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Missouri Botanical Garden St. Louis Reviews

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  1. "Student intern review"

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    Former Intern - Research Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Intern - Research Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Missouri Botanical Garden as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The botanical gardens are a beautiful work environment, although my day was spent inside working on plant germination experiments.

    Everyone was very friendly and helpful and the location is convenient for students in the St. Louis area interested in ecology

    Cons

    Not sure about any further opportunities aside from research assistant work (can be relatively monotonous)

    Advice to Management

    Did not deal significantly with the Garden's upper management


  2. "Great Place, Weak Pay/Benefits, Silo'd Structure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Missouri Botanical Garden full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Tell someone you work at the Garden and they instantly respond: "That must be so awesome and relaxing!" Well, sort of. It is truly beautiful. The events are fun and employees are encouraged to attend with friends/family (employees receive admission for several people to each event). MBG is consistently ranked one of the top botanical gardens in the US and the world, so there is a feeling of pride.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are both poor. (Executives receive better health care options and bonuses, I'm told.) Little opportunity for advancement (only 350ish employees). Also, departments are very "silo'd"--no one knows what the other is doing and there is little top-down integration. Not everyone plays nicely with others. Can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Senior execs need to be told to work WITH one another and not solely to further their own department. We're all on the same team. CEO Peter Wyse Jackson hails from Ireland and while beloved, is reluctant to get involved with the turf politics.

  3. "A great place to work. Big focus on sustainability."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Missouri Botanical Garden full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Definitely a beautiful campus. Nice to be able to take a walk in the Garden during lunch or a break. A lively office environment. all employees receive a membership upon hire. 20% discount at gift shop and restaurant. Complimentary passes to all events. 403 B match. Great mission. Many like-minded people working together. Great community ties.

    Cons

    They offer mediocre health benefits, that are pretty expensive for the highest coverage. No paid maternity leave is a major disappointment, especially for an institution that employs so many woman. Typical "non-profit" wages for non-management positions. No opportunity for advancement in most positions.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Do not work for them."

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Missouri Botanical Garden full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great location in the neighborhood. Great local regulars.

    Cons

    You are underpaid and disposable to them

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your staff's needs. And pay them appropriately.


  5. "It's a great Place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Missouri Botanical Garden full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Garden grounds are an amazing place to work.

    Cons

    I can't report any cons to working here.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "We work for our Mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Missouri Botanical Garden full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The mission, the hours are okay, co-workers are usally very friendly and eco-orientated.

    Cons

    Pay scale is below normal for a non-profit. Alot of politics.

    Advice to Management

    You need to update your pay scale in order to keep good staff. Be more open with information and more consistent with policy from all depts.


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