Smithsonian Reviews

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Wayne Clough
39 Ratings

    Fantastic but certain museums need better leadership

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    Current Employee - Scholarly Studies Fellow in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Scholarly Studies Fellow in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at Smithsonian as an intern (more than an year)


    Excellent resources, and some of the most knowledgeable and sharp scholars that exist.


    A little too much red-tape and overkill with policies and procedures; I know it is intended to accurately spend donor and constituent money, but it ends up wasting enough full time employee time that it isn't worth it. Expedite processes!

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    Leadership, time management, and conflict resolution training should be a priority for those in charge of people. ("people" includes fellows and interns too!) Lack thereof reduces morale (Not in my position, but in the full-timers that I know)

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Smithsonian Interviews

Updated 30 Sep 2014
Updated 30 Sep 2014

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Interview Difficulty




    Retail Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at Smithsonian.

    Interview Details

    I submitted an application and was contacted within a day. An interview was scheduled for the same week. The interview was a standard form package of about three pages, and the questions were all your standard "What's a time when you've gone above and beyond for a job?" and "What makes you a team player?" They were so general that I actually had a little bit of difficulty thinking of an answer that didn't sound phony or naive. After those questions was a very basic math test to make sure you can give a customer change correctly.

    Interview Questions
    • "If you suspected someone of shoplifting, what would you do?" This one was hard because the procedure really varies from employer to employer, but your basic "Watch the customer, then notify a supervisor and security" pretty much covers it. Again, all the questions seemed very general and cutesy to me, so they were all difficult to answer without coming across as obnoxious.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was really no negotiation. It was, "This is what we can pay you, and there are opportunities for a raise each year." That raise was something like $0.20 this year, so it was kind of insulting.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1846
Type Non-profit Organisation
Industry Non-Profit
Revenue ₹10 to ₹50 billion (INR) per year
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The Smithsonian Institution has many hats, from the one worn by Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones movies, to the one worn by Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated. One of the world's leading cultural institutions, the Smithsonian houses more than 137 million objects in 19 museums and galleries, most of which are on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Some 30 million people every year view the Smithsonian's exhibits on art, music, TV and film, science, history, and other subjects. Admission to all but one of the Smithsonian's facilities is free; only the... More

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