Longwood Gardens Reviews

Updated December 27, 2014
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  1. Lovely place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Longwood Gardens

    Pros

    Amazing people, fantastic atmosphere. They always stay true to their values and the pursuit of horticulture, education, and the arts.

    Cons

    Hours can be long at times, but they always take care of you.

  2. Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Kennet Sq, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Kennet Sq, PA

    I have been working at Longwood Gardens

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Beautiful environment, good natured people, CEO is genuine and appreciative of staff, a lot of long-timers mean it's a place that knows how to foster people.

    Cons

    Out of the way location, titles are all messed up, lots of silos.

    Advice to Management

    You are good at maintaining a positive an productive work environment. Consider updating titles to standard titles used in businesses today.

  3. Ticket Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Seasonal Ticket Sales in Kennett Square, PA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Ticket Sales in Kennett Square, PA

    I worked at Longwood Gardens part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Everybody was incredibly friendly and really great. I enjoyed working there and I enjoyed working under the people I worked for.

    Cons

    It was pretty boring on slow days, absolutely nothing to do and not allowed to read a book to occupy myself. It always seemed to me like it was run with a sort of organized chaos on top of the chaos that was already occurring during the season.

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  5. Longwood Gardens

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Longwood Gardens

    Pros

    Very pretty flowers thats about a it

    Cons

    Time off but you have to use it when the tell you At least 4 months blacked out.
    Employees stretched to far- Manager is a YES man to his boss. Full time employees revolving door

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to people and tell the truth about jobs

  6. Incredible people, amazing experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Kennett Square, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Kennett Square, PA

    I worked at Longwood Gardens full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Being able to see the gardens without the visitors and being able to see the gardens every day.

    Cons

    Rare openings for full time employment.

  7. Best place to work

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

    I worked at Longwood Gardens

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    it is a beautiful place to work, happiest staff I have ever worked with, good internal communication, free memberships/discounts to gardens for staff and families

    Cons

    open 365 days a year so don't expect much time off for holidays

  8. I have enjoyed 13 years of challenging technical work at Longwood

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Performance Technician in Kennett Square, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Performance Technician in Kennett Square, PA

    I have been working at Longwood Gardens full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Environment of a garden, competent superiors, national stage

    Cons

    some territorialism, not enough hours

    Advice to Management

    expand performing arts venues to major indoor venue

  9. Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Longwood Gardens

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good Management, Friendly Environment, decent pay. Good Hours, Holiday pay.

    Cons

    Working in the holidays seems like it would be bad but people are always happy!

  10. great benefits but a a dead end job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Horticulture
    Current Employee - Horticulture

    I have been working at Longwood Gardens full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits are generous, a nice setting, and a safe workplace. A great team of co-workers and nice tools and equipment to do your job right.

    Cons

    Your experience can vary greatly depending on what you do. Some managers are great and lead a fantastic team. I am not so fortunate and work in a team/division that is plagued with poor management and under-qualified leaders. You will be asked to do more and more with dwindling resources, and you will receive very little recognition and no increase in pay for your rapidly accumulating responsibilities. So many management functions are pushed down to the staff level and the distribution of work is very unfair. This is hard work with less than fair pay for what you do. The employee functions and events are uninspiring and the company lacks heart and soul. So much talent is suppressed by very few decision makers and fear is the primary tool for motivation. Most people perform for fear of losing their job or being reprimanded rather than for passion and love of the job and company. This is a great place to work for a while for great benefits and to build your resume, then move on - your talents will not be recognized and opportunities for learning, growth, or promotion are minimal at best.

    Advice to Management

    Replace ineffective managers, increase staffing in horticulture, create a culture of passion and desire and stop managing by fear. Take care of your people and restore a sense of fun and family.

  11. Best place to work as an intern no doubt

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Outdoor Display Intern in Kennett Square, PA
    Former Intern - Outdoor Display Intern in Kennett Square, PA

    I worked at Longwood Gardens as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -endless opportunity outside daily work

    Cons

    -None! Maybe that I couldn't stay there forever!

    Advice to Management

    Great job, keep it up!

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