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Maryland Science Center Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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  1. "kids room"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Maryland Science Center part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flex schedule
    Happy enviorment
    relaxing
    team work

    Cons

    not enough staff somedays
    on busy days can be hard


  2. "Great people working with the public, but not appreciated by leadership"

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    Former Employee - Educator in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Educator in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Maryland Science Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great shows and staff. Demonstrating science principles is lots of fun. The Shed has great maker programs, and the planetarium and new exhibits are awesome.

    Cons

    Low pay. Management is out of touch with current science and education principles. Fun as an entertainment venue but if you want real science go somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to understand and appreciate your staff - please! Hold the company to a higher standard.

  3. "Great place to work and play"

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

    I have been working at Maryland Science Center part-time

    Pros

    MSC is a fun, fast paced environment were we are challenged and encouraged to grow.

    Cons

    Not enough hours offered at this time.


  4. "Science Center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pikesville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pikesville, MD
    Recommends

    I worked at Maryland Science Center (Less than a year)

    Pros

    working with kids was great

    Cons

    not enough hours and transportation


  5. "Labor of love!"

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

    I have been working at Maryland Science Center part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    MSC is a service-oriented organization, and it's all about the kids. There is great satisfaction in providing actual science to students who spend way too much time studying for tests and not enough time exploring their world around them. Free IMAX and Planetarium shows!

    Cons

    Like many non-profits, the compensation is below a living wage for the vast majority of the non-management level. To be fair- looking at what the upper management makes, they make well below the average for people with their level of responsibilities. No PTO for part time employees. No internal job posting process, sometimes positions are availalbe without employees ever knowing.

    Advice to Management

    It's a tough fiscal environment for NPOs out there. Focus on more perks- make the rooftop available for employees for 4th of July, New Years, any other time there is a holiday or downtown event. Start using "Mystery Shoppers" with significant bonuses for employees who provide exemplary experiences.


  6. "It was a fun experience, great place for a summer job."

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Baltimore, MD
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Maryland Science Center as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the managers are friendly, thought one did have a bad day and kinda made it hard for us that day.
    It's fun helping the visitors.
    It's a great atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Sometimes guests can be a little difficult, wether it be parents or kids, but that comes with almost all jobs.


  7. "I work there as a part-time public programs manager. It is a good part-time job"

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    Current Employee - Educator/Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Educator/Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Maryland Science Center part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with kids, always learning something new, staff trainings offered throughout the year

    Cons

    On slow days there is not much to do, the pay is minimum wage and does not increase by much

  8. "Good work environment"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Maryland Science Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexibility, openness, good coworkers, good place to start if interested in the museum/informal education field.

    Cons

    promotions/growth hard to come by, salary does not reflect workload, pay increases are infrequent

    Advice to Management

    invest in your employees.


  9. "Wish I had not left"

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    Current Employee - Logistics in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Logistics in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Maryland Science Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees are friendly, helpful, The atmosphere makes you want to come to work

    Cons

    Camp-In program leaves the place smelly and dirty for employees when entering the building. Feel that the students should not still be in the building. It puts a little bit of a damper on the mood in the early hours. They just never seem to leave on time. Does not look good for incoming patrons.

    Advice to Management

    When employees come to you with concerns about a Supervisor, take it serious and look further into the complaint.


  10. "Fun, no room for growth."

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    Current Employee - Educator/Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Educator/Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Maryland Science Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    fun work environment
    good people
    opportunities for independent work
    supported in trying new things and taking some risks with programs
    rewarding on-floor experiences
    little time spent working outside of assigned work time (other than taking care of management issues that arise)
    constantly being exposed to new ideas, disciplines of science, etc.
    opportunities to create and carry out programs for specific audiences

    Cons

    work weekends and holidays for lower pay than almost all other positions in organization
    no room for growth or promotion
    no raises (other than minimum cost-of-living increases in 3-5 years)
    minimal/no investment in staff development
    continual increases in duties and staff managed
    senior management chase and fund new projects seemingly without direction
    poor/late communication and mistrust of staff due to fears of things being "leaked" to other local museums
    general mistrust of the management abilities of supervisors by senior management

    Advice to Management

    trust your supervisors and managers, and show that you trust them by coming to them directly with requests, concerns or issues instead of going through others
    give departments enough full-time managers to properly supervise and train part-time staff
    reward hard work and increased responsibilities with increased pay and promotions
    create transparency in the hiring process, especially for internal applicants (post salaries, and be more up-front with applicants about their chances of being hired)
    standardize the expectations for weekend and holiday work for all supervisors
    invest in staff development
    improve communication with those who manage on-floor staff, and clearly outline expectations for programs and events in a reasonable amount of time before the program or event