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Minnesota Historical Society Reviews

Updated August 3, 2017
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  1. "Great Benefits - undergoing a major shift."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Minnesota Historical Society full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and mostly passionate coworkers.

    Cons

    Lots of very educated people trying to get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate reasons behind major changes.


  2. "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Minnesota Historical Society full-time

    Pros

    The shared passion for history and team work attitude among coworkers.

    Cons

    There is less opportunity for moving up or growing in a position.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for retention of a diverse staff and don't just promote from within.

  3. "Poor Working Conditions"

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    Current Employee - Interpreter
    Current Employee - Interpreter
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Minnesota Historical Society part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros in working for this company

    Cons

    Lack of hours, recommended job stacking, managers are disrespectful

    Advice to Management

    Uphold the culture, values, and mission statements.


  4. "Great Culture!"

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

    I worked at Minnesota Historical Society full-time

    Pros

    A very warm and welcoming place to work. Management goes above and beyond to accommodate their employees. Great benefit package! Great location and convenient parking.

    Cons

    Outdated technology and processes.Lots of part-time workers. Sometimes the office was a little too cold. No job or company is perfect, but it's the attitude of the employees that can collaboratively work to improve things and this organization does just that.

    Advice to Management

    Process improvement will be necessary to increase work efficiencies. Management does a really good job of working with employees when an issue does arise. Continue to work on communication.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "room for improvement"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. 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!


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