Exploratorium

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Fantastic organization handicapped by toxic and illegal work practices

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Exploratorium full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Strong 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.

Cons

For 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 ManagementAdvice

Please 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.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, lectures, fabulous new location

    Cons

    Compensation is not competitive. Museum can rely on reputation and interesting work. Pay is not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could do more to help employees advance. Most would tell you that you have to pursue jobs at other organizations in order to move up the ladder at the Exploratorium.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Creative, inspiring work environment, hamstrung by inept management

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    Current Employee - Exhibit Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Exhibit Developer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Myriad opportunities to learn both new professional skills and about the physical and biological world; welcoming, diverse staff, inspiring environment and appreciative visitors.

    Cons

    With a few notable exceptions, "managers" are people who have no skill managing. This is most evident at the top, where the management tasks are more organizational than interpersonal; mishaps from financial miscalculations to workload underestimation to lack of transparency weaken morale and scare away valuable staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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 in calculating your own paycheck and attract better talent via better salaries (especially in outrageously-expensive San Francisco. You know who you are, 37% raise in 2013...), exercise caution when setting spending and staffing goals and be wary of hubris.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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