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Updated August 17, 2017
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Smithsonian Secretary Dr. David J. Skorton
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Pros
  • Great people, exceptional cause, interesting work (in 9 reviews)

  • An amazing and collaborative work environment (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Not many full time positions available (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. "Eye Opening and Amazing Opportunity"

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    Former Intern - Communications and Marketing Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Communications and Marketing Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smithsonian as an intern

    Pros

    My supervisors were amazing and really gave me the opportunity to grow and explore my interests within the communications and marketing world. I felt that they trusted my capabilities and gave me responsibility that allowed for me to learn and grow as a professional.

    Cons

    Communication within the museum as a whole is difficult at times. Every office and individual is so busy with their own projects for the museum it can be difficult at times to get in contact with those you need to speak with.


  2. "Great mission, good people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Smithsonian full-time

    Pros

    Mission is essential and makes the work worthwhile. Smart, dedicated employees.

    Cons

    Budgets are very slim, hiring is very slow. Interdepartmental politics slow everything down.

  3. "SSEC"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at Smithsonian as an intern

    Pros

    I really learned a lot and found the SSEC life facinating, I felt like I gave a lot of teachers new resources for their classrooms

    Cons

    There was a big transition in management which was hard. I was also given way too much work as an intern and felt as if not all intern duties were equal


  4. "Amazing"

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    Former Intern - Museum Technician in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Museum Technician in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Smithsonian as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Metro access to all facilities, something I love is they also have opportunities to work with kids which is my goal by the end of all my schooling.

    Cons

    Not any in mind...a job is a stepping stone to a career...
    There are many places to pick from so deciding may be a con lol


  5. "research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at Smithsonian part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities for investigations.
    Flexibility to work across all SI museums.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is a bit difficult, due to the amount of work to accomplish.


  6. "NA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smithsonian full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, ample resources, access to specimens

    Cons

    usually inflexibility and entrenchment of government employees

    Advice to Management

    NA


  7. "Intern- Smithsonian Tropical Research Insitiute"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Smithsonian as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, where you can learn about a lot of different research on many different types of systems. There are people here studying everything from plants to fossils, both in a field and a lab setting.

    Cons

    It is necessary to be very self supportive. Scientists are sometimes more concerned about the data rather than well being of the intern.

  8. "Great Internship for Recent Grads and Students"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at Smithsonian as an intern

    Pros

    everyone is helpful; the internship is what you make of it

    Cons

    large, complex organization. can be difficult to get your initial badge/account set up


  9. "Progressive Institution, Archaic Employee Treatment"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flex work hours, telecommute policy

    Cons

    Health insurance premiums are atrocious. Maternity leave is a JOKE. Overworked employees and understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of women & families


  10. Helpful (1)

    "SI"

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    Current Employee - Education Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Education Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smithsonian (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, for trust employees 12% of your salary in your 401k without any match requirement.

    Cons

    very slow promotion rate and potential


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