California Science Center

www.californiasciencecenter.org
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Friendly, Easygoing, Rewarding

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

I worked at California Science Center

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

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 Management

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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  1. Great learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
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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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Friendly staff, Management supports growth

    Cons

    Huge amount of work loads


  2. Helpful (1)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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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