New England Aquarium

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New England Aquarium Reviews

Updated January 6, 2015
Updated January 6, 2015
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Organization, Great People, Vision Needs Focus For Future

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    Former Employee - Development Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Development Director in Boston, MA

    I worked at New England Aquarium full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated front-line staff and deeply passionate people across the organization. Fun place to work with so much interesting to learn and be involved with. Optimistic outlook, compelling mission and solid outcomes in many areas.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking clear and concise vision that connects and drives staff and organization forward. Recent leadership changes have created a lack of ownership and pride in some departments. Some departments have low morale due to poor leadership of their team.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    NEAq COULD be a great place to work BUT it's not...

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    Former Employee - Visitor Education Specialist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Visitor Education Specialist in Boston, MA

    I worked at New England Aquarium full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Passion for the ocean and environment runs rampant and is contagious. Even the most educated employee can't help but learn new things everyday with the vast knowledge among the organization's employees.

    Cons

    There might be lots of passionate people at the NEAq but there is little leadership development. Intelligent, talented employees are forced to remain in the shadow of burned out, tenured employees who have lost their passion, creativy and drive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the talent that you have working for you in middle management, take the time to develop their natural skills and give them the resources they need to make lasting, meaningful change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work and learn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at New England Aquarium

    Pros

    The majority of staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate. The mission of the institution is great & they do a lot of great work throughout the world. Lots of interesting animals. Great area of the city.

    Cons

    There is somewhat of a low pay, but that is expected at a non-profit.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Great sense of Community

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

    I worked at New England Aquarium part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are lots of passionate people, you get a variety of tasks, lots of opportunities to learn and try other areas than your own, interesting subject matter, and lots of flexibility with the type of work.

    Cons

    Some tasks can be unpleasant, the hours are very long and breaks or shift changes can be inconsistent. Also some unfriendly management personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The division between the upper management and aquarists, volunteers, interns, etc. is somewhat uncomfortable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  6.  

    Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New England Aquarium

    Pros

    Good at times of summer

    Cons

    Bad at times of winter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage

  7.  

    Working at the aquarium (as an intern) was absolutely fantastic.

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    Former Employee - Temperate Gallery Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Temperate Gallery Intern in Boston, MA

    I worked at New England Aquarium as an intern

    Pros

    - Amazing sense of community among staff, interns, and volunteers (a lot of workers also have group activities, like a baseball team, a touch rugby team, karaoke...)
    - Flexible time schedules
    - Great little cafe in the aquarium for breakfast/lunch, and plenty of places nearby
    - Get to wander the aquarium on your time off
    - It's fun to talk to visitors and see their wonder at the exhibits
    - Working with the animals and exhibits is incredibly interesting, and you get to learn many new skills
    - Interns get to do much of what the actual aquarists do, and also help out on collection trips to local beaches, marshes, and dive sites

    Cons

    - No alumni network
    - From what I gathered, a lot of the positions are pretty low-paying
    - Paid positions like aquarists and management have very low turnover rates, which makes it tough to get a job at the aquarium

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had a truly fantastic experience, so I'd say keep on doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Interesting Experience

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    Former Employee - Marine Mammal Volunteer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Marine Mammal Volunteer in Boston, MA

    I worked at New England Aquarium as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Get to work closely with trainers and animals
    You are given the possibility to do a variety of tasks such as food prep, talks during the shows etc...
    The trainers are extremely friendly and always willing to speak with you and explain how they teach the animals different behaviors
    The trainers allow you to, from time to time, bring guests to meet the seals
    You get a free season pass for yourself and two guests

    Cons

    You smell of fish all day long
    The work is not always mentally stimulating
    The work can get repetitive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fun, dynamic, and professionally run organization

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

    I worked at New England Aquarium full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great mission
    Fun work culture
    Very comprehensive benefits package
    Great work/life balance

    Cons

    The pay is average and commuting into Boston is getting more and more expensive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great people, well run.

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

    I worked at New England Aquarium part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone is really motivated and intelligent. People at the aquarium love their jobs and it makes the work environment very vibrant and enjoyable.

    Cons

    It can get very busy during the summer. If you don't like dealing with tourists, this is not the right place for you to work. Massive tour groups flood the aquarium from time to time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall I had an excellent time working at the new england aquarium

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    Current Employee - Aquarist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Aquarist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at New England Aquarium full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    people, animals, diving, community, helping the environment, feeling like your looked up to by all the kids that visit, being a part of the boston experience

    Cons

    salary, ability to move up, unpaid overtime, workers get very protective of their work areas and are not really very open to suggestions from workers in other areas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    allow the aquarist to move and work more freely btw. exhibits to allow them to learn more quickly about areas outside their expertise

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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