Smithsonian Reviews

Updated April 29, 2015
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Smithsonian Secretary Dr. David J. Skorton
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Pros
  • It is quite an interesting place to work with behind the scenes understanding of what happens in the largest museum complex in the world (in 3 reviews)

  • Great benefits if you like the learning opportunities (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Not much of a chance for full time position (in 5 reviews)

  • Huge bureaucracy, it takes a long time to process any new plan (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Prepare to have your heart broken.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smithsonian full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is impressed when you tell them where you work

    Cons

    Lots of red tape and politics. You can love the Smithsonian, but it won't love you back.

    Advice to Management

    The current model for funding and management doesn't work. It can't keep being such an archipelago.


  2. Contract Administrative Employee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Smithsonian as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people, seemed like once you had a job you had excellent benefits, compensations

    Cons

    Too many "directors" in one office who were just given the title due to length of time. Too much interoffice squabbling and pettiness between divisions. Serious lack of authority and control over management staff. Major overturn of financial officers due to lack of appreciation.

    I was put up for hire, went through background check and then after months of being led on, having to provide multiple copies of everything it all fell through and they removed my position shortly after I finally gave up and moved on.


  3. 15 years middle manager

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    Current Employee - Technical in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Smithsonian full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities to work on global projects and collaborate with internationally celebrated artists and scholars.
    Good benefits and some great colleagues.

    Cons

    senior management disconnect from reality. Serious organizational flaws. Senior level bureaucrats get promoted to positions they cannot perform. Lousy pay


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  5. Smithsonian Theater Host

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    Current Employee - Theater Host in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Theater Host in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Smithsonian

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You get to work in a world class museum and watch interesting IMAX films. You also get to work interesting museum events

    Cons

    The pay is not good and the work is boring at times. Supervisor treat their staff like little children and can be condescending at times.

    Advice to Management

    Show staff a little more respect



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