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Pacific Science Center Reviews

Updated May 28, 2017
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  1. "Fun and Exciting Workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun projects. Great mentors available.

    Cons

    None that I experienced.


  2. "Cashier"

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    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Science Center part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy and convenient. The staff was nice!

    Cons

    They were constantly changing the rotations so it was hard to develop a routine. Would place people at the reception desk without training.


  3. "fun place, low pay"

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    Current Employee - Guest Services Cashier in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Guest Services Cashier in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Science Center (Less than a year)

    Pros

    relaxed easy going work environment with great people
    they're really flexible with your hours, great if you have fmaily obligations that pop up last minute
    really great perks once you achieve permanent status, free membership 24 free imax movies

    Cons

    low wage (Seattle minimum)
    primarily part time position, i think only 2 or 3 of some 12+ cashiers are full time
    since it is part time, no insurance benefits


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  5. "Doing good work."

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    Former Employee - Information Systems Technician in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Information Systems Technician in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Pacific Science Center (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful to be a part of such a pro-science organization.

    Cons

    Non-profit may not pay as well as others.


  6. "Fun & Fullfilling"

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    Current Employee - Weekend Programs Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Weekend Programs Assistant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    As a birthday party host we get to engage and bring the science alive for the children.
    Management provides all the materials, clear curriculum and great activities.
    Who doesn't enjoy creating homemade LN2 ice cream?!

    Cons

    birthdays only happen on weekends - they should happen every day!


  7. "Cashier"

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    Former Employee - Guest Services Cashier in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Guest Services Cashier in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone who works here is incredible, even upper management. Friendly, helpful, and patient. A lot of room for growth for people who committed and want to be there. There are so many passionate people who genuinely love science and love working for the Science Center.

    Cons

    Like most part-time jobs, you won't always get the days off that you want, and sometimes they are understaffed. Also, there is the unavoidable fact of the exhibits being so old. It's not an easy fix, but they need to be addressed sooner rather than later. A lot of customers complain.

    Advice to Management

    The only thing I can say is to find someone who wants to donate 5 million dollars for a major renovation!


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    "Best Job I Ever Had"

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    Former Employee - Event Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Event Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Science Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic people. Very kind and passionate people.

    Working here benefits the community in so many ways.

    You get to "wear many hats" as they say in terms of what it takes to complete a job, so a lot of well rounded experience.

    A lot of hard work, but coming out on top is even more fulfilling.

    Great benefits.

    A lot of happy hours.

    And of course, free IMAX tickets

    Cons

    Other jobs typically offer better pay/hours which means a high turn over rate.

    "Wearing many hats" as I said above is great, but it's also very taxing on your stamina.

    It's an old place that is trying to find innovation which is great, but a lot of systems and processes are unnecessarily convoluted and inefficient and it may take a long while to catch up.

    People coming from for-profit companies may be shocked at how ragtag and "do it yourself" the company is, but if you're prepared it's no big deal.

    Advice to Management

    The key is to be open to new ideas and hear what other departments have to say. As long as that continues, things will be in great shape


  9. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Science Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -The staff at Pacific Science Center are incredibly passionate. Each person is driven by the mission of the organization and strives to excel in their area of focus. Everyone is bringing their own talents to the table, making for a highly skilled (yet fun and witty) work culture.
    -Working at the campus of Pacific Science Center is awesome! It's great to work in such a beautiful place and be able to see the work you do first hand benefitting the guests.
    -So much innovation! There is always change!

    Cons

    -As this is a nonprofit there are sometimes limited resources and tighter budgets. Yet, I think people overcome this challenge quite well! Teamwork and creative thinking plays a big part in that.


  10. "Lovely people & interesting work, limited advancement opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Wonderful people, beautiful building, free movies, meaningful mission

    Cons

    - Non profit pay (not competitive), limited professional development opportunities, mismanagement from senior leadership team, sub par benefits package


  11. "Guest Services - Pacific Science Center"

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    Former Employee - Guest Services Cashier in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Guest Services Cashier in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Science Center part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, fun work environment, membership benefits, extremely flexible, great part-time

    Cons

    Entitled guests, tourists, little room for upward mobility

    Pacific Science Center Response

    Sep 28, 2015 – Recruiting Manager

    It is great to see that you enjoyed your time with Pacific Science Center. Best of luck in your new projects!


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