Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
30 Reviews

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Colin G. Campbell
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  1.  

    I Love colonial williamsburg

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    Current Employee - Server  in  Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Server in Williamsburg, VA

    I have been working at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work. Wonderful management. Wonderful ambience. All kind of benefits if you are full time employee.

    Cons

    Working 365 days a year. They dont close for any holiday :( selecting schedule according to your seniority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Down and Out in the Historic Triangle

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    Former Employee - Sales Interpreter  in  Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Interpreter in Williamsburg, VA

    I worked at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers are mostly: 1) recent college grads who work in the job for <1 year while they befriend full-time interpreters and move to that department, 2) broke retirees riding an easy part-time job to the grave

    Beautiful physical surroundings
    Surreal/comical interactions
    Free costumes (save money on clothes you can't afford with your salary anyway)
    Free turkey on Thanksgiving, huzzah
    Immediate supervisors are cool
    Passionate coworkers/visitors who aren't jaded about CW yet
    Work outside if you can get it (even in the summer/winter, it's worth it)

    Cons

    Clueless, offensive tourists (exactly like the YouTube series "Ask A Slave")
    Coworkers who make up "historic" facts about products to sell them to tourists
    Employee hierarchy - everyone assume sales interpreters are idiots
    Draconian 5-point sales monologue you'll start reciting in your sleep
    Unpaid 30 min. lunch breaks not enough time to make substantial progress in ACT study guide
    Weird coworkers
    Constant pressure to upsell & raise your cart size
    Employee housing on Duke of Gloucester St. is $$$, brutal competition
    Difficult to transition between departments
    You'll stop using contractions and start using "indeed" in everyday speech
    Everyone telling you how much "fun" your underpaid, occasionally humiliating job is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let Colin Campbell and his conservative posse retire ASAP. Decide whether you're running a theme park or a museum. You did good work with introducing more programming from the POV of minorities and women. Continue developing programming about the seedier side of history. Continue pursuing engaging, kid-friendly programming like RevQuest.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    If you get the chance--take it!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Work clothing provided
    Great Atmosphere
    Fun Co-workers
    Long Breaks

    Cons

    Working outside in the summer, it gets very, very hot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Fantastic. I've never loved a job more. If I ever had the opportunity to work for The Foundation again I would take it in a heartbeat.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Excellent place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsburg, VA

    I worked at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent management, eager to teach interns about the foundation and its values; paid internships

    Cons

    None that come to mind

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    coworkers are great and direct supervisors are decent but top management doesn't have a clue

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation full-time

    Pros

    The hours are good a typical 9-5 job. In my department there are a good amount of breaks. The benefits are good and you get overtime. The people that work here are generally pretty cool.

    Cons

    Unless you have a great ability to smile when guests are being super annoying don't work here. The pay is not that great.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Not a place you want to work

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    Former Employee - Executive  in  Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Executive in Williamsburg, VA

    I worked at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Beautiful setting. Great if you like history.

    Cons

    Senior management is clueless. it's all about pleasing donors and since the operation bleeds money on every level it makes the job of middle managers almost intolerable. Imagine being pushed to make a profit and then find out that there is no hope of doing so. Bonuses??? Forget it. This is a losing operation. Don't waste your time. Work for folks who really care about a profitable business and not one that just tries (and not too well) to lose the least amount possible (even though it's in the millions).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to move Colin and his senior team out ASAP. Until you get some progressive managment in place and get rid of the geriatric management now running the place, there is little to no hope.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Be a self-advocate, but not entitled.

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    Former Employee - Historic Trades Intern  in  Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Historic Trades Intern in Williamsburg, VA

    I worked at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic research opportunities.
    Great platform for professional development; if you take initiative you can usually find support.
    Staff housing is affordable for the area (still $$ but offers great opportunity for a short commute).
    Paid schooling (through local community college). Decent medical, decent retirement

    Cons

    Resort/retirement/military/college town= higher cost of living. Wages barely keep up
     Unequal salary/experience relationship between departments.
    Depending on department, supervisor: schedule management.

    A mix of snarky, jaded attitudes, and those passionate about the work and creating a positive experience for themselves and others. There are limitations, and if someone is dedicated to a pursuit, then they will usually find a solution. Find these people, and you'll be fine. "plug along,' complain about things that are in your job description, or actively move backwards regarding things like accuracy, and what is there to be sympathetic about?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't side step existing departments to drum up revenue. Support of all aspects of the foundation is a must.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Good Job that Turned Into a Nightmare

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    Former Employee - Dishwasher  in  Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Dishwasher in Williamsburg, VA

    I worked at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    flexible and regular work hours, benefits, good relationships with few workers

    Cons

    arrogant workers, unreliable people at HR Department or so who won't help you with your situation, no time off for vacation unless you work there for a long number of years, getting only one day off due to sickness or death of a family member

    If you are very shy, socially awkward, and/or have difficulty connecting or getting along with other people, you probably should not work for this company. You might be harassed, teased, mocked, name-called, etc. Then, you may have no one to defend you once you report the problem.

    I do not want someone else to go through the same thing I had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all workers with respect. Show consideration to their feelings. Accept them for who they are. Be fair and honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  10.  

    A solid company with a great mission.

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    Current Employee - Products Division  in  Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Products Division in Williamsburg, VA

    I have been working at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great people and wonderful benefits plus a unique work environment with many special programs and events to enjoy. There are many ways to advance into more lucrative positions as well.

    Cons

    Sometimes changes have to be made for the good of the company that can be hard to understand and accept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great if upper management could be a little more sensitive to personal needs of their employees who have shown time and time again to be hard working and dependable.

    Recommends
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  11.  

    CW will pay you to study history, but its profit motives might sometimes bother you

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

    Pros

    Get to work with really knowledgeable people
    Opportunity to work as part of a team project
    Great museum, wonderful way to learn museum skills
    Good benefits and high advancement potential
    Amazing historical resources and collection

    Cons

    Sometimes historical/architectural/archaeological research runs up against the profitability issue - CW is not very keen on people studying prostitution, slavery, animal baiting, burials, and other controversial or distasteful subjects.

    Sometimes CW wants do create something for business/donor reasons (like the planned new markethouse) that has little to do with the historical/archaeological data they have and more to do with the opportunity to sell more things to people.

    It's a large organization so things move slowly and sometimes it's hard to see where resistance is coming from

    Has been known to evade paying worker's compensation claims or to claim that worker's comp doesn't apply, when a person was clearly injured while working.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing with worker's comp - make sure you aren't railroading people away from applying when they are eligible. It really has affected morale in some departments.

    Sometimes we need to acknowledge and publicize the evils of the past, not just the venerable history of our nation's founders. It excludes the African-American and other audiences not to give these subjects more of an emphasis. People visiting should not feel comfortable venerating people whose moral choices were really dubious in some respects.

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