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Updated 16 June 2018
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Pros
  • "You sure do learn a lot about the office system and auction process" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Access to art, intimate knowledge of how the art world works, constant opportunities to build art expertise and hone client service skills" (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is very little emphasis on work-life balance" (in 15 reviews)

  • "long hours, hard to move forward" (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Christie's full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic company with good employee support and advancement opportunities. You work hard but it's also hugely rewarding with a great sense of company belonging. Staff tend to stay a long time.

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay and highly competitive for roles

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in staff and their development. Fexibility is key for many staff when available.


  2. "Finance team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager/Acting Financial Controller in London, England
    Current Employee - Finance Manager/Acting Financial Controller in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Christie's full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, good work life balance

    Cons

    No development, system not good for analysis

    Advice to Management

    Communicate

  3. "Great line on your CV"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Christie's part-time

    Pros

    Amazing access to the art world
    Opportunity to learn from some of the best experts

    Cons

    Company culture
    Work/life balance not great
    Everyone is underpaid

    Advice to Management

    Hire based on merit rather that family connections


  4. "Department Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Coordinator in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Coordinator in London, England
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Christie's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leading auction house in the world

    Cons

    Low level jobs are underpaid


  5. "Sale-coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Christie's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    responsibility, over-arching view of company, working with clients, basic understanding of each support department,

    Cons

    no autonomy, no growth, poor salary, regularly long uncontracted hours, senior colleagues have little understanding of the demands of our job

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more considerate of long hours and pressures of company placed on the most junior members of whole company

    Christie's Response

    23 Jan 2018 – Department Coordinator

    We are always glad to receive feedback from current employees. However, we are very sorry to hear about your concerns regarding compensation and career growth. However, we are constantly aiming to... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Christie's full-time

    Pros

    Well known and worldwide company

    Cons

    Department is too small.

    Advice to Management

    Introduce flecxi hours


  7. "Great Reputation and art but no work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Christie's full-time

    Pros

    Rare historic art pieces in the office every week. Luxury office in London

    Cons

    No work life balance. Micro management. Long Hours

    Advice to Management

    Improve diversity

    Christie's Response

    20 Nov 2017 – Department Coordinator

    Dear Glassdoor Member, thank you for providing your feedback. We are continually striving to create a meritocratic culture and provide employees with the facilities to promote work/life balance... More

  8. "Great place to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Christie's full-time

    Pros

    Feels like a family together

    Cons

    I cannot think of one


  9. "Tough place to get a career going"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Christie's (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not long hours and some overtime options.

    Cons

    You could easily get stuck!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "5 years of learnings at one of the worlds greatest art institutions"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Administrator in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Christie's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing dynamic young people - I met some of my oldest friends here :)
    Beautiful art and design & the opportunity to view and learn about rare/unique pieces
    Surrounded by intelligent experts in the field
    Great for learning how to multi-task and how to deal with very difficult customers

    Cons

    Slow career trajectory
    Incorrect hiring practice - hiring based on birth, gender, age / hiring PHD candidates for entry level roles with no job growth
    Old Boys Club mentality in certain departments
    Focus on hierarchy and "not my job" mentality stunts growth for employees and business alike
    Awful technology to support internal processes despite spending billions of dollars on new systems a few years ago
    Difficult to implement change in process anywhere un the company
    Poor management training meaning that new managers struggle and often decrease efficiency
    Very low salaries

    Advice to Management

    Provide better training and focus more on management structure. Invest in your team and grow with them to ensure they are kept motivated. Invest monetarily and offer salaries competitive to role rather than market. Consider investing in in-house Engineering team to keep internal systems up to date.

    Christie's Response

    14 Sep 2017 – Recruitment Coordinator

    Thank you for providing your positive thoughts on the culture here at Christie's. We are sorry to hear that you find our recruitment practices incorrect - we are a global company, it is our aim that... More


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