Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Reviews

Updated July 8, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014
12 Reviews

3.4
12 Reviews
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    I greatly enjoyed my time working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium during college.

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    Current Employee - Membership Representative  in  Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Membership Representative in Monterey, CA

    Pros

    The care for the animals and dedication to teaching people about our ocean is the best I have seen from any aquarium.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by, but if you need a part time job during college it is a great place to work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to stay clear from showing favoritism in staff members. It creates an environment where individuals do not feel comfortable speaking with you about current problems or issues they are facing with co-workers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    staff are committed to the mission

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA

    Pros

    beautiful location, inspiring mission, best aquarium in the world, good benefits

    Cons

    Favorites get away with anything and everything. Each department has them. Most senior management are removed (a few of them are the favorites) from staff problems including conflicts, under performers and workload distribution. Poor performers are routinely promoted. No consequences for under performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Action! Take the time to connect with your staff. Acknowledge the senior leadership who don't act according to the values of the organization and put them to pasture instead of letting problem employees carry on for years just because they are friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Outstanding company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Loved working here, great people who are all working together towards the mission. Great training programs, development and coaching and overall sense of pride you get working here.

    Cons

    Non-profit so salaries are lower than you might hope; balanced by great benefits and extra perks though.

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    Wonderful Aquarium - typical NGO culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best Aquarium in the US...you can't beat Monterey as a place to work. I was part of the Seafood Watch team for 2+ years (not the attraction side of the Aquarium). The team is passionate about the work they do - which is educate and promote sustainable seafood to consumers, restaurants and businesses.

    Cons

    There is definitely favoritism for those employees who have been there a long time and are close friends with the Executive Director. They are 'protected' and will never be reprimanded for poor performance or any other valid reason. Unfortunately, I witnessed on more than one occasion people being rewarded for continuous bad behavior. Many staff are so grateful to work there, they don't give much needed feedback for fear of retaliation. As with many non-profits, things move very slowly, and it is a culture of consensus vs. having someone make a much needed decision and moving forward. Also, it is a very hierarchical culture, that neither fosters nor listens to the ideas of junior staff (whom often times have great input; based on my experience there).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is part of the problem. If you really want to understand what is going on, take the time to talk with all members of your team. Recognize that some people are more of a liability than an asset to your organization, and take proper measures to make changes. Infusion of new people and ideas is a good thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Top notch conservation, research & educational institute

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Monterey, CA

    Pros

    Great mission & work life balance

    Cons

    Salary &Compensation could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I believe in their conservation work, not their politics amongst employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA

    Pros

    Experience the exhibits, meet great people, benefits and progressive attempt

    Cons

    non profit organization means little pay and little advancement in professional growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Experience the workload you give your employees. Lead by example with your employees, not hiding in a office or meeting

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Guest Experience Representative

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    Former Employee - Guest Experience Representative  in  Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Guest Experience Representative in Monterey, CA

    Pros

    - Amazing team of talented individuals
    - Organized morning meetings that make all employees feel informed and included
    - Stellar management that mentor as well as supervise
    - Beautiful place to work, both in & around

    Cons

    - Generally only day shift available - students with day classes may have trouble

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rock on!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun at first, but the lack of communication in management is unacceptable.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Monterey, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA

    Pros

    Meet great people who really care about the environment.
    The Aquarium is beautiful and some exhibits are spectacular.
    Get to meet people from all around the world.
    Sometimes you get to interact with the animals or get to see cool behind the scenes stuff.

    Cons

    Lack of communication is a HUGE problem.
    Management keeps focusing on putting out fires instead of preventing them in the first place.
    There is little room for job growth depending on what department you are in.
    People that don't pull their weight are rarely talked to about improving their work ethic .
    Little attention is paid to employee complaints, making them feel powerless in some situations. Having to watch co-workers get mentally "beat" down makes you feel horrible and afraid you'll be next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think David Packard says it best.

    "The best possible company management is one that combines a sense of corporate greatness and destiny, with empathy for, and fidelity to, the average employee."

    "A frustrated employee is a greater threat than a merely unhappy one."

    "The best business decisions are the most humane decisions. And, all other talents being even, the greatest managers are also the most human managers."

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Make the most of your time here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA

    Pros

    Supposedly looks good to have on your resume.
    Good place to learn and train if you make the opportunities for yourself.
    Work with lots of people who genuinely care about conservation of the ocean and are working to make progress towards it.

    Cons

    Open positions are rare. Don't expect to move up. Don't expect to get your foot in the door and change departments. Apply for the job you want.
    Raises don't happen except for 2% cost of living increase.
    H.R. department seems overall out of touch with what's happening inside various departments. Also seems shocked to hear criticisms, even constructive ones.
    Upper management not involved with daily happenings/activity inside aquarium.
    Management may recognize special skills or talents but then assigns tasks that oppose those skills and do not allow staff to use talents for the best of the institution.
    Has become more focused on entertainment value rather than being a scientific or educational facility.
    Many management decisions not clearly explained to employees, leads to a lot of disgruntled team members and poor job satisfaction.
    "All Staff Meetings" held at times when not all staff can attend. Folks with the cushiest jobs get to check in, but the hardest working employees are left out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get involved, get back to basics. The institution has gotten to big for its own good. Upper management should help bridge departments and bring everyone together for the mission.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Progressive Employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA

    Pros

    Great benefits; great cause to work for.

    Cons

    Non-profit salaries are low; underacheiving/"slacker" employees are rarely teminated.

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