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Found 130 of over 147 reviews
3.5
63% Recommend to a Friend
Museum of Science President   Tim Ritchie
62% Approve of CEO

Found 128 of over 147 reviews

3.5
63%
Recommend to a Friend
62%
Approve of CEO
Museum of Science President   Tim Ritchie
Tim Ritchie
20 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free parking, awesome location, can have a good work-life balance if you really try to push for it, but it isn't guaranteed(in 8 reviews)

  • "They have Great benefits and free parking(in 9 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Low pay and busy school seasons(in 13 reviews)

  • "Non-Profit Pay, taking on a for profit culture(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Wonderful coworkers!

      4 Nov 2022 - Project Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      At the Museum of Science you get to work with some of the most amazing people - everyone cares deeply about the mission. Truly some of the most amazing folks I've worked with.

      Cons

      Te biggest con is probably the location - though it's a fantastic spot for the Museum, being in the heart of Boston/Cambridge means it can be a nightmare to commute to.

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Fair compensation

      13 Oct 2022 - Program Presenter in Museum
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work in an independent setting Lots of interested patrons Good way to practice public speaking

      Cons

      On your feet for a lengthy time Sometimes admin are hard to find when needed

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      great people, needs better pay

      30 Aug 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      amazing people who are passionate about their work! No two days are alike and I am always learning new things!

      Cons

      low pay and not in a convenient part of Boston

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    5. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Too many competing priorities

      29 Aug 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Staff are always willing to help out one another.

      Cons

      Sr Management is disconnected from staff.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Staff are underpaid

      17 Jul 2022 - Manager 
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      Pros

      MOS has an inspiring and ambitious vision to stay relevant into the future. Staff are dedicated, passionate and mission-driven.

      Cons

      The Museum has yet to take action on bringing staff compensation in line with the market and commensurate with job duties.

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Ok if you're passionate about the mission

      15 Jul 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      - Excited colleagues who are social and supportive - Engaging and diverse projects

      Cons

      - Often overworked with little support other than being told to work more efficient or get it done - Senior leadership pushing for a fast pace, high volume work without necessary employee number growth - Minimally trainer managers

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      MOS Boston

      25 May 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Generous vacation and sick time

      Cons

      Too many big projects, not enough focus on smaller details

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    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      A work in progress

      17 May 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Staff are passionate and care about the work they do, there is a shift to focus on DEAIB, flexible schedule if you aren't frontline staff, interesting work that changes topics frequently. It also seems like senior management is trying to work on fixing problems they had in the past related to culture.

      Cons

      Low pay (it's a non-profit), heavy workload, tight timelines, meeting heavy, siloing, still trying to streamline and create new systems which can be confusing.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great people

      28 Mar 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Looked forward to seeing coworkers.

      Cons

      Disorganized at times. Coordination with kitchen was difficult at times.

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    11. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Avoid it like the plague

      7 Apr 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      As far as seasonal work or part time while in school or something this is good place to work for the perks but once you get more ingrained an inundated by those at the top of the organization it's not the place you want to be. There are a lot of truly great and passionate people who work here and want to make the museum a welcoming and inclusive place....unfortunately that passion is taken advantage of and leadership won't allow any of the necessary change to truly happen, though they will certainly try to pretend it's happening.

      Cons

      The museum has become and increasingly toxic work environment with multiple bullies in the executive leadership. It's very clear that leadership does not actually care about the culture or wellbeing of the staff but simply wants to present the illusion that they do. The institution is very performative and loves to present itself in a way that looks and sounds great but leadership has no desire to actually do the work do actually BE the institution they pretend we are. A few years back an independent consultant came to evaluate core systemic issues within the museum and the results were very critical of leadership and HR. Since then the museum has begun staff training days to address these issues but really they are just passing it off to the lower level staff in a "personal responsibility" kind of way instead of addressing the issues among the leadership team. They present this idea of "leading from any chair" which is simply a ploy to try an appease staff, all of which becomes painfully evident anytime someone non-director level or up tries to initiate any meaningful conversation. Leadership will preach "trust" and use the term "museum family" (always a red flag) but they don't trust anyone not in the E8 group and they frequently abuse any trust and engage in shady business dealings. Lastly, you won't be rewarded for being good at what you do and working hard. Leadership likes people who can talk the talk but don't actually do anything, they want "yes" people. The only way to get promoted or get a raise is to change departments entirely or leave the museum and come back later. Once you leave, they'll hire someone new for significantly more money then they were offering you because they know they were never paying you what you were worth and they never will until they have no other choice.

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    Museum of Science has an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5, based on over 147 reviews left anonymously by employees. 63% of employees would recommend working at Museum of Science to a friend and 41% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -9% over the last 12 months.

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