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Smithsonian Secretary Dr. David J. Skorton
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Pros
  • Great work environment, friendly people, everyone loves to be there (in 9 reviews)

  • I have the fortune to work behind the scenes and with the public at the same time (in 5 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. Helpful (3)

    "Confluence of the drawbacks of government, non-profit and academe"

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    Former Employee - Development Department Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Development Department Assistant in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The institution offers wonderful educational benefits to the Washington, DC community and to people all over the world. Funding for the institutions activities is very stable overall, so there are few budget crunches. There is a lot of variety between the units, so some of them have excellent working environments.

    Cons

    The internal management systems are bureaucratic and inefficient. There is a lot of competition between individuals, departments and factions within departments. There is little flexibility for management to eliminate employees who are inefficient or are not contributing positively to a team environment.

    Advice to Management

    Watch turn-over rates carefully, to determine which departments have efficiency issues or problem employees who negatively impact morale.


  2. "I wouldn't reccomend .."

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Smithsonian as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Learn practical work experience
    -No security check for museum access

    Cons

    -Upper management needs major improvement
    -No opportunities for career growth and development
    -Office politics are at play for sure here
    -Under qualified supervisors

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and offer opportunities to interns


  3. "15 years middle manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Technical in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smithsonian full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities to work on global projects and collaborate with internationally celebrated artists and scholars.
    Good benefits and some great colleagues.

    Cons

    senior management disconnect from reality. Serious organizational flaws. Senior level bureaucrats get promoted to positions they cannot perform. Lousy pay


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  5. "Smithsonian Theater Host"

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    Current Employee - Theater Host in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Theater Host in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You get to work in a world class museum and watch interesting IMAX films. You also get to work interesting museum events

    Cons

    The pay is not good and the work is boring at times. Supervisor treat their staff like little children and can be condescending at times.

    Advice to Management

    Show staff a little more respect


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