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EMP Museum Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  1. "Security Officer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at EMP Museum part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting and diverse people from all walks of life.

    Cons

    Long shifts with nothing much happening.


  2. "Fun place with little pay or chance for advancement."

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

    I worked at EMP Museum full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment & a really unique facility. Always new events and exhibits to be a part of putting together. Free Costco membership.

    Cons

    Since P.A. handed control over to his sister, pay went well below average and most, if not all, departments were understaffed. If extra help was needed on a scheduled day off, management would want you to take a furlough day off to avoid paying you overtime (cheap!). Parking was $120/mo. then and is probably more now. Middle mgmt. is kind of a good ol' boys club (girls club for upper mgmt.) so no hope of promotion. Raises were non-existant (not that I and others didn't ask for them).

    Advice to Management

    If you hope to hire and retain quality personnel pay/ benefit have to get better. Middle-managers who have no idea what MORALE is, and who lack basic people/leadership skills, should be sent packing. The attitude employees will rub off on clients and customers so every effort should be made, by management, to ensure each employee's morale is very positive.

  3. "Corporate Alliances Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting projects, passionate people, decent perks

    Cons

    Poor leadership and oversight by parent company Vulcan

    Advice to Management

    Let museum leadership have autonomy


  4. "No growth potential. Stay away."

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    Former Employee - Visitor Services Representative in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Visitor Services Representative in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most coworkers are great.
    Wear all black jeans and shoes

    Cons

    Narely any hours are given to work. Part time position is never given, let alone a full time position. This is why only college kids or recent graduates work here. Many late night shifts are given then you are expected to open the next day. Even if you have the qualifications they won't choose you to move up in the company. Management would rather their friends who have been there longer with no bachelor degree. Management doesn't get along with each other. No benefits to stay. This applies to all departments.

    Advice to Management

    CEO needs to be more involved in how departments are hiring and based on what.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Enigineering Technician"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EMP Museum full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun place to work. Lots of entertaining events and exhibits to be involved with. Talented exhibits crew great to work with.

    Cons

    Engineering is understaffed. Pay is poor and noone ever wants to talk about raises. A facility of this caliber should really pay whatever is necessary to hire and retain superior talent for engineering - non-profit or not. Apparently, engineering and IT employees were staffed and paid a bit too lavishly in the past so a correction was made...or should I say " gigantic over-correction". Some people who survived the "Mass Cleansing" are still terrified they'll lose their job at any moment and given what most of them are paid, that wouldn't be the worst thing that could happen to them.

    Advice to Management

    Middle Management - Raise is not a 4 letter word. Upper Management - If one of your "skilled" employees make in a year close to what you pull in in a month, maybe your labor budget figures need to be revisited.


  6. "Great place and tons of creativity"

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    Former Employee - Design Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Design Intern in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great place to intern. I interned here during college and it was a great place to learn about exhibit design.

    Cons

    Since I was an intern I was only part time but I know full time staff do not have very high salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more designers! I would love to come backs d work there now.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Fun but hard and unfair"

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    Current Employee - Visitor Services Representative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Visitor Services Representative in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EMP Museum part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun being around music related stuff, getting to meet interesting people (celebrities/ect), good location and fun co-workers.

    Cons

    As a Visitor Service Rep you are treated badly, paid very low and not respected. Required double shifts, not allowed to sit down for hours on end and a VERY annoying gossipy culture. No room to grow and management unwilling to work with you on schedules or employee requests.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great content, great people, if it's ok that you make a little less than average"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at EMP Museum full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The title says it all - there are not many other places in Seattle (or elsewhere for that matter) where you have the opportunity to work on a variety of subject matter, or with a great set of coworkers like the EMP.

    Cons

    While I was working there, I learned and grew as a employee tremendously. However, there was a very clear ceiling (both in career and salary), and if I wanted to move past it, I would need to leave. The organization attracts great people, but they all leave because there is only so far you can go there.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Best Place Ever"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at EMP Museum full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    At EMP, I'm surrounded by people who share a love of the content of the museum, including Music, Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, Comic-Books, Video Games, etc. etc. etc.

    Cons

    Not a Con, but a challenge: Like most non-profit Arts & Culture institutions. We've always got to figure out how to remain financially sustainable.

    Advice to Management

    Never underestimate the power of staff that deeply cares about what we do.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Dreadful place to work"

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

    I worked at EMP Museum full-time

    Pros

    museum technicians and visitor services. some interesting technology but most of that comes from the partners who they contract to make the technology.

    Cons

    arrogant, annoying IT staff. CTO who doesn't listen or care. Producer with no backbone. everyone considers the place a joke. constant demoralizing chatter from most teams. no job security. changes in management constantly. lay offs constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in better management rather than let the CTO silently take over the whole organization. Get rid of arrogant, know-it-all, yes man IT guys who are in the CTO's pocket.


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