Natural History Museum (UK) Reviews

Updated 27 Dec 2019

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71%
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Natural History Museum (UK) Museum Director Sir Michael Dixon
Sir Michael Dixon
9 Ratings
  1. "Great"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Natural History Museum (UK) part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly staff and mostly busy.

    Cons

    Not everything is explained, have to ask for help or work it out yourself

  2. "Nice place with some cons."

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Natural History Museum (UK) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, beautiful place

    Cons

    Too much busy, not easy to grow up if you come from the Retail department


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, bureaucracy problems"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive 

    I have been working at Natural History Museum (UK) full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Surrounded by passionate, talented staff Amazing environment Decent pension Lots of CPD opportunities

    Cons

    Senior leadership too tied up in bureaucracy to make meaningful decisions - makes for a frustrating environment sometimes.

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  4. "Good"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Science Communicator 

    I worked at Natural History Museum (UK) full-time

    Pros

    Lovely people Inspiring place Lots of training good benefits

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy Takes advantage of staff passion with low wages and no opportunities for development Does not make the most of the passionate staff, doesn't give them responsibilities or opportunities to input into the running of the museum

  5. "Monotonous but fun"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Natural History Museum (UK) part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working at a great place

    Cons

    Management changed too much, with primary focuses always changing

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing place, challenging work environment"

    2.0
    Former Employee - Fundraising Executive in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Natural History Museum (UK) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Impressive collections, great cause, some fascinating colleagues

    Cons

    Challenging work environment in certain teams, senior leadership issues

  7. "NHM Research Assistant"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Natural History Museum (UK) full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, access to world-class labs

    Cons

    Lower income than other academic organisations

  8. "Great!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Natural History Museum (UK) part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good hours, friendly environment.

    Cons

    Could have had better benefits.

  9. "Poor management"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Department in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Natural History Museum (UK) full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working for a prestigious organization in a landmark building. Not too much pressure and a good work life balance. If you got really sick the museum would support you. For some staff very interesting and varied work. Time and time off to train. Some flexibility over home working and hours. Free access to other museums, subsidized canteen, showers, gym, season ticket loan. Some opportunities for people without regular qualifications and experience to enter the profession.

    Cons

    Poorly paid. Since the withdrawal of the final salary scheme the salaries have not been adjusted to compensate. You will meet a number of characters that might find it difficult to work elsewhere. Some employees want to improve themselves and do a good job but are frustrated by the poor management and restricting culture. There are a higher number of staff that are just incompetent; that don't know enough or care enough to be effective. The wider organization is incredibly silo'ed. With IT staff being hired in isolation of the main IT department with very limited working across teams. The architecture influences some of the organizations behavior with people dotted around the organizations rambling behind the scenes 60's estate. Budgets are limited, some initiatives have been attempted without sufficient funding and very challenging amounts of technical debt. The pollution from the Cromwell road is significant. The organization works to its own pace and the department is currently lacking direction without a permanent CIO. There are some good roles to be had here. Be prepared to change your plans and move on if you get stuck in the slow lane; or when you can command a higher salary elsewhere.

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  10. "Good place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Natural History Museum (UK) full-time

    Pros

    Very good place to work for in the Museum sector. Salaries are slightly higher than many other museums in the London area.

    Cons

    Being a Museum, salaries are lower than in other sectors and the decision processes can be lengthy for people who are used to working in a corporate environment.

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