American Museum of Natural History

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American Museum of Natural History Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
51 Reviews
3.6
51 Reviews
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American Museum of Natural History President Ellen V. Futter
Ellen V. Futter
28 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Its a fun environment to work in and there are quite a few perks (in 3 reviews)

  • Their work/life balance in my experience was good (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • the pay is not good, partly because it's a non-profit organization (in 4 reviews)

  • I didn't like how there was no opportunities for career advancement within the museum as well (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding learning experience! Not necessarily a place you can make a career.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in New York, NY

    I worked at American Museum of Natural History full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with very smart people in one of the most beloved institutions in the world.

    Cons

    Very little value placed on staff retention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the rare circumstances that staff are promoted, they should receive commensurate pay and benefits. Staff that are promoted from within seem to be paid less and valued less than outside hires.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    They Get It, but Can't Make It Stick

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    Former Employee - Event Staff  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Event Staff in New York, NY

    I worked at American Museum of Natural History as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Empowering staff members to bring their expertise to the table and collaborate on programs, events, employee engagement and membership campaigns to name a few. Growth potential opportunities exist, if you know how to play the game.

    Cons

    Too many politics, old guard afraid of risk and change to stay relevant in order to increase consumer traffic, revenue and staff morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the history of the museum, but don't get stuck in the past when it comes to effective leadership, pro-active and creative employees and engagement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    For the self-aggrandizement of the elite who sit on the board (duh)

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    Former Employee - Head of Department
    Former Employee - Head of Department

    I worked at American Museum of Natural History full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The collections, some research, and many staff are truly excellent; and it draws visitors from around the world.

    Cons

    The top admin is a satrapy of the New York elite; the museum president is the prime example (sitting on the boards of AIG, GSK, ConEd, etc.). The interior organization replicates that narrow mentality. Neo-liberalism is rampant; monetarism is the operating watchword and the main performance metric. The forward-looking programming that once characterized the museum has largely been replaced with Disneyfied nonsense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    No raises or upward mobility

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Museum of Natural History full-time

    Pros

    There are mostly good people there, very friendly. Working here will look good on your resume and provide you with some good connections. The high caliber of employees coupled with the turnover means you'll meet people going on to great places.

    Cons

    There is no benefit to really working hard here. Your efforts will not be rewarded. IF you get a cost of living increase it will be close to 2% - and that is IF. They send memo's letting everyone know that the increase for everyone will be across the board. Unless you get a title change you are not getting a raise. They hemorrhage good people.
    There is also no upward mobility. You basically have to wait for someone to retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not providing cost of living increases in line with the index is akin to punishing people for hard work. You effectively make less money the longer you stay.
    Do you have a plan to retain good people?
    You must know that the mid level employees are the ones doing all the work that is rolled up to your directors. You have made yourself a great place to poach talent from. I've never worked at a place that was so adept at finding good people. I think your excellent human resources department has shielded you from a situation that would be disastrous for most other companies.
    Ellen is a great leader and highly intelligent. I can only guess this strategy is based on bad information, or she's willing to take the risks and losses for some perceived benefit to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Glad to go.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Museum of Natural History full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Thirty years ago it was an organization dedicated to scientific research. Currently there is nothing positive about working there. Over the years it became a research FARCE.

    Cons

    For the most part the dwindling number of researchers and worthless. The library is the last valuable resource there but it is just a matter of time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the Ellen Futter without compensation! She has no idea of what a museum is about. As a result of her ignorance in Natural History, the museum has become a laughing stock of the sciences. She and the large number of non-science positions she created have turned the museum into a third rate Disneyland.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I found there was discrimination...within departments and throughout the museum

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    Former Employee - Visitor Services Representative
    Former Employee - Visitor Services Representative

    I worked at American Museum of Natural History part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The best thing about it was the actual museum itself. It is a stimulating environment & if the supervisors in your department liked you a cushy job.

    Cons

    If they did not like you -I was in Visitor Services- you went to the Coat Room (where money disappeared) & other duties where you were mysteriously left alone, when 2 people usually covered the area . If they truly disliked you, your money would be off (then suddenly found too late). That is how I got fired. FYI:: Leave the floor for any reason, lock your money P-E-R-I-O-D.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify Departments More. There seems to be a tendency for a department to "look alike" . Maybe instead of trying t o hide bad reviews/comments- you should learn from them. you need to look into the reason many employees make 2 years and get fired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A wonderful place that rewards self-starters.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Museum of Natural History full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing stuff all around, very broad-thinking, interdisciplinary research being done.

    Cons

    Balkanized building structure limits fortuitous encounters with colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allocate some social space shared by all museum staff, a la the Blackford Bar at CSHL.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fun, but stressful at times.

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    Former Employee - Visitor Services Representative  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Visitor Services Representative in New York, NY

    I worked at American Museum of Natural History part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great co-workers, great pay, fun environment, schedules flexible when I was there

    Cons

    Favoritism by supervisors, visitors can really be a pain and disrespectful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should pay extra for learning and efficiently handling AGS, or advanced sales, needs to work on retaining employees; sometimes seems like a revolving door of workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I found my experience at the museum to be excellent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at American Museum of Natural History full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some of the best things about the museum are the vacation and holiday schedules. Additionally, there is a camaraderie there that makes it a fun work environment. Their work/life balance in my experience was good.

    Cons

    Some of the issues that you will run into are common to non-profit environments. Sometimes the ability to move up is challenging. The fact that everything has to be approved by committees is also a factor in slowing down forward progress.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nice place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Museum of Natural History as a contractor

    Pros

    Good environment to work. Office culture is nice.

    Cons

    Most of the jobs are contract basis.

    Recommends

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