Autry National Center

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Autry National Center Reviews

Updated December 26, 2014
Updated December 26, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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W. Richard West Jr.
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  1.  

    Interesting place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autry National Center

    Pros

    Working with the American Indian Community

    Cons

    limited budgets and work load

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Some of the best people in the world work here, truly a family - but the management is horrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autry National Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good location, really amazing smart people who are committed to the organization

    Cons

    Management is really horrible. President is never on-site and the senior staff is completely out of touch with much of what is needed. Many of the members of senior staff need management training VERY badly. They talk about forward thinking and planning ahead, but this is a crisis based company where they do nothing but react to the latest issue. Pay cuts and lay offs are a regular occurrence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your upper level senior staff members. They are heartless and have almost no skills in managing people. Really really awful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good. No Mobility

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autry National Center

    Pros

    Beautiful work setting. Excellent programming and opportunities for professional development. Fun subject matter. Driving to Griffith Park is not the worst place to drive to every day.

    Cons

    part-time hours, no upward mobility. Consistently take work home in order to finish curriculum development projects. Treated at times like Education is the least important department in the museum.

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  5.  

    Beautiful Organization - Passionate, Committed People

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Autry National Center as a contractor

    Pros

    I loved working at this museum. First of all, the art is beautiful and I loved working around such creative expression. They put on some wonderful events too. I admired the commitment to the community of artists and people, the staff, overall was kind, committed and seemed to enjoy their work. The location is very accessible, and I think the Administrators are really great people. There is a balance there where work and life are valued.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, because it's non-profit, the pay is on the low side. They recently downsized and cut salaries too.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Committed team, difficult image issues, organization in flux

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autry National Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people here are deeply committed to the organization's educational and content mission. It is very well-regarded in the field, though not well-known by the public. There are opportunities to try creative approaches, and there are many talented staffers in the curatorial and design areas. The management team is implementing a new organizational and new ideas to attract a younger austructuredience. The new CEO is well-regarded and dynamic.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are nearly non-existent in most departments. The funding plan is still in development, and it is unclear how the organization is to grow. Staff development is strictly an individual pursuit. There have been three CEOs in the past four years.

    Neutral Outlook
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    A lot of potential here

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    Current Employee - Print Production Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Print Production Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Autry National Center full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart, creative, interesting people. World class collection of artifacts. Excellent programming.

    Cons

    Could use improvement in systems, organization, communication.

    Positive Outlook
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    Wonderful people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Autry National Center

    Pros

    Wonderful people & strong collection

    Cons

    Culture is slow moving and resistant to improvement

  9.  

    The worst job I've had in 25 years...was better treated in retail & fast food service.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Autry National Center

    Pros

    A free museum membership, gift store and restaurant discount to all employees. The on-site restaurant is superior.

    Cons

    Low pay. No opportunity for advancement. No communication with upper level staff members. The Human Resources department is the worst ever! I am a seasoned employee with over 20 years of office and fundraising experience. The best they could pay me was $14.hr. After one year of busting my ass I received a 2% raise. Yes, folks that is .25/hour. The top level managers receive $150,000 - $250,000/year but my part-time job only paid 1/10th of that. Plus, no benefits. If they sent the FT staff home early for holidays they thought they were heros; but to the PT and Hourly staff that meant our paychecks were cut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider ALL Employees when making decisions like raises, holiday office closings and bonuses. Just because someone is PT or Hourly does not mean they should be treated like a second class citizen. A 2% across the board salary increase means $3K or $5K annually to you; but only .25/hour to a PT or Hourly employee. Just because the economy sucks does not mean you can take advantage of your employees and give them low wages; and tell them they should be happy to have a job. This is why I left. This is why I saw employees dropping like flies when I worked there.

    Doesn't Recommend

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