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Natural History Museum (UK) Reviews

Updated 21 May 2018
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  1. "random thoughts"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great place to work because of the work; adaptable and generally supportive employer; unique for researchers and natural history scientist; one of the foremost collections with generally excellent facilities

    Cons

    central London location requires commuting in line with salaries/level; overall institutional funding model means low on the pecking chain for Government funding; as a research organisation it constantly needs to remind funders and public of the importance of its collections, science and outputs; a series of reduced budgets and pay freezes needs addressing

    Advice to Management

    measure salaries appropriately across sectors - you strive to do this but important to remain ahead of the game; low salaries are difficult to justify for some areas requiring specialist expertise


  2. "Basic science work but got benefits of having access to NHM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Free access to events, behind the scenes areas, and academic connections

    Cons

    research in general not well advertised to public

  3. "Great place to build a project management or technology career"

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    Former Employee - Digital Project Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Digital Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to a broad range of interesting and forward-thinking technology projects
    Greater level of experience gained than would obtain at a large sprawling corporate organisation
    Room for progression if you prove your worth
    Sense of satisfaction working towards a meaningful cause
    (Mostly) very friendly and collaborative colleagues
    Good work / life balance - leave work at 5pm!

    Cons

    Salaries will never be comparable with public sector
    Slightly confused strategic direction in some areas (partially a result of having to react to public spending cuts)

    Advice to Management

    Encourage teams not to work in silos and make job shadowing days mandatory for everyone


  4. "Great Team but"

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    Former Employee - Visitor Services Assistant
    Former Employee - Visitor Services Assistant

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

    Pros

    The team of people you work with make the job bearable and management are great

    Cons

    Long hours on your feet, often outside for most of the day in the cold. Not the place to go to grow professionally.


  5. "Visitor Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Flexible hours
    - Great team environment

    Cons

    - Communicate through an employer agency

    Advice to Management

    - Keep up the good work


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The amazing building aside ( walking past dinosaurs on the way to the office!) the museum is an excellent place to work, with very good support for staff, cutting-edge science, and a strong focus on digital as an enhancement to the collections and exhibitions. Especially a great place for those with tech skills and the Museum enters a very innovative phase.

    Cons

    The shear size of the building means that many departments are physically separated by quite a long walk through public halls, or hidden in back buildings with one or no connecting corridors - this hasn't aided the move towards better contact and collaboration amongst the groups.

    Advice to Management

    More ways for staff across the Museum to socialise, but also truly collaborate together on shared initiatives.


  7. "WORK"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in London, England
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in London, England
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Natural History Museum (UK) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great work life balance and holidays

    Cons

    poor pay - not progressive, job for life

  8. Helpful (7)

    "The worst culture of bullying within management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Stunning and historic building. Invaluable collections and surroundings. Some really interesting colleagues who care about their work and want to progress within the institition. Pretty flexible hours (depending on your department).

    Cons

    Oppressive managers. A number of complaints about certain "notorious" members of staff brushed under the carpet. No support from HR when I tried to raise a serious issue about my manager, who was discriminitive and a bully. I ended up handing in my notice.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, whatever their status within the heirarchy of the institution. Take complaints and concerns seriously and handle with respect and confidentiality.
    When an employee hands in their notice and actively requests an exit interview to discuss their concerns about known bullies, don't just ignore them and let them go quietly. These things need facing.


  9. Helpful (13)

    "Poor and oppressive management and culture in Development and Communications"

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with in department (excluding management) and across museum.

    Loved the collections and history of the museum, and the scientific output.

    Cons

    Management in Development and Communications were oppressive and unsupportive, since new management arrived in 2015.

    Long hours expected, and lunch breaks were frowned upon. 'Urgent' requests were sent at all hours throughout the evening/ night and on weekends and holidays. No balance with personal life.

    A bullying culture developed and as a result there was a high turnover of staff in 2016.


  10. "Other museums treat visitor assistants better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to see dinosaurs everyday without queueing.

    Cons

    All day walking around in a big museum. Not allowed to sit down. Must wear dress shoes (no trainers allowed). If you are lucky enough to get outside duty...you'll lose your voice AND almost die from dehydration in the summer or hypothermia in the winter. Overall it can get really exhausting after the first couple days.

    Advice to Management

    Some of the managers aren't a very good leader, not approachable, and generally dismissive. The other ones are quite alright. Don't you think some of your team leaders would be much better duty managers?


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