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Seattle Aquarium Reviews

Updated August 24, 2017
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  1. "Interpretation Volunteer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Seattle Aquarium part-time

    Pros

    I get to see all the different animals each time I'm there and find out what's changed in the touch tanks since the last time I was there.

    Cons

    I work evening events, so some of the people at the events aren't always interested in the animals.


  2. "Great mission, org needs work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Aquarium full-time

    Pros

    Mission focus, CEO leadership, cool place to work

    Cons

    Room for advancement, annual raises are low, politics among senior leadership, communication

    Advice to Management

    Clear out toxic and underperforming staff more quickly

  3. "Not great culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The animals are great, good conservation efforts.

    Cons

    Bizarre jock culture in the husbandry departments. Very competitive, no room for growth. Super dependent on volunteers to keep things going, but I witnessed management saying some mean things about them when the volunteers weren't around.


  4. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Finance Person in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Finance Person in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Seattle Aquarium full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart, passionate, mission-oriented professionals. Awesome sea creatures around every day. And happy kids!

    Cons

    Distributed campus, construction disruption related to seawall.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real!


  5. "Cool Place, But Bad Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The Seattle Aquarium is small but it offers some really quality exhibits. Volunteers are really enthusiastic about what they do, and there is a relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Management is very strict and concerned about liability.


  6. "Its an okay place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Seattle Aquarium full-time

    Pros

    Mission based and family oriented

    Cons

    It really depends on what department you're in whether you're well looked out for a taken care of.


  7. "Fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Seattle Aquarium (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, fun environment, positive atmosphere

    Cons

    Highly variable schedule makes it hard to combine with other work

  8. "Awesome experience!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun, good community, easy bus commute

    Cons

    Smelling a little fishy after work


  9. "The Seattle Aquarium is the best place to volunteer!"

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to interact with the general public and care for animals as a volunteer. Everyone I volunteered with really cared about the animals and education.

    Cons

    Need to develop more jobs and tasks volunteers so as to keep them motivated during their volunteer hours.


  10. "Needs better organizational leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Seattle Aquarium full-time

    Pros

    Great to work around the animals, and in a teaching environment. Can be very fulfilling.

    Cons

    Internal and external politics result in decision-making processes that move at a mollusk's pace (and we're not talking about a squid here, folks). This isn't all the Aquarium's fault, but it can be very frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize which staff are making meaningful contributions, and those that aren't, and act accordingly.


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