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The National Trust Reviews

Updated 14 January 2019
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Pros
  • "Good pay (if you're a student) and friendly working environment" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Lots of great people doing great things" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "No benefits for working bank holidays or Sundays" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Too much reliance on part time staff" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Feel good factor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Visitor Welcome Assistant
    Current Employee - Visitor Welcome Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The National Trust part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with the public, who are generally on holiday or days out, which means they’re (on the whole) friendly and interested in learning more. You also know that you’re contributing to preserving history, the environment and often both!

    Good pay, holiday pay and benefits such as the staff and partner cards.

    Cons

    Some of the systems are dated and inefficient.

    Advice to Management

    Take advice from the staff who work on the ground.


  2. "Good company, too much bureaucracy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Support Coordinator in London, England
    Former Employee - Business Support Coordinator in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The National Trust full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The NT really cares about its job in looking after the many places it’s responsible for
    Work life balance is good
    Females in leadership positions
    There are many staff members who genuinely care and it is because of these people that so much good is done

    Cons

    Salary
    Bureaucracy - meetings about meetings, having conferences because we’ve said we’re going to not because there is any real need or major benefit

    Advice to Management

    There are two many levels within the company structure which creates roles who function is redundant. You could save money by having less intermediary managers whose actual contribution is minimal

  3. "Worth it for the views"

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    Former Employee - Membership Recruiter in Torquay, England
    Former Employee - Membership Recruiter in Torquay, England

    I worked at The National Trust (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working in beautiful locations meeting great people

    Cons

    Wages aren't fantastic. Often felt unappreciated by management.


  4. "It's money I guess"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Catering Assistant
    Current Employee - Catering Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The National Trust part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not that hard.
    People are generally okay.

    Cons

    Pretty boring
    Customers are annoying
    Too much reliance on part time staff


  5. Helpful (2)

    "No breaks"

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

    I worked at The National Trust part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free lunch, nice colleagues, flexible when I needed time off.

    Cons

    Often wouldn't get a break for 8 hours during a shift, wasn't trained on anything other than clearing tables for 6 months of the job. Shifts were all 9-10 hours long, and would often be put on the rota for over 5 consecutive days, despite being contracted as part time.

    Advice to Management

    Train staff as soon as they start, offer shorter shifts for part time workers, and organise breaks so that staff don't have to wait until 4:30pm for lunch


  6. "Friendly company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly company and staff, good value and expenses for volunteers

    Cons

    Very disorganized and poorp communication between departments


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not really the conservation charity that it purports to be..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bury St Edmunds, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bury St Edmunds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The National Trust full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Looks good on your CV.
    Good holiday entitlement.
    Many good colleagues.
    Free access to Trust properties.
    Allows promotion by moving to other regions and properties.

    Cons

    Mostly incompetent senior managers, there to build their own careers.
    Few Managers are leaders.
    HR is concerned only with mitigating risk from employee claims.
    Rule-bound and process-driven.
    Poor pay unless you reach senior management level.
    Accountants have far too much influence leading to cheap, rather than good value, results.
    Completely overworks staff and there is no time to take time off in lieu.

    Advice to Management

    Employ managers who are leaders too.
    Remember that the Trust is above all else a conservation body,
    Remember that by their nature, some roles attract people who will make a lot of noise and drown out those interested in what makes the properties special.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great pay, that’s about it"

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

    I have been working at The National Trust part-time

    Pros

    Good pay, fleixible hours and holidays

    Cons

    Rude customers, Rude management, No progression


  9. "Enjoyed my time here very much"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Visitor Services Assistant in Great Bookham, England
    Former Employee - Visitor Services Assistant in Great Bookham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The National Trust part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Meet lovely people everyday, both customers and colleagues

    Cons

    Gets a bit cold outside in the winter!


  10. "Everything you would expect from the NT"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The National Trust full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The National Trust is a brilliant organisation to work for, it is filled with passionate and dedicated people who worked hard to support the strategy. I work centrally at Heelis and find the working environment relaxed and inclusive. There is plenty of opportunity to progress and develop.

    Cons

    The IT systems need to be improved to allow for agile working.