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Review averages

  • 3 employees say

    Excellent (1)
    33.333333333333%
    Good (1)
    33.333333333333%
    Satisfactory (1)
    33.333333333333%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    3.52
  • 0 applicants say

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

Reviews for Smithsonian Institution

Reviews - What employees say

3.52 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 04.Apr 2018
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • Diversity and inclusion is gravely important.

What I like about the company

Lots of training opportunities and great mentors who help me with exciting growth opportunities.

What I dislike about the company

Pay closer attention to excuse makers when it comes to fundraising and reevaluate why you justify keeping them on staff as they underperform.

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered 401(k) is offered Onsite daycare facility is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Smithsonian Institution
  • City
    Washington
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    C-Suite / Leadership

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Vehicle allowance is offered Employee events is offered
  • 20.Apr 2016
  • Employee

Support from management

Management is so far out of touch with reality. Employee morality across-the-board is at an all-time Low

Teamwork

Management dumps their work on employees and takes the credit of the employees and rate them unfairly because they can't complete all the work.

Internal Communication

Typically the last to know about anything that is directly related to you or that can have an impact on your work flow.

Attitude towards older colleagues

People are not hired based off their knowledge, yet hired based off who they know. Working hard does not pay off.

Career Development

98% of the jobs at the zoo are dead end jobs.

Overall compensation for your work

They will tell you that you work above the crumbs they pay you, but refuse to give you better pay for the amount of work you do.

Office / Work Environment

It's a zoo so you really can't expect too much in safety. No clear directions in the event of a real emergency.

Work-Life Balance

For the most part if you need off, they really can't tell you no, but it's known to happen multiple times I've been working at the zoo.

Challenging Work

The work is challenging which in the beginning you might love, but once you start asking logical question as to why a process is the way it is and why you can't make it better, you'll have an entirely different meaning of the word challenging.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Get rid of complacent management staff.

What I like about the company

The ability to see so many cool animals and meet the keepers that do all of the hard work.

What I dislike about the company

Unfair treatment of employees and disadvantages / unfair practices that are a common at the Smithsonian.

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
2.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Smithsonian Institution
  • City
    Washington
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2013
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    IT

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered
  • 24.Nov 2015
  • Employee

What I like about the company

Wonderful people to work with. Zookeepers were great at guiding/training during research. Real opportunity to work with animals and develop your own research projects.

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00
  • Company
    Smithsonian Institution
  • City
    Washington
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Internship in 2015
  • Position
    Others
  • Department
    Research/development

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Review averages

  • 3 employees say

    Excellent (1)
    33.333333333333%
    Good (1)
    33.333333333333%
    Satisfactory (1)
    33.333333333333%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    3.52
  • 0 applicants say

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

kununu score comparisons

Smithsonian Institution
3.52
3 reviews

Industry average (Research and Development/Sciences)
3.30
21,252 reviews

kununu average
3.30
2,659,000 reviews