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Exploratorium Reviews

Updated February 1, 2017
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Pros
  • World-class research and development (in 3 reviews)

  • One of the perks of the jobs is getting to visit the museum for free, along with other museums (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • The lack of opportunities for growth may have to do with the company's non-profit status (in 4 reviews)

  • Decision making can be lengthy and bureaucracy levels high (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Attendant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible, good training, easy to talk to managers

    Cons

    Disorganized sometimes and can be chaotic


  2. "Cool design project but poor management"

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    Current Employee - Exhibit Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Exhibit Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Exploratorium full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cool educational design projects to work on, great shop and lots of engineering experience in the building.

    Cons

    Very poor management and project support, very low morale for employees and they are all under compensated.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to pay market rates and support projects before they fall apart.


  3. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    intelligent people & riveting projects, overall awesome place to work.

    Cons

    takes a lot of time to get things done due to design & review and massive departments.


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  5. "Great Place"

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

    Pros

    Great people and place to work

    Cons

    Location for parking is bad.


  6. "Fun place, but no room for growth from entry level"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Exploratorium part-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Fun place. Staff are interested in science and art. One of the perks of the jobs is getting to visit the museum for free, along with other museums.

    Cons

    As a Frontline Associate in guest services, retail, and membership it is next to impossible to find advancement, either within the department or in other departments. The lack of opportunities for growth may have to do with the company's non-profit status. Competition is usually intense for open positions above this entry level position.

    Advice to Management

    Take a chance on advancing employees based on their potential and not just their experience and credentials. You might end up with someone who's more enjoyable to work with.


  7. "High School Explainer Program"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best high school employer ever.

    Cons

    An unstructured environment, by design


  8. "Interesting place to work"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting mix of profit and non-profit to keep track of

    Cons

    Hard to get non-profit side to recognize the need for money


  9. Helpful (2)

    "A complicated place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Exploratorium (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing collection of people and projects

    Cons

    A somewhat dysfunctional management system

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people who make things, not more layers of management to manage them


  10. "Could be great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Smart, quirky, and creative people of all stripes.
    • Diverse range of projects
    • Meaningful impact on the community
    • Beautiful location
    • New E.D. seems very promising
    • Budget issues related from the move dissapating

    Cons

    • staff salaries are woefully under-funded, even compared to other non-profits. Brain-drian and turnover are an issue.
    • Lack of synergy across organization leads to silos, in-fightening over resources, and lack of direction for some departments.

    Advice to Management

    I would encourage management to stay on the path of reform that has been started. It does seem to be having a positive change, I only wished it had happened sooner.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "exploratorium"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Exploratorium (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great mission, dedicated staff, always something interesting going on. have extensive benefits, and many events for staff such as brownbags, afterwork gatherings etc.

    Cons

    Sometimes the culture can cross the line into arrogance. Some staff are treated differently than others, especially those in public facing service roles. There's been a "sink or swim" mentality towards new hires that can make the first couple of years difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be very clear about museum strategic priorities and be willing to make choices rather than avoiding accountability. there are some people at the higher levels who are not team players, and they should be encouraged to move on.



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