Houston Museum of Natural Science

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Houston Museum of Natural Science Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fun job, even for low level employees!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houston Museum of Natural Science part-time

    Pros

    You learn a lot! You have access to pretty much the whole museum and can learn so much! Friendly environment, everybody helps everybody.

    Cons

    Can be stressful during busy seasons.

  2.  

    Overworked and underpaid

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    Former Employee - Visitor Service Representative in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Visitor Service Representative in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston Museum of Natural Science

    Pros

    You get the chance to learn quite a bit on the job and it's perfect for students.

    Cons

    You will sit or stand for long hours and the managerial interactions are grim at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't treat your employees poorly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    It's such a shame

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    Former Employee - Visitor Services in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Visitor Services in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston Museum of Natural Science part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free admission to the museum including special exhibits.

    Cons

    - Lack of communication between upper management and visitors service representatives

    -Supervisors talk inappropriately to employees, after work hours and during work hours

    - Witnessed head of visitors department turn on the animotronic dinosaur on an employee and injured them.

    -Someone's relative passed away and one of the supervisors told them they have to make sure to get their shifts covered even if it is a funeral.

    -Theres a supervisor who calls employees it's.

    - They don't educate their staff about upcoming exhibits.

    - You can be there four years and you'll never received a raise no matter how hard, how many membership s you sell, extra shifts you pick up...if you're not their favorite they don't care at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent supervisors who know how to treat people with dignity and respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fantastic employer

    Former Employee - Explorations TA/Teacher
    Former Employee - Explorations TA/Teacher

    I worked at Houston Museum of Natural Science

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, treats everyone well.

    Cons

    pay is on the low end

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Could care less about employees

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    Former Employee - Visitor Services in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Visitor Services in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston Museum of Natural Science part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You definitely get to meet smart and fun people, most of my coworkers were very friendly and approachable. The environment is pretty fun, you're after all in a museum so you get to see shows, exhibits, and go to cool events. They're very flexible on your schedule and it's very easy to learn.

    Cons

    Unprofessional and incompetent upper management. The HR department is the worst, they might as well not have one. There is definitely favoritism. They interview people for positions when they already know who they have in mind so they let you think you actually have a chance. I worked there for almost three years and yet one of the Visitor Service supervisors could not remember my name despite being a consistent top membership seller. Another one of the supervisors calls employees "its" and is completely rude and disrespectful, treats people like they're completely beneath her. There is lack of communication between departments. They keep cutting hours and not giving any raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should provide further training to your VS supervisors because they have terrible people skills. If you're going to cut hours, then seriously consider giving people a raise because if you're making "record" sales than I'm sure you can budget some money in to the people that are basically the friendly faces of the museum. Show appreciation to all employees not just your favorites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  7.  

    fun job

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    Former Employee - Visitor Services in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Visitor Services in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston Museum of Natural Science part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great job because of the access to the wonderful exhibits.

    Cons

    it is low pay with just above minimum wage, the museum schedule allows for only a few hours so overall no one can survive on that job alone unless they are a student that lives at home with their parents..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop gossiping too much.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It was a great learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Houston Museum of Natural Science full-time

    Pros

    Learning to perform multiple task and a fast paced environment.

    Cons

    The lack of communication between management and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very beneficial experience, great for a summer job.

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Houston Museum of Natural Science part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, very friendly staff. Small class sizes were easy to handle.

    Cons

    Class rooms were located underground, would be nicer with windows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to have training sessions before working for new workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Part Time Job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Houston Museum of Natural Science

    Pros

    Great employees to work with. Very flexible. Meet new people constantly everyday.

    Cons

    Only cons are pay and hours.

  11.  

    Worked in Box Office and did volunteer work for a couple of years

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    Current Employee - Visitor Services in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Visitor Services in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Houston Museum of Natural Science full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You usually have a good chance of climbing the corporate ladder: the museum promotes from within. Every few months or so, you can expect to find a memo about a job opening in your employee mailbox in the breakroom, informing you of what positions are now open and how to apply.
    You have a chance to make good money on commission while you work in Visitor Services, too, especially in the Box Office.
    The training in VS involves doing a bit of everything: ushering in the Giant Screen Theater, selling tickets over the phone, telling visitors where to find the exhibits, checking visitors for butterfly escapees, taking ticket stubs...
    You decide your own schedule at least three times a year. You pick which shifts best suit you and that are available to you, and that schedule stays in place for 3-4 months at a time.

    Cons

    The turnover rate can be kinda high. Customers can be awful.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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