Pacific Science Center Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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  1. Positive summer camps experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Pacific Science Center full-time

    Pros

    Great group of colleagues to work with. Supervisor's were friendly and approachable in all situations. Positive work environment and a great opportunity to work with the general public on science education.

    Cons

    Working for their summer camps was a high stress environment in which I had to manage young campers on a daily basis. As I have a science background and not an educational background, it didn't come naturally to me as to how to handle every situation with the youths.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A Seattle institution

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Pacific Science Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A beloved Seattle institution since it opened. Impressive mix of professionals under one roof. Amazing mix of scientists and educators. Good benefits. Reasonable vacation and personal time. Access to a variety of interesting subjects and projects.

    Cons

    Quick staff turnover. Very little collaboration between departments outside of cross departmental volunteer work. Pay caps.

    Advice to Management

    Explore how to maintain staff. Implement & encourage deeper ongoing cross departmental collaboration + forward thinking internal growth.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Office Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Pacific Science Center (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great organization with a good mission. Senior staff really cares about its employees and the good of the Science Center.

    Cons

    Going through a major transition period. Lots of turnover and layoffs. No chance of promotions or raises.


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  5. Concessions

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    Former Employee - Concessions in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Concessions in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Was a great job while going to school. Management very understanding of my schedule. They were even okay with me doing homework between shows after getting all side work done.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunity long term. Makes sense as a short term or part time job.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Enriching, engaging, inspiring and fun.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Science Interpreter II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Science Interpreter II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at Pacific Science Center part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to learn new things, interacting with people who are happy to be there, amazing and brilliant coworkers, some of the best mid-level managers I have had

    Cons

    Limited to no opportunities for advancement in pay, lack of transparency and communication between upper leadership and frontline staff, staff worked the maximum number of hours per week to avoid paying benefits

    Advice to Management

    I often heard leadership say that the frontline staff were the most valuable asset to the museum, but I never saw that reflected in pay, regardless of how long a person worked there.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Guest Services Admissions Representative

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Guest Services Admissions Representative in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Guest Services Admissions Representative in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great leadership - the managers and supervisors are very helpful. It's a good place to learn about non-profit organizations and staying involved with the community. They are also flexible with scheduling.

    Cons

    It can get really busy, and the internal system is very slow. It'd make a huge difference to check in guests faster.

    Advice to Management

    If possible, update the internal system. It'll make it easier to process and check in guests. Guests get very upset when they are waiting in line thanks to the slow system. Post more signs in line that show movie times and exhibit times.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Pleasant place to work but not stay too terribly long

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Pacific Science Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dedicated co-workers, get to work at a Seattle institution, free passes to imax movies and travelling exhibits. Medical/dental/vision benefits are very generous; time off seems pretty good.

    Cons

    Very high turnover, expectation to volunteer to work evening and weekend special events, seems like salaries have stagnated. Not much interaction between departments, unfortunately.


  9. Part-time Science Outreach Educator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Outreach Educator
    Current Employee - Outreach Educator
    Recommends

    I have been working at Pacific Science Center part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and fun place to work

    Cons

    Like all educational non-profits, pay leaves something to be desired.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great work, great resources, insufficient pay

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    Former Employee - Outreach Educator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Outreach Educator in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Pacific Science Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Had a great time working for PSC's outreach education program.

    Cons

    Very little pay, few perks, difficult management

    Advice to Management

    Very little pay, few perks, difficult management


  11. Great summer job, wonderful staff to work with

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Camps Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Summer Camps Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The staff made it absolutely great to work at, everyone is really friendly. Upper management also did a great job being present. I could tell that they are really passionate about what they do and love working there.

    Cons

    Due to budget cuts, pay is not very high for the amount of work required, does not pay overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to expand summer camps too much and focus on smaller number of camps.



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