California Science Center

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California Science Center Reviews

Updated June 25, 2014
Updated June 25, 2014
9 Reviews

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    Sales Associate in retail greeter, stock out, cashier, customer service on all items on sale

    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at California Science Center part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    promotions, sales, new items, work life balance

    Cons

    training for manager positions and customer service sales

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    Air and Space Volunteer Curator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at California Science Center

    Pros

    Friendly volunteer staff. Friendly volunteer manager. Parking for volunteers is free! This a good place to volunteer as patrons who come here are friendly.

    Cons

    Maybe volunteer training can be a bit more extensive. But you end up learning on the fly as you work.

    Recommends
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    It was a good job for being in college.

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    Current Employee - Guest Services Host
    Current Employee - Guest Services Host

    I have been working at California Science Center part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a great part-time job if you are in college. Very flexible.

    Cons

    Management can be petty and unprofessional. They don't promote the best person for the job, the the one who is willing to snitch on their co-workers.

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    Wonderful Place!

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    Current Employee - IMAX Projectionist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - IMAX Projectionist in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at California Science Center full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great mission of creating interest in science to the community

    Cons

    I Can not find one

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Reservations Department

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    Current Employee - Reservations  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Reservations in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at California Science Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The visitors are so nice, most co-workers are friendly, and you know you're appreciated by the community.

    Cons

    They are nonprofit, the pay is not high.
    There are no windows in the department and the cubicles are very cramped.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so condescending to entry level employees. Take advice from us to improve the department--we often see where a problem comes from before it happens.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Im a guest services host

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    Current Employee - Guest Services Host  in  East Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Guest Services Host in East Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at California Science Center full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Enjoy working with other people enjoy meeting and interacting with guest from different cultures

    Cons

    I have no cons about this job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ha no comment here or my ass will get fired

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly, Easygoing, Rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at California Science Center

    Pros

    The best part about working for California Science Center is the friendliness of the staff. There is no bureaucracy as everyone is greeted on a first name basis. Regardless if you're new or worked there for years, every employee says hello to you. It feels like a big family.

    Cons

    Less career advancements since the place is pretty laid back. Since California Science Center is a government organization that relies heavily on the California budget, there are temporary hiring freezes and cutbacks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The top management does a great job welcoming everyone into this one big family. The culture of the organization is a great fit for anyone that's friendly and outgoing.

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    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting Clerk in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at California Science Center

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Friendly staff, Management supports growth

    Cons

    Huge amount of work loads

    Recommends
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  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent lower level staff appropriate for guest demographic. Indifferent, hands-off management.

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    Former Employee - Guest Services Supervisor  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Guest Services Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at California Science Center

    Pros

    The Science Center receives over one million guests annually, so it's an excellent training ground for many of the part-time gallery employees who are interested in a career working with the public. Many of the gallery staff are typically in the 18-30 age range.

    Unlike an art museum, or similar institution, staff members are encouraged to interact with guests in a hands-on learning environment. Outside vendors renting the space for special events (proms, etc.) after normal operating hours provide an opportunity for hourly employees to earn overtime several times a month.

    For part-time variable and full-time employees HMO, PPO, vision and dental plans are available.

    Cons

    Management is overly focused on office work spending nearly 90% of their day not managing and / or supporting the staff on the front lines. Supervisors are relied upon heavily to communicate concerns from gallery to staff and vice versa. This nearly always ensures that the supervisor is "the bearer of bad news" for both parties. When management is requested for assistance on the floor, they are typically "in a meeting" or "working on the schedule."

    Having worked in several departments, aside from Guest Services, I can say that maintaining staff quality performance is a priority. Items such as scheduling take roughly 1 hour a week and there is always someone available to leave a meeting in order to support the front line staff, if required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a necessity for hands-on involvement with staff and guests in the gallery areas. The Science Center is promoted as a hands-on learning institution and needs to be managed in a participatory manner.

    The gallery staff is typically more stressed than upper management on a daily basis dealing with upset guests, screaming children, etc. and are paid one quarter of the amount that management receives. Mid-range supervisors should not have to make executive decisions when they are not being compensated or supported by management who are not focused on prioritizing employee efficiency.

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