Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Holocaust Memorial Museum Reviews

Updated May 16, 2014
Updated May 16, 2014
8 Reviews

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    Good Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Holocaust Memorial Museum full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There is a strong sense of mission, it is a vibrant place with a lot of activity going on all the time. I have a great supervisor which makes a big difference.

    Cons

    There is a cafe, but not a lot of good places to eat nearby.

    Recommends
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    Great benefits and compensation, but management needs work and promotions are hard to come by

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    Former Employee - Researcher  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Researcher in Washington, DC

    I worked at Holocaust Memorial Museum full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Best benefits I have had so far in my professional career. Many young professionals; fun work environment for employees in their 20s-30s.

    Cons

    Glass ceiling! Too many interns and volunteers who require extra training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and move things along faster.

    Recommends
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    An opportunity to do very meaningful work.

    Current Employee - Cannot Share Without Compromising Anonymity  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Cannot Share Without Compromising Anonymity in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Holocaust Memorial Museum full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Through helping to educate the American public to all aspects of what is arguably the greatest crime in human history, one can help inoculate against the occurrence of similar calculated atrocities.

    Cons

    The museum is, after all, a Federal government agency, and hence is not immune to the various bureaucratic strictures and sometimes inanities to which all governmental organizations are subject.

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    This experience afforded me the opportunity to work in a federal environment and learn how the day to day operations.

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    Former Employee - SALES CLERK  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - SALES CLERK in Washington, DC

    I worked at Holocaust Memorial Museum for less than a year

    Pros

    It's a place where you come in contact with the public and interact on their behalf.

    Cons

    It can be challenging because you are expose to the unknown instead of the same people on a day-to-day basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always listen to your employees and support them in their effort.

    Recommends
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    Great!

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    Former Employee - Bringing the Lesson Home Student Ambassador  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Bringing the Lesson Home Student Ambassador in Washington, DC

    I worked at Holocaust Memorial Museum as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    The Bringing the lesson home student ambassador program is excellent. The opportunity to learn and grow is excellent. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable about the history.

    Cons

    I wish the program lasted longer.

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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Full of learning but not so much promotion in job position

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    Current Employee - Contractor  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Contractor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Pros

    It has a great team of workers, nice calm environment not really competitive, not hectic, you get good feedback , overall pleasant

    Cons

    this is mostly a work place for older people I don't see any young faces besides the interns, not real career growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    renew the computers!!!! promote people, and give more movement opportunities within the museum departments. address the environmental problems like not waisting paper, what we do every day!.

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    The Holocaust Museum practices what it studies--autocracy over democracy; silence over debate

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Pros

    belief in the mission of the museum, interest in the content and subject matter, desire to share knowledge with others and learn about the mechanics of genocide and persecution so as to be aware of its symptoms and help prevent it in the future; promote and initiate research into unexplored facets of events surrounding the Holocaust. Opportunity to work with interesting and unusual individuals from a wide diversity of backgrounds and experiences, both personal and professional. The Museum is an unique institution in this country and, by extension, in the world. As the largest repository of Holocaust-related documents in the world, it is the most logical place where advanced research can be conducted on the Holocaust--its causes, manifestations, and legacies.

    Cons

    management--mid and upper-use the notion of the Holocaust Museum as a special place to work to deny meritorious employees a chance to grow and to rise in the hierarchy. Instead, upper management and middle management run the museum like a mixture of dictatorship and monarchy; there is no debate, there is no discussion about issues of relevance and importance to the staff; dissent is quashed and the reward for speaking up is to be fired especially if you are a 'donated' employee, viz., an employee hired to work on specific grants and paid for by grant money, not Federal funds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't feel threatened by your employees; open up the lines of communication; learn to listen and learn to be humble and learn to reward people who have ideas that can resolve systemic and symptomatic problems within the institution; recognize that people work there because they want to and understand that they invest themselves in the mission of the museum--that energy and that commitment constitute your biggest asset and you ignore it instead by shutting off debate and punishing people with ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meaningful work experience...you're contributing to something great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Pros

    It's a very meaningful place to work and one that is genuinely committed to preserving the memory and history of the Holocaust for the world.

    Cons

    Very limited potential to move up in the institution. People stay in the same roles for YEARS and never manage to progress regardless of education, commitment, hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advancement opportunities, employee training and incentives would add a lot to the institution as a whole.

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