Monterey Bay Aquarium - The aquarium is a great place to work, but not the best place for job growth. Don't expect much change if you get here. | Glassdoor
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"The aquarium is a great place to work, but not the best place for job growth. Don't expect much change if you get here."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monterey, CA
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Pros

Has more available and better resources than other public aquariums. Isn't in debt like most other aquariums. Has ok health benefits, but still expensive if you have a family like everywhere else.
We do receive a yearly 3% raise for cost of living adjustment(for 2009 it was reduced to 2.5%), however this is hardly enough to keep up with inflation and the overall increase in expense of living in coastal California.

Cons

Management overall is lacking. People are never let go or fired that need to be. Some major decisions made about facility improvement/modification or exhibits are ill-informed and input by employees is not very sought after. You can discover a new species here and not even get a "thank you", "good job" or a good performance review. Performance reviews are vague, usually center on soft skill topics and do not result in a bonus or raise.
The aquarium has lost its "edge" over the years, each year we do another exhibit that has been done before, and waste lots of money doing so. Only one retirement option is provided, a 403(b) account. No golden handshakes, no health benefits after retirement.

Advice to Management

Fix the performance evaluation system so that it is either more transparent or that people performing beyond expectations get something for it.
Stop telling us what we can't do, start telling us what we can do.
Listen to reason, be reasonable. Too often management gives in to unreasonable requests from other departments.

Other Employee Reviews for Monterey Bay Aquarium

  1. "Magical place to visit, working behind the curtain...not so magical"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Monterey Bay Aquarium full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful area, stunning work and important research and advocacy being done, good benefits, free activities like parties and lunchtime trainer-led workouts, wonderful group of people to work with

    Cons

    Pay pretty low especially compared to cost-of-living in the area, not much room for advancement, they bring people in who have a passion for animals, oceans, and/or ocean conservation but don't reward for hard work and dedication


  2. "Great environment and coworkers as well as benefits"

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    Current Employee - Underwater Explorers Instructor in Monterey, CA
    Current Employee - Underwater Explorers Instructor in Monterey, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Monterey Bay Aquarium (More than a year)

    Pros

    Surrounded by passionate coworkers who really care about what they do.
    There are many benefits for working there. If you really dedicate your time into this institution there is a lot of education opportunities as well as internal advancement.

    Cons

    Extremely competitive. Don't be surprised to find yourself competing against extremely talented coworkers for a select number of sometimes temporary positions.


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