Longwood Gardens

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Lower Level Managment needs to be replaced

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - VSA in Kennett Square, PA
Current Employee - VSA in Kennett Square, PA

I have been working at Longwood Gardens

Pros

The environment is amazing. The work is not hard and you get to make connections with the guests. It is the most relaxing job I have ever had.

Cons

The "boss" of the VSA's is over worked and it causes vast mismanagement. He has more than one department and this causes him to be virtually out of the inner workings of the employees

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Having the VSA's split between information Center and Conservatory with a new manager for each one would help them all do their jobs more effectively. I get no leadership from management because they are not focused on the Conservatory VSA's

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    Limited advancement opportunities for gardeners

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Longwood Gardens

    Pros

    It's a beautiful place to work, I have incredible co-workers, and there are amazing horticulture displays. I think it's a great place to work if you're in upper management.

    Cons

    As a gardener, there is little opportunity for upward mobility, and surprisingly low pay. Many of the gardeners here have to work side jobs just to make ends meet. Considering that gardening here is very physically demanding, this can be very discouraging. Also, although the gardeners do an amazing job, they receive little recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Horticultural displays are the main reason people visit, so the organization should value those who create them. I would like to see the gap between the gardeners and upper management lessened.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    A great place to visit!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ----------------
    Former Employee - ----------------

    I worked at Longwood Gardens full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful surroundings, fair pay and good benifits. Middle to lower management and workers of extremely high caliber! The employees (most) are what makes Longwood a great place to visit.

    Cons

    Upper management not qualified and not in touch with the day to day to the point of creating dangerous situations (lack of engineering displines). Way too much effort on show and very little on the nuts and bolts (physical plant) that are falling apart. "If you do not like it-there is the gate" attitude and the acceptance of "bullying" by managers, has seen alot of very qualified, creative and special talented empolyees leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with the physical part of the Gardens. Hire managers (departmant heads) that have the background, knowledge, interpersonal skills and the education to perform their duties correctly.

    Doesn't Recommend
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