General Assistant, Estates Team (Former Employee) – Northampton – February 13, 2018
I do miss working here, the environment was relaxed and friendly, we were a happy and productive team and we achieved a good deal of conservation and repairs to our unique collection of properties, every day was a different challenge and enjoyable. Like most large organisations it was a bit top heavy with management but they did respect the unions and worked with them on many occassions. I learnt a great deal about the historic build environment and the difficulties of keeping a good level of safety and compliance within the challenging constraints of Ancient Monument and Listed Building Consents.
Reasonable holiday allowance and terms and conditions
Very academic and professional team to work with. The work was varied and very interesting.
Buildings technical Manager (Former Employee) – Birmingham, West Midlands – October 10, 2017
The day would deal with scheduled ancient monument documentation for repairs to historic buildings, a very meticulous and detailed process that required full concentration. The work involved elements of research that was very interesting. The management was very supportive and gave steer and clear vision to what the future goal of English Heritage is to achieve. The workplace culture operated through a micro management process, one that I was completely not used too however respect that the organisation requires excellence hence this arrangement. The hardest or should I say the most challenging part of the job was commuting into Birmingham where the train service was mostly unreliable getting too and from work. I enjoyed working with colleagues and learning different subjects that involved building conservation.
Visitor assistant (Former Employee) – Cornwall – September 12, 2017
Despite the fairly repetitive role most days on the job are different due the delightful unexpectedness of customers. The training can be a bit hit and miss but there are always other members of staff happy to help you. Not a lot of room for job development and progression on site.
education volunteer (Current Employee) – East Sussex – July 24, 2017
Battle Abbey is a great place to work as the people are friendly and the surroundings are delightful. Having only worked there for a few months, I have already made many new aquaintences and friends from many different walks of life, some being students, some retired, but all with a passion for History and passing on their knowledge to the next generation.
Very busy location but I was never trained in the most productive job which meant there were times where I wasn't doing a lot so the days quite often went slowly. However, I enjoyed interacting with different people from all over the world although the hardest part was trying to provide information and inform visitors of certain rules when they didn't speak much English. The management team helped greatly when I asked them anything. I got to learn a lot about the history of Stonehenge and the surrounding area where I live.
Site Manager (Current Employee) – Stonebridge – June 28, 2017
English Heritage is massivly over complicated and un-nessesarily over managed machine which is still seriously struggling with identity and purpose. There are stll several pockets of the old school government which need to leave before the charity can realky stretch its legs.
English heritage assistant (Former Employee) – Isle of wight – June 17, 2017
Good for summer employment / young people on the level i was working at. cannot make comment on managerial positions as most english hertiage places are tourist atractions and thus i imagine turn over is quite high. Quiet , freindly and relaxing place to work.
Visitor Assistant (Former Employee) – Downe – June 12, 2017
This was the best place I ever worked (Charles Darwin's Old Family Home). However the gap between the workers and head office was huge and unhelpful.
There were a lot of administrative hurdles to get over and actually being heard by the powers that be was very difficult. The English Heritage used to be a state department and therefore the amount of processes seemed outdated and over complicated.
My manger onsite and supervisors were fantastic and we had a great team. If you love history apply! But if you want to see quick changes implemented in a workplace I'd be very weary!
Property steward (Former Employee) – Osborne, Isle of Wight – May 23, 2017
Retired and was looking for part time work. The role of historic property steward could be very good but the senior management of English Heritage are driven by profit. Staff have to push membership to the point of badgering customers, messages are not communicated down to staff and the internal politics is unbelievable. Staff conditions are poor - 7 hours without a break was not uncommon, not even to get a drink or use a toilet which when working outside in the summer is not acceptable. Jobs are seasonal and be aware that if they can staff the post with a volunteer they will at the salaried staffs expense. Looks good on paper but the recent change to a charity has brought a new breed to management that do not listen or care about staff.
Catering Assistant (Current Employee) – Osborne house beach cafe – February 22, 2017
I enjoy the challenge of working in a busy cafe, communicating with customers and providing a good customer service. English Heritage are a great company to work for offering a good degree of training and responsibility to staff.The management are approachable and helpful in solving any issues that may arise in a days work.The hardest part of the job is ensuring stock matches the changing customer numbers as the job is weather dependant as it is located on the private beach on the estate.the most enjoyable part of the job is seeing the children happy with ice-creams and enhancing the visitor experience by giving a good service.
I love working here, excellent pay, friendly colleagues and members of the public (most of the time). It is just a shame that most English Heritage job positions are seasonal or now being made into voluntary positions.
Site Manager (Former Employee) – South East – January 4, 2017
Poor work/life balance. Long hours 9.5 per day without a break as worked alone and site does not close for lunch. Can be stressful as lone working so need to be responsible for all aspects of visitor attraction including visitor safety and risk assessment. Poor support from higher management . Poor career progression. Job now less focused on history, learning and conservation and now purely sales/target driven. Pay is poor compared with similar roles in other organisations. Employee welfare facilities very poor.
Free visits to all sites for staff and family. Pretty work locations.
Historic property steward (Former Employee) – Wrest Park – December 28, 2016
I applyed and accepted the job for english heritage having a passion for history and people. I was a fool, its just another business sucking all the interesting things from thier sites in exchange for money. All importance goes on maintaining the shop stock and keeping conversation with customers to a sales pitch. I applied for a historic property steward role to one day end up washing up dishes in the back of the cafe area and my supervisor telling me to mention it on my hours so i could be paid less! Horrible long days and company will forget to give you any benefits unless you remind them to give them to you about 3 times. Would not work for them again.