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Fun, wacky, educational, and challenging

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

I worked at The Franklin Institute part-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Lots of pportunities to move up within the institution, you're always learning something on the job, brushing elbows with interesting and sometimes famous (in the science world or elsewhere) pepole. There's rarely a boring day on the job, and if you work in museum programs you'll get a chance at least once to blow things up, track stars on the telescope, watch IMAX movies on a huge Omnimax screen, run Mythbusters-type experiments, and get paid for it all!!! I can't really speak for the other departments within the museum, but I'm pretty sure they all have their perks as well.

Cons

Rather low pay for the lower-tier jobs that often do take a good deal of knowledge and training. There is a tendency for some people there to stay in the same (often low) position for years upon years while complaining about it and never moving forward, or up, which leads to low moral and discontent.

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    Working at TFI was a mixed bag experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at The Franklin Institute

    Pros

    Most of the staff enjoys their jobs and there is plenty of opportunity to get to know people and learn about different positions. Working in a museum has it's own intrinsic set of advantages, as well, such as free membership, opportunities for sneak previews of exhibits and shows, and lots of entertaining visitors (including celebrities!) Unfortunately, none of those things make working at a place worth it alone. The important thing about TFI is that everyone around you loves science, and the mission of the organization is embodied in daily conversation and activities.

    Cons

    The leadership seems to think they're pretty casual and flexible, but they're not. The dress code and inflexibility with time off are big drawbacks. Also, the building is old and the climate control system is archaic. The environment can be so extreme that it is difficult to concentrate and be productive. Also, there are a lot of folks that have been working here for a long time and no longer have the technological or other skills to keep pace with the work they are required to do. That can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at other cultural institutions, not just the ones in Philadelphia, and compare your expectations for your staff and your compensation packages with theirs. I think you'll find that you expect a lot more out of your employees and offer relatively less in return than other comparable institutions.

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    A decent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at The Franklin Institute

    Pros

    - Dynamic environment, forward-looking organization
    - Staff camaraderie
    - Fiscal solvency
    - Name recognition

    Cons

    - Blockbuster exhibits don't contain enough hard science
    - Experience varies by department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership should bring in more science-heavy exhibits.

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