Support from management
Sometimes good at listening but slow to act if at all.
Teamwork between people on the same ladder rung is great but overall teamwork rarely exists between uppers and lowers although claiming we are all colleagues.
Freedom to work independently
Depends on your position but micromanagement from leadership/management is high.
Communication is strong from leadership to leadership and from worker to worker but lacking from leadership to worker.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Younger staff feels older staff treats them as children. Leadership, not management, is what is required.
Directors/managers are a legacy solid wall. Anyone underneath is like a dam ready to break.
Overall compensation for your work
It's an organization that doesn't run like a money making business and this is reflected in a low paycheck.
Office / Work Environment
Moral is low and many are leaving/have left (2016-2018).
Staff treat visitors wonderfully despite what goes on behind the scenes.
It's a big place with a small staff so you do a lot and frequently get sick. Management is usually good about letting you recuperate but you still have a job to do - and usually in more than one area so you may be home recuperating but still working.
Overall image from outsiders perspective is that it is a fun great place for children to learn. What goes on behind closed doors is kept separate from harming the visitor experience.
Once you are in it is very hard to be fired unless you just don't show up to work or are constantly late.
Accessibility is decent but elevators are very very very very slow.
Lots of repetition for the majority of the departments equals stagnation.
Inclusive / Diverse
Ann Arbor is a very white educated area so usually applicants are of the same. This isn't to say that the museum isn't open to diversity or inclusion if you can excel at your job.
Suggestions for improvement
- Let everyone go and rebuild completely or allow the people that are left the opportunity not only to speak up but allow them to take action and put things into place to fix things. Although there is a group in place (2017-2018) called "the way-forward committee" there is still oversight and control based with management/directors over others on the committee.
What I like about the company
Full time employees can get health, dental, and the option to participate in a TIAA-CREF for retirement. For a minimal fee added to your paycheck you can get subsidized parking in a nearby parking lot. You get a discount at the museum's store.
What I dislike about the company
There is a lack of leadership. There is a management/director superiority attitude which causes others to talk down to anyone below or across departments including the recently merged organization.