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Enjoyable place to work, can be fun, can be busy, can be quiet, no two days are the same. The quoted salary on this job is false. You will ever earn 21 pounds an hour in a million years.
Uniform provided, fun when things are running ok
Working outside in all weathers
I could never recommend working for them, management don't care about you, certain staff choose their jobs, you are left with emptying bins and un blocking toilets, minimum pay, no support from anybody, no progression unless your face fits. No matter how hard you work, nothing is ever good enough. Uniform is second hand if you are lucky enough to be given something that fits.
Bad management, bad pay, clicky staff, high pressure sales, jealousy, only interested in money
Interesting working with so many different people. Meeting some amazing visitors. Often asked to work in other departments which is good and gives you more hours. Maybe seasonal so be prepared.Lots of young managers who have no experience, often friends with others and do NOT understand confidentiality. Managers often have no experience at managing staff and keeping in touch during this difficult time.
History, free entry to sites, meeting people
Poor pay, bad managers at local levels
Was a wonderful place to work if only the Managers would manage staff, stop gossiping to try and get staff on side and respect their staff.I loved working with the public and the history of the site but who do you turn too for support when needed
Very poor management
Working for English Heritage is to do yourself down. The Salary is abysmal and there is no scope for advancement. The Bosses are unscrupulous and do not care about the Law and treating Staff lawfully. Do yourself a favour and apply for a proper job and not English Heritage. The hours are erratic and they try and keep you on a Zero Hour Contract. Avoid at all costs.
Hard work long hours with limited renomination he ally the most in dynamic organisation stuck in the 80s in attitude and Opps rations
Extremely hard to have you voice heard and senior management don’t really listen, and tend to be dictatorial.. A do as your told culture head in the sand culture and heavy on the blame.
Worked with historic buildings
Very long hours due to the position requirements
Such lovely people to work with and very caring. However the studio area, where I work, is very cramped. HR are very good, as are management, it's a very caring environment.
Conditions could be better
It's a good place to work but could be better paid. The work is seasonal for a lot of people but season length is getting longer. If you are not trying to support a family you should be aright. It is very rewording in other ways. I get to meet people from all over the world and you get filming days which are totally different. Not somewhere to work if you are driven by money but good for singles and second incomers who want to do something a bit different and more enjoyable.
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Seasonal permanent position held in site supervisor role. Lots of great training offered . Not much support at 1st with job but this was rectified quickly. Lots to learn targets to hit but a lovely working environment and opportunities to move and grow within the company
This was a very welcoming place to work, everyone seemed to be kind to each other. I wasn't there for long but I tried to stick around, however the opportunity to move from customer service into another part of the organisation seemed near impossible. I am a history graduate so I feel I had a lot to offer but they didn't want me for anything but customer service.
worked for English heritage at Dover castle for 2 years. seasonal contracts. no full time hours available. 0 hour contracts in winter a crucial time for survival. cant live off the wages. however the castle itself and the tunnels are exceptional. management ie very much us and them. no progression opportunities. this job would suit someone at the end of their career looking to reduce their working hours but for someone who wants to sustain a mortgage or raise a family it is not suitable.
The team are lovely to work for but sadly there is a click who are promoted and cossetted by management which spoils it for everyone else. Lots of leavers due to this. Out dated systems and due to the nature of it being a charity not much is spent on progression. Bullying at higher level is covered even with HRs involvement and you don't stand a chance if your face doesn't fit.
I've been volunteering with English heritage for a few months and it is enjoyable, as you get to work with like-minded people who love history and want to help preserve it for future generations. Now work can be difficult if youre not used to a group but you'll always have someone to help fill the gaps in your knowledge, as and when necessary. For volunteers like myself it does take a while for events to be available especially when you have limited availability.