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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Reviews

Updated June 14, 2014
Updated June 14, 2014
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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Director Charles Alcock
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  1.  

    Good place to do astrophysics.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

    Pros

    One of the largest concentrations of astrophysicists in the world.

    Cons

    No new large projects; money is tight.

  2.  

    SAO is full of dedicated smart people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Physic Ist  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Physic Ist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    World-class colleagues. Access to good facilities.

    Cons

    Increasingly bureaucratic with administrative considerations given more weight than the needs of scientists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide company credit cards (not P-cards) for those needing to make lots of small (under $1000) purchases.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Astronomer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Astronomer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

    Pros

    - great place for research
    - great team working opportunities
    - relaxed and professional work atmosphere
    - excellent community environment (Harvard & MIT nearby)

    Cons

    - off-site from main Smithsonian location in Washington
    - limited access to Smithsonian resources
    - limited access to Harvard resources
    - limited funding/professional development opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - better collaboration between Smithsonian in Washington and the Harvard SMithsonian Center for Astrophysics, e.g. a bi-annual Smithsonian conference
    - improved options for professional development within the Harvard community

    Recommends

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