COSI (Columbus) Reviews

Updated May 27, 2015
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  1. Explode a hydrogen balloon in front of someone, and they think you are a god.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at COSI (Columbus) part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It's the kind of job that's exhausting in the best possible way. Every day is different (usually hectic), and the common thread is making science fun and exciting. Probably the most emotionally rewarding job I've ever had.

    Cons

    Nigh impossible to get a full-time job there; job responsibilities can change rapidly depending on the 'restructuring' that management springs on you; chronically under-staffed in the name of 'payroll efficiency'. There is a big customer service element and, in striving to give the guest a good experience, you might have to bite your tongue more than a few times.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with us peons. Do you seriously think part-time employees will be able to get their bosses to let them attend an hour-long meeting with the CEO (assuming the meeting happens to fall on a day we work)?


  2. Company acting too large

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Animal Care Specialist in Columbus, OH
    Former Intern - Animal Care Specialist in Columbus, OH

    I worked at COSI (Columbus) as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Cool environment
    Free admission
    Discount on food court
    Employees are friendly

    Cons

    Disrespectful management
    Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing

    Advice to Management

    You can implement new policies without sounding disdainful to your employee. Clean the carpet and office environments, it's a disgusting mess, and finally, GET RID OF YOUR ANIMAL COLLECTIONS- they are poorly kept and not utilized for educational purposes like they should be.


  3. Where I learned that teaching Science is one of life's joys.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at COSI (Columbus) part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job compliments college studies in science and education. Everyone I interacted with during daily operations had a great personality and truly made coming to work a pleasure.

    Cons

    Not many pathways to transition from part-time to full-time employee


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    Great experience cut short

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at COSI (Columbus) full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility within departments to best fit management styles. As a manager, I could organize and coordinate in a way that made sense for me as long as I was achieving needed goals.
    Strong team dynamic

    Cons

    Notorious for layoffs every few years. I was included in a round that included 2 15+ year employees. Luckily, I had only been there about a year so it wasn't as hard for me as others.
    Nonprofits never pay well, but this one is lower than average. Managers start below 30k.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay and security for employees. Other factors are great!


  6. Need to practice what they preach.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

    I worked at COSI (Columbus) part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work was extremely fulfilling.
    Decent customer satisfaction.
    Strong team environment.
    Passionate people working toward a common goal.
    Fun, rewarding entry-level job.

    Cons

    Shortsighted.
    Poor use of company resources.
    Glass ceiling.
    Lack of communication on an institutional level.
    No respect for company loyalty.
    Laid off long-term employees, gave weak reasons.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be a "center of science", you need to employ full-time teaching staff.


  7. Dynamic, Fun, Inspiring and Active

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Experience Programs Teacher in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Experience Programs Teacher in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at COSI (Columbus) part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interacting with all ages, using passion for science to inspire and educate individuals to learn.
    Wonderful staff and management.

    Heavy emphasis on continuing education and peer review.

    Cons

    Full-time positions sparse, if any. Career ladder exists, but is extremely arduous and difficult to climb. Possible to spend years as a part time employee before the possibility of a full-time position opens up.

    Salary extremely low.

    Advice to Management

    If possible, have a smaller paid-team staff, allowing for fewer part-time employees and more full time salaried staff.


  8. COSI was a fun place to work

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

    I worked at COSI (Columbus) part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot - especially when cool exhibits came through
    Fun people to work with

    Cons

    Short shifts
    Work special events on some weekend days

    Advice to Management

    I really didn't have any trouble with upper management.


  9. Easy job, uneasy environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Box Office Associate in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Box Office Associate in Columbus, OH

    I worked at COSI (Columbus) part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great hours, working to educate kids on science, decent pay

    Cons

    Prepare to feel like an outsider! If you are not into My Little Pony, LEGOs or Star Wars, watch out because you will be a fish out of water.

    I was out due to an emergency surgery for two weeks WITH doctors excuses and upon my return felt a complete hatred from my supervisors. Nobody cares what is going on in your life, because you are just a replaceable employee to them. The disrespect that stems from the supervisors towards the employees was unsettling and uncomfortable for most.

    You will be fired without warning, months after supposed infractions, and your badge will be stripped from you in front of everybody.

    Advice to Management

    Make a conscious effort to understand your employees have problems and lives outside of work everyday and respect them enough to be open and honest with them about any issues you are having instead of firing them abruptly without warning.

    Also, please have some respect when you speak to your employees and try to make them feel appreciated instead of making them feel inadequate. Even if you dislike your job and don't want to be at work that day, put on a happy face and know that it could be much worse.



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