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Minnesota Historical Society Reviews

Updated October 24, 2016
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "room for improvement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -the benefits for full-time staff, which are as good as they are because they are bargained for by the state employees union, which MNHS is not a part of
    -free admission to historic sites
    -lots of really smart, passionate employees work here who would love to make a difference if given the chance
    -MNHS has a lot of really cool stuff in its various collections. The mission of the organization is great.
    -depending on the position, work/life balance is good
    -good outside reputation

    Cons

    -very top- and administrator-heavy structure that is very risk averse, to the point of crippling itself through inactivity.
    - low-level staff work very hard, above their pay grade and for low wages, with few opportunities for advancement; many promising millennial employees in particular have left in recent years because of this.
    -few mentorship opportunities; hard to get ahead
    -top-down communication is poor
    -wages for low-level staff are low and stagnant
    -little to no opportunities for professional development
    -low staff morale
    -most of staff, especially management, are white, with varying levels of understanding of basic things about racism (not to mention sexism, queerphobia, disability, etc.)
    -institutional culture is cold and uptight

    Advice to Management

    To improve staff retention and the morale of current employees, I recommend: invest in professional development; pay competitive wages; reduce the number of people at the top; ask staff for input on big decisions that affect them, and then use it; be more open in general; and keep staff informed of what's going on, as needed.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Program Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Program Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Minnesota Historical Society full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most staff are hard working, knowledgeable, and often go above and beyond (however not rewarded-see cons below). Benefits are good. Low cost, good health insurance, retirement (matepched @5.5%), and vacation.

    Cons

    The organization is top heavy. Most department heads have no experience managing people and it shows. The organization is extremely siloed. Departments do not work well together. Low pay. No raises for years. Few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Do a complete overhaul of finance and HR department. Both are a nightmare to work with. Reward staff. Staff will only stay for so long without a raise before they will leave.


  3. "It was and still is my favorite organization to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people are wonderful. Every day is different and there is lots of variety.

    Cons

    In the summer, it tends to be very cold with the air conditioning on.


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  5. "Interpreter"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Minnesota Historical Society part-time

    Pros

    Working with really nice and talented co-workers and the work environment, at least at the site I work at, is great!

    Cons

    Really difficult to move up or even seek employment in different parts of the society. Research, even for a specific site is often delegated to students/interns/fellows out of state.

    Advice to Management

    There is a very talented workforce already employed by you as interpreters and lower level staff members, take advantage of their skills and the insight/experience they could add to the society as a whole.


  6. "Network Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington, MN
    Recommends

    I have been working at Minnesota Historical Society full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This is the best place to work. Nice staff to work with and a beautiful building to walk into every morning.

    Cons

    My commute is long, and even longer especially in, in-climate weather.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for the efforts in keeping the communication channels open, and listening.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "No reward for merit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Minnesota Historical Society full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great collections and mission. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance. Bureaucratic. Very low pay. No reward for merit.

    Advice to Management

    Seek advice of subject experts!


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Strong mission, serious management issues"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Minnesota Historical Society full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Because of the Historical Society's relationship with the state of Minnesota, the benefits are really strong, especially health insurance.
    - Staff receive free addmission to all of the historic sites and museums.

    Cons

    - Management is not forward looking, and the institution would not be able to survive if state funding were significantly cut or dissapeared.
    - HR and Finance are not professionally run and in general the whole organization is very top heavy, with many more managers than staff producing results. This results in high turnover rates for newer and younger staff hires.

    Advice to Management

    - Significant re-organization is required, there are plenty of financial resources but they are not well distributed in ways to make the organization stronger and adaptable for future needs.


  9. "Research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work and I learned a lot from the research I did. My coworkers and staff created a very friendly atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Although it was interesting work and I learned a lot from the research the other side of the coin is that you are also researching things that you have no interest in and find very boring.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good worki on providing a good work environment. I feel that this probably one of the most important job assets.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great organization, poor at employee morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great outreach work
    Prestige
    Friendly work environment amongst peers

    Cons

    Archaic hiring procedures
    Archaic management style
    Poor (no) methods of incentivizing new and young employees

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for growth and professional development
    Allow for raises other than cost of living increases
    Be more encouraging of young professionals


  11. Helpful (1)

    "MHS Interpreter"

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    Current Employee - Historical Interpreter in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Historical Interpreter in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends

    Pros

    Interesting coworkers, and customers, plenty of resources to assist in research and personal study. Sense of fulfillment in benefiting the public good.

    Cons

    There is very little upward mobility, and work schedules can be irregular. Funding is volatile, and decisions by upper management are wasteful and nonsensical at times.

    Advice to Management

    Prioritizing the aspects of what makes MHS function properly would help considerably. The institution, supposedly, is designed to serve the public, but that function seems to have taken a back burner to internal programming.



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