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COSI (Columbus) Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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  1. "Wonderful People, extremely fun job"

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    Former Employee - Experience Programs Teacher in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Experience Programs Teacher in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at COSI (Columbus) part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone has a passion for education and outreach. Everyone is committed to giving visitors the best experience possible.

    Cons

    Fewer opportunities for advancement than desired. Part-time work is the norm.

    Advice to Management

    Increase opportunities for full-time work.


  2. "Experience Programs Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Experience Programs Teacher in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Experience Programs Teacher in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at COSI (Columbus) part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Working with a diverse group of guests.
    -You basically become Bill Nye for 1,000 people a day. You get them excited about science and exploration.
    -The team is passionate about learning and will geek out with you over any scientific conversation.

    Cons

    -It's draining work. You'll be around guests or co-workers every moment and need to keep your energy.
    -If you're looking for money, this isn't the best job for you. Considering what is expected of you, you're under paid. But if you want a unique and entertaining part-time job in education, this perfect.


  3. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - OHIO in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - OHIO in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at COSI (Columbus) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good team and interesting work.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for advancement. Not much confidence in leadership - lots of change.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a direction and stick with it until you see how it's going to turn out.


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  5. "Where I learned that teaching Science is one of life's joys."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at COSI (Columbus) part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job compliments college studies in science and education. Everyone I interacted with during daily operations had a great personality and truly made coming to work a pleasure.

    Cons

    Not many pathways to transition from part-time to full-time employee


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Need to practice what they preach."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at COSI (Columbus) part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work was extremely fulfilling.
    Decent customer satisfaction.
    Strong team environment.
    Passionate people working toward a common goal.
    Fun, rewarding entry-level job.

    Cons

    Shortsighted.
    Poor use of company resources.
    Glass ceiling.
    Lack of communication on an institutional level.
    No respect for company loyalty.
    Laid off long-term employees, gave weak reasons.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be a "center of science", you need to employ full-time teaching staff.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Dynamic, Fun, Inspiring and Active"

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    Current Employee - Experience Programs Teacher in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Experience Programs Teacher in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at COSI (Columbus) part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interacting with all ages, using passion for science to inspire and educate individuals to learn.
    Wonderful staff and management.

    Heavy emphasis on continuing education and peer review.

    Cons

    Full-time positions sparse, if any. Career ladder exists, but is extremely arduous and difficult to climb. Possible to spend years as a part time employee before the possibility of a full-time position opens up.

    Salary extremely low.

    Advice to Management

    If possible, have a smaller paid-team staff, allowing for fewer part-time employees and more full time salaried staff.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Easy job, uneasy environment"

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    Former Employee - Box Office Associate in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Box Office Associate in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at COSI (Columbus) part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great hours, working to educate kids on science, decent pay

    Cons

    Prepare to feel like an outsider! If you are not into My Little Pony, LEGOs or Star Wars, watch out because you will be a fish out of water.

    I was out due to an emergency surgery for two weeks WITH doctors excuses and upon my return felt a complete hatred from my supervisors. Nobody cares what is going on in your life, because you are just a replaceable employee to them. The disrespect that stems from the supervisors towards the employees was unsettling and uncomfortable for most.

    You will be fired without warning, months after supposed infractions, and your badge will be stripped from you in front of everybody.

    Advice to Management

    Make a conscious effort to understand your employees have problems and lives outside of work everyday and respect them enough to be open and honest with them about any issues you are having instead of firing them abruptly without warning.

    Also, please have some respect when you speak to your employees and try to make them feel appreciated instead of making them feel inadequate. Even if you dislike your job and don't want to be at work that day, put on a happy face and know that it could be much worse.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to work that has more potential than most realize"

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

    Pros

    An exciting and fun place to work everyday. The people who work on the front lines are mostly like minded and focused on the same goal, making science fun!!

    Cons

    The upper management was disconnected from the floor. They had a business to run and were always seeking the next pocket they could pull any dollars from. While necessary to keeping the lights on, they never really asked the people working with the guests everyday or even the guests themselves what they wanted to see in the center.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Explode a hydrogen balloon in front of someone, and they think you are a god."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at COSI (Columbus) part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's the kind of job that's exhausting in the best possible way. Every day is different (usually hectic), and the common thread is making science fun and exciting. Probably the most emotionally rewarding job I've ever had.

    Cons

    Nigh impossible to get a full-time job there; job responsibilities can change rapidly depending on the 'restructuring' that management springs on you; chronically under-staffed in the name of 'payroll efficiency'. There is a big customer service element and, in striving to give the guest a good experience, you might have to bite your tongue more than a few times.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with us peons. Do you seriously think part-time employees will be able to get their bosses to let them attend an hour-long meeting with the CEO (assuming the meeting happens to fall on a day we work)?


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great experience cut short"

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

    I worked at COSI (Columbus) full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility within departments to best fit management styles. As a manager, I could organize and coordinate in a way that made sense for me as long as I was achieving needed goals.
    Strong team dynamic

    Cons

    Notorious for layoffs every few years. I was included in a round that included 2 15+ year employees. Luckily, I had only been there about a year so it wasn't as hard for me as others.
    Nonprofits never pay well, but this one is lower than average. Managers start below 30k.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay and security for employees. Other factors are great!


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