Guided Discoveries Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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  1. Astrocamp

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Pine Cove, CA
    Current Employee - Instructor in Pine Cove, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Guided Discoveries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful place to live, including a fantastic community feel with everyone living on site. Food and housing is provided. Work is rewarding and fun and rarely feels like "work".

    Cons

    Work takes a lot of time and energy. You won't get nights or weekends off, which makes it hard to have regular extracurricular activities like participating in sports leagues. Also, the salary is low, but it is easy to save money since housing and food is provided so you will have few expenses.

    Advice to Management

    Rock on


  2. Good for the short term.

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    Current Contractor - Astrocamp Instructor in Idyllwild, CA
    Current Contractor - Astrocamp Instructor in Idyllwild, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guided Discoveries as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The staff is young. The job is fun and rewarding if you enjoy teaching kids. Food and lodging are included in your pay. The job involves teaching kids physics and astronomy concepts in fun ways and running ropes course elements.

    Cons

    The hours are long and you often start around 8am and do not finish until after 9pm with breaks throughout the day. The hourly wage isn't great and during slow parts of the season income is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Middle management needs more training.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Excellent Employer!

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Director in Avalon, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Director in Avalon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guided Discoveries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, Great leadership, Awesome opportunity.

    Cons

    Slower pace environment,


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place to start

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Idyllwild, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Idyllwild, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guided Discoveries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The office environment (beach, mountains, or tall ship) is far from lacking. In and outside of work their are constant opportunities to grow oneself after leaving college. This is an ideal place for working before acceptance to grad school or other academic programs. The workers attracted to these places have all been very friendly and open, with shared housing and meals provided there are many opportunities to get to know your coworkers.

    Cons

    There is little room for advancement. Management positions rarely open up and once they do, they do not always promote for merit alone. Due to the close living quarters, eating arrangements and work schedules only those who fit in the best will be staying long.


  6. Helpful (1)

    great ompany

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avalon, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avalon, CA

    I worked at Guided Discoveries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    private beach- room and board provided

    Cons

    poor pay secluded location not easy to get to

    Advice to Management

    pay more


  7. Helpful (1)

    Lots of fun and a lifelong network of friends and colleagues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    The perks are amazing. This is perfect for anyone interested in the ocean and outdoor education.

    Cons

    The pay isn't good, but it wasn't expected to be.


  8. Helpful (1)

    great place to work

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Idyllwild, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Idyllwild, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fun, outside, exciting environment to start your career in education.

    Cons

    Sometimes it snows and it is a lot of work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Tons of fun, but horrible hours and very low pay.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Tons of fun. I made some amazing friends while working for Guided Discoveries. I am still close with several of them. My co-workers were some of the best people I have met.

    Cons

    Hours are horrible and inconsistent for instructors, and some of the other positions aren't much better. Pay is very low, though room and board is included so it keeps your costs down. Management dealt with issues (even SAFETY issues) if and when they felt like it. Employees who were not upper management are tossed to the curb if they are injured or would like to have a family status other than 'single'.



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