Smithsonian
4.1 of 5 74 reviews
www.si.edu Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

Smithsonian Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated Jun 16, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

4.0 39 reviews

                             

96% Approve of the CEO

Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough

Wayne Clough

(23 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
13 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           

     

    HR iNTERN

    Human Resources Intern (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGood opportunities to know people their and conduct informational interviews.

    ConsIt's not that fast-paste. Sometimes you need to ask for work to do, but it depends on when the internship is.

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Incredible experience as an intern, but not much of a chance for paid work.

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsBehind the scenes look at incredible collections that aren't on display! We also got to go on exclusive tours at other museums beyond mine own
    Working with leaders in their field

    ConsBureaucracy, bureaucracy, bureaucracy - very challenging to work through the system
    Limited job opportunities - many employees have been working there for decades and it's hard to get a job as an intern with the limited turn-over and growth of the organization

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a way to hire your interns!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Fantastic Intern Program!

    Human Resources Intern (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsOne of the best intern programs! Besides going behind the scenes and being allowed after hours at museums, most employees - even directors - are willing to go out of their way to speak with you about their experiences and give career advice.

    ConsSome departments are more active or involved than others in the program so its what you make of it. The more people you reach out to the more you'll get out of the experience.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
  • We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    The best place to work

    Research Analyst (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat coworkers, understanding bosses, constant training opportunities. I absolutely love working here. As a contractor, I have the ability to have a flexible schedule. I have a great work environment that allows for collaboration and support without the competitiveness.

    ConsAs a contractor, I am definitely taking a pay cut to work here. However I feel that the great work environment and exciting projects make it worth it. Also as a contractor you do not receive benefits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think management is doing a great job. I have never worked in a better place.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat locations, good facilities, great network of professional support, great professional development opportunities, great benefits, fun place to work, you will work with a variety of experts as your co-workers, and there is pretty good job stability.

    ConsThere are highly paid federal employees sitting in their jobs and performing the bare minimum. However, no one will ever do anything about it or fire them because that is nearly impossible to do. Budgets are tight so offices are often understaffed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Model makers Dream job.

    Model Maker (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe best thing about this job is the ability to work in a clean and safe environment. Concern for OSHA regulations was very high on the list of priorities. As an artist this was very important to me. The work was challenging and creative. I went home with a feeling of accomplishment every day.

    ConsIt is a huge organization and things don't happen quickly. It can really try your patience to wait for things to happen.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpeed up requests for work and allow overtime.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Amazing work environment and job that I am lucky to have!

    Presenter (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsCo-workers, boss, staff and visitors are all amazing.

    ConsIt can sometimes be very busy which makes it hard to do my job to the best of my ability.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Great place to work

    Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsSurrounded by brilliant people at all times

    ConsVery difficult to find funding, not as "impressive" on a resume as everyone made me believe.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    My experience at the Smithsonian was and is always fabulous and truly enjoyable.

    Staff Assistant, Management Support (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsThe Smithsonian is very diverse, wonderful employees perks and the people that visit and movie stars that come there and just a host of other wonderful things.

    Consparking is not so good. Walking out from buliding to building in the winter is not so nice but the Summer and Spring days make up for that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlways treat your employees like precious jewels because they are. Work flow is much more productive when the workers are happy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Summer Intern

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsWelcoming environment, close-knit group with few interns, and I learned a lot during this summer internship. I'll miss this office wherever I end up.

    ConsUnpaid position- no benefits other than the experience itself.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
RSS Feed Embed

Worked for Smithsonian? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at Smithsonian reviews and ratings in Washington, DC — including employee satisfaction and approval rating for Smithsonian CEO Wayne Clough. All 13 reviews posted anonymously by Smithsonian employees.