 5pm , it is rewarding when the market is a good one and busy."

Manager (Current Employee) says

"Great people, amazing art, but all support departments are severely under-resourced, while the company is becoming more and more top-heavy. Very costly new hires to the senior management know nothing about the art market or auction business, and are slowly running the company into the ground. Very sad to see this happening after being a loyal and dedicated member of staff for the past 10 years.people, arteverything else"

Pre Sale Administrator (Former Employee) says

"Very impressive and interesting place to work. Management is not great and compensation is minimal. Very competitive atmosphere. No support for early talent."

Expertise & marketing (Former Employee) says

"comme souvent, les maisons de ventes aux enchères recrutent bon nombre de passionnés mais il ne faut pas toujours compter ses heures et le salaire n'est pas au rendez-vous."

Senior Consultant, Operations (Former Employee) says

"Top heavy and domineering management style. Very Chinese orientated, obstinate and does not like changes. Dealing with government departments, like the Customs, is a nightmare. Extremely bureaucratic and laws changes according to the person you are dealing with.Flexible work hours. Employees come and go as they like"

Finance clerk (Former Employee) says

"Le travail est rythmé par les ventes organisées en novembre et en mai chaque année. Les périodes avant, pendant et après les ventes sont intenses et stimulantes. Cependant, il y a des périodes de creux qui sont difficiles à gérer lorsque la quantité de travail baisse. C'est ce que j'ai trouvé le plus démotivant. Le creux de la vague est vraiment une période difficile, tant il y a peu à faire comparativement à la période de vente. Vu qu'il n'y a que 30 postes à Genève, les opportunités de promotion sont maigres. Il a souvent été suggéré que je postule à Londres si je souhaitais faire valoir mes années d'expérience dans la boîte. A Genève, je devais rester ou j'étais ou changer complètement de département."

Real Estate Assistant (Former Employee) says

"This job was unlike any other I had previously held. I learned the ins and outs of real estate and what it takes to sell a home. I worked firsthand with a certified agent and assisted her in her daily duties of listings and reaching out to the community. The hardest part of the job was that I was doing a lot of the duties of an agent, but I was not an agent by certification standards. The most enjoyable part was open houses and making the customers feel welcome."

Rodrigo Rodriguez-Fernandez says

"Won a lot in Mid July. Sotheby's keep on delaying my shipment even week on week. If I didn't contact them for an update they would not reach out. I felt the entire process to be vert frustrating. It wasn't until I asked to speak to a higher person in charge of the Post Sale team that they jumped on the ball and sent my lot in September! Meanwhile at Christies, I purchased a lot at the same time and received a few weeks later. Poor service for the amount of money you are paying! Not even an apology at the end."

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