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Conner Prairie Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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  1. "Great summer experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Engaging work, fun co-workers, great music

    Cons

    Long hours, unpredictable weather, rude customers


  2. "Conner Prairie"

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    Former Employee - Interpreter in Noblesville, IN
    Former Employee - Interpreter in Noblesville, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Conner Prairie part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people who work there are passionate about what they do, they love the idea of Conner Prairie. A really cool opportunity to be a part of something that really exists nowhere else.

    Cons

    The management is so out of touch with its employees, it doesn't know what they want or understand that they have a good perspective because they work with the guests everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those who are on the ground, in the field working because they have a lot of important things to say and ideas. They know what they're doing and they want you to do the same.

  3. "Loved It!"

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Fishers, IN
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Fishers, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Staff was extremely delightful and friendly.

    Cons

    The pay was not anything to write home about.


  4. "Interpreter- had fun, but not for long term"

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

    I worked at Conner Prairie part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Fun co-workers
    -Learning opportunities- great for history buffs!

    Cons

    -It's a non-profit, so low pay
    -Very few opportunities to move to full time


  5. "Titanic"

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    Former Employee - Guest Engagement Facilitator Or Historical Interpreter in Fishers, IN
    Former Employee - Guest Engagement Facilitator Or Historical Interpreter in Fishers, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Conner Prairie part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not much other than there were parts of the job that were enjoyable.

    Cons

    Director of Historical Interpreters is a liar.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the Board of Directors is to clean house from the top down. You've sprung a leak in the Historical Interpretation department and you're sailing perilously close to discrimination lawsuits regarding color, age and weight. No confidence in upper management. Your training needs a serious overhaul. You do not train appropriately or legally for the day to day experiences of individuals out in the park. Overhaul those who lead the historical interpreters and be very aware of upper management biases.


  6. "Job satisfaction is a beneficial motivator, but kills productivity."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people and ideas behind Conner Prairie's interactive history museum are some of the best. The platform for the museum is world-renowned and critically acclaimed, and the park serves as a noted attraction and venue for Central Indiana. As a niche museum targeted at strictly Indiana history, Conner Prairie serves as strong platform for Hoosier pride and remembrance of Indiana's roots. Conner Prairie's place in Hamilton County is key in that it provides a steady income and generous benefits for many of the inhabitants surrounding it. This not-for-profit is largely philanthropic in that it facilitates and houses many charitable groups and events in Central Indiana. Its reach is far beyond the employees who work there and the people who visit it. Overall, Conner Prairie hosts a very enjoyable and gratifying work environment.

    Cons

    Since there are so many employees and volunteers to relatively few managers/supervisors, social loafing is a common problem. The pace is often times frustratingly slow. The attractions, as of late, have become less novel and less appealing, so park attendance isn't nearly what it could be. The "red tape" as far as delegation of duties and park policy is ridiculous at times. Hard work (as compared to coworkers) is appreciated, but seldom rewarded. Some of the people that work there are a bit odd (but kind nonetheless). Overall, the biggest criticism of Conner Prairie should be its lack of productivity and operational efficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Tighten the reigns a little bit. Responsibility could be delegated much more than what it is. Labor is often times more wasteful of company resources than productive. As far as the park itself goes, it is becoming less novel and less appealing every year. A much heavier focus should be given on reinvigorating the park and museum, bearing a less passive stance on innovation and more of a "build it and they will come" mentality. The colder months are brutal on the park's attendance, so offering services/attractions that are accessible year-round should be of paramount importance. The lack of cash flows during the wintertime is the most crippling aspect of Conner Prairie's operation. Build the science building!


  7. "educational"

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

    I worked at Conner Prairie full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    it was an outstanding place to work. good people,very knowledgeable,willing to pass on their knowledge and everyone had a common goal to keep history alive. all in all though the best job I ever had!

    Cons

    it is a not for profit org. so the pay was low and management seemed to listen to the people in the office rather then the people in the trenches so to speak.

    Advice to Management

    see above

  8. "Interpreter"

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    Current Employee - Interpreter in Fishers, IN
    Current Employee - Interpreter in Fishers, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Conner Prairie part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, fun atmosphere, flexibility with hours and real family like feel.

    Cons

    They offer lots of paid training but often after work hours only. Inconstancy with which trained guidelines they want to follow. Management often asks your goals but does not do much with the info.

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear with guidelines. Actively invest in employees goals with them. Offer more flexible training.


  9. "A fantastic place and dedicated employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Conner Prairie part-time

    Pros

    Great interaction with the public. Learn fascinating historic knowledge and skills.

    Cons

    Management is top heavy. Low pay. No benefits for part-time workers.


  10. "Camp Counselor"

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    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Fishers, IN
    Former Employee - Camp Counselor in Fishers, IN

    I worked at Conner Prairie part-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great co-workers, fun activities both in the museum and camp setting.

    Cons

    Can't think of any, besides pay rate.


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