- The Virginia Living Museum19.Oct 2018
Suggestions for improvement
- If I were to give them advice it would be to work on what they have rather than always trying for the newest and biggest thing. If they kept their flower beds nice or their animals in groups large enough to allow them to be happy and healthy, they might not have to rely so much on rotating exhibits. (Also, seriously?? One quail? One deer? These are social animals!) Secondly, I would tell them that people will tolerate two out of the three things: physically demanding work, a lack or respect, and an lack of money. They should not be trying so hard to be the trifecta. Thirdly, I would tell them to be polite when laying people off. I understand that it is awkward, but employees know all your secrets and occasionally have to do job reviews to supplement their income when they suddenly have no money. I am going to this effort for about $0.40. Finally, get some safety practices. An inch of mouse crap on any horizontal surface is too much mouse crap, and no helmets while dealing with falling trees is too few helmets.
What I like about the company
The other workers are nice people who really care about what they do.
What I dislike about the company
To be honest they rely too mush on volunteers, some of whom often get political in a way that gets uncomfortable for me, so it would be cool if they could get that to stop or at least give employees a way to divert it. They also use them for much harder labor than they should. Sixty somethings should not be used to move logs, no matter how few people we want to pay for. On another note, certain departments were taken much more seriously than others for no reason. Mine was treated like we were incapable of being competent despite a long serving department head with a master's degree. Meanwhile, there is almost no full time work available for other departments like Zoo. Finally, without notice, warning, compensation or previous offense they eliminated my position roughly four months after hiring me. People had told me that people in my job didn't last very long, but I assumed it was because of the low pay or life stage changes (like getting married, moving, or having kids). To be honest, the people there are good and other jobs may have a better outcome than mine, but I highly recommend weighing your options carefully if you are thinking of working here. It had great potential, but I think it would have eventually killed me.
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- CompanyThe Virginia Living Museum
- CityNewport News
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former employee