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Academy of Natural Sciences Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  1. "Building a museum pisce"

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    Former Contractor - Research and Development Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Contractor - Research and Development Engineer in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Academy of Natural Sciences as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My group and I were contracted to building a moveable museum piece for the ANS. It was a pleasure to work with the biologists on staff and the administration who were all very excited and friendly as well as supportive.

    Cons

    The administration was generally slow to follow through on action items after a meeting and was uninterested in expanding the scope of the project into the academic sphere.


  2. "Market intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Academy of Natural Sciences part-time

    Pros

    Great workplace with great leadership

    Cons

    Not too many cons, great place tow ork

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the excellent work, focus more on competitive threats

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Non-profit organization with many talented, forward-thinking scientists and educators on the cutting edge of science."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Academy of Natural Sciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the most talented people I have ever worked with.

    Cons

    New leadership emphasizes doing more with less on an already over-taxed employee base and if an employee whimpers even a little (i.e. needs time off for family, heath, etc), he/she is told you aren't "the right kind of employee for the organization."

    Advice to Management

    Diversity comes in more forms than just visible diversity. Value ALL of your employees.


  4. "Taught me to Love Museum Education"

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    Former Employee - Exhibit Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Exhibit Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Academy of Natural Sciences part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at the Academy, you learn so much on a daily basis, so that you are constantly growing an developing. The people who work there are wonderful as are the visitors, so it is a great experience on the whole! Everyone works as a team and there is always room for improvement and growth. You never feel stagnant or bored at this job, and you always feel a sense of community.

    Cons

    The only downside was the salary. $8/hour just will not get you very far, especially being as they do not give a raise for 2 years and even that is $0.25...HOWEVER, you have to remember, this is nonprofit, and it is an opportunity you will not find anywhere else. And if the salary is too low for you, it is such a prestigious museum that working there becomes a wonderful stepping stone to other museums if you feel the need to move up.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are doing a GREAT job, I have no advice other than keep up the good work!


  5. "great place"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Academy of Natural Sciences as an intern

    Pros

    great staff and great environment

    Cons

    cafeteria was terrible and museum was kinda boring


  6. "Good work, little pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Academy of Natural Sciences part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very relaxed work environment, accomplish tasks at your own pace, a lot of the work is fun to do and there are a lot of opportunities to get exposure to different projects. The staff is very knowledgeable

    Cons

    Generally underpay their employees with little negotiation or pay growth over time. It is also hard to move up in the ranks, most people have hit a plateau and cannot advance any higher. Facilities are outdated and not much investment goes into updating them.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the people and the facilities. It is important to upkeep the public facing side, but that does not mean you can neglect the private research side.