Museum of Science Reviews

Updated March 12, 2015
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  1. Each stage of the interview process was efficient and easy. Post-employment support has been great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Museum of Science full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Full benefits. Museum-wide orientation and training for new employees was incredibly positive and it is always run by someone different, but higher up, so you get the opportunity to connect with management in other departments. Great employee discounts at the coffee shop, store, and cafeteria (35%) which is a break from the tourist level pricing everything normally is. People are friendly and welcoming all over the museum.

    Cons

    The biggest con is that the staff is so large that you barely get to see anyone, especially if you are a "front line" staffer, because exposure to the "office staffers" is very limited. Also there is no map for employees that shows where all the offices and rooms are.

    Advice to Management

    Create a map of all staff-only areas! This would be so helpful to new employees.

  2. Fun, collaborative atmosphere

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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Museum of Science as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The supervisor really cared
    I got to attend a lot of cool, behind the scenes events
    Interns were really close with each other

    Cons

    red tape can be a pain

  3. Fun place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Museum of Science

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Working with creative an passionate individuals, HR is fantastic, overnight instructor job is challenging and fun. Interview process is very efficient--heard back within 2 weeks.

    Cons

    Don't have any cons. Children an parents can be difficult to work with in the overnight program, but it's a great challenge

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  5. Don't Expect Much

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Museum of Science full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The science part of the Museum is great, and you work with a lot of highly intelligent curators.

    Cons

    Management is a mess. You work very hard for little return.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees. Compensate them for their time and talent. Sweep out people who've been there for an eon—those who think there's only one way to do things and are stubborn to any sort of change.

  6. Good work environment, but no room for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Museum of Science full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Initial pay is decent for a non-profit organization. Vacation time is fantastic. Management listens to opinions (listening and acting on are different stories though). Company has a match program for retirement accounts. Work-life balance is great as well. A lot of employees stay for a long time (although it's mostly because they are complacent).

    Cons

    Your initial pay will likely be the only pay you'll ever have. They don't do "raises", as the NPO status gives them an excuse not to. They do "merit increases", which doesn't even cover inflation. Management may listen to you and have an open door policy, but good luck trying to get anything changed in the organization. They are archaic in terms of moving ideas forward. You have to be vested for 5 years to receive the rewards for the retirement contribution.

    Advice to Management

    Defend your employees--get them raises, title promotions, anything you can to keep good employees. Give out bonuses for jobs well done. Don't just treat them like a number.

  7. Attractive Workplace, Low Pay, Not Much Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at Museum of Science full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    MOS was a cool work environment. Visually nice work spaces although overcrowded (5 people to an open pod). Full access to explore the museum and free passes for friends, which I really enjoyed. People are nice. The work was fine, although not particularly rewarding, and the research wasn't very rigorous. Work/life balance isn't an issue.

    Cons

    The museum field is small, so people are super happy to get a job at MOS and don't leave, although pay is really low - but the chances or getting work at another museum are also really low. There isn't much opportunity for promotion or pay increases.

    Work can be slow. Team members were often bottlenecks in the process and I spent a lot of time waiting for work to come in. Trying to stay busy with nothing to do got to be very tedious.

    Micromanagement can be an issue and there's always a scramble for funding.

  8. Fun job... Horrible management

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    Current Employee - Visitor Services Representative in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Visitor Services Representative in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Museum of Science part-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers are great and the views from some of the spaces and exhibits in the museum are astounding helping visitors from around the world is a definite perk of the job as we'll

    Cons

    Upper level management staff in the visitor services department are horrendous and are severely lacking in communication skills with guests and employees

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the staff before making changes that effect them and learn how to effectively communicate with people.

  9. Mission-driven organization

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    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Museum of Science full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The goals and work of the museum are inspiring. The benefits are good and depending on the department you work in there can be opportunities for flexibility in schedules and an understanding of the need for work/life balance.

    Cons

    As with many non-profits, business sense is lacking. The museum is needlessly slow to change. There is little strategic planning that actually gets implemented across the institution, though there's often much talk of business and strategic planning.

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible. Learn from the successful programs you have and apply these ideas to other parts of the organization.

  10. Awesome Co-Workers, Questionable Upper Management

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    Former Intern - IT Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at Museum of Science as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Most of the staff I interacted with clearly enjoyed their jobs and working at the Museum. The IT department in particular gelled really well and was both efficient and fun to work with.

    The Museum doesn't pay interns much, but offers free parking, and free admission to most of the museums in Boston, plus it's a prestigious non-profit to have on your resume.

    Cons

    Low pay, but that's basically expected. Unfortunately the upper level management, and in particular the president, seem disconnected. He ordered from IT a very expensive Mac Desktop PC, configured with some video editing and education software, which he had apparently sent to his house - He already had a new laptop, and a desktop in his office. This was at a time when there was a pay and hiring freeze.

    Advice to Management

    It's disheartening to your staff when they're working very hard for lower pay because they care about the mission of the institution, and you're making a very large amount of money, and openly flaunting it's availability to you when you're asking you staff to take cuts.

  11. Overall, for a non-profit, I have had a good experience at the museum

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Museum of Science

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

    Pros

    The museum has pretty good benefits, and the lower level coworkers are pretty awesome. Also, Im constantly learning because my coworkers are some of the smartest people I've ever met.

    Cons

    I get really frustrated with the upper level folks at times. In truth, they all mean well, but when they are set in their ways, it is hard to be innovative -- I'm a bit jaded at this point. Also, my work place does not have any windows. Lack of sun light = the worst.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes it's okay to trust your younger staff.

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