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Adler Planetarium Reviews

Updated November 21, 2017
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  1. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Adler Planetarium part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a lovely place to work with a lot of awesome people around. They're respectful and great. You'll have access to a lot of great resources.

    Cons

    Sometimes it takes awhile for work to be done, and if you need someone in a different department to do something for you you'll need to remind them a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Keep everyone on their toes, to keep everything in a timely manner.


  2. "Look Elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Adler Planetarium full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great people and good mission.

    Cons

    Bad leadership, no investment in staff, high staff turnover, low compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Pay wages comparable to other museums/nonprofit institutions in Chicago.

  3. "Needs a Comprehensive Strategic Plan"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Adler Planetarium full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small number of staff make it easy to get to know everyone.

    Cons

    Lack of clear vision and strategic plan make it difficult for departments to work together to complete projects.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employee training to help foster an environment of trust and excitement for the mission.


  4. "Fun place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Adler Planetarium full-time

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, smart people. Nice

    Cons

    would be more cohesive with other museums


  5. "Customer focused"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adler Planetarium part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staff
    Providing accurate physics/engineering concepts through science activities which leaves you in no position to be bored
    Good hours

    Cons

    Pay is bad
    Lack of diversity

    Advice to Management

    Tickets are confusing to museum customers


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great for support staff, terrible on the floor"

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    Current Employee - Guest Service Representative
    Current Employee - Guest Service Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Adler Planetarium part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Cool environment
    -Adler supports great things
    -Great immediate supervisors

    Cons

    -Terrible wage (minimum)

    -No organization between departments, very chaotic in crowded times

    -No inter departmental upward mobility (applied for a job within the planetarium that I was over qualified for in an attempt to stay with the museum, resume was completely ignored by HR until position was filled.)

    Advice to Management

    -Pay more attention (and money) to the staff on the floor


  7. "Floor Staff is continuing to evolve"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Adler Planetarium full-time

    Pros

    Interactions with guests on the floor are top notch

    Cons

    Communication and collaboration between departments is really bad. Right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing.

    Advice to Management

    Pay floor staff a competitive wage or you'll continue to lose staff to other institutions

  8. "getting there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adler Planetarium full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are trying to build and are getting better. Most of the executive leadership is good. It's a good place to work for those in the programs/education/citizen science field. They have more freedoms to work in a fun environment.

    Cons

    There is no collaboration between different departments in the administration area. Each department silo's itself and does their own thing. Departments almost act as their own separate little companies. Those that work in the administration area don't enjoy the same benefit as those in the programs/marketing departments. Administration employees are stretched and are often doing the work of others.

    Advice to Management

    Administration teams should be more collaborative.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Low morale"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Adler Planetarium full-time

    Pros

    Awesome view of city
    Cool programs and people

    Cons

    Lack of communication and collaboration between departments
    Poor leadership

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to make employees feel more valued.


  10. "A bit of a mess"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Fun place to work

    Cons

    Back office staff was very cold and unfriendly
    Poor management of staff


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