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    I worked at Natural History Museum (UK) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I met some nice, like minded people and that was pretty much it.

    Cons

    Firstly they hire people through an agency so after they take a cut you end up with minimum wage. Uniforms were badly designed and uncomfortable. Expect to be on your feet all day and working outdoors to deal with queues getting in. The museum is packed at weekends and the summer so badly you can't even move. Visitors were rude because of this and complain about things you don't have control over. You also learn through jobs like this just how stupid the public can be and you just have the deal with it. The 'staff room' was a tiny area where visitor services, security and cleaners all have to squeeze into and was so unkempt. I also noticed that senior staff would never say hello as they thought we were beneath them. Pretty pathetic really as most of us were graduates trying to get jobs in the real world. I can only name 3 decent managers, the rest of them were nasty people. As nice as the building is, it's a pretty horrible job and you will have to put up with rubbish from the public daily.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of the managers were unfriendly and unapproachable. Whilst working on an exhibition I had customers demanding to see a manager and after calling upstairs they never came down. You can tell they're just there for the money and experience but hide when they have to face people complaining. One of my colleagues was perched on a desk towards the end of the day and a manager came over and shouted 'If I see you sitting there again, I will wring your neck'. You know, because we're not allowed to stand. We should have reported that manager, really unprofessional. Hopefully you've had a turnover of managers since then.

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    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Natural History Museum (UK).

    Interview

    Very simple group interview where we worked together to build a tower. I would imagine this would be there way of seeing how we would work together. Then we also went around and talked about our own retail experiences. It was simple, but not quite sure what they were looking for especially since there were so many of us in the interview.

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