Smithsonian

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I've worked for 16 years at The Smithsonian Institution

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Smithsonian full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

The scientific community is wonderful. You have a chance to discuss current science with some of the brightest minds in the world. Most people are highly motivated to be working with the Smithsonian.

Cons

Since most managers are scientists by training, there is an uneven set of training among managers. The pay can be much lower than industry given your experience and you are set to the government budget.

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Find a good way to train scientists to be managers.

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    Once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Panamanian rainforest with incredible community of international scientists.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Gamboa (Panama)
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Gamboa (Panama)

    I worked at Smithsonian part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Looks good on resume
    Varied work experience
    Opportunities for international community outreach
    Opportunity to learn / practice Spanish
    Vibrant international community
    Living in the rainforest

    Cons

    Low pay
    Red tape and slow paperwork processing
    Problems with receiving packages and other mail
    Difficult to find housing
    Limited transportation to and from Panama City
    Closest grocery store, entertainment 30+ minutes away by bus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    internship with smithsonian tropical research institute

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    Former Employee - Intern in Panama City (Panama)
    Former Employee - Intern in Panama City (Panama)

    I worked at Smithsonian full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    they are real professionals. they are helpful, knowledgeable and creative. they give their interns a chance to learn as much as possible, encourage them to go to seminars. they are also social and help people adjust to the new environment.
    they also give recommendations for further positions.

    Cons

    the research station is isolated which can be exotic and interesting, but also inconvenient sometimes because of bad transportation to the capital.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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