Orlando Science Center
3.5 of 5 8 reviews
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Updated Feb 24, 2014

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Joann Newman

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75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great family oriented fun work enviroemnt

Facilitator (Current Employee)
Orlando, FL

I have been working at Orlando Science Center part-time for less than a year

ProsHaving fun working with kids and grownups who still are kids on the inside

Consrepetitive and can get boring sometimes

Advice to Senior Managementkeep lower staff busy and encourage creativeness

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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As an Intern I felt I wasn't given much responsibilty

Membership Intern (Former Employee)
Orlando, FL

I worked at Orlando Science Center as an intern for less than a year

ProsYou do get passes after being there for 100 hours

ConsThe office space is rather noisy, it was above the Clifford exhibit.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide the interns with some responsibility, not just simple data entry.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Felt as though I was taken advantage of with the empty promises of advancement

Manager (Former Employee)
Orlando, FL

I worked at Orlando Science Center full-time for more than 5 years

ProsIf you really work the political system ( go out and drink with the exec's weekly) can be a cushy job

ConsReally low pay, very disorganized. Hides behind "we're nonprofit" constantly. Then has all staff meeting explaining how much money is coming in.

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stressful workload, LOTS of responsibility, management is so-so

Summer Camp Counselor (Current Employee)
Orlando, FL

I have been working at Orlando Science Center part-time for less than a year

ProsThere is a lot to do in terms of work so you are always busy (which I enjoy). A lot of the managers I deal with are very nice and helpful but a select few come across as very callous.
i work in the summer camp which is of course, super busy, but it's very well planned and operates smoothly considering the number of kids they're dealing with.

ConsFor the amount of stress on the job, the pay is REALLY low. I know they are non-profit but I've made a lot more at other non-profits doing a lot less. Management is VERY strict on time and resources. I barely get a chance to eat in my 30 minute break. When you're working around 100s of kids, breaks are VERY important!! Again, the stress levels really build up during a full day and you're not getting paid a lot so it gets very difficult considering all those factors.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdd in a few 15 minute breaks for your summer camp employees. There is plenty of staff to go around and the teachers and counselors could use that short break since it gets so stressful. A few managers act very rude toward lowers employees. In training, you learn hundreds of the rules and you are bound to forget SOMETHING. Being talked down to over something small because you'd forgotten one time is definitely not encouraging -- especially when it does not effect anyone else.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great exposure and learning opportunity

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Orlando, FL

I worked at Orlando Science Center

ProsYou get a sense of community and you get to see first hand the results of all the hard work you put in.

ConsNon-profit so the pay is low.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work for very different reasons.

Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
Orlando, FL

I have been working at Orlando Science Center

ProsThis is not a great place to work in the conventional sense, but it's one of the most rewarding jobs I've ever had. The people are great, the work is important and knowing you had an impact on young people is very powerful. There's a great team spirit here and freedom to do the job you were hired to do.

ConsThe pay isn't that great since it's a non-profit and we're behind the curve in some things. The organizations is still finding it's way in a lot of areas.

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to continue to look ahead and not simply operate in the moment. There should be more confidence in our capabilities and our place in the community.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work, pay not so great

Manager (Current Employee)
Orlando (South Africa)

I have been working at Orlando Science Center full-time

ProsGreat flexibility with full time work schedule, comp time offered depending on your department. Great senior management and atmosphere.

Consfull time salaries not competitive with other nonprofits in central Florida, and benefits are pretty terrible.

Advice to Senior Managementbalance the poor pay scale with better benefits and/or do an analysis of comparable positions and salaries in the area and pay employees what they are worth to avoid turnover for entry level positions

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Decent place to work - I worked in animal husbandry while employed there

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Orlando Science Center full-time

Pros- Met a lot of wonderful people
- Able to help educate the general public
- Generally never bored
- Flexible schedule
- Opportunities for advancement if you work hard

Cons- Some of the managers need to go. They have been there for years and seem burnt out/don't seem to care anymore.
- Management can play favorites, which is highly frustrating if you aren't one.
- Pay could be better for non-management positions
- The Science center needed a lot of updates during the time I worked there.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on customer service, updating the common areas and making the place feel more uniform. Stop playing favorites. Get rid of some of your managers or at the very least have better control over them so they don't treat their department employees like trash.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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