Monterey Bay Aquarium

www.montereybayaquarium.org
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Fun at first, but the lack of communication in management is unacceptable.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA

I worked at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

Meet great people who really care about the environment.
The Aquarium is beautiful and some exhibits are spectacular.
Get to meet people from all around the world.
Sometimes you get to interact with the animals or get to see cool behind the scenes stuff.

Cons

Lack of communication is a HUGE problem.
Management keeps focusing on putting out fires instead of preventing them in the first place.
There is little room for job growth depending on what department you are in.
People that don't pull their weight are rarely talked to about improving their work ethic .
Little attention is paid to employee complaints, making them feel powerless in some situations. Having to watch co-workers get mentally "beat" down makes you feel horrible and afraid you'll be next.

Advice to Management

I think David Packard says it best.

"The best possible company management is one that combines a sense of corporate greatness and destiny, with empathy for, and fidelity to, the average employee."

"A frustrated employee is a greater threat than a merely unhappy one."

"The best business decisions are the most humane decisions. And, all other talents being even, the greatest managers are also the most human managers."

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Make the most of your time here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA

    I have been working at Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Supposedly looks good to have on your resume.
    Good place to learn and train if you make the opportunities for yourself.
    Work with lots of people who genuinely care about conservation of the ocean and are working to make progress towards it.

    Cons

    Open positions are rare. Don't expect to move up. Don't expect to get your foot in the door and change departments. Apply for the job you want.
    Raises don't happen except for 2% cost of living increase.
    H.R. department seems overall out of touch with what's happening inside various departments. Also seems shocked to hear criticisms, even constructive ones.
    Upper management not involved with daily happenings/activity inside aquarium.
    Management may recognize special skills or talents but then assigns tasks that oppose those skills and do not allow staff to use talents for the best of the institution.
    Has become more focused on entertainment value rather than being a scientific or educational facility.
    Many management decisions not clearly explained to employees, leads to a lot of disgruntled team members and poor job satisfaction.
    "All Staff Meetings" held at times when not all staff can attend. Folks with the cushiest jobs get to check in, but the hardest working employees are left out.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved, get back to basics. The institution has gotten to big for its own good. Upper management should help bridge departments and bring everyone together for the mission.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA

    I have been working at Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great benefits; great cause to work for.

    Cons

    Non-profit salaries are low; underacheiving/"slacker" employees are rarely teminated.

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