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  • 6 employees say

    Excellent (4)
    66.666666666667%
    Good (2)
    33.333333333333%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    4.09
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
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    Good (0)
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4.09 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 29.Nov 2016
  • Employee

Office/Work Environment

Yes

  • 22.Nov 2016
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • Replacing a retiring workforce. No other suggestions
  • 17.Mar 2016
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • More local autonomy and more care in selecting supervisors, who are in many cases those with the title of 'curator.' Staff training in management, employment laws and rules, best practices, accounting for funds, contracts, etc. all virtually absent with the result being wasted public dollars. The curators are largely judged and adopt the missions seen in universities--publish or perish--with the result that there is often too little emphasis on the exhibits and the collections, and what I view as a narrow obsession on their publication records. In other words, since the curators main sincere involvement involves cranking out papers, the actual job of curation (taking care of the objects) is often left to mid-level staff (a host of often highly trained specialists with very little clout toiling away in the various specialties at job blandly described as "Museum Specialists.")

What I like about the company

Natural History Museum, where I worked has a meaningful and challenging mission of elevating public understanding and literacy in this area of education


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Review averages

  • 6 employees say

    Excellent (4)
    66.666666666667%
    Good (2)
    33.333333333333%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    4.09
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

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Smithsonian Institution
4.09
6 reviews

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