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Adler Planetarium Reviews

Updated November 12, 2016
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  1. "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.


  2. "Museum Guard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Accessible using the cta, and great view of the city. If you are passionate about space and solar system, then you will like this job.

    Cons

    Standing for long periods of time in a very vintage style space museum. You will find yourself bored a lot and depressed in a building with very little lighting. Plus the pay is disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to do a better job of motivating their workers. A lot of i found it extremely difficult to get and go to work.


  3. "Ok, but still needs work"

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    Current Employee - Guest Host in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Guest Host in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Adler Planetarium part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, flexible hours, helpful people

    Cons

    Management still needs work and communication can be terrible. Understaffed


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  5. "Museum needs to come into the 21st Century"

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    Former Employee - Visitor Services Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Visitor Services Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Adler Planetarium part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and friendly work environment. As a chicago museum employee, you get access to other museums throughout the city.

    Cons

    Displays and management seem to be stuck in an antiquated museum approach. Although willing to embrace new displays and tech in exhibits, other aspects of museum neglected.

    Advice to Management

    Try and make the visitors' experience as easy and informative as possible. Do away with confusing ticket pricing and scheduling.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Revolving Door"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Adler Planetarium full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Creative, exciting team of people make cool things happen here.

    Cons

    No investment in employees. The place is a revolving door because there's no upward mobility, no cost-of-living raises, no investment in talented staff. Despite leadership's insistence that staff shouldn't spread ourselves too thin and should say "no" to things, lay-offs and big plans have led to a lean staff doing way more work than we're compensated for.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Disappointment"

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    Current Employee - Citizen Science Developer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Citizen Science Developer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong female leadership. Decent benefits (if you qualify).

    Cons

    The disparity between the number of executives (and their salaries) versus the remainder of staff is concerning. Hourly workers (and many salaried ones, as it turns out) are not getting paid a fair wage; questionable layoffs; outsourced services; very little upward-mobility. All this gave me the distinct sense that management does not invest in staff's talents. Lack of diversity.


  8. "Guest Services"

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    Former Employee - Museum Services Staff in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Museum Services Staff in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Adler Planetarium part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Meeting people from around the world.

    Cons

    Employees in the guest services department receive no compensation for loyalty to the company- there is no upward mobility. Having worked here briefly I met many employees who had dedicated many years and good work ethic to their position yet they never received an increase in wage or benefits. This may have changed since I worked there though.


  9. "Hard working folks who love science."

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    Current Employee - Public Programs in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Public Programs in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Adler Planetarium full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and love all Chicago museum access.

    Cons

    Not great pay, not a lot of follow through with internal initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity training and hiring! Empower employees to be knowledgeable, better interaction with guests.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Working at the Adler"

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    Former Employee - Multimedia Developer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Multimedia Developer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Adler Planetarium full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cool place to work and learn about space science
    Laid back office environment
    Opportunity to work autonomously
    Fun events at the office
    Good food in the cafeteria
    Great location on the water

    Cons

    Completely underground office space (no windows)
    Little job mobility
    Lack of mentorship
    Absentee supervisor

    Advice to Management

    Put some windows in


  11. "Friendly staff and welcoming environment."

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    Current Employee - Performer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Performer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They thoroughly train each employee and make employee bonding a priority.

    Cons

    Sometimes communication between areas is a little slow.



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