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Updated November 22, 2017
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Pros
  • It provides a great work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Great people, exceptional cause, interesting work (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Most people ahead of you are in full time permanent positions (in 10 reviews)

  • Not much room for advancement if working in administrative field (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to gain experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smithsonian part-time

    Pros

    Amazing environment to learn and grow, always something new going on

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of!


  2. "Smithsonian Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Smithsonian full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's stable, and you get to work on cool projects. It provides a great work/life balance.

    Cons

    The pace is extremely slow. It's hard to do new things. People are resistant to change. It's hard to grow.

  3. "Fellows don't matter"

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

    I worked at Smithsonian full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Because fellows are not employees, holiday and sick leave are flexible and depends on your supervisor

    Cons

    Very badly paid postdocs, no benefits and no support


  4. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, looks good on your resume, respect and appreciate the interns

    Cons

    You only get to do very limited work.


  5. "Great work place"

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

    I worked at Smithsonian full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent people, great benefits, challenging work

    Cons

    Slow to make change happen, limited upward mobility


  6. "Good, but not much growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smithsonian full-time

    Pros

    People here are incredibly passionate about their jobs.

    Cons

    I don't think that I could spend my whole career here.


  7. "Public Events Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Smithsonian part-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, fun work and interesting events

    Cons

    must have flexible schedule, weekend work is expected

  8. "Poor Poor Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Smithsonian full-time

    Pros

    Love Hate Relationship with the Smithsonian as well.

    Cons

    The Smithsonian's higher level leadership has absolutely no accountability. They are poorly trained, if they have the title they are pandered to shamelessly, they don not have a 21st century skillset to lead and manage highly functioning teams. The Institution has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars training the ranks between grades 11-14 preparing them for higher level leadership as the old guard hangs on and when there are opportunities to promote they hire from the outside , don't support staff succession and disenfranchise those who can move the Institution forward. It's a dead sea for real growth.

    Advice to Management

    None, its a waste of energy


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of co-workers, but they're all great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Smithsonian full-time

    Pros

    -I was allowed to ease into my position and not have a bunch of work dumped on me at the start

    -I was given opportunities to do more than my job description (in a good way)

    -My co-workers were a funny, open, supportive, non-passive-aggressive group

    Cons

    -I wasn't used to working in such a huge organization, so it took some time to get used to having 500 or so co-workers.


  10. "Smithsonian Gardens Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Smithsonian (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great learning opportunities
    -Professional and knowledgeable co-workers
    -Beautiful gardens
    -Great city to work and live in

    Cons

    -Cost of living is high in Washington, D.C.


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