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San Jose, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
$5 to $10 million (USD) per year
Build it, and they won't come. That was the advice a soothsayer gave grieving widow Sarah L. Winchester, heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune, in 1884. "They" were the spirits of people killed by Winchester rifles, and ... Read more

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    "Far more interesting of a job than the paycheck would suggest."

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    Former Employee - Tours in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Winchester Mystery House (More than 3 years)


    There are a lot of wonderful people that work there. It's an absolutely fascinating place to work, if you're at all a history buff. Even apart from the myriad spooky legends associated with the place, there are layers upon layers of history there. If you're so inclined, you'll have a chance to be a bit of a detective during your downtime.


    The pay is nothing to write home about - although if you're looking for a summer job, it's infinitely more interesting than flipping burgers or working in a mall. The house isn't exactly climate controlled, and you'll likely freeze or broil depending on the weather. You will sometimes have to deal with poorly behaved guests.

    Advice to Management

    Less to the management, which are a great bunch, but to the owners of the house:

    The house is a historic gem, and really should be treated as such. The ghost stories are fascinating and all, but the upkeep and the preservation of the house tends to fall by the wayside. Invest a more in restoration and repairs, and remember that you're the custodians of a historic gem.

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    Tour Guide Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Accepted Offer
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    I applied in-person. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Winchester Mystery House (San Jose, CA).


    Read and memorize script presented. It's all about being able to present, willing to work for minimum wage, and work for limited hours on the days they tell you you are going to work that work for your schedule.

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