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Updated April 26, 2017
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  • Lower salaries do to "non-profit" status (in 6 reviews)

  • Despite not getting a sufficient pay the benefits were good, I was a part time student and they did work with my schedule (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Museum Review"

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    Current Employee - Membership Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Membership Representative in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at American Museum of Natural History part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is truly an amazing and educational environment to work in.

    Cons

    It's a museum, so you can expect some slow days.


  2. "Project Manager assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maspeth, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maspeth, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Museum of Natural History (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to have access to all departments within the museum and have a sneak peak on behind the scenes of every exhibition.

    Cons

    Short term internship. Wishing there would have been a lot more of hands on training during the internship.

    Advice to Management

    Management should get a lot more involved in mentoring interns as well as employees


  3. "Still a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - VS Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - VS Representative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Decent Benefits, Decent work environment, you will love the visitors if your a people person

    Cons

    Regular administrative aggravation, repetitive, pay good be a little better

    Advice to Management

    Create more harmony between management and department employees


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Development Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Development Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Museum of Natural History full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dinosaurs, other A+ collections, top-notch scientific research. At the end of the day, it's AMNH: it will always be one step above a typical crappy nonprofit job because you are never more than five minutes from something kickass. Most coworkers are friendly. Starting salaries are above nonprofit averages (but are still really low).

    Cons

    Middle management consists of people who have happened to stick around long enough to get promoted above their capabilities. If you are one of the unlucky ones who isn't liked, you are rewarded with a hostile work environment and no chances for advancement (typically for arbitrary, unprofessional reasons). Junior staffers don't get raises and have to work late consistently with no overtime. Bad treatment trickles down from the top and morale suffers. It's not super great.

    Advice to Management

    Suck less?


  6. "Employment"

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    Former Employee - Director of Administration and Finance in Henryville, PA
    Former Employee - Director of Administration and Finance in Henryville, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Museum of Natural History full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a wonderful organization with wonderful people and a great mission.

    Cons

    Large organization with lots of supervisory levels, issues with communication in some divisions.

    Advice to Management

    All employees, from the bottom up are important, fairness and compassion is key.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "No growth"

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Bronx, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Museum of Natural History (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work with great people and have an opportunity to network.

    Cons

    No growth, hard work goes unrecognized and no opportunity to receive pay increases.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and rewards your employees who work hard and are dedicated. If you challenge, involve and pay them well they will stay for the long run.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Learning Experience"

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    Former Employee - Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Development in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    AMNH itself is inspiring in its size, its reach, the expertise of its curatorial and education staff, and the degree to which it is totally beloved by the public. You will learn a lot in any role, and you will benefit from its status as a leading museum that attracts a lot of top talent. You get to enjoy the exhibitions and public programs, and it is always a perk to be able to offer free tickets to friends and family. There are many wonderful, passionate professionals and the institution benefits from many resources like expensive databases, occasional professional development opportunities, and lots of staff support. Outside of event-related commitments, which can sometimes be burdensome, the hours are consistent and manageable.

    Cons

    My experience as an employee at AMNH was marked by micromanagement, inefficiency, unprofessional behavior (including blatant sexual harassment), and a hostile work environment. Some of this could be attributed directly to a troubled supervisor, who has since been asked to leave, but some of it came directly from leadership, who consistently violated the most basic principals of management. It has a trickle down effect, and poor morale was felt throughout the institution. The structure allows for little to no professional growth, and the pay was far below market rates meaning that many great professionals move on fairly quickly, leaving behind some very territorial and sometimes nasty individuals who set the tone for how everyone else must operate. In that environment, it felt nearly impossible to do sometimes even the most basic of tasks, even after you had adapted to bureaucratic protocols, which in turn can be very destructive to one's sense of motivation. You have to have very thick skin and a diplomatic attitude to survive here, and even then, I question whether it was worth it. I "survived" four years in this toxic environment and deeply regret that I stayed so long. I would not recommend AMNH to anyone who is considering a role there. Having a big name on your resume is not worth sacrificing your mental health.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to address the poor staff morale, to do more to retain and promote professionals rather than burning them out, to listen to the counsel of the people who advise you, and to potentially consider a leadership coach.


  9. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at American Museum of Natural History (More than a year)

    Pros

    wonderful NYC organization to work for. Loved walking through the exhibits to get to the office

    Cons

    had a great experience at the museum.


  10. "AMNH"

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    Current Employee - Development Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Development Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and happy working-environment.

    Cons

    Low salary with unpaid overtime (comp time instead of monetary compensation).


  11. "MEEP Intern"

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    Former Employee - Museum Educator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Museum Educator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to create your own tours
    See exhibits for free
    Hands on activities with families
    Behind the scenes look at various artifacts

    Cons

    Job can be repetitive day to day
    Burn out expected dealing with large crowds


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