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Updated January 1, 2018
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  • Most people ahead of you are in full time permanent positions (in 10 reviews)

  • Very badly paid postdocs, no benefits and no support (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Best Days of my life"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Monthly in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern - Monthly in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This institution is probably my most memorable time ever that I spend as an intern. Had the best boss ever, I worked in the National mall location. when my internship was over I had gathered so may skills. From CNC to tooling to touchscreen designing to designing aircraft interface for exhibits. This place is a true gem.

    Cons

    You can only use metro to this location, if you drive here you will never make it on time.

    Advice to Management

    If it ain't broke don't fix it!


  2. "retail associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Smithsonian part-time

    Pros

    Best job I've had.

    Cons

    It is very slow between the months of Febuary-April

  3. "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!


  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. "Public Events Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "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.

  8. "The Best of the Best"

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

    I worked at Smithsonian as an intern

    Pros

    This is an extraordinary institution and the people who work there clearly love their jobs.

    Cons

    None, really. And that's rare to say about an employer.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. "awesome"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    20 percent off from museum cafes, gift shops. Free imax movies in museum. awesome place with awesome people

    Cons

    for some in the heart of DC so parking literally doesnt exist

    Advice to Management

    already doing an awesome job


  10. "Great Institution!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great staff and incredible amounts of learning opportunities. Supervisors are very helpful and go up and beyond for their interns.

    Cons

    Interns have a really low chance of being offered a job after. Many Smithsonian employee are contractors.


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