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Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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Mitchell B. Reiss
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Pros
  • They provide decent pay and great benefits in a field in which that is rare (in 6 reviews)

  • Good benefits and high advancement potential (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • While there have been some great new ideas no one has the knowledge or experience to implement them (in 3 reviews)

  • Executives and upper management are money and power hunger scums (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Arborist in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Arborist in Williamsburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Vacation/sick time with not many questions asked. Great people to work around. A company that truly looks out for its employees.

    Cons

    If you were hired and decided to quit.

    Advice to Management

    Your doing great so far maybe look at more training for low lvl employees


  2. "Low wages"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Co- workers are wonderful

    Cons

    Low wages, CEO and 15 Vice Presidents make between 300,00 - 900,000 The workers makes 11.00 an hour. Poor communication. Little to no promotions or raises. No to little team players. A us and them attitude. 30 year employees still making no more then 12.00 an hour. Not a positive place.

    Advice to Management

    Need a better living wage. Better communications, better team building sprit.


  3. "Mostly Good"

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    Current Employee - Orientation Interpreter in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Orientation Interpreter in Williamsburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Costumes- These can be wonderful and fun to wear
    Co-workers- Everyone is like minded and loves where they work
    Bragging Rights- Colonial Williamsburg is the worlds larges living history museum. People worldwide know about Colonial Williamsburg

    Cons

    Costumes- You cant have alcoholic beverages while in costume
    Weather- It is hot in the summer and cold in the winter
    Scanners- They SUCK

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of those scanners and let us do the job we signed up for! we cant stand the scanners because they hold us back from interacting with gusts!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Laid off suddenly after 10 years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation full-time

    Pros

    If you really want to work in a non-profit history museum, go for it

    Cons

    Lack of leadership
    No clear vision or goals for the organization
    Constantly shifting priorities
    No performance reviews in 2 years

    Advice to Management

    Sell the hotels and focus on doing quality interpretation. I know you want to shed weight, but you're shedding the wrong weight and keeping the wrong people.


  6. "Fantastic place to work"

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    Former Employee - Writer/Editor in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Writer/Editor in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I learned so much while working here. The history is incredible and I was challenged every day. It varies quite a bit from department to department, but I loved the area I was in.

    Cons

    No cons working here. I had a great time!


  7. "Administrative Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Williamsburg, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great staff, was well rewarded for my efforts and felt appreciated

    Cons

    Too many people not willing to change even if it means more profit for the company


  8. "Costumed Interpreter"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Costumed Sales Interprter in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Costumed Sales Interprter in Newport News, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Daily Interaction with guests and fellow employees and volunteers.

    Cons

    Limited in goods to sell

    Advice to Management

    More programs


  9. "Education vs Monetization"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Newport News, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are awesome at their jobs and love what they do. They believe in doing things the right way and in what they do.

    Cons

    The constant conflict between doing great educational things and trying to monetize those things was wearing. It was hard to find a balance between servicing an area that is constantly under appreciated and making money from that sector.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Colonial Williamsburg Foundation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can't find a prettier place for your lunchtime stroll.

    Cons

    The change in management in 2013 wreaked havoc. There have been deep cuts and drastic changes throughout the Foundation. Several of middle and lower management were replaced by people with no industry experience. While there have been some great new ideas no one has the knowledge or experience to implement them. Cronies of the new management are now running the place and word on the street is they're running it into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with appropriate experience.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Cook 1"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cook I in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Cook I in Williamsburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic environment that is fast pased and technical. Standards vary depending on event but overall are high.

    Cons

    Low pay, Long hours. Easy to get lost if not a "go getter". There is a missmatch between employees with similar titles and paygrades.

    Advice to Management

    Negotiate with unions to adjust salaries to encourage the attraction of high quality talent.


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