The New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden Employee Reviews in United States

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Don't stay here for more than a few months, even weeks, if you can.
Attendant/Cashier (Current Employee) –  Bronx, NYMay 6, 2016
Make no mistake, this is pretty much another retail job. If you're lucky you'll make about 12,000 a year here, but it's unlikely you'll go past 9,500. As an Attendant, you'll do more work than some of the other branches, but get paid the least of all. A lot of the people here are either down on their luck and are desperate or have never had another job, and don't know any better.

Most of your duties here will include selling tickets, standing for long hours and talking to guests. If you happen not to like retail, this is not the place for you. If you happen to like yourself, this is not the place for you.

No real benefits as an attendant; there's a 10% discount at the gift shop and cafe, which isn't much. You can work for a full hour and pretty much spend your whole hour's worth of pay on a sliced bread sandwich here. If you're looking to move out/get a car/make any kind of advancements, this is hardly the place for it. If you want your weekends and holidays, go somewhere else.

Management could use improvement. Generally the management staff doesn't do much visible work. The Garden is very bureaucratic, so making things "happen" can take a lot of effort.

Shifts are scheduled up to two weeks in advanced and switching a shift can be difficult, so any one with other priorities is bound to end up in a stressful situation.

There are much better jobs than this. They will take advantage of you.
Pros
The co-workers are nice, looks good on a resume
Cons
Short breaks, Bi-weekly pay is tough to survive on, Management is difficult, No internal promotions, Discounts aren't sensitive to the hours spent earning a steep pay, Too bureaucratic
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Research Assistant (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJanuary 27, 2016
A professional and analytical work environment with an enjoyable staff and supportive management. A typical day includes the collection and analysis of molecular data.
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Fun work place
Cashier/Customer Service (Current Employee) –  Bronx, NYSeptember 21, 2015
my experience working at The New York Botanical Garden is amazing met a lot of amazing people meaning customers from all over .. its a beautiful garden and work place The different weavers we had come and show how they made a living from weaving was so historical to know ...
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Great Place!
V.S. Experience Intern (Former Employee) –  Bronx, NYJuly 22, 2014
This is a company with great culture, and great management. I interned at the Garden, and loved every minute of it. They really allow you to work on your own and explore new ideas.
Pros
work outdoors. great people. great staff.
Cons
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A good experience
Gate Attendant (Former Employee) –  New York, NYApril 19, 2014
the position was relaxed, and I got to meet a lot of really cool people. I'd definitely recommend the company
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Beautiful environment.
Registrar (Former Employee) –  Bronx, NYOctober 30, 2013
I gained a great deal of knowlwdge working here.
The students made it an absolute pleasure.
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A classic place slightly behind the thehcnology curve
Production Analyst – Consultant (Former Employee) –  Bronx, NYJuly 31, 2013
Upper management set in its ways and slow to change. Not willing to digitise old archives.
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Passionate professionals dedicated to their profession.
REGISTRAR FOR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION (Former Employee) –  Bronx, NYJune 3, 2013
A typical day as manager of the registration call center included supervising staff; responding to and directing inquires; registering field trips; professional development courses for teachers and family programs.

Co-workers were true professionals and always willing to share their knowledge and expertise.

The hardest part of this job was there were a lot of managerial turn-overs that often effected progress and continuity. The most enjoyable part was you were not pinned behind your desk all day. There was plenty of opportunity to explore the garden and learn something new and fascinating.
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Scenary is beautiful
CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE (TEAM LEADER) (Current Employee) –  Bronx, NYJanuary 10, 2013
They are flexible with working schedules. The co-workers can sometimes be a little to young.
Pros
the scenary
Cons
short breaks
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Great Cultural institution. High employee turn over
Director of Visitor Services (Former Employee) –  Bronx, NYJanuary 6, 2013
NYBG has several areas that have highly educated and qualified V.P.,managers and directors. Individually some departments run very efficiently, collectively, not all areas work together. Depending on which dept you are in, you can learn a great deal and work with a great team. Unfortunately, I discovered that the latter. However, the institution is a great place to be.
Pros
great programming and visitors.great salaries.
Cons
health benefits to expensive.
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A disappointment
Operations (Current Employee) –  Bronx, NYDecember 22, 2012
Decent pay and generous time off. Gorgeous garden backdrop out your window.

Health insurance is outrageously expensive for a family plan.

Culture here is not what you would imagine. Building codes and environmental regulations are ignored to save money.

Upper management is rife with corruption and promotional opportunities are almost non-existent. Union has little sway in disciplinary proceedings.
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Great place to work, grow and enjoy!!!
Coordinator: Bronx Compost Project (Former Employee) –  Bronx, NYNovember 9, 2012
This company was a tremendous blessing in my life. It was more than a job, it was family. I leaned how a good company treats their employees and are very much passsionate about what they do!!! I love them...
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A beautiful place to work at.
Visitor Services (Former Employee) –  Bronx, NYAugust 5, 2012
I enjoyed working with the garden but the management was not up to par at all.
Pros
paid lunch
Cons
lack of hours to work
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Horticulture Instructor (Current Employee) –  New York, NYJune 11, 2012
I taught courses on call to adult learners. It was a rewarding experience.
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3.9
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