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Natural History Museum (UK) Reviews

Updated 2 Jul 2019

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Natural History Museum (UK) CEO Sir Michael Dixon
Sir Michael Dixon
8 Ratings
  1. "Good place to work"

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    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.

    Natural History Museum (UK)2019-02-25
  2. "NHM Research Assistant"

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    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

    Natural History Museum (UK)2019-07-02
  3. "Great!"

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    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.

    Natural History Museum (UK)2019-05-18
  4. "Poor management"

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    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...

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    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...

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    Advice to Management

    The culture needs to change. The Science museum next door appears to be doing much better in terms of its systems; what can be learnt from them? Shake things up, move people physically around, make the results of work visible, team meetings not optional, do not allow people to hide; set high but realistic expectations. Perhaps have fewer but better paid people.

    Natural History Museum (UK)2019-04-21
  5. "Adminstrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working conditions, safety, good atmosphere

    Cons

    Salaries are rather low

    Natural History Museum (UK)2018-11-14
  6. Helpful (1)

    "business analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great work life balance great team

    Cons

    no career progression, low salary, no budget for projects and seemed unorganised!

    Natural History Museum (UK)2018-09-21
  7. "Happy Museum"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, good staff satisfaction. Great for staff retention.

    Cons

    communication can get lost in the hierarchy.

    Natural History Museum (UK)2018-07-07
  8. "Basic science work but got benefits of having access to NHM"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

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

      Natural History Museum (UK)2018-05-21
    • Helpful (1)

      "random thoughts"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
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      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

      Natural History Museum (UK)2018-04-30
    • "Great place to build a project management or technology career"

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

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

      Natural History Museum (UK)2018-03-04
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