Minnesota Historical Society

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Minnesota Historical Society Reviews

Updated November 1, 2014
Updated November 1, 2014
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  1.  

    More Prestige than Pay at MHS

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Minnesota Historical Society as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, Beautiful building

    Cons

    Low pay, staff have been there for an eternity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great organization, poor at employee morale

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Minnesota Historical Society

    Pros

    Great outreach work
    Prestige
    Friendly work environment amongst peers

    Cons

    Archaic hiring procedures
    Archaic management style
    Poor (no) methods of incentivizing new and young employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for growth and professional development
    Allow for raises other than cost of living increases
    Be more encouraging of young professionals

  3.  

    Good Company but with a lot of bureaucracy and internal politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Minnesota Historical Society as a contractor

    Pros

    Stability is great here if you have a full time job. Pay is better than industry and local averages.

    Cons

    This is a huge slow-moving tortoise of bureaucracy . In-fighting, political jockeying, and the massive amount of passive agressive behavior will make your life unhappy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train people in management rather than advancing them on the basis of time served and content knowledge of history!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    MHS Interpreter

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Historical Interpreter in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Historical Interpreter in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Minnesota Historical Society

    Pros

    Interesting coworkers, and customers, plenty of resources to assist in research and personal study. Sense of fulfillment in benefiting the public good.

    Cons

    There is very little upward mobility, and work schedules can be irregular. Funding is volatile, and decisions by upper management are wasteful and nonsensical at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritizing the aspects of what makes MHS function properly would help considerably. The institution, supposedly, is designed to serve the public, but that function seems to have taken a back burner to internal programming.

    Recommends
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    Smart people, bad management, terrible bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Minnesota Historical Society

    Pros

    This is a well-respected organization that serves an important purpose and touches every community in the state. The services provided are valuable, and many program areas are well-run and responsive. The people who work there are, in general, committed and highly qualified.

    Cons

    The senior management is arrogant and unwilling to pro-actively address change or institute goals and accountability. Management exists in an echo chamber and does not feel they need to explain how decisions are made or provide transparency as to how success is measured. Departments that are clearly dysfunctional, such as finance, are allowed to dictate policies that negatively affect the effectiveness of the entire institution. Really good people are not rewarded, whereas the mediocre rise to the top because they don't challenge the status quo. Baby Boomers rule, but bright young people are left to languish in part-time, underpaid positions. The whole organization is in a defensive crouch despite being well-funded; to be fair, the state legislature provides the largest chunk of funding so they're subject to political whims.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute a truly open process in which employees can give feedback without reprisals -- the problems with the institution are an open secret and the people who work there have good solutions but are not listened to by a management committee that's complacent and insular. Conduct open searches for all positions, so internal and external candidates can bring fresh perspectives and people can advance based on merit. Stop rewarding people based on cronyism and longevity, not performance. Connect to your audiences, not just yourselves. Require everyone, including senior management, to use and understand basic technology (spreadsheets, word processing, online calendars, presentation software, social media, etc). In other words, join the 21st century!

    Doesn't Recommend

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