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Updated December 8, 2017
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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. "Research Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Smithsonian as an intern

    Pros

    One of the best internships I've ever had. The staff is passionate and kind, the work is meaningful, and they are flexible about conflicts. This is one of the best places for a student to both be involved in the "real" scientific community while still being in school. I could not recommend working at the Smithsonian more.

    Cons

    Wish I could've interned longer than 10 weeks!


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "James E. Webb Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great enrichment experience, wonderful peers, and a fun working environment.

    Cons

    I was working in National Museum of American history, so all your work tends to be a smaller part of the whole.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Suitland, MD
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Suitland, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smithsonian mission is broad, collections fascinating, intellectual environment, research freedom, good budgets

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, lack of accountability for supervisors, subject to whims of Congree, very male dominated and uneven compensation and advancement for female scientists

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should improve atmosphere for female scientists with sensitivity training for unit directors and other management; institute greater accountability for hiring decisions, review and promotions; improve promotion potential and leadership opportunities for women; and apply compensation commensurate with that of male peers.

    Also, reduce bureaucracy (paperwork, forms, and administrative requirements) for professional staff. That work should be the responsibility of administrators.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Education Specialist"

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

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

    Pros

    Access to wide range of cultural objects. The Smithsonian has a constant audience which is ideal for an Education Specialist.

    Cons

    The Smithsonian can struggle between being an museum for the nation and being a local museum for Washington DC, often the local audience is overlooked.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote both local and national endevours and help those that are new to understand the red tape and pace that comes with government work.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not worth your energy!!!"

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    Current Employee - Retail Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Retail Associate in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Smithsonian full-time

    Pros

    Co workers and metro transportation paid monthly.

    Cons

    No appropriate raise according to your hard work. For example (literally) would be getting a raise of 15 cents or less. No family life balance. No respect. Favoritism. Discriminatory with regard to race, maternity and age. Late night shifts. Working company events and staying late shifts until 10pm and getting home at 11pm or later and scheduled and early shift the following day.

    Advice to Management

    ....no need to waste my time and energy with advice that won't be taken into consideration or more importantly advice that is never followed with an action.

  8. "Superb"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots or organized field trips, social events, and professional development opportunities for interns. Supervisors who are looking out for you and actually care. Lots of flexibility and choice when it comes to projects, no busy work. Plus benefits like skipping lines and free weekly IMAX movies! I loved my experience at the Smithsonian!

    Cons

    N/a - it was everything I could ever ask for and more

    Advice to Management

    Outreach to more schools


  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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    • Senior Management
    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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