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Besides being an iconic establishment, working at the museum was a great experience all around except for the pay and hours. If you are looking for a creative and well paid job maybe the British Museum may not be the best option for you. However, if you want a cultural experience and money doesn’t come to mind, then go for it, you will love it.
Cheap cafeteria, friendly management
Pay and limited hours
Excellent place to demonstrate your skills and experience among many academics who can be challenging, however diligent in an environment to get the best results working in high performance teams who deeply care about the museum’s reputation as a leader for all worldwide museum activities.
As above, During my period at the museum I have been exposed and witnessed a culture of racism, bullying, discrimination and harassment. Management is incompetent and non existent, Health and Safety standards are appalling and there is no sound reporting hazards,crime etc
An amazing place to build visitor service experience. Fun workplace. A great bunch of people you get the opportunity to work with as a team. I learnt the importance of security and also the importance of working together/being a leader. Being able to help visitors and also have the chance to discuss art with them was great because it was personal, allowing your visitor experience skills to really shine. Personally, the commute was a challenge, particularly in terms of expense for trains.
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The British Museum is a good place to learn more about history and culture. As well as customer services a good knowledge of the collections is extremely helpful for your own knowledge as well as being able to help a range of visitors from tourists to school children.
one hour lunch break
six day working wooks
I always went to the museum as a child, and then eventually when I was 21 managed to get a job there, It was the best 9 years of my working life so far. I started from a gallery assistant and worked my way up, eventually moving to the Information & Ticketing Team. I was given lots of professional support, which enabled me to be promoted within that team. The job had its challenges of course, managing a large team in a busy environment does. However I really did feel like I was making a difference, even in the hard times. My team and managers were like a family, and everyone supported each other.
London waiting, good rotas, family team enviroment
it is nice place to work and i met different people from allover the world, i have learned lot like meeting people with different culture. the hardest part is communication and understanding other people language and how to work. .
not free lunch
i am working 12 hours
My working experiences at the British Museum have provided me with a wealth of knowledge within both the curatorial and administrative area. My daily work is very varied and no 2 days are exactly the same. I have managed a team of administrators for the past 13 years and i feel that my managerial skills have helped me create a cohesive administrative team providing essential support where needed. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the job would be seeing the end results of our work and the way in which we, as a team, have been able to provide support to the wider departmental staff and helping to reach goals and objectives.
working in an exciting environment
The BM is a great place to move if you want to find a good bridge to the private sector. Employers like it on your CV,and there are plenty of skills to be learnt there. They consciously underpay market value (although I can't blame them as they can't afford to pay more) but they attempt to give you more benefits. The Museum is filled with great people and it's definitely a fun and interesting place to work, but progression is rare.
subsidized lunch, interesting
Poor management, under-pay
Going to visit referent part of archaeological sites in the UK was very enjoyable part of my job, learning about the sites and their running in details was a privilege and a learning curve for me. My managers were wonderful people who I love and admire to this day. Nothing was hard about this job it was doing something I love. Meeting new people from all over the world
every acpect of the work