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"Outstanding learning experience! Not necessarily a place you can make a career."

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Former Employee - Assistant Director in New York, NY
Former Employee - Assistant Director in New York, NY
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I worked at American Museum of Natural History full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Opportunity to work with very smart people in one of the most beloved institutions in the world.

Cons

Very little value placed on staff retention.

Advice to Management

In the rare circumstances that staff are promoted, they should receive commensurate pay and benefits. Staff that are promoted from within seem to be paid less and valued less than outside hires.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "No raises or upward mobility"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Museum of Natural History full-time

    Pros

    There are mostly good people there, very friendly. Working here will look good on your resume and provide you with some good connections. The high caliber of employees coupled with the turnover means you'll meet people going on to great places.

    Cons

    There is no benefit to really working hard here. Your efforts will not be rewarded. IF you get a cost of living increase it will be close to 2% - and that is IF. They send memo's letting everyone know that the increase for everyone will be across the board. Unless you get a title change you are not getting a raise. They hemorrhage good people.
    There is also no upward mobility. You basically have to wait for someone to retire.

    Advice to Management

    Not providing cost of living increases in line with the index is akin to punishing people for hard work. You effectively make less money the longer you stay.
    Do you have a plan to retain good people?
    You must know that the mid level employees are the ones doing all the work that is rolled up to your directors. You have made yourself a great place to poach talent from. I've never worked at a place that was so adept at finding good people. I think your excellent human resources department has shielded you from a situation that would be disastrous for most other companies.
    Ellen is a great leader and highly intelligent. I can only guess this strategy is based on bad information, or she's willing to take the risks and losses for some perceived benefit to the company.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Glad to go."

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

    I have been working at American Museum of Natural History full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Thirty years ago it was an organization dedicated to scientific research. Currently there is nothing positive about working there. Over the years it became a research FARCE.

    Cons

    For the most part the dwindling number of researchers and worthless. The library is the last valuable resource there but it is just a matter of time

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the Ellen Futter without compensation! She has no idea of what a museum is about. As a result of her ignorance in Natural History, the museum has become a laughing stock of the sciences. She and the large number of non-science positions she created have turned the museum into a third rate Disneyland.

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