National Museums Scotland Reviews

Updated 8 Nov 2019

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3.5
72%
Recommend to a Friend
30%
Approve of CEO
National Museums Scotland Director Gordon Rintoul
Gordon Rintoul
3 Ratings
  1. "Internship"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Intern in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Museums Scotland for less than a year

    Pros

    good supervisor, large collection

    Cons

    low work efficiency, future career

  2. "wow this was okay i would work there again"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Member in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at National Museums Scotland full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    you stand around and get paid

    Cons

    you stand around and it can be boring

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  3. "Easy but boring"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Visitor Experience Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Museums Scotland full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Easy job Good pay for a low skilled job Great staff

    Cons

    Bad management It can be dull and boring

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  4. "No opportunity for growth or development"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Visitor Experience Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Museums Scotland full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Other VEAs intelligent and friendly. Take this job if you're happy doing the exact same thing every day, with no change, or expectation of personal growth and development.

    Cons

    No possibility for transfer or consideration for other positions that become available. Not much expected/required from you as an individual. A lot of micro managing. Exactly the same tasks day to day with the odd exception of an museum event, with little preparation/briefing given prior to event. Shift pattern unsociable and too straining, eg, a rarity to have 2 days off in a row, shift pattern is commonly working 5 days, off 1, working 4 days, off 1, repeat. So quickly the job will become your life, like it or not. Managers are a lottery, many are friendly professional and understanding, others can be highly strung, controlling and borderline abusive.

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  5. "Visitor Experience Assistant"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Visitor Experience Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at National Museums Scotland full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful workplace and great interaction with people from all over the world. Decent working hours and option of doing overtime at a higher rate and opt for a taxi back home if the event finishes later than 22:00.

    Cons

    Low salary, standing all day, no career progression, micromanagement, boring. Had to pass 3 months to see or sign a contract. HR is completely useless.

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  6. "Love This Organisation"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at National Museums Scotland full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Clarity of purpose, commitment to deliver, competent management and workforce, audiences enjoy their experience, in the majority of situations non silo working - so collaborative.

    Cons

    Over-committed - everything is a priority - this means lots of juggling, Could benefit from listening to the expert and competent workforce at NMS. More thanks yous would always go down a treat.

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  7. "Mostly good"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Museums Scotland for less than a year

    Pros

    A friendly, relaxed, and sometimes fun place to work

    Cons

    Only downside is a terrible salary.

  8. "Volunteer Experience"

    5.0
    Current Intern - Volunteer Curatorial Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I have been working at National Museums Scotland for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing experience and fantastic mentors

    Cons

    Want to make transition from volunteer to paid position

  9. "VEA"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at National Museums Scotland

    Pros

    Great team of people, lovely place to work, not stressful job, great museum

    Cons

    No chance of progression in job

  10. "Visitor Services Assistant"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Visitor Services Assistant in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at National Museums Scotland

    Pros

    Meeting new people every day and no two days are the same and good banter with colleagues.

    Cons

    Walking on the hard floors even with wearing comfortable shoes at the end of the day sore feet, legs and back regardless of age and now there is no seating for staff.

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