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Museum of Science Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2019

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Pros
  • "Ability to work a variety of events and free parking, and flexibility in hours(in 8 reviews)

  • "Great work life balance, very realistic timelines on projects(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay - making just over minimum and learned recently even if the next 2 levels opened up for me to move into it would be less then a(in 9 reviews)

  • "Non-Profit Pay, taking on a for profit culture(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great summer job"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant 

    I worked at Museum of Science full-time

    Pros

    Fun activities, great kids and a reallycool place to work.

    Cons

    Lunch can be pretty expensive if you get it there.

    Museum of Science2019-05-11
  2. Helpful (2)

    "So much potential yet so little desire to reach it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Museum of Science full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It can be a great place to work, I enjoy much of what I do, and I love many of the people I get to work with. The educators, live presenters, and those teams are rocks stars! There's a lot of potential for the museum to be a big player in Boston. Really not a bad place to work for a little while but it is frustrating how unwilling certain high-level execs are to make even the most basic improvements.

    Cons

    Low pay: well below your market value They don't promote from within and pay raises are scarce and embarrassingly low. Top-heavy in some departments and because they won't promote from within it's lead to a high turnover of employees. Way too satisfied in keeping a status quo instead of making improvements and trying new things. Weird politics and power dynamics at play by upper management prevent any... type of progressive changes from being made. A lot of withholding of relevant info from other departments just because. For a science and technology museum, the tech infrastructure used to run the place is outdated and just poor. We are unable to do basic functions due to poor tech.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop ignoring the problems that are staring you in the face. Get rid of higher ups who are constantly creating the problems for the rest of the museum and halting progress from being made simply because they're on a power trip. Pay your employees a reasonable wage. So many wonderful, smart, and hardworking folks who love what they do, are great at it and want to stay but ultimately leave because they are... undervalued.

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    Museum of Science2019-07-20
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Not really living up to its potential."

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Museum of Science full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice views of Boston's Back Bay, passionate educators whose live presentations are informative and entertaining, can be exciting when there's an attention-getting temporary exhibit like The Science Behind Pixar a few years ago. Depending on what area you work in, the work/life balance can be good -- but the pay also reflects that.

    Cons

    The pay for many is not adequate. The raises are miniscule and do not even cover the cost of living (there will be none this year due to budget issues). Can be very bureaucratic and political. Silos everywhere. Impending layoffs and "voluntary" termination for all older employees have left an unpleasant taste throughout the building. Not enough investment in systems that could actually improve efficiency and... communication.

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    Advice to Management

    Look at the big picture and realize that the rank and file are doing a lot with a little. If it's important for a CEO to have competitive pay then why doesn't that translate to the people doing the real work day in and day out? And for a "green" organization to not offer any type of discount for public transit (as bad as that transit might be) seems like a major disconnect.

    Museum of Science2019-07-01
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Increasing Workload and decreasing appreciation"

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

    I have been working at Museum of Science full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good health benefits 3 weeks vacation to start and a number of holidays

    Cons

    Low pay - making just over minimum and learned recently even if the next 2 levels opened up for me to move into it would be less then a $5 raise from where i am now. Only place that it would be a wage that youd be able to get by with is over an hour drive away without traffic. Work load always increasing Yearly raises delayed until further notice with no warning Bad communication - past year theyve been... going on about how well the museum has been doing and as of now layoffs may be coming in the following weeks. Management will make up reasons to force you to work OT, if you agree to work OT they can change the hours of it and your still fully expected to work the new hours even if your unable too. Ever increasing prices make maintaining the museums standards and selling tickets that much harder. No space for growth - only way to move up is if a position opens from someone leaving, at which point it turns into a melee as everyone lower then the person who left scrambles to try to get the position for an extra dollar or 2.

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    Museum of Science2019-06-16
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Voluntary termination, layoffs, no merit increase, through 2020!"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Museum of Science full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most staff are dedicated, passionate and mission-driven.

    Cons

    Does not pay a living wage. Senior managers are profit-driven and know very little about science, education, or non-profit management. Reorgs happen every few months with limited communication from upper management. HR ignores reports of ethics violations. Among Boston non-profits, MoS has one of the largest discrepancies between executive pay and average worker salary. Meanwhile, staff were just told to expect... layoffs and no merit increase through 2020. Not a place to advance your career.

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    Advice to Management

    Make the MoS a more equitable place to work by paying staff a living wage.

    Museum of Science2019-06-19
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Positive and negative elements"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Museum of Science full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Many great people to work with, fascinating, cutting edge work, some long-term and higher-level staff are supportive and nurturing, work-life balance is supported, although it's not easy to support your life with the low salary you receive.

    Cons

    A few managers demean and undermine staff, leading to low morale and resentment in particular departments. Leadership prioritizes profit. While profit is important for the longterm success of the museum, sometimes this comes at the direct expense of quality, innovation, equity. Typical compensation is quite low for new staffmembers, especially front-line and creative staff. Opportunities for growth and advancement... are limited.

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    Museum of Science2019-03-14
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work part-time"

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    Former Employee - Video Production Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Museum of Science part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    academic working environment, very calm and intelligent, not too stressful

    Cons

    not very exciting for long term

    Museum of Science2019-02-17
  8. "Events/Marketing Team Review"

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    Current Employee - Functions Coordinator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Museum of Science part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great bosses and leadership. Ability to work a variety of events and free parking, and flexibility in hours.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the hours are limited.

    Museum of Science2019-01-10
  9. "Intern"

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    I worked at Museum of Science

    Pros

    Good benefits, friendly people, good location

    Cons

    Not much upward movement even after many years

    Museum of Science2018-11-01
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Museum of Science full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance, very realistic timelines on projects. Free parking, and free membership and reciprocity with other museums in the area. Friendliest bunch of nerds you could hope to work with!

    Cons

    Not very open to change. Things have been done the way they have been done for 20+ years and it's hard to make a difference.

    Advice to Management

    Try new things, they might fail, but if you aren't failing you aren't trying hard enough.

    Museum of Science2018-10-10
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