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Fantastic organization handicapped by toxic and illegal work practices

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

ProsStrong work-ethic of staff / vibrant research and develoment culture / many creative, smart, and likeable personalities / imaginative, acessible delivery of its mission / strong transmission of its core values / output-driven / the museum culture is always reinventing itself / sense of community within the staff

This organization strongly embodies the do-it-yourself, do-it-together spirit that has made the Bay Area a hub for innovation.

ConsFor all that is great and character-building about working here, my time (and that of others) was deeply marred by hostile management practices, including harassment, verbal and physical abuse, retaliation on whistle-blowing, defamation, and constant over-work and over-scheduling without overtime compensation. Sadly, these are not isolated incidents---there is historic precedence, and evidence that it's endemic to the museum culture. The mechanisms to seek arbitration, recourse, or simply just help are, in my personal experience, politically skewed and ultimately unhelpful. The imaginative capacity of the organization is not tempered by a management that knows when to say enough is enough. Nor do they seem to value the dignity or hard work of staff, who are charged to pull off management's (often) over-the-top vision.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease advocate for more work-life balance among your ranks. Please don't permit or perpetuate discriminatory or illegal procedures. Please don't perpetuate defamation in a formally organized setting, then call it a "feedback" session. Please get more support staff for your department-of-ones, so they don't displace their rage or frustration onto someone relatively powerless and easy to project onto. If someone has proved to be toxic or is known to be mentally ill, and they are harming their staff, please intervene instead of practicing "C.Y.A." Project managers, most of whom have a great head on their shoulders, don't have the capacity to veto you. Please have a more feet-on-the-ground sensibility, so you don't burn out or harm the health of your staff through overwork. Please have safer, more politically neutral mechanisms for whistle-blowing.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Getting to move from the Palace of Fine Arts to the Piers was thrilling. Interesting things going on all the time

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Exploratorium full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros: Great colleagues, lectures, fabulous new location Cons: Compensation is not competitive. Museum can rely on reputation and… Advice to Senior Management: Management could do more to help employees advance. Most would tell you that you have… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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    Creative, inspiring work environment, hamstrung by inept management

    Exhibit Developer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Exploratorium full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros: Myriad opportunities to learn both new professional skills and about the… Cons: With a few notable exceptions, "managers" are people who have no skill managing. This is most evident at the top, where the management… Advice to Senior Management: Spend more time interacting with middle management and the rest of the staff to better understand the needs of the institution; show a little restraint… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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