Mad Science Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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  1. Great Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mad Science full-time

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

    Pros

    Work with children
    Positive affect on kids
    good pay in WA

    Cons

    driving is a chore
    not paid for transportation
    can cause issues

    Advice to Management

    Work on transportation costs


  2. This is a fun job intended for part-time work

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    Current Employee - Science Enrichment Instructor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Science Enrichment Instructor in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Mad Science part-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Working with children, getting them excited about science

    Cons

    Having to deal with the materials and picking them up/dropping them off


  3. Helpful (2)

    Fun, but not looking to support you.

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    Current Employee - Mad Scientist in Lithia, FL
    Current Employee - Mad Scientist in Lithia, FL

    I have been working at Mad Science

    Pros

    -You get to play with the kits yourself while preping.
    -Kids think you're cool
    -Lots of patience and guidance from mentors
    -Usually you get free treats from the birthday party assignments

    Cons

    -Not paid for all of the preparation and travel that happens before the performance.
    -A little over an hour of pay for each performance.
    -Less than 20 hours a week
    -Study and preparation are on your own time, by yourself, you have to provide your own structure.

    Advice to Management

    Make prep work part of the pay structure, and officially provide training or guidance on how to guide young children in activities, or quell disruptive behavior. Other than that, great experience.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Mad Science of Charlotte cares about their employees.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mad Science

    Pros

    Tips are nice from parties. They pay for training and meetings. They pay for travel beyond a certain distance. If an employee makes a mistake only that employee gets lectured about it. They try hard to limit the number of times you have to come in and pick up the kits. They are honest with the people they hire and are willing to make decisions quickly. I went with them over a competitor because Mad Science offered me the job first even though they interviewed me last. The kids who want to learn science. Cool toys.

    Cons

    Work amount is dependent on schools and there are down times. Parents show up late some times to pick up kids. Not a full time job. Lots of driving. The kids who misbehave.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving towards less messy kits for the classrooms. Pictures of how to pack kits.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great if you aren't really needing to make money

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    Former Employee - Mad Scientist (After School Program Instructor) in Denton, TX
    Former Employee - Mad Scientist (After School Program Instructor) in Denton, TX

    I worked at Mad Science part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fun job (usually)
    Great for teaching experience
    Nice managers and coworkers
    Usually the kits are really cool
    Sometimes the kids are sweet
    Chances for bonuses

    Cons

    Long driving distances
    Lots of unpaid prep-time for lessons required (hours before you get to the classroom and 30min-1hour for set up and clean up in the classroom)
    You don't get gas compensation for your exact mileage; they use a predetermined distance from your wear house to the schools (My closest wear house was over 15 miles into all of my drives so I would actually drive about 30+ more miles each time I worked then I was compensated for which adds up)
    I was pretty much just working to pay for my gas needs that were mostly to get to work
    Required to drive to wear house each week for kit exchange (which can take hours and is a bit of a drive) unpaid
    Can be pretty stressful being stuck alone with 20+ children who have been in class all day (I was left alone with as many pre-k and kindergarteners on my second day ever)
    Inflexible- if you couldn't work it can be hard to find someone to cover your class. Also, I would get assigned to schools that were really hard to get to with my availability I had given them (I'm a college student and would often times be running straight to my car from class and would still have trouble getting there on time) and I'd get in trouble if I wasn't there at least 15-30 minutes before my class started which led to me skipping my college class A LOT that semester


  7. Helpful (1)

    Fun, Classroom Experience, but lots of limitations

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - After School Instructor in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - After School Instructor in Orange, CA

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

    Pros

    You get to work with kids and while class is a lot of work they're also a lot of fun. The other teachers you meet are generally upbeat and energetic too. For a college student looking to get classroom experience, this is great. I could also see retired teachers/science geeks having fun with this, but I would not recommend for anyone that needs a regular, predictable income.

    Cons

    The pay and schedule make it very difficult to make it worth working here. You generally have 1 class per day, right in the middle of the day. That's about 2 hours of your time (could be longer depending on the drive and school's parking lot traffic) right in the middle of the day. You only get paid for the actual class time and will also need to train yourself as well (they do provide manuals and videos though).

    Advice to Management

    The company is a franchise, so each location has it's own set of challenges.


  8. Helpful (1)

    As equipment manager I gained valuable experience, but was ultimately overwhelmed by extremely high job expectations.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mad Science full-time

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

    Pros

    Schedule was good.Compensation was excellent given my experience level. It was cool knowing what you were doing was having a positive impact on kid's lives.

    Cons

    Personal growth, no benefits, exteremly difficult circumstances.


  9. After school instructor

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    Former Employee - After School Instructor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - After School Instructor in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great co-workers and administration is easy to work with.

    Cons

    If you don't have patience with kids, do not work here. Just don't.


  10. Instructor

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    Former Employee - Instructor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Mad Science part-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great teaching experience, good for future teachers, decent pay

    Cons

    Driving required, few hours of work to start


  11. A very creative environment for science lovers!

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    Former Employee - Science Instructor in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Science Instructor in Greensboro, NC

    I worked at Mad Science part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I had a chance to work with some terrific colleagues; most of the team we worked as teams if we at the same work-site. The training was excellent and the pay was fantastic for a part-time job.

    Cons

    The job required driving to locations that were most often outside of the employee's residential area. Also, you had to be prepared to lift a lot of heavy equipment without assistance at the work-site.

    Advice to Management

    My management team was great people!



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