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Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Reviews

Updated November 10, 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)

  • They have a good benefits package (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • I'm grateful to see that upper management is working to remedy this situation (in 6 reviews)

  • Long hours, hot summer days, my job was pretty isolated at points (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great internship opportunity for college students"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hospitality Intern in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Hospitality Intern in Williamsburg, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to entry-level hospitality positions, great staff, clear communication, free stays at the hotel, discounts at taverns and for reenactments, great area

    Cons

    Long hours, close/open shifts back-to-back


  2. "Waiter"

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    Current Employee - Server in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Server in Williamsburg, VA

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

    Pros

    The job offer a lot benefits.

    Cons

    There is no downsize to the job.

    Advice to Management

    I feel everything is okay.

  3. "Colonial Williamsburg is probably not your best option."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The CW Foundation had good health benefits and some interesting perks (subsidized residential rentals in the Colonial area). HR seems to know what its doing.

    Cons

    Low pay.
    Unsustainable business model (especially on the not-for-profit side of the organization) which is drawing down the principal in its foundation to cover operating expenses.
    Very amateurish management by managers whose primary qualification was they has managed to stay with the organization for a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Your middle-level managers are invested in the maintaining the unsustainable status quo.


  4. "Hectic"

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    Current Employee - Bus Driver in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Bus Driver 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

    Love meeting the different tourist

    Cons

    Company has lost a lot of money so a lot of people are losing there jobs

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees & stop taking them for granted


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome overall"

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    Current Employee - Server in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Server in Williamsburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing HR dept that is very hands on. Beautiful scenery, fun work environment, meeting people from all walks of life And of course full benefits is always a plus!

    Cons

    Some of people that have worked there 20+ years are a little stubborn in regards to any kind of change. Doesn't matter what department, It's SO important to have a fresh prespective. Wish we had more avenues for career advancement. It is just serving after all but at least you can work at multiple establishments

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all of your employees' opinions and not just the veterans.


  6. "A place in major and constant transititon."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Williamsburg, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The guests, the history and the idea that you are contributing to the community around you. Also most employees truly care about the company.

    Cons

    The changes are never ending and from the top down there is no clear vision od where thr company needs to go.


  7. "Ticket Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Friendly Staff. Flexible.

    Cons

    Pay could have been better. Benefits were some what expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Admin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful setting, talented actors and site interpreters . Benefits are decent with pension offered.

    Cons

    Been in corporate world over 20 years, this is by far the most dysfunctional place I ever worked. Everyone fears for job endurance, revolving door of layoffs in last 3 years. No raises in over 3 years with dismal outlook for any soon. Everyone overworked with little hope for promotion or even cost of living raise. Upper management over paid and kow tow to President. Employee morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    Try talking to low level managers before layoffs. Management has laid off valuable, smart employees that love the CW mission. Involve others in your decisions besides your Vice Presidents and Directors.


  9. "An Excellent Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Sommelier in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Sommelier in Williamsburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent upper management team dedicated to excellence.
    Generous wine budget

    Cons

    Union Shop can make employee management challenging


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Miss friends and colleagues every day."

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    Former Employee - Historic Interpreter in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Historic Interpreter in Williamsburg, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It was like working in a community of thoughtful, well educated friends. One could get the feeling that front line employees and lower level management there really cared about the success of the organization. Working for Colonial Williamsburg meant more than just a paycheck.

    Cons

    The organization had an image of top heavy management with dozens of vice presidents, directors, and managers who seemed disconnected from front line staff operations. I'm grateful to see that upper management is working to remedy this situation.

    Advice to Management

    Pay greater attention to experienced employees input and seek their recommendations instead of chasing pipe dreams suggested by high priced consultants.


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