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Smithsonian Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
81 Reviews

4.1
81 Reviews
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Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Behind the scenes look at incredible collections that aren't on display (in 3 reviews)

  • Great benefits after two years of employment and committed people (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • No possible full time for my position (in 4 reviews)

  • Unpaid position- no benefits other than the experience itself (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Government Perks, Staff are a dedicated group

    Cons

    Long Lead time on replacements. Under staffing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fund your IT infrastructure. Stop over working staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The best place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great coworkers, understanding bosses, constant training opportunities. I absolutely love working here. As a contractor, I have the ability to have a flexible schedule. I have a great work environment that allows for collaboration and support without the competitiveness.

    Cons

    As a contractor, I am definitely taking a pay cut to work here. However I feel that the great work environment and exciting projects make it worth it. Also as a contractor you do not receive benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think management is doing a great job. I have never worked in a better place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great locations, good facilities, great network of professional support, great professional development opportunities, great benefits, fun place to work, you will work with a variety of experts as your co-workers, and there is pretty good job stability.

    Cons

    There are highly paid federal employees sitting in their jobs and performing the bare minimum. However, no one will ever do anything about it or fire them because that is nearly impossible to do. Budgets are tight so offices are often understaffed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing work environment and job that I am lucky to have!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Presenter  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Presenter in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Co-workers, boss, staff and visitors are all amazing.

    Cons

    It can sometimes be very busy which makes it hard to do my job to the best of my ability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Model makers Dream job.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Model Maker  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Model Maker in Washington, DC

    Pros

    The best thing about this job is the ability to work in a clean and safe environment. Concern for OSHA regulations was very high on the list of priorities. As an artist this was very important to me. The work was challenging and creative. I went home with a feeling of accomplishment every day.

    Cons

    It is a huge organization and things don't happen quickly. It can really try your patience to wait for things to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speed up requests for work and allow overtime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Satisfying but not long-term

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Image Technician  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Image Technician in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great work environment, very laid back and everyone loved to share. As an intern I was encouraged to learn and branch out upon my field of study. Everyone loved sharing their experiences and knowledge.

    Cons

    As a contractor, I got paid whenever the Government seemed to have some money laying around (almost never). Even tied to my SSN# they frequently lost my contract money. I didn't see my boss for months at a time since he was always traveling. I was always encouraged to slow down because government workers "would run out of work if everyone had my work ethic."

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Invaluable Summer Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Design Intern in Washington, DC

    Pros

    I got a broad range of experience while working at the Smithsonian for a summer at the Office of Exhibits Central. I was able to work on many different tasks and see a range of functions of the office.

    Cons

    Really, the only downside to the internship was that it was not paid. Also, I was working in the office in New Carrollton, so it was a bit inconvenient.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Surrounded by brilliant people at all times

    Cons

    Very difficult to find funding, not as "impressive" on a resume as everyone made me believe.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good For Part-Time or College

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Associate  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Associate in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Great benefits if you like the learning opportunities
    Fun atmosphere
    Easy work

    Cons

    Unclear rules and management. No where to move up in retail.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome place, but management could do better

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Education Specialist  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Education Specialist in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Great location and academic environment

    Cons

    No advancement, especially for minorities and discriminatory practices by Managers/Dept. Chairs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management/Directors should stop turning a blind eye to obvious discriminatory practices by Managers/Dept. Chairs. You may have smart, hardworking minority staff that have been around many years. If you haven't seen their names come up for promotion in over 10 years, start asking questions. Get in touch with all your workers, not just your Managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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