Exploratorium Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
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  1. Great company that is truly liberal, multi-racial and multi-cultural

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    Former Employee - Part-time Research Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Part-time Research Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Exploratorium part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Liberal, open-minded supervisors who listen to different opinions before making shrewd decisions
    Met a lot of fun people from different backgrounds working there

    Cons

    Pay is alright, could be a little better

    Advice to Management

    Well done! Keep the liberal culture.

  2. Great Institution, Great People

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exploratorium (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a very interesting and rewarding place to work, with a lot of staff activities. The people are all smart and invested in the institution.

    Cons

    Pay/Promotion limitations, sometimes expectations are not clear

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great people, could do better running the place

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exploratorium

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of creative energy and freedom to go do the next great thing. A sense of belonging to something bigger than you.

    Cons

    The place is going somewhere fast, but most of the time nobody seem to really no where.
    It takes nearly an act of god to get a decision made.

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  5. Great 'Explainers' program for high schoolers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exploratorium

    Pros

    The program gave great training opportunities to high schoolers: demonstrations, presentations, working with other departments, and getting a good feel of how a museum runs.

    Cons

    Lack of work opportunities after explainer program

  6. Explo Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - On-call Sales Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - On-call Sales Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Exploratorium part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You learn something new every day. The environment is a fantastic one to work in, and everyone is there to contribute to the bigger picture of learning and exploring.

    Cons

    Inconsistent hours for frontline workers, and a lot of the higher up departments don't appreciate the frontline workers and what they contribute. A lot of departments seem to look down on the store staff especially, and don't believe in having a store since the museum is non-profit.

    Advice to Management

    Just don't forget the frontline workers, and don't over-estimate because that will lead to layoffs.

  7. Great, but at times frustrating

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Guest Services in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Guest Services in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Exploratorium part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is above minimum wage
    Amazing people
    Amazing museum and learning space
    Wonderful team to be a part of
    Procedure in place that made it easy to work in different positions

    Cons

    Full time was considered 32.5 hours and could be distributed over 5 days
    They hired WAY too many people in anticipation for their move and subsequently people's hours were cut. They seem to have this figured out now.
    When it was slow, they day dragged on

  8. Explainer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Explainer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Explainer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Exploratorium part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great Learning Environment
    - Very open to individuality
    - Perfect college job
    - Very Fun

    Cons

    - Training could be improved

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who are actually passionate about learning, and keep the employees who are doing an exceptional job.

  9. Helpful (1)

    A rollercoaster ride

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Exploratorium full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Exploratorium is a great place to work if you're early in your career. You'll be exposed to a lot of different experiences and opportunities. The people are by far their greatest asset. It's a fun and eclectic culture.

    Cons

    If you need a structured environment, this is not the place for you! In general, there is a real lack of leadership and experience at the management level.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge your strengths and your weaknesses. Learn to listen to the people around you who have the experience you lack.

  10. Helpful (2)

    High class place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exploratorium

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    my dream job in a few words

    Cons

    incompetence in fiscal management yearly

  11. Helpful (2)

    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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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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